USC University of Southern California

Building Capacity and Welcoming Practices In Military-Connected Schools


2011-2012 Consultants
Amanda Datnow 
datnow.jpgAmanda Datnow is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education Studies at UCSD. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSD in 2008, she was most recently a professor at the USC Rossier School of Education, where she chaired the Ph.D. program and was Associate Director of the Center on Educational Governance. Earlier in her career she was on the faculties at University of Toronto and Johns Hopkins University. She received her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and is a proud former Triton, having received her B.A. from UCSD (Third College) in 1990. Her research focuses on the politics and policies of school reform, particularly with regard to the professional lives of educators and issues of equity. Sociological perspectives inform her research on these topics, and her methods are mostly qualitative. She has conducted prior studies on district-wide reform, comprehensive school reform, and on the intersection of gender and educational reform. She is on the editorial boards of several journals and consults for numerous professional organizations and government agencies.

Chi Ping Chuo 
Chi Ping Chuo is a professor of preventive medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine. He has substantial expertise in substance abuse among adolescents and program evaluation. His expertise contributes greatly to evaluating the challenges and successes of Building Capacity.

Dorothy L. Espelage 
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Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an University Scholar and has fellow status in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. She has conducted research on bullying and homophobic bullying for the last 17 years. As a result, she presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and is author on over 90 professional publications. She is co-editor of four published books including “Bullying in North American Schools: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Prevention and Intervention” and “International Handbook of Bullying” published by Routledge. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She has presented thousands of workshops and in-service training seminars for teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers across the U.S. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming. She is currently funded by the CDC and is conducting a randomized clinical trial of a bullying prevention program in 36 middle schools. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference. She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents. Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Anderson 360 and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, and People magazine. She was recently one of seven researchers invited to the 2011 White House Conference on Bullying. Her website is