Staff

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Director

Portrait of Amanda Nickerson

Amanda Nickerson, PhD

Amanda Nickerson is the inaugural director of the Alberti Center and an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology. 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.

Program and Operations Manager

Portrait of Brie Kishel

Brie Kishel

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 Alberti Center's colloquium series, annual conference, and monthly sessions for the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop requirement for New York State teacher certification.

Training and Evaluation Specialist

Portrait of Kathleen Allen

Kathleen P. Allen, PhD

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.

Community Programming Consultant

Portrait of Toni Torchia

Toni Torchia

Dr. Toni Torchia graduated in 2017 with her doctoral degree in combined counseling and school psychology from the University at Buffalo. She has an extensive amount of experience working in research at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions in a variety of roles, including 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). Dr. Torchia 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. Her interests include community outreach, program evaluation, research on peer bullying and victimization, dating violence and substance abuse.

Graduate/Research Assistants

Portrait of Tim Parks

Tim Parks

Graduate Assistant

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 University 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.

Portrait of Melissa Dudley

Melissa 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 University 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.

Portrait of Jessica Rosenburg

Jessica Rosenburg

Research Assistant

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 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.

Portrait of Shauna Mauch

Shauna 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 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.

Portrait of Samantha VanHout

Samantha 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 University 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.

Portrait of Allison Sealy

Allison Sealy

Research Assistant

Allison graduated with her Bachelor 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.

Faculty Affiliates

Portrait of Julie Bowker

Julie Bowker, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University at Buffalo

Portrait of Rina Eiden

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

Portrait of Ariel Aloe

Ariel Aloe, PhD
Research Scientist, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo
Assistant Professor, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, University of Iowa

Portrait of Laura Anderson

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

Portrait of Catherine P. Cook-Cottone

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

 

Portrait of Jennifer Livingston

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

 

Portrait of Jamie M. Ostrov

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

 

Portrait of Amy L. Reynolds

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

Portrait of Darren Treadway

Darren Treadway, PhD
Associate Professor, Organization and Human Resources
University at Buffalo

Portrait of Janice DeLucia

Janice L. DeLucia, PhD
Associate Professor, Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
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)

Portrait of Lana D. Benatovich

Lana D. Benatovich
President
National Federation for Just Communities of WNY

Portrait of Anna R. Cieri

Anna R. Cieri, PhD
Assistant Superintendent for Exceptional Education and Student Services
Williamsville Central School District

Portrait of Dorothy L. Espelage

Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD
Professor, Child Development Division
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Portrait of Mary H. Gresham

Mary H. Gresham, PhD
Vice Provost for Educational Collaboration and Engagement
University at Buffalo

Portrait of Susan M. Swearer

Susan M. Swearer, PhD
Professor, School Psychology
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Portrait of Dewey G. Cornell

Dewey G. Cornell, PhD
Professor of Education and Endowed Chair
University of Virginia

Portrait of Janice DeLucia

Janice L. DeLucia, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
University at Buffalo

Portrait of Bruce Goldstein

Bruce A. Goldstein
Senior Partner
Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP

Portrait of Jamie Ostrov

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

 

Portrait of Debra Pepler

Debra Pepler, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor
York University

Portrait of Amy Reynolds

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

Portrait of Reed Stewart

Reed C. Stewart, LCSW
Program Director
Beacon Health Strategies

Former Staff Members

Portrait of Erin Cook

Erin Cook
Graduate Assistant

Portrait of Danielle Guttman-Lapin

Danielle Guttman-Lapin, PhD, NCSP
Research Associate (Adjunct)

Portrait of Sebastian BengCheong Cheong

Sebastian BengCheong Cheong
Research Assistant

Portrait of Mary-Lynn McHugh

Mary-Lynn McHugh
Research Assistant

Portrait of Jilynn Werth

Jilynn Werth
Graduate Assistant

Portrait of Tiara Handy

Tiara Handy
Research Assistant

Portrait of Michele Crandall

Michele Crandall
Research Assistant

Portrait of Joseph Prior

Joseph Prior
Research Assistant

Portrait of Michelle Serwacki

Michelle Serwacki
Graduate Assistant

Portrait of Heather Cosgrove

Heather Cosgrove
Graduate Assistant