• Penner, Erika


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

    Psychologist, Medical Psychology, BC Children’s Hospital

    Clinical Associate & Instructor, Simon Fraser University

    Degrees / Designations
    Ph.D., R. Psych.
    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    Department of Psychology
    Clinical Support Building
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Child Health Psychology
    • Neuropsychology
    • Program Evaluation
    • Knowledge Translation

    I am a clinical psychologist interested in research that lies at intersection of psychology and medicine. For example, how can our understanding of positive psychology contribute to the maintenance of health and well-being in pediatric populations? How can research from neuropsychology assist us in understanding the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural sequelae of medical illness and interventions? I am also interested in program evaluation and using clinical research to inform and improve health care policy and procedures.

    Current Projects
    Selected Publications

    Penner, E. K., Viljoen, J. L., Douglas, K. S., & Roesch, R. Procedural justice vs. risk factors for offending: Predicting recidivism in youth. Law and Human Behavior. PMID: 24127893

    Penner, E. K. Youth Custody and Mental Disorder. (In press). Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Risk. UK: The Policy Press.

    Penner, E. K., Roesch, R., & Viljoen, J. L. (2011). Young offenders in custody: An international comparison of mental health services. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 10, 215-232.

    Viljoen, J. L., Penner, E. K., & Roesch, R. (2011). Competence and criminal responsibility in adolescent defendants: The roles of mental illness and adolescent development. In  Feld, B., & Sound, D. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook on Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice (pp. 527-548). UK: Oxford University Press.

    Viljoen, J. L., Wingrove, T., McLachlan, K., & Penner, E. K. (2010). Defense attorneys' concerns about the competence of adolescent defendants. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 28, 630-646. PMID: 20740506



    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, CGS 2009 & 2007
    • Research Grant in the Social Policy Field, 2009
    • American Psychology-Law Research Grant, 2008 

    Honours & Awards
    • President's Research Stipend, 2011
    • Waterhouse Graduate Fellowship in Organizational Innovation and Change, 2010
    • SFU Graduate Fellowship, 2009
    • Quinn Research Travel Grant, 2006
    Research Group Members