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  • Bullying and Trauma Prevention Research Group

    The Bullying and Trauma 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 and related trauma in K-12 schools. Please see the list of publications and presentations below for an example of current projects.

    Dr. Jenkins is accepting doctoral students for the 2019-2020 school year for the combined Ph.D. program in Counseling and School Psychology.  Click here for more information about applying to the program.

    Research Team Membersexpand menu

    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.

     

    Tara McNeal
    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.

    Danielle EftaxasDanielle Eftaxas
    Eftaxas is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling and School Psychology program. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Psychology and Sociology. Her research and clinical interests are in the areas of traumatic brain injuries, sexual victimization and prison-settings.

    Maritza MillerMaritza Miller
    Miller is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology from Dartmouth in 2013 and earned her master’s in Forensic psychology from George Washington University in 2017.

    Josh DrayerJoshua Drayer
    Drayer is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology PhD program. He earned his bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University in Psychology in 2015 and then moved to Tallahassee in 2016 to complete his master’s in Sport Psychology at Florida State. His research interests span both education and athletics, and have included topics such as performance measurement and hazing.

    Sarah GubaraSarah Gubara
    Sarah is a doctoral student in the combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology PhD program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences and a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include trauma, refugee mental health, and identity development.

    Sonya SnyderSonya Snyder
    Sonya is a doctoral student in the combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009 from the University of Tennessee. She earned her master’s degree in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 2011 and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 2018. Her research interests include trauma, coping, and resilience in adolescents and animal-assisted therapy.

    Stone BogartStone Bogart
    Bogart is a doctoral student in the Counseling and School Psychology program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Community and Behavioral Health in 2018 from the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include the following: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), childhood trauma, bullying, grief, loss, and bereavement.

    James HowellJames Howell
    Howell is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at Florida State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Abilene Christian University, and his master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include trauma and access to mental health services.

    Kayla MiskimonKayla Miskimon is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University in 2018. Her research interests include bullying prevention and intervention, and special education.

    StephanStephan Mitchell is a graduate student studying School Psychology at Florida State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Monroe College in New York City. His research interests include trauma, substance abuse, aggression, social pressure and resilience.

     

    SuraviSuravi Changlani is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Cornell University and earned her master’s in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.

     

    Heather MillerHeather Miller is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Akron. Her current research interests focus on adolescent/early adulthood suicide prevention, stigma associated with mental health, building resilience, coping with trauma, and trauma informed care. 

     

    Relevant Research Publicationsexpand menu

    (*indicates student author)

    *Eldridge, M., & Jenkins, L. N. (2019). The Bystander Intervention Model: Teacher intervention in traditional and cyber bullying. International Journal of Bullying Prevention, Advanced Online Publication, doi: 10.1007/s42380-019-00033-7

    Jenkins, L. N., & Nickerson, A. (2019). Bystander intervention in bullying: Role of social skills and gender. Journal of Early Adolescence, 39, 141-166. doi:10.1177/0272431617735652

    Jenkins, L., & Canivez, G. (2019). Hierarchical factor structure of the Bullying Participant Behavior Questionnaire with a middle school sample. International Journal of School and Educational Psychology, Advanced Online Publication. doi:10.1080/21683603.2019.1636734

    Nickerson, A., Fredrick, S., Allen, K., & Jenkins, L. (2019). Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practices in schools: Effects on perceptions of bullying victimization. Journal of School Psychology, 73, 74-88. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2019.03.002

    Yang, C., Fredrick, S., Nickerson, A., Jenkins, L., & Xie, Jia-Shu. (2019). Initial development and validation of the multidimensional teacher victimization scale among Chinese teachers. School Psychology Quarterly, 34, 244-252. doi:10.1037/spq0000307

    *Bounds, C. M., & Jenkins, L. N. (2018). Teacher-directed violence and stress: The role of school setting. Contemporary School Psychology, 22, 435-442. doi:10.1007/s40688-018-0180-3

    Floress, M. T., Jenkins, L. N., Reinke, W., & *McKown, L. (2018). General education teachers’ natural rates of praise: A preliminary investigation. Behavioral Disorders, 43, 411-422. doi:10.1177/0198742917709472

    Jenkins, L. N., Fredrick, S., & *Wenger, J. L. (2018). Peer victimization and social-emotional outcomes: The role of teacher and peer support. Aggressive Behavior, 44, 176-184. doi:10.1002/ab.21741

    Jenkins, L. N., Tennant, J., & Demaray, M. K. (2018). Executive functioning and bullying participant roles: Differences for boys and girls. Journal of School Violence, 17, 521-537. doi:10.1080/15388220.2018.1453822

    Jenkins, L., Fredrick, S. S., & Nickerson, A. (2018). The assessment of bystander intervention in bullying: Examining measurement invariance across gender. Journal of School Psychology, 69, 73-83. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2018.05.008

    Menolascino, N., & Jenkins, L. N. (2018). Predicting bystander intervention among middle school students. School Psychology Quarterly, 33, 305-313. doi:10.1037/spq0000262

    Yang, C., Jenkins, L. N., Fredrick, S. S., Chen, C., Xie, J., & Nickerson, A. (2018). Teacher victimization by students in China: A multilevel analysis. Aggressive Behavior. doi:10.1002/ab.21806

    Brown, C., Demaray, M. K., *Tennant, J., & Jenkins, L. N. (in press). Cyber victimization in high school: Measurement, overlap with face-to-face victimization, and associations with social-emotional outcomes. School Psychology Review.

