University of Calgary

Lana Wells

  • Associate Professor
  • Brenda Strafford Chair in Prev
  • Advocacy
  • Community Development & Practice
  • Family Issues & Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Leadership in Human Services

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Profile

Lana is Associate Professor and the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary where she is leading Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence. The purpose of Shift is to enhance the capacity of policy makers, systems leaders, clinicians, service providers and the community at large, to significantly reduce the rates of domestic violence through primary prevention. In 2011, Shift was engaged by the Government of Alberta to bring forward research in prevention science and partner in the redesign of their family violence prevention framework, Family Violence Hurts Everyone: A Framework to End Family Violence in Alberta, which was released on November 29, 2013. Since the appointment to the Chair position in 2010, Lana has held over 4 million in research funding, grants and awards. In 2016, she received the John Hutton Memorial Award for Social Action/Policy from the Alberta College of Social Workers. In 2015, she was bestowed the Alberta Inspiration Award in Leadership in Family Violence and recognized as a PEAK scholar from the University of Calgary. Lana is currently running the MSW Leadership Program in the Faculty of Social Work where she also teaches on leadership and influencing policy. She actively supervises graduate students within the Faculty of Social Work and the School of Public Policy where in 2012, she became a Fellow and Faculty member.

 From 2005 – 2010, Lana was a member of the senior leadership team at the United Way of Calgary and Area where she led the community investments and collaborations division and the public policy and government relations portfolio. Lana had her own consulting company from 2000-2005 where she worked with numerous non-profit organizations and all three levels of government as a researcher, planner, policy analyst, change manager, project manager, strategic and business planner, evaluator, facilitator and trainer. Her areas of expertise include family and sexual violence, women’s issues, children and youth services, social policy, social justice and social change, leadership and organizational change and the not for profit sector. Lana volunteers widely, and is currently a Board member of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) a national network of leading researchers and organizations, working together to stop bullying in Canada. In 2013, Lana was appointed to the Alberta Family Violence Death Review Committee whose purpose is to conduct a systematic and methodical analysis of homicides and suicides related to intimate partner violence in order to identify factors and trends that might prevent future deaths and to make recommendations for systemic changes or enhanced programs. 

Research and Scholarly Activity

In 2010, Lana created Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence. Shift’s mandate is to develop and support the implementation of research-based primary prevention strategies in partnership with government, academics, community, public, private, non-profit organization and citizens. The goal of the initiative is to significantly reduce and prevent domestic violence. In order to do this, Shift is engaged with multiple partners. For more information please go to www.preventdomesticviolence.ca 

Since 2012, Lana has been co-leading the Strategy to Promote Healthy Youth Relationships in Alberta to Prevent Domestic Violence. This project includes a partnership with Dr. Claire Crooks from Western University, Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens from the Faculty of Social Work and the Government of Alberta. The project is focused on creating social change through a multi-dimensional approach that includes the Ministry of Education and Human Services, school jurisdictions, teachers, community based organizations, community leaders, and youth to scale up best and promising practices and policies.

In 2014, Lana partnered with the Government of Alberta – Human Services Ministry to focus on advancing a comprehensive strategy to engage men and boys in violence prevention that includes: 1) Developing a comprehensive men and boys strategy to prevent family violence (a report Men and boys violence prevention project: Informing a Government of Alberta action plan to engage men and boys to stop violence against women was submitted to the Government of Alberta in December 2015), 2) Developing a comprehensive provincial fatherhood action plan (a report No man left behind: How and why to include fathers in government-funded preventing strategies was submitted to the Government of Alberta in April 2016), and 3) Building the capacity with community-based agencies and governments to engage men and boys in violence prevention to advance gender equality through training, workshops and supporting community of practices.

In 2013, Lana partnered with faculty at the Werklund School of Education (Dr. Tonya Callaghan and Dr. Darren Lund) to design and implement a new MEd Interdisciplinary certificate program called Advancing Healthy and Socially Just Schools and Communities. This four-course program was successfully offered in Summer 2015 and 2016.

Education

MSW International specialization, University of Calgary

BSW, University of Calgary

BA Combined Honours in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies, McMaster University

Undergraduate Program, Middle Eastern Studies, Tel-Aviv University

Professional and Community Associations

Lana Wells is involved with various professional and community initiatives. Lana is a member of the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective, whose aim is to create a collaborative community response to end domestic and family violence, and a Board member of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), a national network of leading researchers and organizations, working together to stop bullying in Canada. In 2013, Lana was appointed to the Alberta Family Violence Death Review Committee whose purpose is to conduct a systematic and methodical analysis of homicides and suicides related to intimate partner violence in order to prevent future deaths. Lana has participated as an external expert for the Support for Albertans in Need Alberta Panel that was lead by the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance. Lana coaches and supports many executive directors throughout the not for profit sector to articulate their strategic vision for their organization and the community. She volunteers widely on many local and provincial social change initiatives.

