Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 4 | Issue 1 | Spring 2015    
Apply for the Alberti Center Early Career Award!
This $1,000 award recognizes an early career professional for distinguished scholarly contributions to bullying abuse prevention. More Information
Deadline: July 17, 2015
2014-2015 Alberti Center Colloquium Series 
On February 12, Dr. Paul Poteat, associate professor of Counseling and Developmental Psychology at Boston College, presented on Advancing Research on Bias-Based Bullying and Intervention Approaches. This presentation was sponsored by embraceWNY. It was a pleasure having Dr. Poteat in Buffalo, and despite the wintry weather the event was well attended! You can find a recording and handouts from the presentation here. 

The final presentation in the 2014-2015 Alberti Center Colloquium Series will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Room 120 Clemens on the UB North Campus. The event will take place from 11:30 am-12:45 pm. Our speaker will be Dr. Gregory Fabiano, associate professor in the Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology department at the University at Buffalo. He will present on Effective Approaches for Promoting Prosocial Behavior and Reducing Disruptive and Aggressive Behaviors in Youth with ADHD: Recent Innovations in Treatment. Registration is open here until Tuesday, April 7.
UB Department of Psychology Colloquium 
Dr. Mitch Prinstein, John Van Seters Distinguished Professor 
of Psychology and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be delivering a Department of Psychology Colloquium on Adolescent 
Suicidal Behavior on Thursday, April 30th from 3:30-5:00pm. 
The presentation will take place 
in room 120 Clemens Hall on 
the UB North Campus. More information about Dr. Prinstein can be found here.
NYSED DASA Training 
Sessions Available
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and April through June session dates are available on the Alberti Center's NYS Dignity Act Training webpage.
Featured Resource
Bullying Prevention: 
2015 Resource Guide
(Children's Safety Network) 
This guide provides information and resources about bullying prevention. Contents include descriptions of organizations and websites; data, definitions, and research; programs, campaigns, and toolkits; policies, laws, and legislation; publications and resources; and information about at-risk populations, bullying, and co-occurring issues. 

BAND Against Bullying 2015
BAND Against Bullying III will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. This year, twelve schools from across Western New York are registered to participate in this dignity-themed competition! New this year, one middle school is also scheduled to perform at the event. For more information, visit the BAND website or follow us on Facebook at BAND Against Bullying, or on Twitter at @NYBANDBullying. Ticket information and celebrity guest judges will be announced soon!
12th Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar
The UB Center for the Arts hosted the 12th Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar on Thursday, March 19, 2015. The theme of the seminar was (Re)Committing to an Integrated Safe School Plan.
The morning presentation addressed Launching School Emergency Planning and The Value of Team Preparedness and Training. Information was presented using FEMA's Incident Command System (ICS) for Schools by project coordinators from the NYS Safe Schools Initiative. Dr. Amanda Nickerson presented a breakout session (from several offered) in the afternoon titled School Safety and Crisis Response: Balancing Physical & Psychological Needs. 
Presentations Offered to Schools by Alberti Center Student Programming Specialist
As the Student Programming Specialist, Toni Torchia is leading the Alberti Center's efforts to meet the demands of school and community organizations with regard to bullying related programming. Programming is tailored to meet the unique needs of a particular group and can include assemblies and workshops. Consultation is also available to work with stakeholders in the development of school anti-bullying clubs and programs as desired by the site. In addition to bullying, related topics such as healthy relationships, positive peer interactions and behaviors, and teen dating violence are also available for curriculum considerations. For more information, contact the Alberti Center at [email protected].
National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Awarded to 
Dr. Jamie Ostrov
Dr. Jamie Ostrov, Alberti Center faculty affiliate and advisory council member, received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a grant entitled "The development of forms and functions of aggression during early childhood."  The purpose of the PEERS (Psychophysiology, Empathy, Emotion Regulation, Social cognition) project is to examine early predictors of aggression among preschoolers. This study will involve 230 preschool children assessed at three points in time. Multiple methods, including behavioral observations, heart rate, and physiological measures, will be used to identify different types of aggression. The study will look at the processes through which different personality profiles (an inability to regulate emotions vs. fearlessness) lead to different types of aggression (impulsive or planned) in young children. 
UB Scholars on the Road
Lecture Series
Dr. Jamie Ostrov is giving a public talk in NYC for the UB Scholars on the Road lecture series on "Understanding Bullying Behavior in Children" at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Thursday, April 16th, from 6-8pm.  Space is limited and the talk is open to all UB alumni.  More information may be obtained at UB Alumni Events.
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