University at Buffalo

Stephanie S. Fredrick

Stephanie S. Fredrick

Associate Director, Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Bullying; Child and Adolescent Development; Mental Health; Social and Emotional Development

Contact Information
409 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1141

Professional Summary:

Stephanie Fredrick, PhD, NCSP is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Dr. Jean M. Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Broadly, her research aims to investigate the relations among bullying behavior and social-emotional well-being among youth and how schools, families, and communities can prevent bullying and promote protective factors and resiliency among youth. Bullying behavior is complex and involves children's individual characteristics and larger social contexts; thus, her research program is grounded in the social-ecological framework. Dr. Fredrick is especially interested in school-based preventative and protective factors, including social support, school climate, and social-emotional learning practices. More recently, her research has focused cyberbullying prevention, media use, and digital citizenship skills. Another focus of her research focuses on evidence-based assessment of social-emotional behavior, including universal social-emotional screening in schools.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Northern Illinois University, School Psychology (2015)
  • MA, Northern Illinois University, School Psychology (2012)
  • BS, Grand Valley State University, Psychology, Statistics (2008)
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Balkundi, S., & Fredrick, S. S. (2024). Students’ perceptions of COVID-19 stress and internalizing problems: Is social support a buffer? Contemporary School Psychology, 28, 3-14.
  • Fredrick, S. S., & Jenkins, L. N. (2023). SEL instruction and peer victimization among secondary school students. International Journal of Bullying Prevention, 5, 68-78.
  • Fredrick, S. S., Coyle, S., & King, J. (2022). Middle and high school teachers’ perceptions of cyberbullying and digital citizenship. Psychology in the Schools, 60, 1958-1978.
  • Fredrick, S. S., Nickerson, A., & Livingston, J. (2022). Adolescent social media use: Pitfalls and promises in relation to cybervictimization, friend support, and depression. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51, 361-376.
  • Fredrick, S. S., Nickerson, A. B., & Livingston, J. (2022). Family cohesion and the relations among peer victimization and depression: A random intercepts cross-lagged model. Development and Psychopathology, 34, 1429-1446.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Fredrick, S. S. (2022, October). Cyberbullying and social media use: Overview and implications for schools. Webinar provided via GoToWebinar for Vector Solutions K-12 Education.;
  • Fredrick, S. S. (2022, October). The bullying victimization epidemic: Strategies for prevention and intervention. Presentation provided via Webex for TraumaSci Grand Rounds, Dominion Hospital, West Falls Church, Virginia.;
  • Fredrick, S. S. (2023, May). Cyberbullying and social media use: Prevention and intervention practices. Keynote presentation for British Virgin Islands (BVI) Telecommunications Regulatory Commission event “Don’t Be Mean Behind the Screen” for BVI schools, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.;
  • Fredrick, S. S., Coyle, S., King, J., & McClemont, A. J. (2023, February). Teachers’ perceptions of school-based cyberbullying prevention and digital citizenship. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Denver, CO.;
  • Sun, L., & Fredrick, S. S. (2022, August). The impact of social support on negative emotions among children and adolescents during COVID-19. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Minneapolis, MN.;
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Associate Editor, Journal of School Psychology
  • Editorial Board Member, School Psychology
  • Editorial Fellow, School Psychology
Professional Service:
  • Member, NASP Research Committee
  • Member, Bullying Prevention Workgroup, Mental Health Association of New York State

Contact Information

409 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1141