Dr. Ann Farrell is an Assistant Professor in Child and Youth Studies at Brock University. Her research centers on a multidisciplinary understanding of bullying as a complex social problem, including the processes among individual, social, environmental, and cultural factors associated with youth bullying.
Dr. Farrell’s specific research goals include examining the: (1) role of individual factors that contribute to bullying (e.g., personality, temperament), (2) interactions among individual, social, and environmental factors that contribute to bullying, and (3) associations between bullying and other forms of violence in the long-term (e.g., indirect aggression, dating violence). Next, she hopes to examine these associations among diverse and underrepresented youth populations. Dr. Farrell applies statistical methods such as longitudinal, person-centered, and structural equation modeling approaches in her research. By understanding these mechanisms, Dr. Farrell hopes to help prevent violence and facilitate positive relationships among young people. Previously, Dr. Farrell was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa in Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education. She also holds a Ph.D. in Psychology (Lifespan Development) and M.A. in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University.
For information on Dr. Farrell’s research, please visit her research page.
Dr. Farrell is accepting undergraduate and graduate thesis students and is looking for volunteer research assistants. If you are interested in working with Dr. Farrell, please send her an e-mail.
Below is a list of Dr. Farrell’s peer-reviewed publications. For a full list, please click on her Google Scholar page.
Farrell, A. H., Vitoroulis, I., *Eriksson, M., & Vaillancourt, T. (2023). Loneliness and well-being in children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review. Children, 10, 279. https://doi.org/10.3390/children10020279
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2023). Indirect aggression, anxiety, and empathy: Disaggregating between and within person longitudinal associations during childhood and adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 35(1), 228-240. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579421001450
Vaillancourt, T., Brittain, H., Farrell, A. H., Krygsman, A., & Vitoroulis, I. (2023). Bullying involvement and the transition to high school: A brief report. Aggressive Behavior, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.22082
Farrell, A. H. & Vaillancourt, T. (2023). Aggression across the Lifespan. In H. Montgomery (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Oxford University Press.
Davis, A. C., Farrell, A. H., Brittain, H., Krygsman, A., Arnocky, S., & Vaillancourt, T. (2022). The dark triad and bullying in adolescence: A three-wave random intercept cross-lagged panel analysis. Journal of Research in Personality, 96, 104178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2021.104178
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2022). Bullying from a psychological perspective: A Response to Magrass and Derber. In C. Donoghue (Ed.), The Sociology of Bullying: Power, Status, and Aggression Among Adolescents.297-303. New York University Press.
Vaillancourt, T., Brittain, H., Krygsman, A., Farrell, A. H., Pepler, D., Landon, S., Saint-Georges, Z., & Vitoroulis, I. (2022). In-person versus on-line learning in relation to students’ perceptions of mattering during COVID-19: A brief report. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 40(1), 159-169. https://doi.org/10.1177/07342829211053668
Krygsman, A., Farrell, A. H., Brittain, H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2022). Depression symptoms, mattering, and anti-mattering: Longitudinal associations in young adulthood. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 40(1), 77-94. http://doi.org/10.1177/07342829211050519
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2021). Joint trajectories of adolescent narcissism and self-esteem predict interpersonal features in young adulthood. Journal of Research in Personality, 93, 104127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2021.104127
Vaillancourt, T., Brittain, H., Krygsman, A., Davis, A., Farrell, A. H., Desmarais, R., Hammill, C., Karasz, S., Morgan, R., Ritchie, A., & Sanderson, C. (2021). Commentary: Assessing the quality of research that examine change in children’s mental health in the context of COVID-19. University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.18192/uojm.v11i1.5950
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2021). Examining the joint development of antisocial behavior and personality: Predictors and trajectories of adolescent indirect aggression and Machiavellianism. Developmental Psychology, 57(5), 805-813. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0001016
Vaillancourt T., Brittan, H., Krgysman, A., Farrell, A. H., Landon, S., & Pepler, D. J. (2021). School bullying pre-COVID-19 and during COVID-19: Results from a population-based randomized design. Aggressive Behavior, 47, 557-569. https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.2198
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2021). The impact of childhood bullying trajectories on young adulthood antisocial trajectories. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 50, 1782-1796. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01456-6
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2021). Childhood predictors of adolescent joint trajectories: A multi-informant study on bullying perpetration and hypercompetitiveness. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Online first: https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2021.1923019
Vaillancourt, T. & Farrell, A. H. (2021). Mean kids become mean adults: Trajectories of indirect aggression from age 11 to 22. Aggressive Behavior, 47(4), 394–404. http://doi.org/10.1002/ab.21950
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2020). Adolescent empathic concern and perspective taking: Heterogenous developmental trajectories and childhood social and psychological factors. Journal of Personality, 1-17. Online first: https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12607
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2020). Bullying perpetration and narcissistic personality traits across adolescence: Joint trajectories and childhood risk factors. Frontiers in Psychiatry: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.483229
Mularczyk, K. P., Farrell, A. H., Volk, A. A., & Book, A. S. (2020). The utility of broad versus specific measures of personality for assessing adolescent antisociality. North American Journal of Psychology, 22(4), 679-700.
