Congratulations, Dr. Echols!
Dr. Leslie Echols, assistant professor of psychology, along with her colleague Dr. Sandra Graham from University of California – Los Angeles, received a grant of approximately a half million dollars from the National Science Foundation to establish an antibullying program. They will create a positive peer mentoring program and implement friend building exercises, while also developing curriculum to improve the coping techniques for victims.
Echols discusses the antibullying program, adolescent friendships and cross-race relationships in a recent feature in Mind’s Eye.
“My two cents has always been: If you can see someone as a human, you’re much less likely to mistreat them,” Echols said.