Key Professional Appointments

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

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


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

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

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

Awards, Honors, Associations

Teacher of the YearPsi Chi Psychology Honor SocietyCollege of Education, 2001 - 2001

R. Stewart Jones Award for Outstanding Teacher in Educational PsychologyCollege of Education, 1998 - 1999

Distinguished Teaching AwardDelta Sigma OmicronCollege of Education, 2000 - 2000

Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their StudentsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997 - 2003

Paul Munger Award - Outstanding Graduate StudentIndiana University, 1996 - 1996

Best in Science AwardAmerican Psychological AssociationDivision 17, 2014 - 2014

Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed ProfessorUniversity of Illinois, 2013 - 2014

College of Education Hardie FellowUniversity of Illinois, 2013 - 2013

College of Education Outstanding Graduate Teaching AwardCollege of Education, 2013 - 2013

Lifetime Achievement Award for PreventionAmerican Psychological AssociationDivision 17, 2013 - 2013

University ScholarUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - 2008

Fellow Status, American Psychological Association Division 17 (Society ofSociety of Counseling PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association, 2005 - 2006

University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Off-Campus TeachingUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004 - 2005

Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) Fritz Linn & Kuder Early Scientist/Practitioner Career AwardAmerican Psychological Association, 2004 - 2004

R. Stewart Jones Award for Outstanding Teacher in Educational PsychologyUnknown, 2001 - 2002

In Our News

Factors that cause bullying—and how parents can protect children (2/12/2015)

Popular anti-bullying program may deliver mixed results (1/16/2015)

Ed Psych professor Dorothy Espelage leads research for social sensing game that detects classroom bullies (11/4/2014)

Bragg and Espelage honored by campus with named professorships (5/8/2014)

Research by professor, team reveals sexual violence in school occurs early on (4/18/2014)

A Minute With: Professor Dorothy Espelage on workplace bullying (11/18/2013)

Study finds poor social and communication skills linked to peer rejection, bullying (10/31/2013)

Two education professors named as Illinois Gutgsell professors (10/18/2013)

Inclusive approach, including legislation, helps schools fight bullying (9/9/2013)

Teen dating abuse is common and complex, new studies show (7/31/2013)

New study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problems (7/15/2013)

Dorothy Espelage interviewed about America's bullying 'epidemic' [audio] (6/5/2013)

Skills learning program in middle schools dramatically reduces fighting, according to new study by Dorothy Espelage (5/7/2013)

Dorothy Espelage cited in USA TODAY: Stop using the word 'bullying' in school (5/2/2013)

Educational Psychology Professor Joe Robinson honored by UI Social and Behavioral Research Council (4/29/2013)

Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, Forber-Pratt and Espelage find (4/19/2013)

College announces outstanding and distinguished faculty/staff awards for 2013 (4/2/2013)

Robinson lead author of study that examines whether it really does 'get better' for lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth (2/5/2013)

Espelage lead author of study that looks at violence directed against teachers, results published in APA flagship journal (1/8/2013)

Espelage co-author of call for nationwide effort to address shootings (12/20/2012)

New study by Robinson and Espelage: LGBTQ youth more likely to be truant or to consider or commit suicide (11/12/2012)

Espelage panel member in federal bullying prevention summit (8/7/2012)

New rules mean counties must report bullying; bullying expert Dorothy Espelage to lead workshop at Shepherd University (5/7/2012)

College has another banner year at AERA annual meeting (4/19/2012)

Professor Dorothy Espelage co-authors report examining bullying victims, perpetrators and countermeasures (4/16/2012)

Educational Psychology Professor Dorothy Espelage talks about new documentary about complexity of dealing with a bully (4/3/2012)

Bullying expert Dorothy Espelage part of WCIAs Beyond Bullying special; speaks on lessons learned from tragic suicide (12/20/2011)

Study examines what factors may predict intervention to stop bullies (12/20/2011)

Dorothy Espelage panelist in Holocaust Museum's anti-bullying forum (10/31/2011)

Dorothy Espelage talks about effects of bullying as guest on Anderson Cooper Talk Show (10/6/2011)

Dorothy Espelage lends expertise on bullying in reviewing new study (9/21/2011)

New grants for FY2011 (9/1/2011)

Child bullies are prone to sexual violence as adolescents, study by Dorothy Espelage shows (8/16/2011)

College of Education Bullying Researchers Target Classrooms, Community (5/9/2010)

Dorothy Espelage Appears on Oprah Winfrey Show (5/6/2009)


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).


