Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Sandra Graham

Sandra Graham is a Distinguished Professor in the Human Development and Psychology division in the Department of Education at UCLA and the University of California Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity. She received her BA from Barnard College, an MA in History from Columbia University, and her PhD in Education from UCLA. Graham is a developmental social psychologist. Her major research interests include the study of academic motivation and social development in children of color, particularly in school contexts that vary in racial/ethnic diversity.  She focuses on how school context variables such as racial/ethnic diversity contribute to the development of cross-ethnic friendships, positive intergroup attitudes, multiple social identities, and coping with peer bullying. 

Graham is a 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research on Child Development, the 2014 E. L. Thorndike Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Psychology from the American Psychological Association, and in 2015 she was elected to the  National Academy of Education.  

Title of Talk: Psychosocial Consequences of Racial /ethnic Segregation in Schools

Doc. Dr. Aysun Doğan

Aysun Doğan is an associate professor of developmental psychology and the director of the Child and Adolescent Research Lab at Ege University, İzmir, Turkey. She received a BSc in psychology at METU, Turkey and PhD in applied developmental psychology at Claremont Graduate University, California, USA.
Dr. Doğan ran numerous international and national research projects focusing on adolescents’ risk taking behaviors, friendship relations of young adults, immigrant children’s psychological well-being, and adolescent-parent relations. Her current research interests include well-being of refugee children and adolescents, bullying, victimization, friendship relations, and preventive intervention programs. She has been implementing the first evidence-based bullying prevention program (ViSC) in Turkish schools since 2015.

Title of Talk: Promoting inclusion and preventing bullying in Turkish schools

Prof. Dr. James O'Higgins Norman

Prof. James O'Higgins Norman is a clinical sociologist and holds the prestigious UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace at Dublin City University where he is Director of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre. He has led a number of significant funded research projects on bullying in schools, cyberbullying, and parental involvement in online safety. He is currently working on studies about migration and bullying, workplace bullying and online safety. He is a member of the Government of Ireland’s National Advisory Council for Online Safety (NACOS) and the World Anti-Bullying Forum. 

Title of Talk: Bullying: A Mechanism of Exclusion