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Key Professional Appointments

Associate ProfessorEducational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004 - 2007

Assistant ProfessorEducational Psychology, Counseling Psychology Division, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997 - 2004

ProfessorEducational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007 - 

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Education

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Indiana University, 1997

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Radford University, 1993

B.S., Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1991

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Best in Science Award2014 - 2014

Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor2013 - 2014

Lifetime Achievement Award for Prevention2013 - 2013

College of Education Hardie Fellow2013 - 2013

College of Education Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award2013 - 2013

University Scholar2005 - 2008

Fellow Status, American Psychological Association Division 17 (Society of2005 - 2006

University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Off-Campus Teaching2004 - 2005

Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) Fritz Linn & Kuder Early Scientist/Practitioner Career Award2004 - 2004

Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students1997 - 2003

R. Stewart Jones Award for Outstanding Teacher in Educational Psychology2001 - 2002

Teacher of the Year2001 - 2001

Distinguished Teaching Award2000 - 2000

R. Stewart Jones Award for Outstanding Teacher in Educational Psychology1998 - 1999

Paul Munger Award - Outstanding Graduate Student1996 - 1996

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Links

Research & Service

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is an Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor and Hardie Scholar of Education, in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an University Scholar and has fellow status in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science of the American Psychological Association. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. She has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence, and gang violence for the last 20 years. As a result, she presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and is author on over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and 25 chapters. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Immediate Past Vice-President of Division E (Counseling/Human Development) of the American Educational Research Association, and co-Director of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence. She has presented thousands of workshops and in-service training seminars for teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers across the U.S. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming and she has secured five million dollars of external funding. She just completed a CDC-funded study that included a randomized clinical trial of a social emotional learning prevention program in 36 middle schools to reduce aggression. National Institute of Justice is funding her to track these kids to examine whether these effects remain as kids navigate challenges of high school. CDC is funding another RCT of this program in comparison to a gender-enhanced social-emotional program in 32 Illinois middle schools. She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents and NIJ is funding a longitudinal study of predictors of bullying and dating violence among adolescents. She joins as co-PI with RAND colleagues on a 4-year NIH grant to improve methods to examine adolescent social network influences on risky alcohol and drug use. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011. Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Anderson 360 and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, People, Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. Her dedicated team of undergraduate and graduate students are committed to the dissemination of the research through various mechanisms (www.dorothyespelage.com).


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Publications

Ybarra, M., Espelage, D., Martin, S.. Unwanted sexual and harassing experiences: From School to Text Messaging Journal of Adolescent Health

Murthi, M., Espelage, D.. Sexual harassment: Gender violence in the Indian context Sex Roles

Espelage, D., Low, S., Polanin, J., Brown, E. (2014) Clinical trial of Second Step© middle-school program: Impact on aggression & victimization Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

Batanova, M., Espelage, D., Rao, M. (2014) An examination of early adolescents’ willingness to intervene: what roles do attributions, affect, coping, and self-reported victimization play? Journal of School Psychology 52, 279-293

Espelage, D., Anderman, E., Brown, V., Jones, A., Lane, K., McMahon, S., Reddy, L., Reynolds, C. (2013) Understanding and preventing violence directed against teachers: Recommendations for a national research, practice, and policy agenda. American Psychologist (Feb-March), 75-87

Espelage, D., Poteat, V. (2012) School-based prevention of peer relationship problems. The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology Oxford University Press: New York

Robinson, J., Espelage, D. (2012) Bullying Explains Only Part of LGBTQ-Heterosexual   Risk Disparities : Implications for Policy and Practice.. Educational Researcher

Robinson, J., Espelage, D. (2011) Inequities in educational and psychological outcomes between LGBTQ and straight students in middle and high school Educational Researcher

Swearer, S., Espelage, D. (2011) A social-ecological framework of bullying among youth. Bullying in North American schools Routledge: New York

Espelage, D., Swearer, S. (2010) Bullying and peer harassment. Interventions for achievement and behavior in a three-tier model including RTI Springer Publishing: New York

Espelage, D., Swearer, S. (2010) A social-ecological model for bullying prevention and intervention: Understanding the impact of adult communities children live in. The handbook of bullying in schools: An international perspective Routledge: New York

Lee, S., Hong, J., Espelage, D. (2010) An ecological understanding of youth suicide in South Korea School Psychology International

Swearer, S., Espelage, D., Vaillancourt, T., Hymel, S. (2010) Challenges facing educators and researchers regarding school bullying:  Linking research to educational practice Educational Researcher

Rose, C., Monda-Amaya, L., Espelage, D. (2010) Bullying perpetration and victimization in special education: A review of the literature Remedial and Special Education link>

Poteat, V., Espelage, D., Koenig, B. (2009) Willingness to remain friends and attend school with lesbian and gay peers: Relational expressions of prejudice among heterosexual youth Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Basile, K., Espelage, D., Rivers, I., McMahon, P., Simon, T. (2009) The theoretical and empirical links between bullying behavior and male sexual violence perpetration Aggression and Violent Behavior