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

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 41 (8), 309 – 319

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

Robinson, J., & Espelage, D. (2011) Inequities in educational and psychological outcomes between LGBTQ and straight students in middle and high school Educational Researcher , 315-330

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 >

Lee, S., Hong, J., & Espelage, D. (2010) An ecological understanding of youth suicide in South Korea School Psychology International 31 (5), 531-546

Swearer, S., Espelage, D., Vaillancourt, T., & Hymel, S. (2010) Challenges facing educators and researchers regarding school bullying:  Linking research to educational practice Educational Researcher 39 (1), 38-47

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

Rose, C., Espelage, D., & Monda-Amaya, L. (2009) Bullying and victimization rates among students in general and special education: A comparative analysis Educational Psychology 29 (7), 761-776

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

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 14 (5), 336-347

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 38 (7), 989–1000

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 38 (8), 1038-1049

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 77 (1), 196-201

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 38 (7), 952-962

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

Espelage, D., Aragon, S., & Birkett, M. (2008) Psychological adjustment and sexualorientation during adolescents: Do parents and teachers help? School Psychology Review

Espelage, D., & Swearer, S. (2008) Addressing research gaps in the intersection between homophobia and bullying School Psychology Review 37, 155-159

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

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 92 (6), 1040-1050

VanBoven, A., & Espelage, D. (2006) Influence of depression on coping assessment and disordered eating among college females Journal of Counseling and Development 84 (3), 341-348

Mayberry, M., & Espelage, D. (2006) Associations among empathy, social competence, and reactive/proactive subtypes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 36 (6), 787 - 798

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

Hund, A., & Espelage, D. (2006) Childhood emotional abuse and disordered eating among undergraduate females: Mediating influence of alexithymia, distress, and dissociation Child Abuse & Neglect 30 (4), 393-407

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

Poteat, V., & Espelage, D. (2005) Exploring the relation between bullying and homophobic verbal content: The Homophobic Content Agent Target (HCAT) scale Violence and Victims 20, 513-528

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

Glomb, S., & Espelage, D. (2005) Restrictive emotionality and the appraisal of sexual harassment Psychology of Men & Masculinity 6, 240-253

Hale, C., Hannum, J., & Espelage, D. (2005) The influence of different sources of social support on physical health Journal of College Student Health 53, 276-284

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 34 (3), 309-328

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 52, 559-573

Murthi, M., & Espelage, D. (2005) Association among childhood sexual abuse, social support, and loss Child Abuse & Neglect 29, 1215-1231

Breen, H., & Espelage, D. (2004) Nutrition expertise in eating disorder Eating & Weight Disorders: Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity 9, 120-125

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 48 (2), 235-252

Espelage, D. (2004) Preventing bullying among school-age children The Prevention Researcher 11, 3-6

Espelage, D., & Swearer, S. (2004) 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 5, 337-351

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

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

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., & Swearer, S. (2003) Research on bullying and victimization: What have we learned and where do we need to go? School Psychology Review 32, 365-383

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 42, 770-777

Swearer, S., & Espelage, D. (2003) Bullying prevention and intervention: Integrating research and evaluation findings [Special issue] School Psychology Review 32, 365-470

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

Espelage, D., Mazzeo, S., Quittner, A., Sherman, R., & Thompson, R. (2003) Examining the construct validity of the Eating Disorder Inventory Psychological Assessment 15, 71-80

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 19, 81-98

Mazzeo, S., Espelage, D., Sherman, R., & Thompson, R. (2003) A 10-year trend analysis of symptoms in an outpatient eating disorders clinic Eating Disorders 4, 211-220

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 18, 503-516

Espelage, D., Holt, M., & Henkel, R. (2003) Examination of peer group contextual effects on aggression during early adolescence Child Development 74, 205-220

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 49 (1), 86-100

Espelage, D., & Asidao, C. (2001) Conversations with middle school students about bullying and victimization: Should we be concerned? Journal of Emotional Abuse 2 (2)

Espelage, D., & Holt, M. (2001) Bullying and victimization during early adolescence: Peer influences and psychosocial correlates Journal of Emotional Abuse 2 (3), 123-142

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

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

Espelage, D., Bosworth, K., & Simon, T. (2000) Examining the social environment of middle school students who bully Journal of Counseling and Development 78, 326-333

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 24, 268–280

Espelage, D., Bosworth, K., & Simon, T. (2000) Examining the social environment of middle school students who bully Journal of Counseling and Development 78, 326-333

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 22, 271-297

Bosworth, K., Espelage, D., & Simon, T. (1999) Factors associated with bullying behavior in middle school students Journal of Early Adolescence 19, 341-362


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

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

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


Incoming Vice PresidentAERA Division E, 2010 - 2013

SecretaryDivision E, American Educational Research Association, 2005 - 2007

Editorial Board MemberJournal of Youth and Adolescence, 2005 - present


Theories of Psychotherapy Study of counseling and psychotherapeutic processes and theories. Coverage of major models and theories as well as current trends and a review of counseling skills will be included. Course Information: Same as PSYC 420. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PSYC 238 or equivalent.

Dorothy Espelage

Gutgsell Professor, Child Development Division



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