Wendy Verhoek-Oftedahl (Prince Edward Island)

VERHOEK-OFTEDAHLWendy Verhoek-Oftedahl, Ph.D. is the Family Violence Prevention and Community Development Coordinator for Prince Edward Island.  She is an injury epidemiologist with 20 years of experience in the field of family violence prevention.  Her research focus has been the evaluation of methods for public health surveillance of intimate partner and sexual violence, child maltreatment and elder abuse including analysis of incident characteristics to inform prevention efforts.  She was a contributor to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uniform Definitions for Public Health Surveillance of Intimate Partner Violence, Child Maltreatment and Elder Abuse.  She served as the project manager for the Rhode Island component of the US National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) where domestic violence-related femicides and other femicides were among violent deaths assessed.   She currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of the Practice of Epidemiology at Brown University and is a collaborator on the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP).