A/Prof Katreena Scott

Ph.D. C. Psych.


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.

Katreena 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 Katreena developed is currently running in many sites across Canada, as well as in the US, UK, Ireland, Wales, Germany and Sweden. 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 2015, Katreena testified as an invited expert witness on the Victoria State Government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. Katreena is a co-investigator in the DV@Work Network and a collaborator on the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative for Vulnerable Populations and the Safer Families Centre of Excellence in Australia.

Together with her community and academic partners, Katreena’s work is changing practice in police, court, probation, family violence intervention, and child protection services.


Listen to Katreena talk about her work on men and fathers who perpetrate family and domestic violence, when she was in Australia for our International Conference.