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Educational Psychology Professors Tackle Bullying

Two faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology have recently contributed a wealth of expertise on the critical area of bullying among youth.  They have been interviewed by several media outlets, and both served as panel experts at a summit here at the University of Houston.  Following are highlights of their professional expertise on this crucial  topic.

Dr. Thomas Schanding

Dr. Thomas Schanding

Dr. Thomas Schanding recently shared his insight into the topic of bullying in schools, anti-bullying advice for educators and resources for students and parents in an Interview with the University of Houston.  He was also interviewed by the Houston Chronicle (Professor tries to get to the root of bullying) where he talks about his research regarding LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) bullying and his expert advice on the subject.

Schanding is a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. His research interests are: Applied Behavior Analysis; Response-To Intervention; Academic and Behavior Assessment/Intervention & Consultation; and Multicultural Issues & Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning Youth. 

Dr. Allison Dempsey

Dr. Allison Dempsey

Dr. Allison Dempsey was interviewed in an article in Medscape Medical News entitled Bullying in America: Time to Confront National Crisis Experts Say;  She wrote an article on Peer Victimization in Cyber Space and Social Anxiety Problems for education.com; and and she participated in a piece on Cyber Bullying for Eureka Media available on YouTube.

Dempsey is a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology.  Her research interests are: Pediatric Psychology and Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Influences of Social Experience on Adjustment and Health Behaviors; and Peer Victimization.

On November 13th Drs. Dempsey and Schanding both served as panel members at the "SUMMIT ON SOLUTIONS" Rally-4-Respect: Make Houston a Bully-Free Zone at the Bauer College of Business here at the University of Houston.  Dempsey served on the Cyber-bullying panel that addressed online bullying and how to stop, track and monitor this behavior.  Schanding added his knowledge to a panel entitled, Moving Beyond Tolerance to Respect which provided insight and solutions for the type of bullying that includes taunting and name calling.