Biographical Information

Leadership

Dan Olweus, PhD, Founder
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For more than thirty-five years, Dr. Dan Olweus, research professor of psychology, affiliated with the Research Center for Health promotion (HEMIL) at the University of Bergen in Norway, has been involved in research and intervention work in the area of bullying problems among schoolchildren and youth. In 1970, he started a large-scale project that is now generally regarded as the first scientific study of bullying problems in the world, published as a book in Scandinavia in 1973 and in 1978 in the United States under the title Aggression in the Schools: Bullies and Whipping Boys. In the 1980s, Dr. Olweus conducted the first systematic intervention study against bullying in the world, which documented a number of positive effects of what is now the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). He was also the first to study the problem of bullying of students by teachers. Since 2001, he has been the leader of a government-initiated national initiative implementing OBPP on a large-scale basis in Norwegian elementary and junior high schools.

Dr. Olweus is generally recognized as a pioneer and founding father of research on bullying problems and as a leading expert in this area both by the research community and by society at large. His book Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do has been translated into more than twenty different languages. Dr. Olweus has received a number of awards and recognitions for his research and intervention work, including the "Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children" award by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Stanford, California.

Susan Limber, PhD, MLS, OBPP Executive Director

SusanSusan Limber is a faculty member at the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies and professor of psychology at Clemson University. She is a developmental psychologist who received her masters and doctoral degrees in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a Masters of Legal Studies from Nebraska.  Dr. Limber’s research and writing have focused on legal and psychological issues related to youth violence (particularly bullying among children), child protection, and children’s rights. She directed the first wide-scale implementation and evaluation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States and co-authored the Blueprint for the Bullying Prevention Program as well as many other articles on the topic of bullying, including co-authoring a book, Cyber Bullying: Bulling in the Digital Age.  In recent years, she has directed the training for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States. Since 2001, she has provided consultation to the Health Resources and Services Administration on their bullying prevention efforts.  She is the recipient of several national awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award for Psychology in the Public Interest in 2004, the Nicholas Hobbs Award (awarded in 2012 by the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, American Psychological Association), and the 2012 Distinguished Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Service Psychology (awarded by the Division of Psychologists in Public Service, American Psychological Association).

Contact Information:
Susan P. Limber, Ph.D., 
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Clemson University
2079 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-5205
Phone: 864-656-6320
FAX: 864-656-6281
Email: Slimber@clemson.edu

Jan Urbanski, EdD, Director, Safe and Human Schools

JanJan Urbanski, is the Director of Safe and Humane Schools within the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies at Clemson University where she oversees dissemination of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and related initiatives focused on positive connections and reducing bullying and violence. Jan has more than 20 years of school district experience as director of the Pinellas County Schools’ Special Projects Office where she had responsibility for financial management for grants as well as grant procurement. She also served as the supervisor of the Safe and Drug Free Schools program where she directed the district’s national award winning character education program and provided oversight of the district policy against bullying and harassment and implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). Dr. Urbanski also has experience as a Prevention Specialist, an elementary teacher, and professional school counselor. She has been a Nationally Certified OBPP Trainer/Consultant, an Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant (OTAC), and has served as the Florida State Leader for the OBPP. She has conducted workshops on bullying prevention, conflict resolution, and character education at the local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Urbanski received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Connecticut State College, and a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling, an Educational Specialist degree, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.

Her research has focused on bullying prevention and school connectedness. She has authored several publications and curriculum related to bullying prevention. Dr. Urbanski was named the 2007 Florida DARE Educator of the Year, was inducted into the 2008 Who’s Who of Prevention Leaders in Florida, and received the Arthur Shapiro Leadership Excellence Award in 2012. She is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

Contact Information:
Jan Urbanski, Ed.D.
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Clemson University
2038 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: 864-656-1836
Email: jurbans@clemson.edu

Jane Riese, LSW, Associate Director, Safe and Human Schools and Director of Training

JaneJane Riese is the Associate Director of Safe and Humane Schools and the director of training for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States within the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies at Clemson University. Ms. Riese participated in the initial OBPP trainer certification process in 2000 and helped to coordinate and conduct the first U.S. Trainer Certification Course held in 2001 in Pennsylvania. She currently oversees Olweus trainer certification, recertification, and the work of Olweus Technical Assistance Consultants. In collaboration with Olweusgruppen and Olweus International, Jane adapted and designed the Olweus Quality Assurance System for a pilot project for the certification of Olweus Schools in the United States. A licensed social worker and prevention educator, Ms. Riese developed and directed dialogue-based restorative justice programming in her community and was the director of a prosecution-based victim services program. Jane serves as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

Contact Information:
Jane Riese, LSW
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Clemson University
2038 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone:  717-870-7992
Email:  jriese@clemson.edu

Staff

Lydia Arneson, OBPP Program Coordinator

LydiaLydia Arneson (BSBA, Southern Wesleyan University) is the program coordinator and webmaster for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, US. She coordinates trainings and events associated with the program and provides support to more than 1400 national trainers. She is a recipient of the 2010 Board of Trustees Award for Staff Excellence. She has more than 25 years of extensive experience working with the federal government and the Department of Defense. Before joining the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies, Ms. Arneson worked with the Office of Regional Counsel for Region 10 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 Contact Information:
Lydia Arneson, BSBA
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Clemson University
2029 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone:  864-656-6712
Email:  lydia@clemson.edu

Jessi Wilson, OBPP Program Assistant

JessiJessie Wilson (AS, ECPI) is an administrative coordinator with the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies. She serves as the liaison to Clemson’s human resources department, and she assists in the Institute’s bookkeeping. Ms. Wilson previously was an administrative assistant for PSA Business Services at Clemson.

