University of Florence, Italy

Protecting the Victims and Reducing their Suffering: An Emerging Field of Cyberbullying Interventions

Short Bio

Ersilia Menesini is professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Florence (Italy) and director of the Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology. Former president of the European Association of Developmental Psychology, her research focuses on peer violence and aggressive behaviour in adolescence and childhood, specifically school bullying, peer rejection, dating aggression, cyberbullying and risk behaviours in virtual contexts. Within these areas, she has investigated the role of individual and contextual factors and how evidence based interventions can prevent and reduce the problem. Recent aims of her research are mainly related to transferring knowledge into interventions and practice, designing, evaluating and implementing interventions against bullying and cyberbullying in the school context.