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Kenneth Dodge Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Duke University

Dr. Dodge is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He grew up in Chicago, graduated from Northwestern University, and then earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Duke University. He is the first Director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, where he leads an effort to bridge basic scientific research in children’s development with public policy affecting children and families.

Dr. Dodge has published more than 400 scientific articles and is the principal investigator for several large research grants. He has devoted his career to understanding how some children grow into chronically aggressive adults and how interventions and public policies can prevent this development. Dr. Dodge has served on the faculties of Duke University, Indiana University, the University of Colorado, and Vanderbilt University. He is married to Claudia Jones, M.D. They have two children, Graham and Zoe.

Awards and Credentials

  1. American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution
  2. Boyd McCandless Award for Scientific Contribution to Developmental Psychology
  3. Senior Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health
  4. Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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    Debbie's son Jeff took his own life as a freshman in high school. He had been bullied relentlessly for two years in 7th and 8th grade. After his death, Debbie channeled her grief and anger to get a new law passed in Florida – The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act. It requires schools to intervene in bullying, including online bullying, or face losing education funding.

    Jeff was an intelligent, happy, and popular child when the bullying began in 7th grade. His bully recruited other classmates to exclude Jeff from activities, make hurtful and untrue accusations, and make fun of his appearance. Jeff loved music and Japanese anime. For months he developed an online game that he shared with friends. His bully discovered the password for the site and destroyed the game, replacing it with a web site defaming Jeff. Despite his physical strength, Jeff, a pacifist, never retaliated against the classmate who picked on him.

    As the bullying became worse, Debbie spoke to the principal and teachers at the school who tried to intervene. It only served to make the situation worse. One intervention included sitting Jeff down with his bully, a situation which Debbie likens to having a rapist sit down with his victim to justify why she deserved it.

    In his final note, Jeff said that “Nothing ever changes the world.” In honor of her son, Debbie lobbied to change the law in Florida to give schools more authority to intervene in bullying cases. For three years she drove to the state capital in Tallahassee to urge lawmakers to pass the bill. It did in April 2008. It is one of the most comprehensive in the country and Debbie is fighting to pass similar laws in all states.

    Debbie founded Students for Safer Schools, an advocacy group for young people. She is the Bully Police Florida Co-Director and has been a speaker at several statewide conferences, bringing Jeff's Story to students across Florida in school assemblies.

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    Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

    Research Scientist

    Yale University

    Dr. Brackett is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He is also the Deputy Director of Yale’s Health, Emotion, and Behavior Laboratory and Head of the Emotional Intelligence Unit in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He has authored, coauthored, or edited more than 60 scholarly publications, including six social and emotional learning programs for students, teachers, and administrators. He codeveloped the RULER model of emotional literacy, which posits that teaching children and adults to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate emotions contributes to positive development.

    Dr. Brackett’s current research focuses on measuring emotion-based skills and their links to later life outcomes, including relationship quality, mental health, and academic/work performance. He has received over $2 million in grants to study the impact of his team’s social and emotional learning programs on students’, educators’, and administrators’ personal and professional lives.

    Awards and Credentials

    1. Chair, American Education Research Association Special Interest Group: Social and Emotional Learning, 2009-2010
    2. Joseph E. Zins Award for Early Career Contributions to Research on Social and Emotional Learning, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), 2009
    3. Award for Excellence in Research, MENSA Education and Research Foundation, 2004

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    Recommended Reading List

    • Emotional Literacy in the Classroom: Upper Elementary. Brackett, M. A., et al. (2009). National Professional Resources.
    • "Measuring Emotional Intelligence as a Mental Ability in Adults and Children." Rivers, S.E., et al. (2008). Handbook of personality theory and testing. Sage.
    • "A Sustainable, Skill-based Model to Building Emotionally Literate Schools." Brackett, M.A., et al. (2009). Handbook of Developing Emotional and Social Intelligence: Best Practices, Case Studies, and Tools. Wiley.
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    Jaana Juvonen, Ph.D.

    Professor of Psychology

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Dr. Juvonen conducts research on young adolescent peer relationships. A central goal of her work is to understand how groups respond to “different” others. Her latest research examines the ways in which bullying shapes both societal norms and the adjustment of individuals.

    She has coauthored and coedited three books, including Peer Harassment in School: The Plight of the Vulnerable and Victimized. Her research has been cited in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Science Monitor, and Time magazine.

    Dr. Juvonen received her doctorate from the Department of Education at UCLA. She publishes mainly in developmental journals and has served on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology and Child Development. She also consults schools on anti-bullying programs.

    Awards and Credentials

    1. National Academy of Education Spencer Fellowship
    2. Senior Fellowship of the Academy of Finland
    3. UCLA Psychology Department Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award

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    • "Extending the School Social Scene?—Bullying Experiences in Cyberspace." Juvonen, J. et al. (2008). Journal of School Health, 78.
    • "Peer Influence in Involuntary Social Groups: Lessons from Research on Bullying." Juvonen, J., et al. (2008). Peer Influence Processes Among Youth. Guilford.
    • "Ethnic Diversity and Perceptions of Safety in Urban Middle School." Juvonen, J., et al. (2006). Psychological Science, 17.