Our Team

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Director

Portrait of Amanda Nickerson.

Amanda Nickerson, PhD

Amanda Nickerson is the inaugural director of the Alberti Center and a 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.

Associate Director

Portrait of Stephanie Fredrick.

Stephanie Fredrick, PhD

Stephanie Fredrick is the associate director of the Alberti Center and assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist. She has previous experience working as a school psychologist and consulting with schools on bullying prevention and social emotional learning. Broadly, her research investigates how schools, families, and communities can prevent peer victimization and increase resiliency and protective factors among children experiencing victimization. She is particularly interested in universal school-based preventative and protective factors, including social support, school climate, and social emotional learning.

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, PhD

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.

Project Director

Portrait of Gina Bellavia.

Gina Bellavia, PhD

Gina Bellavia holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Rochester and a PhD in social-personality psychology from the University at Buffalo. At the Alberti Center, she is the Project Director
for NAB IT!, a study funded by the Institute of Education Sciences with the aim of using social norms and bystander intervention training to reduce bullying and sexual harassment in high schools. Gina brings
to this role over 10 years of experience coordinating research studies
at UB. She began her career as a teacher and has more recently worked in the field of college access. She is passionate about using research to find solutions to real-world problems, particularly those that affect youth.

Student Team Members

Portrait of Amanda Breese.

Amanda Breese

Graduate Assistant

Amanda Breese has her bachelor's degree in psychology from The College at Brockport SUNY and is currently a doctoral student in the combined counseling and psychology program at the University at Buffalo. Amanda's research interests focus on skin tone based bullying within Black communities. 

Portrait of Melissa Dudley.

Melissa Dudley

Research Assistant

Melissa is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program and currently completing her internship hours. Her dissertation title is Effects of Child Abuse Prevention and School Climate on Teachers' Reporting Competencies. Melissa's research interests focus on social-emotional learning, school-based program evaluation, and school climate.

Portrait of Hannah Grossman.

Hannah Grossman

Graduate Assistant

Hannah Grossman is currently a doctoral student in the combined counseling and school psychology program, with a concentration in school psychology at the University at Buffalo. Her current responsibilities at the Alberti Center include working on a project called Developmental Pathways of Violence and Substance Use in a High Risk Sample. Hannah’s research interests include development of bullying behaviors, early childhood aggression, and intervention.

Portrait of Margaret Manges.

Margaret Manges

Graduate Assistant

Margaret (Maggie) Manges is currently a doctoral student in the combined counseling and school psychology program, with a counseling psychology concentration, at the University at Buffalo. Her current research projects at the Alberti Center include Program Integrity and Intervention Outcomes of Second Step's Child Protection Unit and Identity Development and Labeling Processes in LGBTQ+ Adults. Maggie’s research interests focus on adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, microaggressions in childhood and adulthood (as well as bullying experienced in adulthood), feminist psychology, human sexuality, and trauma.

Portrait of Abbey McClemont.

Abbey McClemont

Graduate Assistant

Abbey McClemont has her bachelor's in psychology from Binghamton University and is currently a doctoral student in the combined counseling and school psychology program at the University at Buffalo. Abbey'sresearch interests focus on bullying prevention within schools, cyberbullying, ADHD, and disruptive behavior disorders.

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 Samantha Stanford.

Samantha Stanford

Research Assistant

Samantha Stanford is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. Her research interests include development & implementation of evidence-based interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, parental adherance & integrity to child behavior plans and its effect on child response to intervention, and facilitating parental engagement and empowerment in child intervention. 

Portrait of Jenine Tulledge.

Jenine Tulledge

Research Assistant

Jenine Tulledge is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. Her research interests focus on child abuse prevention, childhood trauma, school climate, and the psychosocial and educational impacts of childhood illness.



 

Former Team Members

Portrait of Sebastian BengCheong Cheong.

Sebastian BengCheong Cheong
Research Assistant

Portrait of Erin Cook.

