Christine Waanders, PhD
Clinical Consultant & Practice-Based Scholar

Christine Waanders is a Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Consultant for Bullying and Aggression. After engaging in aggression prevention research for many years, she now works in a consultative capacity, offering support and consultation to clinicians and providers whose patients are engaged in or experiencing bullying and aggression.


Christine Waanders, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Consultant for the Center for Violence Prevention's Bullying and Aggression research and programs. For the past thirteen years, she has worked extensively on the development, implementation, and evaluation of school-based programming for the prevention of bullying and aggression. She is the co-author of several articles and chapters on the topic. She has special expertise in partnership-based research in communities and schools.

In addition, Dr. Waanders has worked for 18 years as a psychotherapist with children and families experiencing a range of developmental, emotional, and behavioral issues, including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

PhD (Clinical and Community Psychology), University of South Carolina, 2002

Clinical Consultant, Center for Violence Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Practice-based Scholar, Center for Violence Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Psychologist, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Member, American Psychological Association

Leff SS, Paskewich BS, Waasdorp TE, Waanders C, Bevans KB,  Jawad AF. Friend to friend: A Randomized Trial for Urban African American Relationally Aggressive Girls. Psychology of Violence. 2015. 5(4), 433-443.

Leff SS, Waanders C, Waasdorp TE, Paskewich BS. Bullying and Aggression in School Settings. In H.M. Walker & F.M. Gresham (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Applications in Schools (pp. 277-291). 2014. New York: Guilford Press.

Leff SS, Waasdorp TE, Waanders C,  Paskewich BS. Better Understanding and Intervening to Prevent Relational Aggression. In M. Weist, N. Lever, C. Bradshaw, & J. Owens (Eds.), Handbook of School Mental Health, Second Edition (pp.171-182). 2014. New York: Springer.

Boyd RC,  Waanders C. Protective Factors for Depression Among African American Children of Predominantly Low-income Mothers with Depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2013. 22(1), 85-95.

Anthony LG, Anthony BJ, Glanville DN, Naiman DQ, Waanders C,  Shaffer S. The Relationships Between Parenting Stress, Parenting Behavior and Preschoolers’ Social Competence and Behavior Problems in the Classroom. Infant and Child Development. 2005. 14, 133-154

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Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, 2716 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19146