 

 Contact Information:
Jessi Wilson
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Clemson University
2035 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone:  864-656-6402
Email:  jwinkle@clemson.edu

June Jenkins, OBPP Training Consultation Coordinator

JuneJune Jenkins is the Training-Consultation Coordinator for Safe and Humane Schools at Clemson University. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in education as teacher and administrator. In 2014, she retired as the Project Director for a Safe Schools/Healthy Students Project in Virginia which focused on community partnerships and addressing risky behaviors of youth. She holds a Postgraduate Professional License from the Virginia and South Carolina Departments of Education in PK-12 administration and supervision. She completed a postgraduate certification in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports through University of South Florida and is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer. She serves as the Director of the Board for the SC-Association for Positive Behavior Supports Network. In 2005, June became a certified trainer in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and in 2010 became a Trainer-Certification Course (TCC) provider. June is married and lives in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Contact Information:
June Jenkins, MEd
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Clemson University
2038 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone:  864-399-0898
Email:  june2@clemson.edu

Dana Southern, OBPP Program Assistant

DanaDana Southern (BA, UNC-Asheville) is assisting with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Before joining the Olweus program, Dana served as the community outreach coordinator for Building Dreams Mentoring Program and Safe Families. Mrs. Southern was engaged in community mobilization and volunteer recruitment for both initiatives. She served as training coordinator and primary liaison with Greenville County Schools. She also provided ongoing match support for participants in Building Dreams. With strong interest in support for families and children, she has extensive experience as a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Greenville and the Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Carolina. She volunteers at Langston Charter Middle School and Mauldin United Methodist Church. Before moving to S.C., her prior work experience included intake assessment, suicide hotline, and admissions at Charter Hospital in Asheville, N.C.

Contact Information:
Dana Southern, BA
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Clemson University
2038 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone:  n/a
Email:  dsouthe@clemson.edu

Marian Turcan, Instructional Designer/IT Consultant

MarianMarian Turcan (BA, International University of Moldova, MHRD and Ed.D, Clemson University) has been a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies (YFCS) since 2011. Marian serves as the Instructional designer and IT consultant for the Olweus Bullying Program at Clemson University. He develops interactive contents for training modules, designs educational materials, and helps support the functionality of the Olweus website.

In the YFCS PhD program, Dr. Turcan oversees classroom technology and content delivery. He also provides advice and technical assistance to YFCS faculty teaching online courses at Clemson University. Marian also teaches some of the Cultural Area Studies courses. His main interests and research include classroom technology integration, motivation behind instructional technology use and effective ways of teaching online classes.

Prior to joining YFCS, Dr. Turcan worked in Clemson University’s administration and at The US Embassy in Moldova. Before coming to the US, Dr. Turcan was involved with the Alumni Resource Center (ARC) administered by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moldova, where he provided trainings, technical support and guidance to the US Government exchange programs alumni. He also managed the activity of the Career Center within ARC. During his free time, Marian freelances as a photographer and graphic designer.

Contact Information:
Marian Turcan, EdD
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive
McAlister Square, Suite E3
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone:  864-250-4664
Email:  turcan@clemson.edu

Authors

Vicki Flerx, PhD

Vicki C. Flerx, PhD, is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program author and retired research assistant professor of Clemson University’s Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life in South Carolina. She has expertise in both public and mental health. Dr. Flerx was one of the University of South Carolina researchers who first brought the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program to the United States. For nearly a decade after this initial research effort, she trained and consulted nationally to support the dissemination of the program. In addition, she has conducted research in family violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, and children exposed to domestic violence.

Contact Information:
Vicki Flerx, Ph.D.
761 Ben Kyzer Drive
Gilbert, SC 29054
Email:vflerx@clemson.edu

Nancy Mullin, MEd

Nancy Mullin, M. Ed., is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program author and director of Bullying Prevention Solutions.  Ms. Mullin is a nationally known trainer and consultant in the area of bullying prevention and developing awareness about the negative effects that bullying and related gender role stereotypes have on both school climate and student performance. She has been involved in research, curriculum development, and training. She coordinated the Massachusetts Bullying Prevention Project, the first statewide Olweus Bullying Prevention Program school initiative in the United States, which began in 1999.  Ms. Mullin is author of several publications about bullying including The Olweus Companion Bibliography for Grades K-12, and Quit It! A Teacher's Guide on Teasing and Bullying for Use with Students in Grades K–3, both recommended OBPP supplemental resources.

Contact Information:
Nancy Mullin, M.Ed., Director
Bullying Prevention Solutions
103 West Aycock Street
Raleigh, NC 27806
Phone/fax: 919-896-8825 
Email: mullin.nancy@yahoo.com

Marlene Snyder, PhD

Marlene Snyder, PhD, is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program author and retired faculty member of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, Clemson University in South Carolina. Dr. Snyder participated in the first National OBPP training cohort in 2002 in Rockville, MD. Dr. Snyder serves as a national and international conference speaker and technical assistance consultant for educational, mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice agencies, and parent education organizations. Marlene has consulted with a wide variety of professional and community organizations on a range of topics related to bullying prevention and intervention. She chaired the OBPP High School Advisory. In addition to OBPP materials, she has written on the topic of ADHD including a book entitled ADHD & Driving: A Guide for Parents of Teens with ADHD. Dr. Snyder is the founding president of the International Bullying Prevention Association.

Contact Information:
Marlene Snyder, PhD
Snyder Consultations
789 Leksand Trail
Whitefish, MT 59937
Phone: 406-862-8971
Email: jmarlenesnyder@gmail.com

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