Who We Are

Benefactor

Jean Alberti
Jean Alberti, Ph.D.
For the past 30 years, Dr. Alberti has been in private practice as a licensed clinical psychologist doing cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is a continuation of her education roots, doing "as much teaching and coaching as counseling." Alberti combined her knowledge of child development and her experience in elementary education with her ongoing experience as a therapist to adult clients, some of whom have mental health problems resulting from bullying abuse or other abuse received as children. These experiences resulted in her groundbreaking theories on bullying which led to the establishment at UB's Graduate School of Education of the Dr. Jean M. Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence (Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention). Read More…


Faculty & Staff

Amanda NickersonAmanda Nickerson, Ph.D. | Director

Amanda Nickerson is the inaugural director of the Alberti Center and an associate professor in the Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology Department. Her research focuses on preventing and intervening with school crises, violence, and bullying. She has also researched the critical role of schools, parents, and peers in promoting social-emotional strengths of children and adolescents. Amanda has written 4 books, 60 journal articles and book chapters, and has conducted over 200 presentations. As a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, she is committed to translating research into effective prevention and intervention practices that promote youth strengths.
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Brie Kishel.JPGBrie Kishel | Program and Operations Manager

Brie Kishel is the Program and Operations Manager of the Alberti Center. She obtained a B.S. degree in Child and Youth Services, from Medaille College, and has spent over 18 years working for a local non-profit organization. In her most recent position, as education coordinator at the Museum of disABILITY History, Brie developed and presented a bullying prevention program in several Western New York school districts. Brie's primary responsibilities for the Alberti Center include marketing and communications, financial and operations management, and event planning, including coordinating the Colloquium Series and Alberti Center Annual Conference.

Kathleen P. Allen, Ph.D.Kathleen P. Allen, Ph.D.
Training and Evaluation Specialist

Kathleen P. Allen, Ph.D. (Katy) is a recent graduate of the Warner Graduate School at the University of Rochester. Prior to completing her graduate degree in Education and Human Development, Katy was involved in promoting the well-being and safety of children both in and out of school through her company, Impact Training, Inc. In addition to introducing school staff to programs on personal safety and social-emotional learning for students, Katy has assisted a number of schools in developing their own materials and procedures for dealing with bullying. A former high school English teacher and trainer for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Katy has focused her recent efforts on providing professional development on bullying prevention and intervention to schools throughout the state. As well as conducting and publishing research on bullying in schools, Katy’s most recent interest is in adolescent social drama and its connections to bullying.

Toni Torchia Toni Torchia | Graduate Assistant

Toni Torchia is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at SUNY at Buffalo. She has over 12 years experience working in research on child development at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions as a research technician, a project coordinator, and currently as a project support specialist. Her primary responsibilities at the Alberti Center involve program evaluation for the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum developed by NASP. Toni's research interests include peer bullying and victimization, in addition to other high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse.

Jilynn WerthJilynn Werth | Graduate Assistant

Jilynn Werth is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at SUNY at Buffalo. Her responsibilities include aiding in the research of the Alberti Center, developing and delivering presentations, assisting in data collection and analysis, and developing resources for educators and parents. Jilynn's research interests include outcome assessment of victims and bystanders of bullying, the role of bystanders in the incidence and maintenance of bullying, bullying and special needs youth, and bullying prevention and intervention.


Faculty Affiliates

Aloe.jpgAriel Aloe, Ph.D.
Research Scientist in Graduate School of Education | University at Buffalo
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology and Foundations | University of Northern Iowa

Laura M. Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology | University at Buffalo

Catherine P. Cook-Cottone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology | University at Buffalo

Jennifer Livingston, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist | University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions

Jamie M. Ostrov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology | University at Buffalo

Amy L. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology | University at Buffalo

Treadway_0.jpegDarren Treadway, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Organization and Human Resources | University at Buffalo

Janice DeLucia-Waack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology and Program Director, School Counseling | University at Buffalo


Advisory Council

Lana D. Benatovich
President | National Federation for Just Communities of WNY

Vito Borrello
Executive Director | National Association for Family, School, and
Community Engagement (NAFSCE)

Anna R. Cieri, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Exceptional Education and Student Services | Williamsville Central
School District

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D.
Professor, Child Development Division, Education Psychology | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mary H. Gresham, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Educational Collaboration and Engagement | University at Buffalo

Jane Ogilvie
Division Director | Community Youth Development, Erie 1 BOCES

Susan M. Swearer, Ph.D.
Professor of School Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Aronoff Photo.jpgHelen R. Aronoff, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences | University at Buffalo

Dewey_Cornell_suit_01HR_DA_crop.jpgDewey G. Cornell, Ph.D.
Professor of Education and Endowed Chair | University of Virginia

DeLucia-Waack.jpgJanice L. DeLucia-Waack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology | University at Buffalo

Bruce Goldstein.jpgBruce A. Goldstein
Senior Partner | Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP

Jamie M. OstrovJamie M. Ostrov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology | University at Buffalo

PeplerPic.jpgDebra Pepler, Ph.D.
Distinguished Research Professor | York University

Reynolds.jpgAmy L. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology | University at Buffalo

Reed Stewart_0.jpgReed C. Stewart, LCSW
Program Director | Beacon Health Strategies