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Tackling Bullying and Promoting Friendships in Middle Schools Part One

Dr. Leslie Echols, MSU associate professor of psychology, conducts research in a middle school classroom last year, pre-COVID19.
Dr. Leslie Echols, MSU associate professor of psychology, conducts research in a middle school classroom last year, pre-COVID19.
Dr. Leslie Echols, MSU associate professor of psychology, conducts research in a middle school classroom last year, pre-COVID19.
Dr. Leslie Echols, MSU associate professor of psychology, conducts research in a middle school classroom last year, pre-COVID19.

How do kids build friendships and navigate bullying in schools? Dr. Leslie Echols, Missouri State University associate professor of psychology, is trying to find out with her latest research project.

Echols and her co-researcher, Dr. Sandra Graham from University of California – Los Angeles, received a grant of about half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation. It will be used to create and implement an anti-bullying program in selected middle schools in both Missouri and California. 

Echols shares more about her research focus and the new project.  An interview with Dr. Leslie Echols.

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Read more about Echols's research on Mind's Eye

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A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.