Fourth R Leadership
Claire CrooksDirector, Centre for School Mental Health
Biography: Claire Crooks is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, and Director of the Centre for School Mental Health at Western University. Claire has played a major role in every step of the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Fourth R. She is also the lead author on the Master Trainer manual that has been used in a train-the-trainer manner with trainers from across the country. The Fourth R is now in more than 2,000 schools around the country in a variety of settings. The Fourth R is identified as a best practice program by numerous registries in Canada and the United States. Claire currently holds two national grants to deliver and study the implementation and effects of the Fourth R’s programs supporting healthy relationships among youth in various settings across Canada.
Peter JaffeDirector, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children
Biography: Peter Jaffe is a psychologist and Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University. He is the Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children and a long-term partner with the Fourth R. He has co-authored ten books, 24 chapters and over 75 articles related to violence and abuse involving children, adults, families and the justice system. He was a founding member of Ontario's Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. In 2009, he was named an Officer in the Order of Canada by the Governor General for his work preventing domestic violence in the community.
David WolfeResearch Scholar
Biography: Dr. David Wolfe is a psychologist and author specializing in issues affecting children and youth. Dr. Wolfe has broad research and clinical interests in abnormal child and adolescent psychology, with a special focus on child abuse, domestic violence, and developmental psychopathology. He has authored numerous articles on these topics, especially in relationship to the impact of early childhood trauma on later development in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Dr. Wolfe has been pioneering new approaches to preventing many societal youth problems such as bullying, relationship violence, and substance abuse. He held the inaugural RBC Chair in Children’s Mental Health from 2002 to 2012 and served as Editor-in-Chief of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal from 2007 to 2012. As former Director of the CAMH Centre for Prevention Science, Dr. Wolfe oversaw the development and evaluation of prevention initiatives for children and youth.
Ray HughesNational Curriculum Coordinator
Biography: Ray Hughes has over 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, Department Head, University Lecturer, and Consultant. He is currently the National Education Coordinator for the Fourth R where he coordinates the implementation of the Fourth R in collaboration with partners and school boards. Previously, Ray was involved in coordinating the implementation of violence prevention programs for 190 schools and 80,000 students in his position as the Learning Coordinator for Violence Prevention with the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario. He was also a member of the Ontario Safe Schools Action Team, whose mandate was to draw on best practices from across Ontario and to advise the Minister of Education on all aspects of school safety. Ray continues to provide regular professional development to superintendents, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students on violence prevention and safe schools initiatives. He has developed and implemented school-based programs related to substance abuse, domestic violence, gender equity, dating violence, human sexuality, interpersonal violence, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention. Ray has also developed a safe schools course for teacher candidates in Faculties of Education.