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OBPP Leadership

Dan Olweus, PhD, Founder

Dan Olweus, PhD

Dan OlweusFor more than thirty-five years, Dr. Dan Olweus, research professor of psychology, affiliated with the Research Center for Health promotion (HEMIL) at the University of Bergen in Norway, has been involved in research and intervention work in the area of bullying problems among schoolchildren and youth. In 1970, he started a large-scale project that is now generally regarded as the first scientific study of bullying problems in the world, published as a book in Scandinavia in 1973 and in 1978 in the United States under the title Aggression in the Schools: Bullies and Whipping Boys. In the 1980s, Dr. Olweus conducted the first systematic intervention study against bullying in the world, which documented a number of positive effects of what is now the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). He was also the first to study the problem of bullying of students by teachers. Since 2001, he has been the leader of a government-initiated national initiative implementing OBPP on a large-scale basis in Norwegian elementary and junior high schools.

Dr. Olweus is generally recognized as a pioneer and founding father of research on bullying problems and as a leading expert in this area both by the research community and by society at large. His book Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do has been translated into more than twenty different languages. Dr. Olweus has received a number of awards and recognitions for his research and intervention work, including the "Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children" award by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Stanford, California.

Susan Limber, PhD, MLS, OBPP Executive Director

Susan Limber, PhD, MLS,

Dan OlweusSusan Limber is a faculty member at the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and professor of psychology at Clemson University. She is a developmental psychologist who received her masters and doctoral degrees in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a Masters of Legal Studies from Nebraska.  Dr. Limber’s research and writing have focused on legal and psychological issues related to youth violence (particularly bullying among children), child protection, and children’s rights. She directed the first wide-scale implementation and evaluation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States and co-authored the Blueprint for the Bullying Prevention Program as well as many other articles on the topic of bullying, including co-authoring a book, Cyber Bullying: Bulling in the Digital Age.  In recent years, she has directed the training for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States. Since 2001, she has provided consultation to the Health Resources and Services Administration on their bullying prevention efforts.  She is the recipient of several national awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award for Psychology in the Public Interest in 2004, the Nicholas Hobbs Award (awarded in 2012 by the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, American Psychological Association), and the 2012 Distinguished Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Service Psychology (awarded by the Division of Psychologists in Public Service, American Psychological Association).

Contact Information:
Susan P. Limber, Ph.D., 
Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life
Clemson University
2079 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-5205
Phone: 864-656-6320
FAX: 864-656-6281
Email: Slimber@clemson.edu

Marlene Snyder, PhD, OBPP Director of Development

Marlene Snyder PhD, is a faculty member of the Institute of Family and Neighborhood Life, Clemson University in South Carolina and serves as the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program’s national point of contact. Dr. Snyder serves as a national and international conference speaker and technical assistance consultant for educational, mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice agencies, and parent education organizations. Marlene consults regularly with a wide variety of professional and community organizations on a range of topics related to bullying prevention and intervention. She chaired the OBPP High School Advisory Group. She is a member of the Welcoming Schools National Advisory Board. She has written on the topic of ADHD including, a book entitled ADHD & Driving: A Guide for Parents of Teens with ADHD. Dr. Snyder is the founding president of the International Bullying Prevention Association.

Contact Information:
Marlene Snyder, Ph.D.
Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life
Clemson University
2038 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: 864-710-4562
FAX: 406-862-8971
Email: nobully@clemson.edu

Jane Riese, LSW, OBPP Director of Training

Jane Riese, MSW, LSW, is the Director of Training for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States and is a research associate with Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. Ms. Riese participated in the initial OBPP trainer certification process in 2000 and helped to coordinate and conduct the first U.S. Trainer Certification Course held in 2001 in Pennsylvania. She currently oversees Olweus trainer certification, recertification, and the work of Olweus Technical Assistance Consultants.  In collaboration with Olweusgruppen and Olweus International, Jane adapted and designed the Olweus Quality Assurance System for a pilot project for the certification of Olweus Schools in the United States.  A licensed social worker and prevention educator, Ms. Riese developed and directed dialogue-based restorative justice programming in her community and was the director of a prosecution-based victim services program. Jane serves as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

Contact Information:
Jane Riese, LSW
Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life
Clemson University
2038 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone:  717-870-7992
Email:  jriese@clemson.edu

 

Special Consultants

Vicki C. Flerx, PhD

Vicki C. Flerx, PhD, is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program author and retired research assistant professor of Clemson University’s Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life in South Carolina. She has expertise in both public and mental health. Dr. Flerx was one of the University of South Carolina researchers who first brought the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program to the United States. For nearly a decade after this initial research effort, she trained and consulted nationally to support the dissemination of the program. In addition, she has conducted research in family violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, and children exposed to domestic violence.

Contact Information:
Vicki Flerx, Ph.D.
Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life
Clemson University 
2038 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC  29634-5205 
Email:vflerx@clemson.edu

Nancy Mullin, M.Ed

Nancy Mullin, M. Ed., is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program author and director of Bullying Prevention Solutions.  Ms. Mullin is a nationally known trainer and consultant in the area of bullying prevention and developing awareness about the negative effects that bullying and related gender role stereotypes have on both school climate and student performance. She has been involved in research, curriculum development, and training. She coordinated the Massachusetts Bullying Prevention Project, the first statewide Olweus Bullying Prevention Program school initiative in the United States, which began in 1999.  Ms. Mullin is author of several publications about bullying including The Olweus Companion Bibliography for Grades K-12, and Quit It! A Teacher's Guide on Teasing and Bullying for Use with Students in Grades K–3, both recommended OBPP supplemental resources.

Contact Information:
Nancy Mullin, M.Ed., Director
Bullying Prevention Solutions
103 West Aycock Street
Raleigh, NC 27806
Phone/fax: 919-896-8825 
Email: mullin.nancy@yahoo.com

 

The list of Olweus Technical Assistant Consultants (OTACs) and their bios are here