Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Dr. Samantha Wells is a Scientist and Co-Head of the Social and Community Interventions and Policy Research Group with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Australia.
Areas of Research
Dr. Wells examines factors associated with aggression and victimization experiences in drinking situations, including male-to-male physical aggression and sexual aggression by men toward women in bars. Her research focuses on understanding styles of drinking and characteristics of drinking contexts that are important in explaining aggressive experiences. Her work also focuses on young men’s attitudes and beliefs about aggression when drinking and conformity to masculine norms and their influence on involvement in male-to-male alcohol-related aggression. She developed and validated a multi-dimensional inventory measuring young men’s attitudes and beliefs about aggression that occurs between men in drinking situations. She also recently led a multi-disciplinary team project, Researching Health in Ontario Communities (RHOC), funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, that seeks to improve understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental health, substance use, and violence problems in diverse Ontario communities through community-based research and innovative data collection using a mobile research lab. With a team of experts from the biological, social, and behavioural sciences, RHOC examines the complex interplay among a diverse range of factors that contribute to mental health, substance use, and violence problems.
View Dr. Wells' publications on PubMed.