Susan Swearer




Professor of School Psychology,
Department of Educational Psychology

Co-Director of the Bullying Research Network

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Susan M. Swearer is the Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Co-Director of the Bullying Research Network. She is the principal investigator on the Target Bullying Intervention Program, which started in 1998, and she has a long-standing track record working with schools nationwide to reduce bullying behaviors. Dr. Swearer directs the Empowerment Initiative, a series of translational research and outreach projects designed to support personal, social, and cultural acceptance. In 2011, Dr. Swearer was invited to participate in President Obama’s first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, a group of 11 federal partners and hundreds of interested parties that resulted in the creation of Additionally, Dr. Swearer is the Chair of the Research Advisory Board for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and writes a research-to-practice blog that can be found at