Cyberbullying: Intervention and Prevention

National cyberbullying expert Dr. Ellen Selkie and experts from Pitt, UPMC Children's Hospital and Carnegie Mellon come together with Pittsburgh Public Schools to talk about cyberbullying

What is it? Why should you care? What can you do to stop it? 

All are welcome (children ages 10+) for a thoughtful conversation for parents, adolescents, educators, and researchers. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

March 27, 2019 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Alcoa Room | 2nd Floor

Speaker Information

Dr. Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH | Panelist

Dr. Ellen Selkie is a Clinical Lecturer in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Selkie’s research at Child Health Evaluation and Research Center (CHEAR) seeks to understand how adolescents use digital technology in both prosocial and antisocial ways, and how peer interactions through social media may impact health outcomes in the adolescent and young adult populations.  In particular, her work examines health effects of digital harassment and cyberbullying among adolescents, technology-based communication behaviors that either promote or reduce social support among sexual minority youth, and targeted social media interventions for improvement of adolescent mental health

Dr. Kristin Dalope, MD, MEd | Panelist

Dr. Kristin Dalope is a child psychiatrist with the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - Behavioral Science Division. Dr. Dalope specializes in psychosomatic medicine, multidisciplinary recovery-oriented care, neurodevelopmental disorders, sensory impairment, and autism. 

Dr. Julie S. Downs, PhD | Panelist

Dr. Julie Downs is an Associate Professor at the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Downs studies decision making, specifically focusing on how people can make better decisions by understanding the processes at work and the nature of various influences on their behaviors. She has applied these interests to numerous topics in which decisions involve risk, especially for risk to health. Recent publications report research on approaches to supporting decision making about food, including how to make calorie labels more impactful, use of microbicidal films for NIH prevention, sexual risk-taking behaviors among adolescents with diabetes, and teen pregnancy prevention. Dr. Downs and her colleagues have developed behavioral interventions to improve decisions in various health contexts. In addition to showing scientific evidence for effectiveness in behavioral and biological outcomes, her interventions have won multiple media awards. Recent projects for which Dr. Downs has obtained funding from NSF, NIH, OAH and other sources as a PI or co-PI include teen pregnancy prevention, acceptability of new technologies for HIV prevention, risk and privacy in online behaviors, and communication of pollution risk. Her research has been published in psychological, economic, public policy and medical journals.

Melissa Friez | Panelist

Melissa Friez is the Assistant Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. Friez is an experienced principal with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Her interests and specialties include coaching, secondary education, classroom management, lesson planning, and educational technology.

Neil Giacobbi | Panelist

Neil Giacobbi is Associate Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for AT&T. He develops strategic initiatives at AT&T that integrate social impact and business purpose. Neil is focused on programs that help families safely and successfully engage mobile devices and online media. He also produced AT&T’s award-winning film There’s a Soul Behind That Screen for parents to understand how social media can harm teens. Neil previously worked in public affairs and led several high-visibility media campaigns that lifted the company’s reputation in New York. Neil is a fellow with the Aspen Institute and he has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. 

Jill Sarada | Panelist

Jill Sarada is the director of admissions at the University of Pittsburgh Falk School. She belongs to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the International Association of Laboratory & University Affiliated Schools (NALS). She is joined by her daughter, Tricia. 

Dr. Ana Radovic, MD, MSc | Panel Moderator 

Dr. Ana Radovic is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Radovic is interested in increasing adolescent and parent participation in mental health treatment when depression treatment is recommended within primary care. She is especially interested in using internet technology such as social media to enable connections between adolescent and young adult peers as well as parent peers who have mental health illness in common. Currently, she is has a career development award, PCOR K12, to develop and study the feasibility of stakeholder (user) designed technology interventions which address the need to increase participation in treatment. Dr. Radovic is an affiliate scholar of Pitt Cyber.