Welcome from the BullyCenter research team!
We are a team of researchers who have studied cyberbullying and cyberpredation for the last 10 years.
Dr. April Kontostathis, Chair and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and Associate Dean at Ursinus College, Dr. Kontostathis earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Lehigh University. Dr. Kontostathis' primary research interest is textual data mining, with an emphasis on the detection and prevention of cyberbullying and Internet sexual predation. She has an investment in undergraduate research, and 25 of her 43 peer-reviewed articles include undergraduate student co-authors. She, working with colleagues, founded the U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies at Ursinus College and she continues to co-direct the center’s operations. Dr. Kontostathis has received over $1.1 million in extramural funding for research, undergraduate student support, and research commercialization.
Dr. Lynne Edwards is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. She is the author of several publications, including “Victims, Villains, and Vixens: Teen girls and Internet Crime” in Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity. Sharon Mazzarella, editor. (Peter Lang Publishing, 2005), “Black Like Me: Value Commitment and Television Viewing Preferences of U.S. Black Teenage Girls in Black Marks: Minority Ethnic Audiences and Media" (Ashgate, 2001), “Choices and Voices: Deciding Between Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies.” in Communication Impact: Designing Research That Matters. Susanna Hornig Priest, editor. Lanham: (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), and “Slaying in Black and White: Kendra as Tragic Mulatta in Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in Fighting the Forces: Essays on the Meaning of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). Dr. Edwards co-edited a volume about the final two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television. (McFarland Publishers, 2008).