• 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


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