Canada Research Chair & Professor, Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Dr. Marlene M. Moretti is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) and Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, previous Senior Research Chair with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2009-2014), and an Honorary Professor at the University of Orebro in Sweden. For over 25 years she has collaborated with provincial and federal government stakeholders, researchers and families across Canada and Sweden to promote adolescent mental health. She lectures nationally and internationally on the importance of attachment security as a protective factor in promoting social and emotional wellbeing. Understanding the pressing need to translate attachment theory and research into practice, she led the development and evaluation of the Connect Program, an attachment based parenting program, designed for broad implementation, high sustainability and demonstrated to promote mental health and well being in teens and their families. Recognized for its effectiveness and innovation, Connect has been evaluated and implemented across Canada and Sweden and has received the British Columbia’s Premier’s Award for Innovation in 2015.
My current research program concentrates on:
- The etiology and developmental course of pre-teen and teen mental health and behavioural problems, particularly aggression, violence and antisocial behaviour.
- The importance of attachment relationships in buffering youth from adversity.
- The development, dissemination and evaluation of interventions to promote health and reduce risk among youth, most notably the Connect© program.