Awards

2016                Nominated for and awarded the 2016 John Hutton Memorial Award for Social Action and Policy, Alberta College of Social Workers

2015                Nominated for and Awarded the Alberta Inspiration Award in Family and Community Safety, Government of Alberta

2015                Nominated for and Awarded the Peak Scholars in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Knowledge Engagement Ward, University of Calgary

2015                The Spirits of Gold Award for Social Innovation, United Way

2013                Leadership Award from Anonymous Donor

2011                Tulips Award, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

Media Work

2016, May 26     Two experts want Calgarians support for domestic abuse victims. 660 News, Calgary, AB.

http://www.660news.com/2016/05/26/two-experts-want-calgarians-to-show-support-for-domestic-abuse-victims/

2016, May 20     Cops say Alberta’s tanking economy is to blame for a spike in domestic violence. VICE news, Toronto, ON. https://news.vice.com/article/cops-say-albertas-tanking-economy-is-to-blame-for-spike-in-domestic-violence

2016, April 4      Lana Wells: 'A remarkable advocate for creating social change'. UToday. Calgary, AB.

http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2016-04-04/lana-wells-remarkable-advocate-creating-social-change

2015, Dec 18     A most violent year: Changes for domestic abuse victims follow killings. 660 News, All News Radio. Calgary, AB.  http://www.660news.com/2015/12/18/a-most-violent-year-changes-for-domestic-abuse-victims-follow-killings/

2015, Dec. 4      Helping perpetrators may be key to progress on domestic violence, Edmonton workers say. Edmonton Journal. Calgary, AB http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/helping-perpetrators-may-be-key-to-progress-on-domestic-violence-edmonton-workers-say 

2015, Nov. 3      Report suggests family violence be classified as workplace hazard in Alberta. http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/11/02/report-suggests-family-violence-be-classified-as-workplace-hazard-in-alberta

2015, Nov. 3      Alberta report urges better workplace protection for employees from family violence. Edmonton Journal. Calgary, AB.  http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/alberta-report-urges-better-workplace-protection-for-employees-from-family-violence

2015, Sept. 2     Report addresses prevention of domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships. UToday. Calgary, AB. http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2015-09-02/report-addresses-prevention-domestic-violence-lgbtq-relationships

2015, Jul. 17      City manager learns how to create safer spaces for youth: Werklund/Social Work master’s program teachers how to help others develop healthy relationships. UToday. Calgary, AB. http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2015-07-17/city-manager-learns-how-create-safer-spaces-youth

2014, Dec. 1      An Ounce of Prevention: Calgary’s Innovative Shift Program Aims to Stop Violence Against Women Before It Starts by Christina Frangou, Avenue Magazine, Calgary, AB. http://cdn1.avenuecalgary.com/avenue-digital-issues/dec2014/index.html

2014, Nov. 28    Is It Possible to Actually End Violence Towards Women? Alberta Prime Time, CTV, Calgary, AB. http://alberta.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=504506

2014, Nov. 18    Liquor store separation rules to be enforced more strictly, council decides. CBC News, Calgary, AB. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/liquor-store-separation-rules-to-be-enforced-more-strictly-council-decides-1.2838798

2014, Nov. 17    Interview with Doug Dirks on Alcohol Outlet Density and Domestic Violence, Homestretch, CBC, Calgary, AB.

2014, Sept. 26   Former RCMP officer pleads guilty to assault against ex-wife. Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, AB. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Former+RCMP+officer+pleads+guilty+assault+against+wife/10239330/story.html?cid=dlvr.it-twitter-edmontonjournal

2014, Aug. 18      Healthy relationships key to helping youth negotiate social hazards. UToday. Calgary, AB. http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-08-18/healthy-relationships-key-helping-youth-negotiate-social-hazards

2014, Aug. 1        Community partnerships key in domestic violence prevention strategy. UToday. Calgary, AB. http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-08-01/community-partnerships-key-domestic-violence-prevention-strategy

2014, Feb. 5         County partners with communities to end domestic violence. Strathcona County. Stratchcona, AB. http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/communications/news/2014/2/5/county-partners-communities-end-domestic-violence/

2014, Jan. 17     City collaborates with other municipalities to help end domestic violence. Over Easy Please. http://www.overeasyplease.com/oep/2014/01/17/city-collaborates-with-other-municipalities-to-help-end-domestic-violence/

2013, Dec. 2      Q&A with Lana Wells, Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Tencer & Grose talk, 630 CHED AM Radio, News, Talks, Sports. Edmonton, AB. https://soundcloud.com/630ched/december-2-hour-3

2013, Nov. 29    Authorities aim to break violence cycle. Calgary Herald. Calgary, AB. http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/Authorities+break+violence+cycle/9229741/story.html

2013, Nov. 29    Initiative aims at reducing family violence in the future. CTV Calgary. Calgary, AB. http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/initiative-aims-at-reducing-family-violence-in-the-future-1.1567495

2013, Nov. 29    Alberta’s new family violence framework released in Calgary. CBC Calgary. Calgary, AB. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-s-new-family-violence-framework-released-in-calgary-1.2445713

