The Prevention of Aggression Resource Center (PARC) at Penn State Behrend is focused on promoting positive developmental outcomes by providing cutting-edge research, education, training, and resources to educators, social service providers, students, and parents in the area of bullying prevention and prosocial behavior development. Research-based multilevel mentoring is the primary delivery system used to positively affect school climate by enhancing students’ protective resources and reducing students’ at-risk factors. PARC also conducts research and program evaluations of aggression reduction and prevention initiatives.

Some statistics show that 80% of children are victimized by relational and/or physical aggression by their peers. Sadly, many children are not equipped with effective coping strategies to use in response to bullying, which further exacerbates the problem and leaves children increasingly vulnerable. PARC aims to improve school culture and resolve peer victimization in our schools. PARC’s services include research (e.g., survey services), presentations to parents, educators, and professionals, and developmentally appropriate student programming specifically addressing relational and physical aggression and cyberbullying.

To contact PARC, e-mail [email protected]

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Our Team

Charisse Nixon, Ph.D.
Research Director
Phone: 814-898-6041
Email: [email protected]

Nicole Shoenberger, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Director
Phone: 814-898-6768
Email: [email protected]

Nicole L. Rosen, Ph.D.
Project Director
Phone: 814-898-6515
Email: [email protected]

Melanie Hetzel-Riggin, Ph.D.
Faculty Affiliate
Phone: 814-898-6949
Email: [email protected]

Mary A. Baird, M.S.
Mentor Coordinator
Phone: 814-898-6514
Email: [email protected]

Abbe Biebel, B.S.
PYD Coordinator
Phone: 814-898-6297
Email: [email protected]

Jonathan Kinnear, B.A.
Research Assistant
Phone: 814-898-6297
Email: [email protected]

Nate McGee, M.A.
Research Technologist
Phone: 814-898-7563
Email: [email protected]

James Hodge, M.A.
Research Assistant
Phone: 814-898-6297
Email: [email protected]