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On The Radio with Dr. Robert Rey

On The Radio with Dr. Robert Rey

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January 19th 2012:Scared to Death? Welcome to the New Face of Bullying

It used to be that bullies would just steal your lunch money. But with changes in society and technology today, modern bullies prey on their victims through the Internet and at work, and too often cause their victims to commit suicide or murder their fellow students and co-workers. On this episode of On the Radio, Dr. Rey and Natalie hear from people who’ve suffered the torments of bullies and are determined to change the way society deals with its antagonists. Jesse Saperstein, the skydiving author of Atypical, Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters explains how he empowers victims through e

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Jessica Brookshire

Jessica Brookshire is a 2011 graduate of Auburn University with a Masters of Hispanic Studies and concentrations in Latin American History and Women's Studies. She is a 2009 honors graduate from Auburn University with a Bachelors Degree in International Trade and Spanish and a minor in Political Science. While at Auburn, Jessica was active in her sorority as well as various campus clubs and organizations and multiple academic honor societies. Jessica served as a Senator on the Graduate Student Council during her second year of graduate school. Jessica became involved in the Miss America Organization, competing in the Miss Alabama pageant as Miss Auburn/Opelika Area 2009, Miss Fountain Ci
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Jesse Saperstein

For Jesse Saperstein, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, inappropriate behavior and class clowning was a constant throughout his childhood, especially during periods of transition. He was a target for near-constant bullying because being “extremely weird” was not considered to be a legitimate disability. Asperger’s syndrome was not recognized as an American disability until 1994, and shortly thereafter, a psychiatrist diagnosed him with Asperger’s syndrome in 1996, when he was fourteen years old. After his turbulent college years ended, he made the decision to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine to raise money for Camp Teens Living a Challenge (TLC) in Port Jervis, NY, a fr
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Nadine Connell

Prior to joining the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) at UT Dallas, Nadine Connell was an assistant professor in the Department of Law and Justice Studies at Rowan University in New Jersey. She recently wrapped up a five-year project in New Jersey, where she evaluated a bullying prevention program at 30 middle schools. Connell earned her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from University of Maryland at College Park. She earned her Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and her Bachelor of Science degrees in both criminal justice and sociology, also from Northeastern University.
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Charlotte Rayner

Dr. Charlotte Rayner is Professor of Human Resource Management at Portsmouth Business School and Director of the Centre for Organization research and Development (CORD) and a board member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying & Harassment. She has been involved in research into bullying at work since the mid 1990’s when she completed the first major UK survey for the BBC. Charlotte has a Ph.D. from Manchester, an MBA from Cass Business School, a first degree in Psychology from Newcastle and she is a Fellow of the RSA. She writes on the topic of bullying at work and negative behaviour generally for professional and academic publications.
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