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. Jenkins is accepting doctoral students for the 2018-2019 school year for the combined Ph.D. program in Counseling and School Psychology. Click here for more information about applying to the program.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Hitchcock is a junior undergraduate student studying Psychology and Education at Florida State University. Outside of academics, Carly mentors high school students with FSU’s Youth Program, and facilitates Multi+ Identity Night with FSU’s Pride Student Union. Her research interests include topics such as bullying prevention, and mental health accommodations in schools. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she intends to pursue an Ed.S. degree to become a school psychologist.
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