    Jenkins, L. N. & Fredrick, S.S. (2017). Social capital and bystander behavior in bullying: Internalizing problems as a barrier to prosocial intervention. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 757-771. doi:10.1007/s10964-017-0637-0

    Jenkins, L. N., & Nickerson, A. B. (in press). Bullying participant roles and gender as predictors of bystander intervention. Aggressive Behavior, 43, 281-290. doi: 1002/ab.21688

    Jenkins, L. N., Demaray, M. K., & Tennant, J. (2017). Social, emotional, and cognitive predictors of bullying. School Psychology Review, 46, 42-64.

    Jenkins, L. N., Mulvey, N., & Floress, M. T. (in press). Social and language skills related to bullying roles in early childhood: A narrative summary of the literature. Education and Treatment of Children. 

    *Bounds, C., & Jenkins, L. N. (2016). Teacher-directed violence in relation to social support and work stress. Contemporary School Psychology, 20, 336-344. doi: 1007/s40688-016-0091-0

    Jenkins, L. N., & Demaray, M. K. (2015). Indirect effects in the peer victimization-academic achievement relation: The role of academic self-concept and gender. Psychology in the Schools, 52, 235-247. doi: 1002/pits.21824

    Demaray, M. K., Summers, K. H., Jenkins, L. N., & Becker, L. (2014). The Bully Participant Behavior Questionnaire (BPBQ): Establishing a reliable and valid measure. Journal of School Violence, 15, 158-188. doi: 1080/15388220.2014.964801

    Jenkins, L. N., Demaray, M. K., Fredrick, S. S., & Summers, K. H. (2014). Associations among middle school students’ bullying roles and social skills. Journal of School Violence, 15, 259-278. doi:1080/15388220.2014.986675

    Rueger, S. Y., & Jenkins, L. N. (2014). Effects of peer victimization on psychological and academic adjustment in early adolescence. School Psychology Quarterly, 29, 77-88. doi: 10.1037/spq0000036

    Rueger, S. Y., Chen, P., Jenkins, L. N., & Hyung, J. C. (2013). Effects of perceived social support from mothers, fathers, and teachers on depressive symptoms during the transition to middle school. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 655-670. doi: 1007/s10964-013-0039-x

    Conference Presentationsexpand menu

    *denotes student author

    2019

     

    *Fields, R., *Huffman, E., & Jenkins, L. (accepted). Exploring Predictors of Social Emotional Learning: The Role of School Engagement. Poster presentation submitted for approval.

    Floress, M., Jenkins, L., & Briesch, A. (accepted). Generalizability and dependability of teacher praise and reprimand. Poster presentation submitted for approval.

    Fredrick, S., & Jenkins, L. (accepted). Social-emotional learning instruction and peer victimization. Poster presentation submitted for approval.

    Fredrick, S., Jenkins, L., & *Dexter, C. (accepted). Retrospective peer victimization and current well-being among college students. Poster presentation submitted for approval.

    *Highsmith, D., *Knoeppel, C., & Jenkins, L. (accepted). Predictors of school safety in an ethnically diverse student body. Poster presentation submitted for approval.

    Jenkins, L., *Miskimon, K., & *Bogart, S. (accepted). Associations among teacher reactions to bullying and school climate. Poster presentation submitted for approval.

    Fredrick, S., & Jenkins, L. (presented 2019). Perceptions of bullying and school safety among boarding school students. Poster presentation to be given at the meeting of American Psychological Association. (National)

    *Gubara, S., *Bogart, S., *Snyder, S., *Miller, M., & Jenkins, L. (presented 2019). Is the relation between protective factors and internalized distress mediated by trauma? Poster presentation to be given at the meeting of American Psychological Association. (National

    *McNeal, T., *Eftaxas, D., *Howell, J., & Jenkins, L. (presented 2019). The relations among childhood trauma, coping, resilience, and sexual victimization in college students. Poster presentation to be given at the meeting of American Psychological Association. (National)

    Jenkins, L., *McNeal, T., *Drayer, J., & Canto, A. (presented 2019). Association between childhood trauma and negative social experiences in college. Presentation at the meeting of National Association of School Psychologists. (National)

    Jenkins, L., *Synder, S., & *Miller, M. (presented 2019). Bystander intervention in bullying: Differences across latent classes. Presentation at the meeting of National Association of School Psychologists. (National)

     

    2018

     

    Jenkins, L., & Fredrick, S. F. (presented 2018, August). Dimensions of empathy and bystander intervention in bullying. Poster presentation at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA. (National)

