A Year in Review

As 2014 comes to a close, we at The Empowerment Initiative would like to thank our supporters and partners for helping us move the needle in translational research by bringing our research findings to teachers, parents, students and adults who work with youth. In working with schools, churches and community organizations, we’ve helped advance the use of research and data to reduce and end bullying and mean behaviors among youth and young adults.

Our 2014 highlights include*:

  • Completed 30 individual cognitive-behavioral intervention sessions with students who were referred for bullying behaviors in order to help them learn more prosocial ways of interacting with their peers
  • 7 articles and chapters published on our research
  • 2 grants obtained to promote translational research in bullying prevention
  • 9 national presentations on our research projects
  • 27 community presentations to Lincoln Public Schools, along with communities across Nebraska and the United States
  • Participated on the International Advisory Board for PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), the Canadian network, a long-standing collaborator of the Bullying Research Network (http://brnet.unl.edu)
  • Served as an expert advisor to the Safe and Supportive Schools Project with the American Psychological Association
  • Donated 846 cans to the Lincoln Food Bank in December 2014 to feed the hungry in Lincoln, Nebraska

We’d like to thank you all for supporting the Empowerment Initiative’s work in fostering positive, accepting communities free from bullying and other negative behaviors in order to promote healthy relationships within families, schools, and communities.

From everyone at the Empowerment Initiative, we hope you have a happy holiday season and an even more empowered 2015!

Sincerely,

Dr. Sue Swearer and the Empowerment Initiative Team

*Details of our 2014 highlights below:

Articles, Chapters, and Other Scholarly Writing

Ryoo, J.H., Wang, C., & Swearer, S.M. (2014). Examination of the change in latent statuses in bullying behaviors across time. School Psychology Quarterly.

Swearer, S.M., Wang, C., Berry, B., & Myers, Z.R. (2014). Reducing bullying: Application of social cognitive theory. Theory into Practice, 53, 271-277.

Swearer, S.M., Radliff, K.H., & Lembeck, P. (2014). Best practices in using the DSM-5 and ICD-10 by school psychologists. In A. Thomas and P. Harrison (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology, VI.

Espelage, D.L., Berry, B., Merrin, G.J., & Swearer, S.M. (2014).  Social-ecological model for predicting workplace bullyingIn J. Lipinski & L.M. Crothers (Eds.), Bullying in the Workplace: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies. (pp. 99-113). New York, NY: Routledge.

Swearer, S.M., Wang, C., Collins, A., Strawhun, J., & Fluke, S. (2014). Bullying: A school mental health perspective. In M. Weist, N. A. Lever, C. P. Bradshaw, and J. S. Owens (Eds.), Handbook of School Mental Health, Second Edition. (pp. 341-354). New York: Springer.

Strawhun, J., Myers, Z., & Swearer, S.M., (Spring, 2014). Laboratory highlights: University of Nebraska – Lincoln Empowerment Initiative (p. 9). ABCT Child and School Related Issues newsletter.

Swearer, S.M., Schwartz, H., & Fluke, S.M. (2014). Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Fact Sheet about Bullying. http://www.abct.org/Information/?m=mInformation&fa=fs_BULLYING

Grants

 From conflict to violence: Translational research to ensure safe homes, schools, and communities. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Office of Research and Economic Development, Big Idea Seed Grant.

Bullying Research Network: An International Initiative: Year 9. College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

National Presentations

Ryoo, J.H., Wang, C., & Swearer, S.M. (2014, August). Effects of giftedness and student grade on bullying involvement. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.

Smith, M.H., McKinney, T., & Strawhun, J. (2014, August). Analysis of the Born Brave Bus Tour: A mixed methods design. Paper presented as part of the Born Brave Bus Tour: A Mobile Youth Empowerment Experience symposium at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Strawhun, J., Swearer, S.M., Hoetger, L., & Brank, E. (2014, August). The hierarchy of hazing: The influence of sorority and fraternity membership on campus intervention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington D.C.

Swearer, S.M. (Chair). (2014, August). Born brave bus tour: A mobile youth empowerment experiences. Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.

Swearer, S.M., (Discussant). (2014, August). Looking different: Atypical appearance and bullying/teasing. Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.

Wang, C., Ryoo, J.H., & Swearer, S.M. (2014, August). Longitudinal investigation of bullying and moral disengagement. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.

Ryoo, J. H., Wang, C., & Swearer, S. (2014, April). Developmental trajectories of bullying and moral disengagement in youth. Paper presentation at AERA 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Berry, B., Schwartz, H., & Swearer, S.M., (2014, March). Social consequences of bullying victimization by degree of power imbalance. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Austin, TX.

Schwartz, H., Swearer, S.M., & Strawhun, J. (2014, February). “I hate school”: The relationship between bullying and school climate. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists annual conference. Washington, DC.