2013, Nov. 29    Tories unveiling family violence strategy. 660 News, All News Radio. Calgary, AB. http://www.660news.com/2013/11/29/tories-unveiling-family-violence-strategy/

2013, Nov. 29    Province unveils new framework to curb family violence. News Talk 770, CHQR. Calgary, AB. http://www.newstalk770.com/2013/11/29/14515/

2013, Nov. 29    University of Calgary researcher’s work key to new provincial strategy to prevent domestic violence. UToday. Calgary, AB. http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2013-12-02/university-calgary-researchers-work-key-new-provincial-strategy-prevent-domestic

2013, Nov. 29    Q&A with Lana Wells, Brenda Strafford Chair in Prevention of Domestic Violence. UToday. Calgary, AB. http://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2013-12-02/qa-lana-wells-brenda-strafford-chair-prevention-domestic-violence

2013, May 14    Should schools be required to teach about domestic violence? The Calgary Journal, Calgary, AB. http://www.calgaryjournal.ca/index.php/ourcity/1729-schools-and-domestic-abuse

2013, Jan. 10     Violence Against Women: Alberta Highest in the Country, Alberta Prime Time, CTV Two Alberta, AB. http://www.albertaprimetime.com/Stories.aspx?pd=4664

2012, Oct. 10    Stop the violence. UToday, Calgary, AB. http://www.ucalgary.ca/news/utoday/october10-2012/stop

2012, June 6      Domestic Violence Prevention makes Economic Sense: Study. The Calgary Herald, Calgary, AB.

2012, June 5      U of C Study Estimates Costs of Domestic Violence in Alberta, QR77 Newsroom, CHQR 770 AM, Calgary, AB.

2012, June 5      The Cost of Domestic Violence, 660 News, All News Radio, Calgary, AB

2012, June 5      The Cost of Domestic Violence, News Hour, Global Calgary, Calgary, AB

2012, June 5      Domestic Abuse Costs Province Millions. Calgary Local CTV News. Calgary, AB. http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/domestic-abuse-costs-province-millions-1.835424

2012, June 5      Report estimates domestic violence has cost Alberta over $600M over 5 years. Canada Newswire, Calgary, AB. http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/987589/report-estimates-domestic-violence-has-cost-alberta-over-600m-over-5-years

2012, June 5      Investing in domestic violence prevention cheaper in the long run: researchers. Calgary Sun, Calgary, AB. http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/06/05/investing-in-domestic-violence-prevention-cheaper-in-the-long-run-researchers

Publications from 2008-Present

Claussen, C., Wells, L., Aspenlieder, L., & Boutilier, S.  (Submitted). Enhancing domestic violence primary prevention capacity through a community of practice project: Learnings from Alberta, Canada. Journal of Community Practice.

Claussen, C., Wells, L., Abboud, R., & Turner, A. (2016). The role of community-based organizations in school-based violence primary prevention programing: An action research project. Cogent Social Sciences, 2: 1238609. 

Goulet, S., Lorenzetti, L., Walsh, C.A., Wells, L., & Claussen, C. (2016). Understanding the environment: Domestic violence and prevention in urban Aboriginal communities. The First Peoples Child & Family Review, 11(1): 9-23. 

Dozois, E., Wells, L., & Crooks, C. (2016). Developing a Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Strategy for Violence Prevention: Lessons Learned from Alberta, Canada. In Myra F. Taylor et al. (Ed.) Crime and Violence Prevention: Moving Beyond Hot-Stove Policing and Perpetrator Rehabilitation. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Wells, L., Esina, E., & Turner, A. (2016). The case for alcohol outlet density controls as a promising approach to prevent domestic violence. In Myra F. Taylor et al. (Ed.) Crime and Violence Prevention: Moving Beyond Hot-Stove Policing and Perpetrator Rehabilitation. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Wells, L., Turner, A., & Cooper, M. (2014). Overcoming the gender dyad: Engaging men and boys in domestic violence prevention. In Overcoming Domestic Violence: Creating a Resilience Dialogue Round Vulnerable Populations. Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Wells, L., & Turner, A. (2014). Corporal punishment and domestic violence: The case for “anti-spanking“ legislation. LawNow. Retrieved from http://www.lawnow.org/corporal-punishment-and-domestic-violence/

Wells, L., & Turner, A. (2014, November). Under the Influence: Liquor outlet density & Domestic violence in Alberta. LawNow. Retrieved from http://www.lawnow.org/influence-liquor-outlet-density-domestic-violence-alberta/

Wells, L., Hurlock, D., Antonio, M., Lantion, V., Abboud, R., Claussen, C., & Lorenzetti, L. A. (2013). Context of domestic violence:  Learning’s for prevention from the Calgary Filipino community.  International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4(1), 147-165. Retrieved from http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ijcyfs 

Wells, L., Boodt, C., & Emery, H. (2012). Preventing domestic violence in Alberta:  A cost savings perspective.  The School of Public Policy, SPP Research Papers, 5(17), 1-13. Retrieved from http://www.policyschool.ucalgary.ca/?q=content/preventing-domestic-violence-alberta-cost-savings-perspective

 

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