Tracy Vaillancourt


Professor Tracy Vaillancourt holds the Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention. She is a full professor in the Faculty of Education and cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology and the School of Psychology. She is also an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Vaillancourt's research examines the links between bullying and mental health, with a particular focus on social neuroscience. She is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, and the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.


Vaillancourt, T., Beauchamp, M., Brown, C., Buffone, P., Comeau, J., Davies, S., Figueiredo, M., Finn, C., Hargreaves, A., McDougall, P., McNamara, L., Szatmari, P., Waddell, C., Westheimer, J., Whitley, J. (2021). Children and Schools During COVID-19 and Beyond: Engagement and Connection Through Opportunity.

Vaillancourt, T., Szatmari, P., Georgiades, K., Krygsman, A. (2021). The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Canadian children and youth.

Endleman, S., Brittain, H., Vaillancourt, T. (2021). The longitudinal associations between perfectionism and academic achievement across adolescence.

Farell, A.H., Vaillancourt, T. (2020). Adolescent empathic concern and perspective taking: Heterogeneous developmental trajectories and childhood social and psychological factors.


Why Canada needs free universal high-speed internet

The Globe and Mail - October 4, 2021

Why Recess Matters More than Ever

Ed Can Network - September 29, 2021

Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan

CBC - September 29, 2021

The vicious circle of high academic achievement

Faculty of Education - University of Ottawa, September 28, 2021

How going back to school could save kids’ mental health

The Globe and Mail - September 7, 2021

University of Ottawa researchers join the prestigious Royal Society of Canada

Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa - September 7, 2021

New study by Vaillancourt et al. shows reduced rates of bullying during pandemic

Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa - July 8, 2021



Fields of Interest

  • Aggression
  • Bullying in schools
  • Social neuroscience
  • Mental health (children)
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