Professorship focuses on bullying prevention
By Sharon Crout
A new professorship focuses on the prevention of bullying and other forms of aggression among children.
Susan P. Limber has been named the first Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor at the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. Her work on bullying prevention served as the scientific foundation for the design of the national public information campaign, “Stop Bullying Now.” In addition, Limber collaborated with Robin Kowalski, Clemson psychology professor, on a book and school curriculum on the topic of cyber bullying.
“The establishment of the professorship and Dr. Limber’s appointment mark 10 years of national leadership in bullying prevention by the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life,” said Dr. Gary Melton, institute director.
The institute has led development of a network of research-based programs for bullying prevention, serving as the hub for dissemination of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the U.S. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in June noting that the most successful programs for bullying prevention have been based on the Olweus model.