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.
Tarantino is a senior Psychology student with hopes of entering nursing school after graduation. She is a member of the Marching Chiefs and entered the Jenkins lab in order to better apply bullying prevention and to spread awareness to those around her.
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.
McQueeny is a freshman in the Presidential Scholars Program and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at Florida State University. She is an Exploratory major leaning toward Psychology and Economics. This is her first time completing research, but she is looking forward to the opportunity to work with Dr. Jenkins in this field of research.
Lamie is a sophomore student majoring in Psychology and Family & Child Sciences and is a participant in theUndergraduate Research Opportunity Program. She aspires to work with non-profit organizations when she graduates. She is looking forward to working with Dr. Jenkins on this project and learning more about the research process.
Kinnon is a sophomore majoring in Social Work at Florida State University. She is on Dr. Jenkins’ project through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. She is also currently conducting research with related projects at the Florida Center for Reading Research.
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