Mayberry, M., Espelage, D., Koenig, B. (2009) Multilevel modeling of direct effects and interactions of peers, parents, school, and community influences on adolescent substance use Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Rose, C., Espelage, D., Monda-Amaya, L. (2009) Bullying and victimization rates among students in general and special education: A comparative analysis Educational Psychology

Poteat, V., Aragon, S., Espelage, D., Koenig, B. (2009) Psychosocial concerns of sexual minority youth: Complexity and caution in group differences Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Birkett, M., Espelage, D., Koenig, B. (2009) LGB and questioning students in schools: The moderating effects of homophobic bullying and school climate on negative outcom es Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Swearer, S., Espelage, D., Napolitano, S. (2009) Bullying prevention and intervention.. Guilford Publications: New York

Espelage, D., Swearer, S. (2008) Addressing research gaps in the intersection between homophobia and bullying. Sexual Orientation,Homophobia, Bullying, and Psychological Adjustment During Adolescence [Specialissue] School Psychology Review

Espelage, D., Aragon, S., Birkett, M. (2008) Psychological adjustment and sexualorientation during adolescents: Do parents and teachers help?. Sexual orientation, homophobia, bullying, and psychological adjustment during adolescence [Special issue] School Psychology Review

Espelage, D., Horne, A. (2008) School violence and bullying prevention: From research based explanations to empirically based solutions. Handbook of counseling psychology John Wiley and Sons: Hoboken, NJ

Poteat, P., Espelage, D., Green, H. (2007) The socialization of dominance: Peer group contextual effects on heterosexist and dominance attitudes Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Espelage, D., Holt, M., Isaia, A. (2007) Dating violence among high school students--Understanding the roles of attachment, self-esteem, dominance, and need for interpersonal control. Intimate partner violence Civic Research Institute: Kingston, NJ

Espelage, D., Wasserman, S., Fleisher, M. (2007) Social networks and violent behavior. The Cambridge handbook of violent behavior Cambridge University Press: New York

Hund, A., Espelage, D. (2006) Childhood emotional abuse and disordered eating among undergraduate females: Mediating influence of alexithymia, distress, and dissociation Child Abuse & Neglect

VanBoven, A., Espelage, D. (2006) Influence of depression on coping assessment and disordered eating among college females Journal of Counseling and Development

Swearer, S., Peugh, J., Espelage, D., Siebecker, A., Kingsbury, W., Bevins, K. (2006) A social-ecological model for bullying prevention and intervention in early adolescence. Handbook of school violence & school safety Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Mayberry, M., Espelage, D. (2006) Associations among empathy, social competence, and reactive/proactive subtypes.. Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Breen, H., DeSilva, P., Espelage, D. (2006) The role of medical nutrition therapy in treatment of disordered eating. Journal of Clinical Nutrition, [Electronic Version]. Retrieved from www.currentmedicalliterature com

Holt, M., Espelage, D. (2005) Peer victimization among adolescents: A preliminary perspective on the co-occurrence of sexual harassment, dating violence, and bullying victimization. Victimization of children and youth: Patterns of abuse and response strategies Civic Research Institute: Kingston, NJ

Holt, M., Espelage, D. (2005) Social support as a moderator between dating violence victimization and depression/anxiety among African-American and Caucasian adolescents School Psychology Review

Hund, A., Espelage, D. (2005) Relationship between childhood sexual abuse and disordered eating: Alexithymia, dissociation, and negative affect as potential mediators Journal of Counseling Psychology

Hale, C., Hannum, J., Espelage, D. (2005) The influence of different sources of social support on physical health Journal of College Student Health

Murthi, M., Espelage, D. (2005) Association among childhood sexual abuse, social support, and loss Child Abuse & Neglect

Poteat, V., Espelage, D. (2005) Exploring the relation between bullying and homophobic verbal content: The Homophobic Content Agent Target (HCAT) scale Violence and Victims

Glomb, S., Espelage, D. (2005) Restrictive emotionality and the appraisal of sexual harassment Psychology of Men & Masculinity

Espelage, D., Mebane, S., Adams, R. (2004) Empathy, caring, and bullying: Toward an understanding of complex associations. Bullying in American schools: A social ecological perspective on prevention and intervention Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Gerlach, J., Espelage, D. (2004) Exercise, coping, and disordered eating Eating Behaviors

Espelage, D. (2004) Preventing bullying among school-age children The Prevention Researcher

Breen, H., Espelage, D. (2004) Nutrition expertise in eating disorder Eating & Weight Disorders: Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity

Cauffman, E., Piquero, A., Broidy, L., Espelage, D., Mazerolle, P. (2004) Heterogeneity in the association between social-emotional adjustment profiles and deviant behavior among male and female serious juvenile offenders International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology

