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OHIO Expert

Christine Suniti Bhat, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counselor Education
President, Ohio Counseling Association

Counselor Education
Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services


Dr. Bhat has devoted years of research to the disturbing and growing phenomenon of school bullying via electronic means - kids intimidating and harassing each other through the use of cell phones, video and internet social networking sites and blogs.

An expert on cyberbullying, Bhat trains school counselors and parents on strategies to proactively address the issue of cyberbullying at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Bhat's groundbreaking research focuses on the bully rather than the victim - who they threatened and why, the method used and how they felt about themselves afterward.

Through her research, she gained knowledge of student experiences during the senior year of high school and discovered, at some point, a large percentage of students had experienced some form of cyberbullying - both as a victim and as the bully.

Bhat's Expertise at a Glance:

  • The different types of cyberbullies
  • Tools used to intimidate victims
  • Dangerous trends among teenagers
  • Safety risks of victims
  • Parent education
  • School counselor education

Bhat's Media Placements include:

  • NBC New York, story broadcast on 52 NBC affiliates across the U.S.
  • National Public Radio
  • Associated Press, various Ohio and national outlets
  • United Press International (India)
  • The Toledo Blade
  • The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Springfield News Sun
  • The Dayton Daily News
  • 1290 WHIO Radio
  • Google News
  • The Athens Messenger
  • Examiner online
  • ClickonDetroit online
  • online
  • online

Bullying - From the Playground to Cyberspace

Areas of Expertise

Bullying, Counselor Education, Cyberbullying, Electronic Intimidation

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