Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 7 | Issue 3 | November 2018   
Alberti Center Colloquium Series 
Dr. Lyndsay Jenkins, an assistant professor at Florida State University, presented the first colloquium of our 2018-2019 Series on October 4. The  presentation titled   Understanding Bystander Behavior in Bullying and Peer Victimization: A Case for Encouraging Multiple Forms of Bystander Actions.

             Dr. Lyndsay Jenkins

The second presentation in the series took  place on November 7. Dr. Helen Wang, from UB's Department of Communication presented on BREAKAWAY: An
Entertainment-Education Digital Game for Bullying Prevention? Both presentations, by Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Wang, can be found here.

Featured Resource 
Working "Upstream" to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences
(ACEs)  - Professionals in many fields are 
working to address the effects of 
adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which have been shown to increase risk for a wide range of problems. One of these adverse experiences is child abuse and/or neglect, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates has been experienced by at least 1 in 7 US children in the past year. If we work further "upstream," we may prevent many traumatic events from occurring.  Link to webinar
Position Available
The Alberti Center is seeking an
Associate Director and Associate Professor/Advanced Assistant Professor. This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership in understanding, preventing, and intervening with bullying abuse and school violence at an AAU institution. Scholarly
interests may include, but are not limited to, creating positive, safe, and inclusive schools and reducing bullying of marginalized groups. A detailed description of the position can be found on the UB job postings website. Contact Dr. Amanda Nickerson with any questions about the position at

Out in the Community
Alberti Center team members continue to spread awareness and resources for bullying prevention at events across the Western New York (WNY) c ommunity. Here are some of the places we've been recently:
June 27 - Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting at Crisis Services
June 28 - Regional Self-Advocacy conference in Batavia
September 4 - Flag raising ceremony for suicide prevention at the Rath Building
September 25 - Spread the Word to End the R word campaign meeting
October 20 - 5th Annual Strengthening Families Celebration
October 31 - Disability Education and Advocacy Network (DEAN) of WNY meeting

DASA  Training 
Sessions Available
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and session dates through May 2019 are available on the  DASA website.   R ecent participants said:

The workshop as well as the online component were excellent...My emotions ranged from empathetic, compassionate, concerned, and reflective...Excellent Experience.

I feel hopeful that I can implement what I have learned today into a school I work in in the future. I think it was a good idea to have a face-to-face portion of this training because it brought in new ideas/thoughts on the problems of bullying/harassment.

Alberti Center Annual Conference 
The Alberti Center Annual Conference took place this year on Tuesday, October 2 to kick off National Bullying Prevention month. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann spoke on Inclusive Schools and Communities: Identifying and Intervening with Microaggressions.
Alberti Center team members (l-r): Jenine Tulledge, Sam Kesselring, and Maggie Manges greet attendees.
Afternoon breakout sessions continued the discussion by addressing microaggressions towards the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, Speaking up at School, and a program called
Challenge2Change for high school students. Presentations can be found on our conference website

Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann presented the keynote.


We would like to thank the following sponsors for contributing to the great success  of the conference this year: Silver Sponsors - New York Association of School Psychologists and the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York (WNY), Gold Sponsors - Buffalo Teacher's Federation and Child and Family Services, Platinum Sponsors - UB Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and UB Graduate School of Education, and our Presenting Sponsor - embraceWNY. Thank you again to all those who attended this year and we hope to see you again next year! View a gallery of pictures  taken by our photographer, Dorothy Weitz.

Early Career Award
2018 Recipient
The Alberti Center offers an annual early career award competition in support of our mission to reduce bullying abuse in schools and in the community by contributing knowledge and providing evidence-based tools to effectively change the language, attitudes and behaviors of educators, parents, students and society. We are happy to announce the  2018 Early Career Award Recipient,  Stephanie A. Godleski, PhD, an individual who has made exemplary scholarly contributions to the field of bullying abuse prevention and conducted research that has the potential to influence practice and policy.

Dr. Godleski is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She has been at RIT since fall 2015. Her areas of expertise are within clinical and developmental psychology. Her research focuses on developmental pathways to risk and resilience, particularly within early development from pregnancy to early childhood. In particular, she is interested in how parent and family influences (e.g., parental substance use, discipline) impact the development of aggressive thoughts and behaviors in childhood.

Dr. Amanda Nickerson Receives Prestigious Academic Award
Dr. Amanda Nickerson, director of the Alberti Center, was recently recognized for her work with the UB Exceptional Scholars - Sustained Achievement Award. She received this award at the Fall 2018 Celebration of Faculty and
Staff Academic Excellence Ceremony on 
November 1 at the UB North Campus.  The Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement was created by the University at Buffalo in 2002 to honor outstanding professional
achievement that has been focused on a particular body of work over a number of years. This award was created to recognize an unprecedented accomplishment in a senior scholar's career, distinguishing a body of work of enduring importance that has gone beyond the norm in a 
particular field of study. Congratulations Amanda!

embraceWNY Recognized for Their Continued Sponsorship and Support
Board Members from embraceWNY pose with the plaque they received.
 The Alberti Center recently recognized embrace Western New York (WNY) for their continued high-level sponsorship and support of both the annual conference and special events hosted by the center. President Jeffrey Platt accepted a plaque of recognition on behalf of the organization. embraceWNY is a local, non-profit organization comprised of gay and straight members of the community. Their Board works hard to fulfill its mission.  Fundraising locally and supporting locally allows the opportunity to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community while promoting equality and justice for all Western New Yorkers. Learn more  
                                                                         about  embraceWNY.

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