University of Calgary

Deinera Exner-Cortens

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

Research Interests

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Childhood Health Promotion) in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, and is jointly appointed to the Department of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is also the scientific co-director of PREVNet, Canada’s healthy relationships hub. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology (Cornell University) and a Master of Public Health (Boston University). Dr. Exner-Cortens' research focuses on 1) evaluating healthy relationships resources in school and community settings, 2) developing and evaluating implementation support tools for school-based mental health service delivery; and 3) prevention of adolescent dating violence and suicide. In her work, Dr. Exner-Cortens collaborates with a number of community and research partners both provincially and nationally. 


  • - Developmental Psychology
    Cornell University, 2014
  • MA - Human Development
    Cornell University, 2011
  • MPH - Social and Behavioral Science
    Boston University, 2009
  • BSc - Cellular, Molecular & Microbial Biology
    University of Calgary, 2007
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