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Robin Kowalski

Professor of Psychology


Office: 410E Brackett Hall
Phone: 864-656-0348
Fax: 864-656-0358
Email: RKOWALS@clemson.edu
 

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Social Psychology
UNC-Greensboro 1990

M.A. Psychology
Wake Forest 1987

B. A. Psychology
Furman University 1985

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology
Women and Psychology
Advanced Experimental Design
Health Psychology
Social Psychology
Pursuit of Happiness

 Profile

Dr. Robin Kowalski is a professor of psychology at Clemson University. She obtained her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interests focus primarily on aversive interpersonal behaviors, most notably complaining, teasing and bullying, with a particular focus on cyber bullying. She is the author or co-author of several books including Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors, Social Anxiety, Aversive Interpersonal Behaviors, Behaving Badly, The Social Psychology of Emotional and Behavioral Problems, Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age. Her research on complaining brought her international attention, including an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show.” Dr. Kowalski has received several awards including Clemson University’s Award of Distinction, Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Phil Prince Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Classroom, Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science Senior Research Award, and the Clemson Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence. She was also recently named by Princeton Review as one of the best 300 professors in the nation, and was selected as a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 South Carolina Governor’s Professor of the Year Awards.

 Research Interests

My research interests focus primarily on aversive interpersonal behaviors, most notably complaining, teasing and bullying, with a particular focus on cyber bullying.

 Research Publications

Articles:

Kowalski, R. M. (2008). Cyber bullying: Recognizing and treating victim and aggressor.
Psychiatric Times, XXV, 45-47.

Kowalski, R. M. (2009). Cultural influences on the causes and experience of hurt
feelings. In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), Feeling hurt in close relationships (pp. 457-478). London: Cambridge University Press.

Kowalski, R. M. (2009). Bullying. Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health. Pasedena,
CA: Salem Press.

Kowalski, R. M., & Limber, S. (2009). Key findings about cyber bullying. Available
education.com.

Agatston, P. W., Kowalski, R. M., & Limber, S. P. (2009). Cyber bullying: “Best practices”for prevention and intervention for educators. Available education.com.

Kowalski, R. M. (2009). Hurt feelings. In H. T. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.),
Encyclopedia of human relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kowalski, R. M. (2009). Betrayal. In H. T. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.),
Encyclopedia of human relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Peters, C. S., Kowalski, R. M., & Malesky, L. A. (2010). Protecting minors
on the Internet. In J. M. Lampinen & K. Sexton-Radek (Eds.), Protecting
children from violence. New York: Psychology Press.

Kowalski, R. M. (2010). Interpersonal relationships. In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead
(Eds.), The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology (pp. 861-863). Hoboken, NJ:
John Wiley & Sons.

Kowalski, R. M., & Fedina, C. (2011). Cyber bullying in ADHD and Asperger Syndrome
populations. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 1202-1208.

Agatston, P. W., Kowalski, R. M., & Limber, S. E. (2011). Youth perspectives on
cyber bullying. In J. Patchin & S. Hinduja (Eds.), Cyber bullying. New York:
Routledge.

Kowalski, R. M., Giumetti, G. W., Schroeder, A. W., & Reese, H. H. (2012). Cyber bullying
among college students: Evidence domains of college life. In C. Wankel & L. Wankel
(Eds.), Misbehavior online in higher education (pp. 293-321). Bingley, UK: Emerald
Publishing Group.

Giumetti, G. W., McKibben, E. S., Hatfield, A. L., Schroeder, A. N., & Kowalski, R. M. (2012). Cyber incivility @ work: The new age of interpersonal deviance. Cyberpsychology,
Behavior, and Social Networking, 15, 148-154. doi:10.1089/cyber.2011.0336

Kowalski, R. M., Morgan, C., & Limber, S. (2012). Traditional bullying as a potential
warning sign of cyberbullying. School Psychology International, 33(5), 505-519.

Kowalski, R. M., Schroeder, A. N., & Smith, C. A. (2013). Bystanders and their willingness to
intervene in cyberbullying situations. In R. Hanewald (Ed.), From cyberbullying to cyber
safety: Issues and approaches in educational contexts. Sydney: Nova Publishers.