    *McNeal, T., & Jenkins, L. (presented 2018, August). The role of social skills in traditional and cyber bullying. Poster presentation at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA. (National)

    *Bounds, C. M., & Jenkins, L. (presented 2018, February). Teacher-directed violence: What it is, what it means, and how you can help. Poster presentation at National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL. (National)

    *Taylor, K., & Jenkins, L. (presented 2018, February). The Bystander Intervention in Bullying survey: An examination in an elementary school sample. Poster presentation at National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, National Association of School Psychologists. (National)

    Tennant, J., & Jenkins, L. (presented 2018, February). Social-emotional skill-based differences between active and passive bystanders of bullying. Poster presentation at National Association of School Psychologists annual conference, National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL. (National)

    2017

    *Eldridge, M., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2017). Teacher characteristics and influence with the bystander intervention model. Poster to be presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

    Jenkins, L. N., & Canivez, G. L. (February 2017). Higher order structure of the Bullying Participant Behavior Questionnaire with a middle school sample. Poster to be presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

    Jenkins, L. N., & Fredrick, S. S. (February 2017). Social capitol as a predictor of bystander behavior. Paper to be presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

    Jenkins, L. N., & Nickerson, A. (February 2017). Bystander intervention in bullying: Role of social skills and gender. Paper to be presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

    *Menolascino, N., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2017). Predicting bystander intervention among middle school students. Paper to be presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

    Canivez, G. L., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2017). Higher order structure of the Bullying Participant Behavior Questionnaire with an elementary school sample. Poster to be presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

     

    2016

    Jenkins, L. N., & Nickerson, A. B. (February 2016). Bullying participant roles and gender as predictors of bystander intervention. Paper presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

    Jenkins, L. N., Canivez, G. L., & *Zegadlo, S. (February 2016). Structural validity of the ACES: Hierarchical exploratory factor analyses. Poster presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

    Jenkins, L. N., Tennant, J. E., & Demaray, M. K. (February 2016). Executive functioning skills and bullying participant roles. Poster presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

    Tennant, J. E., Jenkins, L. N., & Demaray, M. K. (February 2016). Cyber victimization: Overlap with traditional victimization and associated social-emotional outcomes. Poster presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

     

    2015

    Jenkins, L. N. (October 2015). National and Illinois anti-bullying legislation. Presentation at annual Bridging Voices in our Community (BVC): Bullying Prevention Conference, Charleston, IL.

    *Menolascino, N., *Rusk, K., *Eldridge, M., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2015). Cyberbullying and Suicidal Ideation. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

    *Taylor, K., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2015). Standing by versus bystanding: Characteristics of defenders and outsiders in bullying episodes. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

    *Bounds, C., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2015). Coping with teacher-directed violence: The role of social support. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

    *Vanderwyst, A., *Saintyl, S., *Baji, L., *Yaeger, J., *Beschta, S., Floress, M. T., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2015). Teachers’ frequency of praise: Examining perceptions of praise and classroom management styles. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

    *Baji, L., *Yaeger, J., *Beschta, S., *Vanderwyst, A., *Saintyl, S., Floress, M. T., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2015). Direct behavioral classroom observations: Teachers’ behavior specific praise and student disruptive behavior. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

    *Baji, L., *Suchy, C., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2015). Social and emotional characteristics of victimized defenders. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

    *Charles, K., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2015). A review of evidence-based math problem solving teaching strategies. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

     

    2014

    Jenkins, L. N. (October 2014). Social and emotional characteristics of victimized defenders. Presentation at annual Bridging Voices in our Community (BVC): Bullying Prevention Conference, Charleston, IL.

    Floress, M. T., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2014). A preliminary investigation of kindergarten teachers’ use of praise in general education classrooms. Poster presented at annual convention of National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, D.C.

    Secord, S. M., Jenkins, L. N., Summers, K. H., & Demaray, M. K. (February 2014). Social skills and bullying participant roles. Poster presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, D.C.

    Summers, K. H., Demaray, M. K., & Jenkins, L. N. (February 2014). The Bully Participant Role Survey: Development and psychometric properties. Paper presented at annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, D.C.

    *Berlinghoff, J., *Bounds, C., Floress, M., & Jenkins, L. N. (January 2014). Kindergarten teacher praise in general education classrooms. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

    *Howe, S., *Eldridge, M., Jenkins, L. N., & Floress, M. (January 2014). Rates of teacher’s behavior specific praise and relation to disruptive behaviors. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

    *Nesbitt, M., *Wenger, J., & Jenkins, L. N. (January 2014) Defenders and Outsiders: PBS Programs that promote defending. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

     

    2013

    Jenkins, L. N., & Demaray, M. K. (February 2013). Peer social support: Gender differences and relations to emotional outcomes. Poster presented at annual convention of National Association of School Psychologists, Seattle, WA.

    Jenkins, L. N., & *Potoki, A. (January 2013). Bullying and victimization among students with Learning Disabilities: Current research and future directions. Poster presented at annual convention of Illinois School Psychologists Association, Springfield, IL.

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