Erin Cook
Graduate Assistant

Portrait of Heather Cosgrove.

Heather Cosgrove
Graduate Assistant

Portrait of Michele Crandall.

Michele Crandall
Research Assistant

Portrait of Danielle Guttman-Lapin.

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

Portrait of Tiara Handy.

Tiara Handy
Research Assistant

Portrait of Samantha Kesselring.

Samantha Kesselring
Research Assistant

 

Portrait of Shauna Mauch.

Shauna Mauch
Research Assistant

Portrait of Mary-Lynn McHugh.

Mary-Lynn McHugh
Research Assistant

Portrait of Joseph Prior.

Joseph Prior
Research Assistant

Portrait of Jessica Rosenburg.

Jessica Rosenburg
Research Assistant

Portrait of Allison Sealy.

Allison Sealy
Research Assistant

Portrait of Michelle Serwacki.

Michelle Serwacki
Graduate Assistant

Portrait of Samantha VanHout.

Samantha VanHout
Graduate Assistant
 

Portrait of Jilynn Werth.

Jilynn Werth
Graduate Assistant

Faculty Affiliates

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 Julie Bowker.

Julie Bowker, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of 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 Janice DeLucia .

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

Advisory Council

Portrait of Annahita Ball.

Annahita Ball, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
University at Buffalo

Portrait of Wendy Craig.

Wendy Craig, PhD
Scientific Director of PREVNet, Professor of Psychology
Queen's University

Portrait of Lyndsay Jenkins.

Lyndsay Jenkins, PhD
Assistant Professor
Florida State University

Portrait of Janice DeLucia.

Jennifer Livingston, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
University at Buffalo

Portrait of Jamie Pernick.

Jamie Pernick
Assistant Principal
Lancaster High School

Portrait of Paul Poteat.

V. Paul Poteat, PhD
Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Boston College
 

Portrait of Bradford Watts.

Bradford Watts
Community Relations Coordinator
People Inc.
 

Portrait of Daniela Wolfe.

Daniela Wolfe, LMSW
School Social Worker
Amherst Central School District

 

Former Council Members

Helen Aronoff, PhD - membership term 2012-2015
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

Lana Benatovich - membership term 2012-2018
President
National Federation for Just Communities of WNY

Vito Borrello - membership term 2012-2017
Executive Director
National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)

Anna Cieri, PhD - membership term 2012-2019
Assistant Superintendent
Williamsville Central School District

Dewey Cornell, PhD - membership term 2012-2018
Professor of Education and Endowed Chair
University of Virginia

Janice DeLucia, PhD - membership term 2012-2019
Associate Professor
Dept. of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo

Dorothy Espelage, PhD - membership term 2012-2017
William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education 
University of North Carolina

Bruce Goldstein, Esq. - membership term 2012-2018
Special Counsel
Kenney, Shelton, Liptak, Nowak, LLP

Mary Gresham, PhD - membership term 2012-2017 
Vice Provost for Educational Collaboration 
University at Buffalo

Brenda McDuffie - membership term 2012-2013
President & CEO
Buffalo Urban League

Bruce Mitchell - membership term 2018-2019
Adjunct Professor, Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology
University at Buffalo

Jane Ogilvie - membership term 2012-2015
Division Director, Community Youth Development
Erie 1 BOCES

Jamie Ostrov, PhD - membership 2012-2017
Professor, Department of Psychology
University at Buffalo

Kevin Penberthy - membership term 2014-2020
Retired Deputy Director
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
Adjunct instructor, School of Social Work
University at Buffalo

Debra Pepler, PhD - membership term 2012-2017
Distinguished Research Professor
York University

Amy Reynolds, PhD - membership term 2012-2019
Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology

Reed Stewart - membership term 2012-2018
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Family Counseling Associates

Susan Swearer, PhD - membership term 2012-2019
Professor of School Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology
University of Nebraska - Lincoln