The Bullying Prevention Research Group resides in the FSU College of Education and is led by Dr. Lyndsay Jenkins, a faculty member in the School Psychology program and Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program within the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems. Our overarching goal is to reduce bullying in K-12 schools. All research projects are focused on seeking to better understand bullying or ways we can decrease bullying by increasing peer and adult responses to bullying.
Bullying is a serious and pervasive problem in schools that is linked to numerous social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and academic difficulties not only for victims, but also for those who bully and bystanders (i.e., youth that witness bullying, but are not an aggressor or victim). Given these negative outcomes and the risks to youth, the goal of our research agenda is to reduce and prevent maladaptive peer interactions.
To meet this goal, we engage in research projects that (a) identify and understand youth in different bullying roles (e.g., bully, victim, assistant, defender, outsider); (b) investigate the role that peers and adults play in preventing or intervening in bullying; (c) develop psychometrically sound tools to assess bullying and bystander behaviors, and ultimately; (d) use this information to create and implement bullying prevention programs based on the social-ecological model and prevention science.
Dr. Lyndsay Jenkins
Jenkins received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Northern Illinois University and is a nationally certified school psychologist. She recently began teaching at Florida State after five years of teaching in Illinois. Jenkins is an associate editor for the Journal of School Psychology and recently was awarded the Early Career Award from the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Bullying Abuse Prevention. She regularly works with undergraduate and graduate students and their research projects and has sponsored over two dozen student research presentations at local, regional, and national conferences in the last three years.
McNeal is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Family and Child Sciences and Psychology in 2015 and earned her master’s and specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling in 2017, all from FSU.
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