Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 4 | Issue 3 | Fall 2015    
Colloquium Series
We have an impressive schedule of speakers this year for the 2015-2016 Alberti Center Colloquium Series! Be sure to register online for each presentation:
9/23/15 -   Dr. Amanda Nickerson
11/18/15Dr. Timothy Servoss 
                   & Dr. Jeremy Finn
2/23/16 -   Dr. Rina Eiden
3/22/16 -   Dr. Julie Bowker 
School Presentations and Resources Available

The Alberti Center offers community programming in the form of workshops, assemblies, classroom discussions, professional development, and more. Our community outreach work is unique in that we:
* use the latest research to         
   inform our work
* tailor presentations to meet    
   your needs
* integrate information with      
   activities, media, and          
   discussions relevant to 
   your organization
In addition to presentations, we also offer a variety of free resources online to help establish or improve current bullying related programs. For a free consultation to discuss what we can do for you, call (716) 645-2753 or email us at [email protected].
Fall DASA Training Dates
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops required for certification. October - December 2015 session dates can be found on the Alberti Center's NYS Dignity Act Training webpage.
What recent participants said:

Encouraged - with some of these techniques, perhaps we as educators CAN turn around attitudes and change some discriminatory actions. SUPER presentation!

Positive that DASA is an effective program to stop bullying. I felt reassured that the many trainings I have experienced intersect with today's session.
Featured Resource
The Alberti Center team has been working hard over the summer to compile resource lists for researchers who may be looking for articles and chapters on issues relevant to our mission. This resource is free and available here on the Alberti Center website!

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Alberti Center Annual Conference
 Registration is now open for the  Alberti Center Annual  Conference, which will be held  on Monday, October 19, 2015  at the Classics V Banquet and  Conference Center in Amherst,  NY! Our morning keynote  speaker, Dr. Maurice Elias from  Rutgers University, will focus on  the hard steps not yet taken for  ending bullying, harassment,  and intimidation in schools. Dr.  Elias is an expert in social-  emotional learning. We will also  have a panel discussion  focusing on preventing and  intervening with bullying and  related behaviors from  preschool through college age. We will end the day with a presentation on the transition to college and experience of first-year college students with a history of bullying. This will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Greif Green from Boston University, recipient of the 2014 Alberti Center Early Career AwardRegistration includes a buffet-style lunch and is $75.00 for professionals and $35.00 for students. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 16. Register online here!

2015 Early Career Award Winner
 Congratulations to Dr. Chad A. Rose, winner of  the  2015 Alberti Center Early Career Award for  Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Bullying  Abuse Prevention. Dr. Rose is an Assistant  Professor in Special Education at the University of  Missouri. His research focus has included bullying  and victimization among students with  disabilities, bully prevention efforts within a multi-  component framework, and the intersection of social/emotional learning and bully prevention for students with disabilities. Learn more about Chad A. Rose here.

Alberti Center Partners with RIA 
on $3.4 Million Grant
The Alberti Center and UB's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) have received a five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Addictions. The grant will fund a study to examine violence, victimization, and substance abuse among high-risk youth. Co-Principal Investigators on the study are Rina Das Eiden, senior research scientist at RIA, and Amanda Nickerson, director of the Alberti Center. Read more about this study in the UB Reporter.

Partnership with Free2Luv
We are excited to announce a partnership we recently formed with the Free2Luv organization based out of Seattle, WA. Free2Luv is an award-winning global nonprofit dedicated to rockin' individuality, celebrating equality, spreading kindness, and standing up to bullying through arts
Brie Kishel, program & operations manager, and Dr. Amanda Nickerson, director, showing support for Free2Luv's #MillionSignMission campaign.
 and entertainment. They 
 empower, engage and              enlighten youth globally to        know that they are perfect just  the way they are and they can  use their voices for good. The  Free2Luv design team has  been using research statistics  cited on the Alberti Center  website to create  memes for  social media and help spread  awareness about bullying and  resources that are available to  help. You can learn more  about Free2Luv here.

Welcome to our New Team Members
With the start of the 2015-2016 academic year, we would like to welcome new team members to the Alberti Center!

Melissa Dudley is now a graduate assistant at the Alberti Center. Melissa has her Master's degree in Social Work and is currently a doctoral student in the combined Counseling and School Psychology program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Melissa's research interests focus on bullying prevention and intervention within schools, as well as the impact of bullying on a child's social-emotional adjustment.

Sebastian Cheong is a research assistant at the Alberti Center. Sebastian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and is now a second year student in the Master's program in School Psychology. His research interest is in enhancing the well-being and protective factors surrounding students from lower social economic backgrounds and helping them to succeed in school.

Rina Das Eiden, Ph.D. is now a faculty affiliate for the Alberti Center. Rina is a senior research scientist at UB's Research Institute on Addictions. She is also a research associate professor in Pediatrics and Psychology. Her primary research focus is the impact of parental prenatal and postnatal substance abuse on developmental trajectories of risk and resilience from infancy to adolescence. Learn more about Rina's research here.

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