Head of the Schools and Community Wellbeing, Telethon Kids Institute
Kevin Runions, Ph.D., is the Head of the Schools and Community Wellbeing team at Telethon Kids Institute, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families, which aims to address deep and persistent disadvantage. He holds a doctoral degree in Human Development and Education from the University of Toronto. Dr. Runions has expertise in bullying, aggression, and dysregulated behaviors, focusing on understanding the factors that enable young people to bully others, including emotional, motivational, and volitional contributors. Dr. Runions is also interested in how schools can work better to prevent and respond to bullying, and has tendered multiple reports to aid schools in addressing bullying and student wellbeing. In 2023, he will begin a role with School Mental Health Ontario, leading their implementation research. He is on the council of the International Society for Research on Aggression, and serves on the editorial board of Aggressive Behavior, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and the Journal of Psychologist and Counselors in Schools.