Lead Roles

Jennifer Doty, PhD

Jennifer Doty is an Assistant Professor of youth development and prevention science in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida.  Before joining the faculty at UF, she completed an interdisciplinary fellowship in adolescent health in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota through a T32 training grant in Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care. She received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science with an emphasis on prevention. Her research interests are built around the idea that parent-child relationships and technology are key leverage points for improving adolescent health and well-being. Her long-term goal is to build bridges between basic research and applied prevention settings.

Krista Mehari, PhD

Krista Mehari is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at University of South Alabama. Her clinical and research interests center around promoting positive youth development. Her research focuses on violence prevention, including cyberbullying. She is specifically interested in how cyberbullying relates to other aggressive behaviors, how to measure it, and how to prevent it. She also studies how cybervictimization affects children and adolescents.

Drishti Sharma, MD

Dr Drishti Sharma is working as a Clinical Research Specialist at IAVI, New Delhi and an Adjunct Faculty at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. She earned her M.D. in Community Medicine from the University of Delhi in 2015 following which she served as a Senior Resident at the School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. Trained as a clinician, Dr Sharma is an epidemiologist and has over six years of experience researching at the grass-roots level in India. Her primary interest lies in epidemiology and behaviour science. She has developed and tested a culturally adapted life skills intervention to prevent traditional bullying among middle-school children.  

Pamela Wisniewski, PhD

Pamela Wisniewski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. She was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Penn State University, graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Ph.D. in Computing and Information Systems, and has over 6 years of industry experience as a systems developer. Her research expertise is at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, and Privacy. She is particularly interested in promoting online safety for adolescents. She has been awarded over $1.6 million in external grant funding, and her research has been featured by ABC News, NPR, Psychology Today, and U.S. News and World Report.

Core Roles

Christopher P. Barlett, PhD

Christopher P. Barlett is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Gettysburg College. He earned his Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Iowa State University in 2012. Trained as an aggression scholar, Dr. Barlett is an expert in aggression theory, which he applies to the study of cyberbullying. His Barlett Gentile Cyberbullying Model (BGCM) is a cyberbullying-specific model that elucidates the psychological processes to predict cyberbullying perpetration above and beyond traditional bullying. He has published dozens of publications validating his model, which have appeared in Aggressive Behavior, Computers in Human Behavior, Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, Journal of Adolescence, and others.

Joy Gabrielli, PhD

Joy Gabrielli is a clinical child psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida.  She obtained her PhD from the Department of Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas and completed a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship  in the Science of Co-Occurring Disorders at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Gabrielli gained specialized training in research on the role of media and technology in the development of adolescent health risk behaviors. With consultation from expert colleagues, Dr. Gabrielli developed the T.E.C.H. Parenting framework, an evidence-informed model to support parents in effective media management. Dr. Gabrielli has an interest in preventative mechanisms that can be leveraged to reduce risks associated with youth media usage and promote positive youth engagement within digital environments.

Tracy Evian Waasdorp, PhD, MEd

Tracy Evian Waasdorp is a Research Scientist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Waasdorp is an expert on school-based bullying prevention and intervention, forms of aggression, bullying and peer victimization (e.g. relational aggression, cyberbullying, and bystander behaviors). She also publishes on coping with bullying, teacher and parent responses to bullying, as well as school safety, climate, and connectedness. Dr. Waasdorp is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the W.T. Grant Foundation.

Jackie Yourell, MS.

Jackie Yourell is a 3rd year PhD student in the Youth Development and Family Sciences program at the University of Florida. Jackie’s research focuses on the psychosocial factors that contribute to weight outcomes among adolescents: parent-child relationship, weight conversations, and weight-related bullying. She is passionate about educating individuals about health, wellness, and nutrition. Her ultimate goal is to empower youth and families to enhance their overall health and well-being through prevention science and evidence-based research.

Yi-Wen Su, PhD, NCC

Yi-Wen Su is a Research Coordinator of youth development and prevention science in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She graduated with a PhD degree from the Counselor Education program at the University of Florida, with a concentration on school counseling. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a licensed school counselor registered with Iowa Board of Education. Her research interests include play therapy, counseling in young ADHD population, Buddhism perspectives in counseling professionals, mindfulness, and improving well-being of the school-age population.

Advisory Role

Mona Duggal, MD.

Mona Duggal M.D. is a Community Medicine physician with Masters in Epidemiology  and NIH/NLM fellowship in Medical Informatics.. She  is a tenured faculty at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, one of the five institutes of national importance in India and has an adjunct Professor position at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, India. She has almost 17 years of rich bi-national training and research experience in India and the U.S.  Her research has focused at the intersection of behavioral science, technology, and clinical intervention research She has worked closely with Dr. Drishti Sharma to develop and test a school-based bullying program to improve skill-development among adolescents.  She has recently completed two bi-national (U.S., India) NIH funded projects as co-investigator to develop mHealth technology-facilitated strategies to reach and improve the health outcomes of women with HIV in India. She has worked as a member of several trans disciplinary research teams and has knowledge of mixed-methods research design, outcomes, and grant writing.

Megan Moreno, MD

Evidence-based Approaches for Cyberbullying Prevention