Research Interests

As an applied researcher involved in "action research," I am primarily interested in working with law enforcement officials, school administrators, and juvenile justice practitioners to develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to address problems in their communities. Most of my efforts focus on youth violence prevention and control, including evaluating community interventions aimed at adolescent offenders and seeking to identify the causes and consequences of youth violence.

For example, I have been involved in evaluating four programs in Michigan aimed at serious and violent juvenile offenders under the age of 14. In examining these initiatives, I learned about the importance of dealing with youth from the perspective of multiple domains, particularly the family. My first book, "The Family Context of Childhood Delinquency" argues that in order to effectively address delinquency, especially among pre-adolescent youth, prevention and intervention efforts must incorporate a family-based perspective.

During the past several years I have been studying adolescent Internet use, with particular interest in social networking and cyberbullying. Sameer Hinduja (Florida Atlantic University) and I wrote "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying" as a guide for teachers and parents about what cyberbullying is and what they can do about it. It is based on over 6 years of research and includes data from thousands of adolescents, parents, and teachers who have confronted cyberbullying in their lives. We also Co-Direct the Cyberbullying Research Center (, an information clearinghouse for parents, teachers, researchers, and others concerned about adolescent aggression carried out online. Finally, we have also spent a significant amount of time recently exploring MySpace and the extent to which youth are revealing personal and private information that could be used to cause them harm. Armed with this information, we conduct workshops and presentations for parents, teachers, and students about Internet safety across the United States.

If you would like a copy of any of the papers listed on my vitae, just email me. I also have a number of other papers in various stages of publication. If you are interested in any of the topics listed above, again, feel free to email me.

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