• Ph.D. 1997 – Indiana University, Counseling Psychology
  • M.S. 1993 – Radford University, Clinical Psychology
  • B.S. 1991 – Virginia Commonwealth University, Psychology

Areas of Expertise

  • Prevention Science
  • School-Based Interventions
  • Social-Emotional Learning Interventions
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Sexual Harassment/Violence
  • School-Based Suicide Prevention


Dr. Espelage’s research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming and she has secured over $15 million of external funding. She advises members of Congress and Senate on bullying prevention legislation. She conducts regular webinars for CDC, NIH, and NIJ to disseminate research.