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Nov. 29, 2016

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Assistant Professor, Youth and Children’s Studies; Psychology

My research focus has been, for many years, on understanding cyberbullying and how to stop it. Over the years, I have discovered that the heart of my research is in figuring out how to use compassion and empathy (rather than punishment) to eliminate aggression, bullying, and violence. Specifically, how can we help one another to respond rather than react to a situation so that the best and most fair outcome can be achieved and so that relationships can be strengthened? How can we help each other to stick up for one another instead of silently watching… or scrolling? How can we all just get along?

These are questions I want to try and answer.

I am most surprised by how many people want to answer these questions with me. This surprise reminds me that while we struggle as a species to get along, we do have members who are motivated to creating caring communities … all we have to do, now, is pass it on.

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