Who We Are

Benefactor

Jean Alberti
Jean Alberti, PhD
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, PhD | 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, PhDKathleen P. Allen, PhD | Training and Evaluation Specialist

Kathleen P. Allen, PhD (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.

Tim Parks | Graduate AssistantTimHeadshot_0.jpg

Tim Parks has his Bachelor’s in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University and is currently a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His responsibilities at the Alberti Center include working as the graduate assistant for PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum developed by the National Association of School Psychologist's (NASP). Tim’s research interests focus on bullying, childhood trauma, and crisis intervention
in schools.

MelissaD.jpgMelissa Dudley | Graduate Assistant

Melissa Dudley 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.

Jessica Rosenburg | Research Assistant
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Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Special Education from Daemen College. She is now in her second year in the MA/AC School Psychology program at the University at Buffalo. Currently, Jessica is working with Dr. Nickerson and members from the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) to develop a new research project related to bullying. Her research interests include risk and resilience processes, bullying and victimization, and school crisis prevention and intervention.

Shauna.pngShauna Mauch | Research Assistant

Shauna graduated from the Honors College at SUNY Brockport with her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is now in her first year in the MA/AC School Psychology program at the University at Buffalo. She is currently working with a research team at the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) on a Child Health and Safety Study. Her research interests include developing and evaluating resources for parents and teachers related to child health, safety, and crisis intervention.

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.

Allison2.pngAllison Sealy | Research Assistant

Allison graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University at Buffalo. She is currently a Master's student in the MA/AC School Psychology program at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include learning how to better incorporate bullying prevention into schools and developing tools for educators and parents to become more aware and adept at victimization prevention.


Former Staff Members

ErinC_0.jpgErin Cook | Graduate Assistant

Danielle2.pngDanielle Guttman-Lapin, PhD, NCSP | Research Associate (Adjunct)

Sebastian_0.jpgSebastian BengCheong Cheong | Research Assistant

MaryLynn.pngMary-Lynn McHugh | Research Assistant

JilynnHeadshot.jpgJilynn Werth | Graduate Assistant

TiaraHeadshot.jpgTiara Handy | Research Assistant

Michele Wiszowaty brighter.JPGMichele Crandall | Research Assistant

Joseph Prior.JPGJoseph Prior | Research Assistant

Michelle Serwacki.jpgMichelle Serwacki | Graduate Assistant

Heather Cosgrove.jpgHeather Cosgrove | Graduate Assistant


Faculty Affiliates

Bowker headshot[1].jpgJulie Bowker, PhD
Associate Professor | Department of Psychology | University at Buffalo

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Rina D. Eiden, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions | Adjunct Faculty, Pediatrics & Psychology | University at Buffalo

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

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

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

Jennifer Livingston, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions | University at Buffalo

Jamie M. Ostrov, PhD
Professor of Psychology | University at Buffalo

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

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 12.22.57 PM.pngJanice L. DeLucia, PhD
Associate Professor in Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology and Program Director, School Counseling | University at Buffalo


Advisory Council

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

Kevin Penberthy
Deputy Director | NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

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

ACieri-3.jpgAnna R. Cieri, PhD
Assistant Superintendent for Exceptional Education and Student Services | Williamsville Central School District

espelage.jpgDorothy L. Espelage, PhD
Professor, Child Development Division, Education Psychology | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

gresham.jpgMary H. Gresham, PhD
Vice Provost for Educational Collaboration and Engagement | University at Buffalo

Swearer.jpgSusan M. Swearer, PhD
Professor of School Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 12.22.57 PM.pngJanice L. DeLucia, PhD
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, PhD
Professor of Psychology | University at Buffalo

PeplerPic.jpgDebra Pepler, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor | York University

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

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