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.