Preventing bullying

“Preventing Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Sexual Harassment,” is the topic of the annual Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

Dr. Dorothy Espelage, professor of child development and associate chair in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will deliver the lecture.

Dr. Espelage authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) youth and has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show; and Anderson Cooper 360.

She has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for the last 18 years. She presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and is author on more than 90 professional publications. She is co-editor of four published books including Bullying in North American Schools: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Prevention and Intervention and International Handbook of Bullyingpublished by Routledge.

Dr. Espelage is associate editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She is funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents.

She earned her PhD in counseling psychology from Indiana University, her MA in clinical psychology from Radford University, and her B.S. in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity is brought annually to the campus and community by an endowment established by Elliot and Rosel Schewel. The purpose of the event is to help educate citizens and focus discussion on a topic that is important to all Americans.