Swearer, S., Espelage, D. (2004) An ecological framework of bullying among youth. Bullying in American schools: A social ecological perspective on prevention and intervention Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Espelage, D., Mebane, S., Swearer, S., Turner, R. (2004) Gender differences in bullying: Moving beyond mean level differences. Bullying in American schools: A social ecological perspective on prevention and intervention Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Espelage, D., Swearer, S. (2004) Bullying in American schools: A social-ecological perspective on prevention and intervention.. Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Swearer, S., Espelage, D. (2003) Bullying prevention and intervention: Integrating research and evaluation findings [Special issue] School Psychology Review

Holt, M., Espelage, D. (2003) A cluster analytic investigation of victimization profiles among high school students: Are profiles associated with differential psychological and educational outcomes? Journal of Applied School Psychology

Espelage, D., Mazzeo, S., Quittner, A., Sherman, R., Thompson, R. (2003) Examining the construct validity of the Eating Disorder Inventory Psychological Assessment

Espelage, D., Holt, M., Henkel, R. (2003) Examination of peer group contextual effects on aggression during early adolescence Child Development

Espelage, D. (2003) Bullying among children and adolescents. Innovations in clinical practice: A source book Professional Resources Press: Sarasota, FL

Mazzeo, S., Espelage, D., Sherman, R., Thompson, R. (2003) A 10-year trend analysis of symptoms in an outpatient eating disorders clinic Eating Disorders

Espelage, D., Swearer, S. (2003) Research on bullying and victimization: What have we learned and where do we need to go?. Bullying prevention and intervention: Integrating research and evaluation findings [Special issue] School Psychology Review

Espelage, D., Cauffman, E., Broidy, L., Piquero, A., Mazerolle, P. (2003) A cluster-analytic investigation of MMPI profiles of serious male and female juvenile offenders Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Broidy, L., Cauffman, E., Espelage, D., Mazerolle, P., Piquero, A. (2003) Empathy and offending: The relation between consideration of others and sex differences in offending Violence and Victims

Mazzeo, S., Espelage, D. (2002) Association between childhood physical and emotional abuse and disordered eating behaviors in female undergraduates: An investigation of the mediating role of alexithymia and depression Journal of Counseling Psychology

Espelage, D., Holt, M. (2001) Bullying and victimization during early adolescence: Peer influences and psychosocial correlates Journal of Emotional Abuse

Espelage, D., Asidao, C. (2001) Conversations with middle school students about bullying and victimization: Should we be concerned? Journal of Emotional Abuse

Espelage, D., Bosworth, K., Simon, T. (2000) Examining the social environment of middle school students who bully Journal of Counseling and Development

Espelage, D., Quittner, A., Sherman, R., Thompson, R. (2000) Assessment of problematic situations and coping strategies in women with eating disorders: Reliability and validity of a role-play inventory Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment

Bosworth, K., Espelage, D., Dahlberg, L., Daytner, G., DuBay, T., Karageorge, K. (2000) The effectiveness of a multimedia violence prevention program for early adolescents American Journal of Health Behavior

Espelage, D., Bosworth, K., Simon, T. (2000) Examining the social environment of middle school students who bully Journal of Counseling and Development

Bosworth, K., Espelage, D., Simon, T. (1999) Factors associated with bullying behavior in middle school students Journal of Early Adolescence

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Grants

Principal InvestigatorMulti-site Evaluation of Second Step: Student Success Through Prevention (Second Step -SSTP) in Preventing Bullying and Sexual Violence, Centers for Disease Control, 9/30/2009 12:00:00 AM - 9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM

Senior PersonnelCDI-Type II: Collaborative Research: Groupscope: Instrumenting Research on Interaction Networks in Complex Social Contexts, National Science Foundation, 9/1/2009 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorAnalyzing Partially Observable Computer-Adolescent Networks, National Science Foundation, 9/1/2010 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2011 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorMiddle School Bullying & Sexual Violence: Measurement Issues & Etiological Models, Centers for Disease Control, 9/1/2007 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2011 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorValidation of a Disease-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire for Cystic Fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (University of Florida), 4/15/1999 12:00:00 AM - 4/14/2000 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorBullying, Sexual, and Dating Violence Trajectories from Early to Late Adolescence, National Institute of Justice, 1/1/2012 12:00:00 AM - 3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorEffects of a Middle School Social-Emotional Learning Program on Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Substance Use in High School, National Institute of Justice, 11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM - 10/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

FellowFaculty Fellow, Bureau of Educational Research, 1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM - 1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorBullying as a Peer Group Process During Early Adolescence, Campus Research Board, 9/15/1999 12:00:00 AM - 

Principal InvestigatorArnold O. Beckman Award, Campus Research Board, 1/1/1998 12:00:00 AM - 

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Service

Incoming Vice President2010 - 2013

Secretary2005 - 2007

Editorial Board Member2005 - 

Dorothy Espelage

Gutgsell Professor (Child Development Division Chair), Educational Psychology

Contact

Office

226A Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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