Dr. Katreena Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention. She leads an applied research program aimed at reducing violence in family relationships, with specific expertise is addressing violence perpetration in men and fathers. Dr. Scott is recognized internationally for her intervention work with abusive fathers and nationally for her research on effective interventions for intimate partner violence. She has authored over 40 articles and book chapters on the development of violent relationships, the efficacy of service to male batterers, the effect of abuse and trauma on children, and on empirically and ethically sound policies for working with abuse perpetrators. The Caring Dads program that she developed is currently running in many sites across Canada, as well as in the US, UK, Ireland, Wales, Germany and Sweden. This program is specifically profiled on the UK’s Fatherhood Institute, Canada’s Centre for Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women and Children, and the US’s Child Welfare Information Gateway and Futures Without Violence sites, and it has also been the subject of a TV documentary show in Germany. She has conducted research for the Department of Justice Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) on interventions for perpetrators of intimate partner violence and has responded to invitations to present to the MAG, the Domestic Violence Crowns, and to intervention programs for abusive men across the province. In 2009, she served as an expert witness for the Coroner during the inquest into the death of Jared Osidacz to contribute to recommendations on how batterer programs, probation officers and child welfare services could improve system coordination, better assess, track and respond to dynamic risk, and intervene more effectively with clients who are highly reluctant to change. Together with her community and academic partners, Dr. Scott’s work is changing practice in police, court, probation, family violence intervention, and child protection services.
In her work with CREVAWC, Dr. Scott is pleased to be a co-investigator in the DV@Work Network and a collaborator on the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative for Vulnerable Populations.