Farrell, A. H., Volk, A. A., & Vaillancourt, T. (2020). Empathy, exploitation, and adolescent bullying perpetration: A longitudinal social-ecological investigation. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 42(3), 436-449. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-019-09767-6
Farrell, A. H., & Dane, A. V. (2020). Bullying, victimization, and prosocial resource control strategies: Differential relations with dominance and alliance formation. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 14(3). 270-283. https://doi.org/10.1037/ebs0000178
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2019). Developmental pathways of perfectionism: Associations with bullying perpetration, peer victimization, and narcissism. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2019.101065
Farrell, A. H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2019). Temperament, bullying, and dating aggression: Longitudinal associations for adolescents in a romantic relationship. Evolutionary Psychology, 17(2). http://doi.org/10.1177/1474704919847450
Volk, A. A., Provenzano, D. A., Farrell, A. H., Dane, A. V., Shulman, E. P. (2019). Personality and bullying: Pathways to adolescent social dominance. Current Psychology. 1-12. http://doi.org/1007/s12144-019-00182-4
Provenzano, D. A., Dane, A. V., Farrell, A. H., Marini, Z. A., & Volk, A. A. (2018). Do bullies have more sex? The role of personality. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 4, 221-232. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-017-0126-4
Spadafora, N., Farrell, A. H., Provenzano, D. A., Marini, Z. A., & Volk, A. A. (2018). Temperamental differences and classroom incivility: Exploring the role of individual differences. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 33, 44-62. http://doi.org/10.1177/0829573516648946
Farrell, A. H., & Volk, A. A. (2017). Social ecology and adolescent bullying: Filtering risky environments through antisocial personality. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 85-100. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.033
Farrell, A. H., Provenzano, D. A., Dane, A. V., Marini, Z. A., & Volk, A. A. (2017). Maternal knowledge, adolescent personality, and bullying. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 413-416. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.09.001
Farrell, A. H., Schiralli, K., & Volk, A. A. (2017). Factors that influence bullying. In T. K. Shackelford, & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York: Springer.
Farrell, A. H.*, Semplonius, T.*, Shapira, M., Zhou, X., Laurence, S., Willoughby, T., Mahy, C. E.V., Mondloch, C. J., & Evans, A. D. (2016). Research activity in Canadian developmental psychology programs. Canadian Psychology/ Psychologie Canadienne, 57, 76-82. http://doi.org/10.1037/cap0000040 *order of authorship was alphabetical for the two first authors
Farrell, A. H., Provenzano, D. A., Spadafora, N., Marini, Z., A. & Volk, A. A. (2016). Measuring adolescent attitudes toward classroom incivility: Exploring differences between intentional and unintentional incivility. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34, 577-588. http://doi.org/10.1177/0734282915623446
Farrell, A. H., & Volk, A. A. (2016). Same-sex school bullying. In T. K. Shackelford, & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer.
Volk, A. A., Farrell, A. H., Franklin, P., Mularczyk, K. P., & Provenzano, D. A. (2016) Adolescent bullying in schools: An evolutionary perspective. In D.C. Geary & D. Berch (Eds.), Evolutionary Perspectives on Child Development and Education. (pp. 167-191). Springer. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29986-6_7
Farrell, A. H., Brook, C., Dane, A. V., Marini, Z., & Volk, A. A. (2015). Associations between adolescent ratings of Rothbart’s temperament model and the HEXACO personality model. Journal of Personality Assessment, 97, 163-171. http://doi.org/10.1080/00223891.2014.940961
Volk, A. A., Della Cioppa, V., Earle, M., & Farrell, A. H. (2015). Social competition and bullying: An adaptive socio-ecological perspective. In V. Zeigler-Hill, L. Welling, & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology. (pp. 387-399). Springer. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12697-5_30
Farrell, A. H., Della Cioppa, V., Volk, A. A., & Book, A. S. (2014). Predicting bullying heterogeneity with the HEXACO model of personality. International Journal of Advances in Psychology, 3, 30-39. http://doi.org/0.14355/ijap.2014.0302.02