Community Presentations

Gonzalez, S. & Swearer, S. (2014, February). Bullying 101: What can we DO to stop bullying? Training to the Foster Grandparent Program. Presented to the Foster Grandparent Program. Lincoln, NE.

Myers, Z. R., & Swearer, S. (2014, February). Bullying prevention and intervention. Presented to graduate school psychology students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE.

Myers, Z. R., & Swearer, S. (2014, February). Bullying prevention and intervention: Do’s and don’ts for parents. Presented to the Family Literacy Group at Hartley Elementary School. Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S.M. (February, 2014). Creating a kinder world: Empowering youth to end bullying. Presentation to Phi Delta Kappa UNL Chapter 15. Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE.

Fluke, S. M., & Swearer, S. M. (March, 2014). Bullying in schools: What can teachers do? Presented to the Student Education Association of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S.M. (March, 2014). Creating a kinder and braver world: Empowering youth to end bullying. Presentation at the annual Eureka! Extension conference. University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Lincoln, NE.

Berry, B., Lembeck, P., & Garcia, A. (2014, April). Critical steps to reducing bullying. Presented to mental health professionals seeking Continuing Education (CE) credits at Bryan LGH Medical Center, Lincoln, NE.

Gonzalez, S., Strawhun, J., & Swearer, S. (2014, April). Bullying in schools. Presented to Girl Scouts Troop 50: Silver Award Project. Culler Middle School, Lincoln, NE.

Myers, Z. R., & Swearer, S. (2014, April). Breaching the digital divide: Strategies for addressing and preventing cyberbullying. Presented at a teacher in-service at Dawes Middle School. Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S.M. (April, 2014). Creating a kinder world: Empowering youth to end bullying. Ronda C. Talley Distinguished Lecture. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN.

Swearer, S.M. (April, 2014). Creating a kinder world: Empoweing youth to end bullying. Presentation to undergraduate music education students. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S.M. (May, 2014).  Cyberbullying. Space, cyber, and telecommunications law. University of Nebraska – Lincoln College of Law. Panel presentation to UNL law students and faculty. Lincoln, NE.

Collins, A., Swearer, S.M., Daderko, K., & Gaddis, J. (June, 2014). Bullying prevention and intervention: Realistic strategies. Presentation to the staff at Sarah Reed’s Children’s Center. Erie, PA.

Myers, Z. R., Gonzalez, S., & Swearer, S. (2014, June). Be the change: Empowering youth to be leaders in ending bullying. Presented to the Nebraska Leadership Seminar. Fremont, NE.

Myers, Z. R., & Swearer, S. (2014, July). Breaching the digital divide: Strategies for addressing and preventing cyberbullying. Presented at a teacher in-service at Lincoln East High School. Lincoln, NE.

Fluke, S. M., Schwartz, H., & Swearer, S. M. (August, 2014). Workshop: Integrating bullying prevention into PBIS. Presented to the staff of Belmont Elementary School in Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S., & Myers, Z. R. (2014, September). An alternative to suspension for students who bully others: Target Bullying Intervention Program for elementary school students. Presented to Lincoln Public Schools staff at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE.

Fluke, S. M., & Swearer, S. M. (October, 2014). A healthy sense of you: Empowering youth, families, and communities to prevent bullying. Presented to the St. Paul CARE community in St. Paul, NE.

Garcia A., & Cathcart, A. M. (2014, October). Bullying in schools: What can teachers do? Presented to future teacher professionals of the Student Education Association of Nebraska at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.

Gonzalez, S. & Swearer, S. (2014, October). Key steps to reducing bullying. Presented to undergraduate nursing students at Bryan School of Nursing. Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S.M., (2014, October). Bullying prevention and intervention: Realistic strategies for parents. Presented to parents and staff at Lux Middle School. Lincoln, NE.

Gonzalez, S., Strawhun, J., & Swearer, S. (2014, November). Bullying 101: What can we DO to stop bullying? Presented to TeamMates Mentors. Lincoln, NE.

Myers, Z. R., Schwartz, H, & Swearer, S. M. (2014, November). Helping everyone achieve respect and saying “No” to cyberbullying. Presented to the St. Mark’s youth group. Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S.M., (2014, November). Empowerment initiative research lab. Presentation to PSYCH 100 undergraduates. University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S.M., (2014, November). Creating safe spaces for kids: Lessons learned from the Born Brave Bus Tour. Keynote address to Nebraska teachers at the “Bullying is Out of Bounds” Lied Center Educator’s Workshop. Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S. M., & Myers, Z. R. (2014, November). Cyberbullying: What parents need to know. Presented to parents of the St. Mark’s youth. Lincoln, NE.

Swearer, S. M., & Myers, Z. R. (2014, November). Panel presentation after the play, “Out of Bounds.” Presented to students and community members at North Star High School. Lincoln, NE.

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