Shane Jimerson co-author of "School Safety and Violence Prevention: Science, Practice, Policy"

Monday, April 8, 2019
cover of School Safety and Violence Prevention

Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Professor Shane R. Jimerson is co-author of School Safety and Violence Prevention: Science, Practice, Policy (2018 American Psychological Association) with Matthew J. Mayer.

This timely book presents a data-driven approach to preventing and responding to school violence. As school violence receives increasing attention across the nation, the application of scientific knowledge is critical. For maximum effectiveness, transdisciplinary teams should use school data, logic models, and theories of change to design, implement, and evaluate interventions. Collaboration among key stakeholders is also necessary to address structural and systemic barriers to success with violence prevention. By describing concrete methods for promoting safety in primary and secondary educational settings, this book will engage and enable school faculty, counselors, administrators, and other partners to better understand areas of common interest and learn how to work together more effectively.

“This is the book the field so urgently needs,” writes Jim Larson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. “Chapters are closely interlinked to describe the complex but interrelated whole of school violence prevention. This refreshing approach will undoubtedly have an immediate and positive impact on professional practice and may well convey the message of hope that brings the next generation of thinkers and doers into the field.”

Dr. Shane R. Jimerson is a Professor and Department Chair of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Jimerson is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and recognized by The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Board-Certified Expert and Diplomat, and is included in their international registry of Experts in Traumatic Stress with specialization in working with children, families, and schools. Dr. Jimerson was editor of the School Psychology Quarterly journal (2012-2016), previous president of Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (2011-2013), and president of the International School Psychology Association (2013-2018). His international professional and scholarly activities aim to advance and promote science, practice, and policy relevant to school psychology, in an effort to benefit children, families, and communities across the country and throughout the world.

[Shane Jimerson is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805.893.5789.]