Dr. Wendy Ellis

Dr. Wendy Ellis

Dr. Wendy Ellis

Associate Professor

Phone: 4544
Email: wendy.ellis@uwo.ca

Wendy Ellis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at King's University College. Dr. Ellis’ research interests span a range of topics related to social development in childhood and adolescence. Her main research focus has been on group influence and documenting the processes through which children’s groups influence their members in both positive and negative domains. Dr. Ellis also has a keen interest in studying popularity, aggression, bullying, and teen dating violence. Most recently, Dr. Ellis has been working with her thesis students to design studies on cyberbullying and cyberdating abuse. Among other courses, Dr. Ellis teaches Developmental Psychology and a seminar on Social Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence.


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Western Ontario
  • M.A., Life-Span Developmental Psychology, Brock University
  • B.A. (Hons.), Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Selected Publications

Ellis, W., Talebi, S., Dumas, T., & Forbes, L. (2022). Adolescents’ physical activity and psychological adjustment across the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2022-0018

Dumas, T., Ellis, W., Hedger, S., Litt, D., MacDonald, M. (2022) Lockdown, bottoms up? Changes in adolescent substance use across the COVID-19 pandemic. Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2022.107326

Ellis, W., Dumas, T., Hutchinson, L., Talebi, S. (2022). Staying safe or staying popular? Popularity and reputation concerns predict adherence and adjustment during the COVID-19 pandemic, Youth & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X221074383 

Jackson, L.M. & Ellis, W. E. (2022). Prejudice in children, adolescents, and adults. In B. Halpern-Felsher (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health. Stanford, CA:Elsevier.

Ellis, W., Dumas, T., & Forbes, L. (2020). Physically isolated but socially connected: Psychological adjustment and stress among adolescents during the initial COVID-19 crisis. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences. 52(3), 177-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cbs0000215 

Dumas, T, Ellis, W. & Litt, D. (2020). What does adolescent substance use look like during the COVID-19 pandemic? Examining changes in frequency, social contexts and pandemic-related predictors. Journal of Adolescent Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.06.021