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.


The mental health profiles of pediatric organ transplant recipients
Pediatric Transplantation
Penner, E.K. and Walker, H. and Moon, E. and Slavec, J. and Hind, T. and Blydt-Hansen, T.D.
DOI: 10.1111/petr.14151

Questioning fairness: the relationship of mental health and psychopathic characteristics with young offenders' perceptions of procedural justice and legitimacy
Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health
Penner, E.K. and Shaffer, C.S. and Viljoen, J.L.
DOI: 10.1002/cbm.2004

Procedural justice versus risk factors for offending: Predicting recidivism in youth.
Law and Human Behavior
Erika K. Penner and Jodi L. Viljoen and Kevin S. Douglas and Ronald Roesch
DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000055

Youth custody and mental disorder
A Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health & Risk
Penner, E.

Young Offenders in Custody: An International Comparison of Mental Health Services
International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
Erika K. Penner and Ronald Roesch and Jodi L. Viljoen
DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2011.598427

Competence and Criminal Responsibility in Adolescent Defendants
Oxford Handbooks Online
Jodi Viljoen and Erika Penner and Ronald Roesch
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195385106.013.0022

Defense attorneys' concerns about the competence of adolescent defendants
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Jodi L. Viljoen and Kaitlyn McLachlan and Twila Wingrove and Erika Penner
DOI: 10.1002/bsl.954


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, CGS 2009 & 2007

American Psychology-Law Research Grant, 2008

Research Grant in the Social Policy Field, 2009

Honours & Awards

SFU Graduate Fellowship, 2009

Waterhouse Graduate Fellowship in Organizational Innovation and Change, 2010

President's Research Stipend, 2011