About the Cyberbullying Research Center

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as “Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” It is also known as “cyber bullying,” “electronic bullying,” “e-bullying,” “sms bullying,” “mobile bullying,” “online bullying,” “digital bullying,” or “Internet bullying.” The Center also explores other adolescent behaviors online including sexting, social media misuse, digital dating abuse, and issues related to digital citizenship, resilience, empathy, school climate, and more.

This website serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth (as well as for youth themselves!). Here you will find facts, figures, and detailed stories from those who have been directly impacted by online aggression. In addition, the site includes numerous resources to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents. All of the information on this site is informed by over fifteen years of research.

The Cyberbullying Research Center is directed by Dr. Sameer Hinduja (Florida Atlantic University) and Dr. Justin W. Patchin (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire). They have been studying cyberbullying since 2002 and first launched this web site in 2005. They founded the Center as a means to further their mission of bringing sound research about cyberbullying to those who can benefit most from it.

Dr. Justin W. Patchin,
Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center

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Dr. Justin Patchin is a Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 2011, he received the Excellence in Scholarship Award, UW-Eau Claire’s highest honor for scholarship. Dr. Patchin is a former Futurist in Residence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and past President of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Prior to graduate school he was a Youth Treatment Specialist, working with at-risk and delinquent youth in Minnesota. He is passionate about helping youth develop into the best versions of themselves. Learn more about Dr. Patchin here.

Dr. Sameer Hinduja,
Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center

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Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. He has received Auburn University’s Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, won Florida Atlantic University’s Researcher of the Year award, presented on cyberbullying at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, testified in front of the Attorney General and the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, and served as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at Dublin City University. Dr. Hinduja is also the Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention, a new peer-reviewed journal from Springer. Learn more about Dr. Hinduja here.

Together, Dr. Hinduja and Dr. Patchin have written eight books and numerous articles in professional and academic publications and have presented nationally and internationally to hundreds of thousands of educators on the topics of cyberbullying, sexting, and other forms of teen technology use and misuse. They have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding to support their research which has involved collecting data from more than 35,000 youth regarding their experiences with cyberbullying offending and victimization, as well as sexting, sextortion, digital self-harm and other technology-facilitated problems. Their work has been featured in many national and international news programs and outlets. They are currently partnering with school administrators at a number of different districts to explore the nature of traditional and online victimization among their student body. In addition, they give presentations to thousands of educators, counselors, law enforcement, parents, and youth every year on how to prevent and address the school-based consequences of cyberbullying. Finally, they have served as an expert witness and consulted with attorneys on cases involving cyberbullying. If you would like copies of their papers or to inquire about their current projects and partnerships, please contact them.