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Hi. I'm Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I've had a fortunate opportunity to study bullying, homophobism and sexual harassment among adolescents and college students for the last 17 years. I take great passion. I, actually, would say that it's the love of my life. It's not always a happy venture when you're thinking about studying bullying and sexual harassment. But, when you get kids to change their attitudes towards bullying and you see a shift in school climates and you get parents who have effectively can have conversations with their kids, then that's a good day. So, anyway, I live for those little kernels. I find it very hard to make sure that the schools are implementing what we call evidence-based, science-based programming in our schools and that we're really looking at ourselves in society to figure out how we can as aunts, as teachers, as parents, as administrators, politicians, how we're addressing the bullying phenomenon, one in which that is entrenched in society. You know, they asked me to talk about what I like to do for fun in between the hundreds of hours of work a week. And, I have to say I enjoy my runs and I enjoy interacting with my niece and nephew whether they're, you know, playing hockey or I get to watch them in a spelling bee. For me, as a child developmentalist, it is just beautiful to see the works that I do actually play out in the real lives of children.
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Dorothy Espelage

Professor of Child Development

Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, is a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She is a University Scholar and has fellow status in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. She has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for the last 18 years. As a result, she presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and is author on over 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 Bullying published by Routledge. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She has presented thousands of workshops and in-service training seminars for teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers across the U.S.  Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming.  She is currently funded by the CDC for a randomized clinical trial of a bullying prevention program in 36 middle schools. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011. She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents and CDC and NIJ are funding a longitudinal study of predictors of bullying and dating violence among adolescents. Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Anderson 360 and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, People, Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. Her dedicated team of undergraduate and graduate students are committed to the dissemination of the research through various mechanisms.

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