Dr. Wendy Ellis

Dr. Wendy Ellis

Associate Professor / Program Coordinator

Office: FB203

Phone: 4544

E-mail: 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.

Research Interests:

Social development in childhood and adolescence
Bullying and victimization
Peer groups, status and popularity
Teen dating relationships and violence


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., Dumas, T., Mahdy, J. & Wolfe, D. (2012). Observations of adolescent peer group interactions  as a function of within- and between-group centrality status. Journal of  Research on Adolescence, 22(2), 252-266.

Dumas, T. M., Ellis, W., & Wolfe. (2012). Identity development as a buffer of adolescent risk behaviors in the context of peer group pressure and control. Journal of Adolescence, 1-11.

Wolfe, D., Crooks, C., Chiodo, D., Hughes, R., & Ellis W. (2012). Observations of adolescent peer resistance skills following a classroom-based healthy    relationship program: A post-intervention comparison. Prevention Science, 13(2), 196-205.

Crooks, C., Scott, K., Ellis, W. & Wolfe, D. (2011). Impact of a universal school-based prevention program on violent delinquency: Distinctive benefits for youth with maltreatment histories. Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, 35, 393-400.

Wolfe, D., Crooks, C., Jaffe, P., Chiodo, D., Hughes, R., Ellis, W., Stitt, L. & Donner, A.  (2009).  A universal school-based program to prevent adolescent dating violence. Archives of  Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 163(8), 692-699.

Ellis, W., Crooks, C., & Wolfe, D. (2009) Relational aggression in peer and dating relationships: Links to psychological and behavioral adjustment. Social Development,18(2),253-269.

Ellis, W., & Wolfe, D. (2009). Understanding the association between maltreatment history and adolescent risk behavior by examining popularity motivations and peer group control. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 38, 1253-1263.

Leadbeater, B., Banister, E., Ellis, W., & Yeung, R. (2008). Victimization and relational aggression in adolescent romantic relationships: The influence of parent and peer behaviors, and individual adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 359-372.

Ellis, W. & Zarbatany, L. (2007). Peer group status as a moderator of group influence on children’s deviant and aggressive behavior. Child Development, 78, 1240-1254.

Ellis, W. & Zarbatany, L. (2007). Explaining friendship formation and friendship stability: The role of children’s and friends’ aggression and victimization. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 53 (1), 79-104.