Sibylle Artz, Ph.D., is a full professor in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on youth aggression, with an emphasis on girls' use of violence. Her community-based collaborative research projects include: a five year project entitled A Community Based Violence Prevention Project that was instrumental in reducing school based violence in the participating district by 40-50%; A Community-Based Approach for Dealing with Violent Under Twelve Year Old Youth; collaborative work undertaken with service providers and titled Developing Girls’ Custody Units: A Project in Two Phases; a project that involved three Vancouver Island communities, Developing a Gender-Sensitive Community Needs Assessment Tool for Supporting At-Risk Girls and Young Women; Homelessness Outreach Project for Single Parent Families, a CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child Youth and Health (IHDCYH), Newly Emerging Team Program. Aggressive and Violent Girls: Contributing Factors Developmental Course and Intervention Strategies, and two projects involving collaboration with a local alternative school, titled Implementing innovative strategies for reducing aggression and violence in at-risk mothers and their babies, and Documenting an Integrated Childcare Program’s Ability to Support At-risk Young Mothers and their Children.
Sibylle has published more than fifty refereed articles and written two books, Feeling as a Way of Knowing (1994) and Sex, Power and the Violent School Girl (1997). She is co-editor of Working Relationally with Girls (2004) with Dr. Marie Hoskins. Sibylle was chosen in 1998 as Academic of the Year by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia, and in 2004, received the Award of Distinction for Research from the McCreary Youth Foundation of Vancouver. In 2008, she was selected for a Leadership Victoria Award for her many years of community-based research. In 2010, with co-editor Dr. Jennifer White, she launched a new electronic, peer-reviewed publication, the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies. She is currently participating as the Canadian partner in an international research project on girls and aggression that involves six European countries and conducting two collaborative research projects: an SSHRC Insight Development Project entitled, Understanding the Cost of Violence: Violence and Crime Prevention and Safety for Children and Families and a Law Foundation of British Columbia Legal Research Fund Project entitled, Girls in Custody in BC.