Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 5 | Issue 1 | March 2016    
2015-2016 Alberti Center 
Colloquium Series
On Tuesday, February 23, Dr. Rina Eiden, senior research scientist from the UB Research Institute on Addictions, presented her research on Children of Substance Using Parents: Pathways to Risk and Resilience. A video recording and handouts of the presentation can be found on our website

 The next and final colloquium in the Alberti Center's 2015-2016 series, The Significance of Friendship and Peer Difficulties in Early Adolescence,  will be presented by Dr. Julie Bowker, associate professor of psychology at UB. Registration is now open here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015-2016 Series! If you have recommendations for 2016-2017 Series presenters, please email us and let us know!

BAND Against Bullying
The fourth annual BAND Against Bullying, a high-school performing arts competition, will take place on Tuesday, April 26, 2016! Twelve schools from Western New York are scheduled to compete this year. More information and tickets are available on the BAND website and Facebook page!

Featured Resource
The NetSmartz Student Project Kit was developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The kit helps students in grades 6-12 teach their peers and younger students about topics like cyberbullying, online privacy, and digital ethics. 

NYSED DASA Training 
Sessions Available
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and spring through summer 2016 session dates are available on the Alberti Center's  DASA Training webpage.

What recent participants said:

Taking a look at my own practice/school to see how we can do better... Communication and support are key. It's about changing norms w/in existing structure.

Some of the most powerful things you can do as an educator are not necessarily your own actions but what you can empower others to do/discover.


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Save the Date! Alberti Center Annual Conference
The 2016 Alberti Center Annual Conference is scheduled to be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Classics V Banquet Center in Amherst. The theme of our conference this year will be "Bullying and People with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities." Keynote speakers include Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and Dr. Chad Rose, assistant professor in special education at the University of Missouri and recipient of the 2015 Alberti Center Early Career Award! Breakout sessions will focus on bullying issues affecting the disability community such as legal perspectives, parenting perspectives, community resources, LGBTQ and disabilities, and a panel of self-advocates. Join our mailing list for updates!

Alberti Center Promotional Video
The Alberti Center team has spent the past several months testing out our promotional video at various events and we would like to share itwith those who have not had a chance to see it yet! Please feel free to share the video with your contacts and help us spread the word about the resources we have available and the work we are doing. Also, please encourage your contacts to join and follow us on social media!

The David Dance  Screening and Discussion
On Thursday, March 3, the Alberti Center and embraceWNY  co-sponsored a sold out screening of The David Dance at the Amherst Dipson Theatre. The film's lead actor, writer, and producer, Don  Scimé attended the screening and participated in a discussion with audience members immediately following. The David Dance (filmed in Buffalo, NY) addresses issues such as LGBTQ bullying, religious perspectives, adoption, and the consequences of childhood bullying. The David Dance has won multiple awards at LGBTQ film festivals across the globe. Learn more about the film!

Special Issue of School Psychology Review

A special issue of  School Psychology Review  guest-edited by Dr. Amanda Nickerson along with Drs. Chad Rose and Melissa Stormont from University of Missouri, has recently been released!  The issue, "Bullying Research from a Social-Ecological Perspective," addresses measurement issues, explores preventative and protective processes for students at risk for involvement in bullying, and highlights intervention efforts for youth from early childhood through high school.

Many individuals that contributed to the publication are affiliated with the Alberti Center including: Dr. Jamie Ostrov - faculty affiliate and advisory board member, Dr. Chad Rose - 2015 early career award winner, Dr. Paul Poteat - 2014 early career award winner, Dr. Ariel Aloe - faculty affiliate, Jilynn Werth - graduate assistant, and advisory council members Dr. Dorothy Espelage, Dr. Dewey Cornell, and Dr. Susan Swearer.  Dr. Ostrov's article on the effects of his lab's Early Chidhood Friendship Project 8-week intervention on relational bullying and victimization were highlighted in the UB Reporter!

Committee for Children Grant Update
Drs. Amanda Nickerson and Jennifer Livingston and their research team have been busy with the 1-year Child Health and Safety
Grant funded by the Committee for Children. Dr. Kathleen Allen has been facilitating focus groups with parents throughout western New York and in the next couple of months will be off to California, Nebraska, and Florida to conduct
more! The online part of the study has also begun. If you know parents of children between the ages of 3 to 11 
who may want to participate by completing three surveys at three different time points (over a 2-3 month period) and viewing a series of short videos in the second session (and earn $50), have them visit the  project website or  Facebook page for more details!
Welcome to our Newest Team Member!
Shauna Mauch is our newest research assistant to join the Alberti Center team! Shauna graduated from the Honors College at SUNY Brockport with her Bachelor's in Psychology. She is now in her first year in the MA/AC School Psychology program at the University at Buffalo. She is currently working on the Child Health and Safety Study. Her research interests include developing and evaluating resources for parents and teachers related to child health, safety, and crisis intervention. Learn about each of the Center team members on the Alberti Center website!
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