Jen Green and Melissa Holt co-chaired a symposium – New Directions in Research on Bullying and Homophobic Behavior – at the annual AERA conference held in Chicago this April. Presentations from lab members focused on the role of forgiveness in buffering against mental health problems among adolescents who have been bullied (Cong Zhang, Javier Guzman, Melissa Holt); the extent to which vocational aspirations among youth are associated with bullying involvement (Chelsey Bowman, Jennifer Greif Green, Melissa Holt, Meredith Richter, Gerald Reid); and the degree to which previously bullied college youth are at increased risk for hazing on university campuses (Gerald Reid, Alexandra Campione, Jennifer Greif Green).
BULLYING AND SEXUAL RISK TAKING
Melissa Holt and Gerald Reid, along with their co-authors (Alana Vivolo, Joshua Polanin, Kristin Holland, Sarah Degue, Jennifer Matjasko, and Misty Wolfe) had an article published in Pediatrics focused on the link between bullying and sexual risk taking. The study was highlighted in a number of media outlets, including US News and World Report.
DR. GREEN RECEIVES THE 2014 EARLY CAREER AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARLY CONTRIBUTIONS TO BULLYING PREVENTION
Dr. Green has received the 2014 Early Career Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Bullying Abuse Prevention, presented by the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. The Early Career Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Bullying Abuse Prevention recognized Green for her exemplary scholarly contributions to the field of bullying abuse prevention and conducted research that has the potential to influence practice and policy. For more information, visit http://gse.buffalo.edu/ALBERTICENTER.
DR. GREEN’S RESEARCH IS FEATURED ON FOX NEWS
On June 3, 2014 Dr. Green discussed research she conducted with Dr. Jon Comer and colleagues on the effects of the Boston Marathon bombings on children. Study findings were published in Pediatrics (Comer et al (2014)). To watch the video of Dr. Green, please click on: Marathon study – Fox 25 – Jen
PRESENTATIONS AT THE MASSACHUSETTS PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (MPA) CONFERENCE
Cong Zhang presented findings from a qualitative investigation on college adjustment among first year college students who had been exposed to past bullying victimization. She won the MPA student award for this poster presentation.
AMANDA DIMEO AWARDED FUNDING THROUGH BU’S UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM (UROP)
Amanda Dimeo, who has been a research team member for the past three years, was awarded UROP funding for the Fall 2013 semester. She plans to use the college bullying data to address the following question: “Does LGBTQ status moderate the association between bullying and depression/anxiety among first-year college students?” She hypothesizes that LGBTQ students who have been bullied are more likely to be depressed/anxious upon entry to college and during spring semester of their first year than non-LGBTQ students who have been bullied.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION PRESENTATION, AUGUST 2013
FACULTY AND STUDENTS PRESENT AT THE 2013 AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE.
Members of the Social Adjustment and Bullying Prevention Lab organized a symposium focused on college adjustment among previously bullied students. Melissa Holt, Cong Zhang, Dorothy Espelage, and Paul Poteat presented a paper titled: “Associations between bullying and other victimization exposures among college students.” Gerald Reid and Melissa Holt co-authored a paper titled: “Bullying: Associations with college adjustment.” Finally, Jill Sharkey, Erika Felix, and Jennifer Green presented a paper on: “Retrospective reports on bullying: The California Bully Victimization Scale.”
MEETING WITH RESEARCHERS FROM JAPAN.
On March 4th Drs. Holt, Green, and Howard welcomed a group of visitors from Japan who recently received a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education to study child abuse and neglect. The researchers were interested in finding out more about how child abuse and neglect is addressed within U.S. schools and how teachers specifically are trained to deal with the issue. Dr. Holt also presented findings from two studies that highlighted connections between child abuse and neglect and bullying.
@SED ALUMNI MAGAZINE ARTICLE.
Drs. Green and Holt were interviewed about bullying for the Boston University @SED Fall 2012 Alumni Magazine. The article, Too Cruel for School, can be accessed through this linked PDF.
STUDENTS AWARDED FUNDING THROUGH BU’S GRANTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING AND SCHOLARSHIP.
Two undergraduate research team members, Kimberly Doherty and Amanda Cavagnero, were awarded funding for Spring 2013 through the BU Grants for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarship (GUTS) program. The awards will provide stipends to Kimberly and Amanda to assist with grant writing.
MEETING WITH SOUTH KOREAN DELEGATION.
On November 7th Drs. Holt and Green and Associate Dean of Research Dr. Solberg welcomed a group of visitors from South Korea who were interested in finding out more about bullying and initiatives through the Boston University School of Education. Members of the Korean Delegation included representatives from the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology and researchers from the National Youth Policy Institute. Additional attendees included student members of the Social Adjustment and Bullying Prevention Lab and Dr. Renee Johnson from the Boston University School of Public Health.