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On this episode of Grow Kinder, we talk with Dr. Susan Swearer, a licensed psychologist and bullying prevention expert. Dr. Swearer is the Willa Cather professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is the co-director of the Bullying Research Network, which connects bullying and peer-victimization researchers internationally. For the past two decades Dr. Swearer has developed and implemented a data-based decision-making model for responding to bullying among school-aged youth, and she’s trained educators in strategies for helping reduce bullying behavior. She’s authored more than 100 book chapters and articles on the topics of bullying, depression, and anxiety in school-aged youth. Dr. Swearer talks with us about what bullying is and the signs of bullying, how parents can use media as a learning tool for kids, and how social-emotional skills can help prevent bullying. Learn more about Dr. Swearer’s work at the Bullying Research Network (, part of the Nebraska Bullying Prevention And Intervention Initiative (

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