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Why bullying is bad for kids

Release date: July 18, 2022

My very special guest for this first episode of Season 2 is the venerable Dorothy Espelage. Dorothy is the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education; she is the author of numerous books on bullying, including Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools; and she is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American Psychological Association for her work on bullying. In other words, Dorothy is the expert on bullying. She and I discuss bullying and its consequences, and we attempt to answer a listener's question about workplace bullying. More information about Dorothy can be found below.

Biography of Dorothy Espelage

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education at

the University of North Carolina. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement

Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions

to Research in Public Policy, and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. She was recently

elected to the National Academy of Education and awarded the SPR Prevention Science

Award in 2020. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University

in 1997. Over the last 22 years, she has authored over 230 peer- reviewed articles, seven

edited books, and 80 chapters on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment,

dating violence, and gang violence. Her research focuses on translating empirical

findings into prevention and intervention programming and she has secured over 15

million dollars of external funding. She advises members of Congress and Senate on

bully prevention legislation. She conducts regular webinars for CDC, NIH, and NIJ to

disseminate research. She has conducted randomized clinical trials to evaluate K-12

social-emotional learning programs to reduce youth aggression, peer-led interventions to

address sexual violence and suicidal behaviors, and virtual reality-based bully prevention

programs. Findings of her research are guiding state, national, and international efforts to

prevent youth violence and promote positive school climates. She authored a 2011 White

House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference

in 2011, and has been a consultant on the website and consultant to the

National Anti-bullying Campaign, Health Resources and Services Administration

(HRSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She has presented

multiple times at the Federal Partnership to End Bullying Summit and Conference. She is

a consultant to the National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Initiative to

address bullying and youth suicide. 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.


Dorothy Espelage




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