Skinner, J. A., & Kowalski, R. M. (2013). Profiles of sibling bullying. Journal of
Interpersonal Violence, 28, 1726-1736. doi: 10.1177/0886260512468327.

Kowalski, R. M., & Limber, S. (2013). Psychological, physical, and academic correlates
of cyberbullying and traditional bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, S13-S20.
doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.09.018

Giumetti, G. W., Hatfield, A. L., Scisco, J. L., Schroeder, A. N., Muth, E. R., & Kowalski, R. M.
(2013). What a rude e-mail! Examining the differential effects of incivility versus support
on mood, energy, engagement, and performance in an online context. Journal of
Occupational Health Psychology, 18(3), 297-309. doi:10.1037/a0032851

Kowalski, R. M. (2013). Definition and effects of cyberbullying. In M. Eastin (Ed.),
Encyclopedia of media violence. New York: Sage.

Kowalski, R. M., & Giumetti, G. (2014, April). Wall Posts and Tweets and Blogs, Oh my! A
look at cyber bullying via social media. In C. Marcum & G. Higgins (Eds.), Social
networking as a criminal enterprise. New York: CRC Press.

Kowalski, R. M., Giumetti, G., Schroeder, A., & Lattanner, M. (2014). Bullying in the
digital age: A critical review and meta-analysis of cyberbullying research among youth.
Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1073-1137.

Kowalski, R. M., Baker, B., Giumetti, G., Turner, J., Whittaker, E., Frazee, L., & Stephens, J.
(2014). Pet peeves and happiness: How do happy people
complain? Journal of Social Psychology, 154, 1-5.

Kowalski, R. M., & Whittaker, E. (in press). Cyberbullying: Prevalence, causes, and
consequences. In L. D. Rosen, L. M. Carrier, & N. A. Cheever (Eds.), The handbook of
psychology, technology, and society. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Limber, S., Kowalski, R. M., & Agatston, P. (2014). Cyberbullying. In D. Gentile (Ed.),
Media violence and children: A complete guide for parents and professionals (2nd ed., pp.
289-318). New York:Praeger.

Kowalski, R. M., Giumetti, G., & Limber, S. E. (in press). Bullying and cyberbullying among
rural youth. In K. Michael & J. P. Jameson (Eds.), Handbook of rural mental health.
New York: Springer.

Whittaker, E. B., & Kowalski, R. M. (in press). Cyberbullying. International Encyclopedia
of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd. ed.). New York: Elsevier.

Dean, J., & Kowalski, R. M. (in press). Hidden Trauma, Quiet Drama: The Prominence and
Consequence of Problematic Grieving Among College Students. Journal of College
Student Development.

Whittaker, E., & Kowalski, R. M. (in press). Cyberbullying via social media. Journal of School
Violence.

Books:

Kowalski, R. M., Limber, S., & Agatston, P. (2008). Cyber bullying: Bullying in the
digital age. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Kowalski, R. M., & Westen, D. (2009). Psychology (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley
& Sons.

Limber, S., Kowalski, R. M., & Agatston, P. (2009). Cyber bullying: A prevention
curriculum for grades 6-12. Center City, MN: Hazelton.

Limber, S., Kowalski, R. M., & Agatston, P. (2009). Cyber bullying: A prevention
curriculum for grades 3-5. Center City, MN: Hazelton.

Kowalski, R. M., & Westen, D. (2011). Psychology (6th ed). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley
& Sons.

Limber, R. M., Kowalski, R. M., & Agatston, P. W. (2011). Bullying 101: An online course.
Center City, MN: Hazelton.

Kowalski, R. M., Limber, S., & Agatston, P. W. (2012). Cyber bullying: Bullying in the
digital age (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley.

Limber, S., Kowalski, R. M., & Agatston, P. (in press). Cyber bullying: A prevention
curriculum for grades 6-12 (2nd ed.) Center City, MN: Hazelton.

Limber, S., Kowalski, R. M., & Agatston, P. (in press). Cyber bullying: A prevention
curriculum for grades 3-5 (2nd ed.) Center City, MN: Hazelton.

Kowalski, R. M. (in press). Psychology: PsychNotes. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.