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Leadership Series on Health to discuss bullying

April 4, 2011

Bullying: How serious is it, and what should be done about it?

Regis College panel free and open to the public

Bullying is a local, national and international public health problem , documented in the media by individual horror stories about its victims and remembered forever with tragedies like that of Phoebe Prince of South Hadley, MA. Her bullying-caused suicide led to the criminal prosecution of six teenagers who had bullied her. It also spurred the passage of strong anti-bullying legislation and heightened the sensitivity of school committees and educators alike to the problem.

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with a discussion on bullying on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge.

Join moderator Barbara Dowds, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Regis College and her panel of experts as they define bullying, laying out the characteristics of both the victim and the bully. Cyber-bullying, a difficult type of bullying to prosecute, will be analyzed as well as the short- and long-term effects of bullying. In addition, the panelists will discuss the prevention of bullying, interventions and the effectiveness of existing programs. Participants will be able to question the experts.

Presenters include:

  • Robert Sege ,MD,PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine & Director Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics
  • Alan Jacobson PsyD, Associate Division Director, Behavioral Health Services, Riverside Community care, Dedham, MA.
  • Anne Gilligan MPH, Safe and Drug Free Coordinator for MA. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Carol Dorr PhD, Director of Social Work Program, Regis College, Weston, MA.


The Regis College Leadership Series on Health was established in 2007 by President Mary Jane England, MD, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The unique series of lectures designed to challenge the community to develop new skills to build awareness of contemporary health and wellness issues and learn to effect positive change. In October, the series will focus on the cost and ethical dilemmas of end-of-life decisions; and, in November, the emotional and physical cost of sports injuries.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each lecture is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu. Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.

This activity has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., for approval to award contact hours. Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc. is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 17 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, health product regulation, and nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707, aronsbarron@barronaw.com

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