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 at the Alberti Center. Brie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Youth Services, from Medaille College, and spent over 18 years working for a local non-profit organization. In her previous position, as education coordinator at the Museum of disABILITY History, she developed and presented a bullying prevention program for elementary school students in several Western New York districts. Some of Brie's responsibilities for the Alberti Center include marketing and communications, financial and operations management, and event planning, including coordinating the Colloquium Series, Alberti Center Annual Conference, and monthly sessions for the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
workshop requirement for NYS teacher certification.

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

Kathleen P. Allen, Ph.D. (Katy) is a 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 | Student Programming Specialist

Toni Torchia has her Master's degree in Educational Psychology and Quantitative Analysis and is currently a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She has an extensive amount of experience working in research at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) in a variety of roles, including that of project coordinator, on multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as a National Institute of Justice grant. Her responsibilities at the Alberti Center have included program evaluation for the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum developed by the National Association of School Psychologist's (NASP). Toni is currently leading the center's efforts to develop and deliver student centered programming for schools and community agencies related to bullying and peer relationships. Toni's interests include community outreach, program evaluation, as well as research on peer bullying and victimization, dating violence, and substance abuse.

JilynnHeadshot.jpgJilynn Werth | Graduate Assistant

Jilynn Werth has her Master’s degree in General Psychology and is currently a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She has led and assisted numerous quantitative and qualitative research and grant projects at the Alberti Center. Her responsibilities include data collection and analysis, as well as, developing presentations and resources for students, educators, and parents. Jilynn's research interests focus on bullying, the role of the bystander, and how bullying impacts individuals with disabilities.

VanHout.jpgSamantha VanHout | Research Assistant

Samantha VanHout has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently a master’s student in the School Psychology program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Her responsibilities include working on book chapters and developing resources for students, educators, and parents related to bullying and crisis intervention. Samantha’s research interests focus on crisis intervention, childhood trauma, and bullying.


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