2024 David Wolfe Scholarship Recipient

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Maria Ibanez

Maria Ibanez

Congratulations to Maria Ibanez, the 2024 recipient of the David Wolfe Scholarship on Research on Violence Prevention.  Maria Ibanez is a high-achieving, clinically skilled doctoral student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at the Faculty of Education.

As a Year 4 PhD student, Maria continues to pursue research on supporting violence prevention and increased student well-being through her work with community organizations to develop feasible evaluation frameworks to understand the impact of the Healthy Relationships Program (HRP). Outcome evaluation is essential to demonstrate the impact of evidence-based programs, like HRP, but many practical barriers exist in conducting rigorous evaluations. Maria's research continues to advance feasible ways to do this at a community level with the available resources.

Maria has a longstanding history of strong academic achievement and is pursuing her final psychology training year as a psychology resident in the York Region District School Board.

The David Wolfe scholarship was established in 2016 to recognize Dr. Wolfe’s work in research on violence prevention. Awarded annually in June to a graduate student in the Faculty of Education based on academic achievement and research on violence prevention and student well-being in schools.

Dr. David Wolfe is a Senior Research Scholar and Professor with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the Faculty of Education at Western University. Dr. Wolfe is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, past President of Division 37 (Child, Youth, and Family Services), and received a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).