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Short Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Kandel Englander graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors, and completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California as an All‑University Merit Fellow.  After being awarded a National Institute of Mental Health Research Service Award to study at the University of New Hampshire, she started teaching in the State University system in Massachusetts and is now a professor of Psychology. 

She was awarded a Presidential Fellowship to found and direct the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, which delivers free anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research to K-12 Education. Dr. Englander’s research and publications are nationally recognized and she was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general. 

She has served as a Special Editor for issues of the Journal of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - CONNECT and the Journal of Social Sciences, and has authored about a hundred articles in academic journals and books.  Dr. Englander has been named the Chair of the Cyberbullying Work Group at the Institute for Digital Media and Child Development, which is supported by the National Academy of Sciences to help define the national research agenda concerning digital technology's impact upon children's development.  She is the author of Understanding Violence, and of Bullying and Cyberbullying: A Guide for Educators, recently released by Harvard Press. She has written more than a hundred articles in journals and books and three research-based curricula and many educational handouts for communities and professionals. Reflecting her interest in educating laypeople, Dr. Englander has answered questions in a column for the New York Times (online edition), and she writes the column Bullying Bulletin Board, which is syndicated by Gatehouse Media in hundreds of newspapers nationwide.

My educational background.

I went to college at the University of California, Berkeley, where I graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors in Psychology.  After finishing my bachelor's degree, I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California as an All‑University Predoctoral Merit Fellow, where I conducted research on the causes of aggression.  I trained as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with a National Institute of Mental Health Merit Research Service Award at the University of New Hampshire at the Family Research Laboratory, and then began my career as a professor in public higher education in Massachusetts.  


In 1993 I started teaching as an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University.  I am a full Professor there today, in the Department of Psychology.

Developing Training, Research and Fieldwork at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center

In 2004, I was awarded the first Presidential Fellowship at Bridgewater State University to found a Center to work on understanding and reducing bullying and cyberbullying.  This was the beginning of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, or "MARC," an academic Center in public higher education, committed to a public health model for bullying and cyberbullying prevention for the state of Massachusetts.  We offer programs and services for other states as well.  Today, we have approximately forty faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and support staff working at MARC.  And we still deliver high-quality bullying and cyberbullying prevention services to K-12 schools and other stakeholders - usually, at no cost to those within Massachusetts.


The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center conducts research and provides many types of programs and services to schools.  I am, at heart, a researcher, and I believe in basing the training materials I author on the research I conduct.  You can read some of my research papers and other publications.


In addition to papers that are published primarily in academic journals, I've also authored a great many other materials that you may find useful. There are materials written for parents, teachers, and/or administrators about understanding and responding to bullying and cyberbullying. There are bullying and cyberbullying Curricula (for grades K-5, 6-12 and 9-12).  (All are research-based and free.)  


I've trained tens of thousands of teachers, counselors, and administrators, thousands of students, and have been teaching graduate and undergraduate students for about 20 years. I present at local and national conferences every year across the United States.  I am the author of two books: Understanding Violence (three editions), published by Erlbaum, and Bullying and Cyberbullying, recently released by Harvard Education Press.  Browse all my publications.