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University of Iowa News Release

July 22, 2005

Expert To Discuss Bullying, Disabilities Link

Kelly Champion, an expert on children who are bullies, will discuss bullying and children with disabilities in a lecture at the University of Iowa.

The lecture, "I Don't Know, I Wasn't Watching: Bullying and Children with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions," begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 in 1505 Seamans Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Champion, an assistant professor from Arizona State University, will focus on bullying in children with disabilities and will cover research on effects of bullying and challenges to assessing bullying in schools. Currently, she is conducting studies of bullying, victimization and emotion management in collaboration with Dan Clay, a professor in UI's College of Education Counseling Psychology.

In the last 15 years, researchers, mental health professionals, school personnel and parents have made significant strides in identifying bullies and their victims and understanding risk factors associated with involvement in bully-victim relationships. Important progress has been made in understanding the  consequences of bullying and victimization by bullies, particularly with children with disabilities, and in evaluating school-wide intervention programs.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.