Dr. Christine Wickens is an Independent Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH. She is also Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) at the University of Toronto, and is currently serving as Director of the Master of Science in Community Health degree program in Addiction and Mental Health at DLSPH. Dr. Wickens also serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.
Areas of research
Dr. Wickens has a background in the areas of social, personality and health psychology. Her research focuses on the experience of stress and the interplay of relevant variables, including personality, social and environmental factors, and mental illness, including addictions. Dr. Wickens has primarily applied her research interests to the study of roadway safety, including collision risk, alcohol- and drug-impaired driving, driver anger and aggression, street racing, and mental health and driving. Related areas of interest include the evaluation of remedial programming for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, and the public health implications of alcohol and drug policy and roadway legislation. Dr. Wickens has also applied her work in the context of labour relations, exploring the impact of university labour strikes on affected students, including psychological distress and related affective, cognitive and behavioural outcomes of stress.