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Dorothy Espelage honored with ‘Prevention Science Award’

Dorothy Espelage, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education, has been honored with the 2020 Prevention Science Award by the Society for Prevention Research.

The award is among those bestowed by the Society each year and is given to an individual or team to recognize a significant body of research that has applied scientific methods to develop and test one or more preventive interventions or policies.

The Society will present its awards at its annual conference, this year in a virtual format, on July 23.

Espelage, one of the nation’s leading academic experts on a wide range of school safety and student well-being issues, is frequently recognized for her work, including in prevention science.

She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy.

She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2018, the highest honor for researchers in the educational sciences.

She is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Educational Research Association and two divisions of the American Psychological Association — Division 15 (Educational Psychology) and Division 17 (the Society of Counseling Psychology).

During a 23-year academic career, Espelage has written close to 200 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, edited seven books and 73 chapters on bullying, sexual and gender-based harassment, dating violence, and gang violence, becoming one of the most-cited scholars worldwide in her areas of research.