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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
  • bhatc@ohio.edu
  • 740-593-4425
  • 714-721-8966
  • Faculty Website

Areas of Expertise:
Bullying, Bullying Prevention, Counselor Education, Cyberbullying, Electronic Intimidation, Mental Health, Mental Health in Youth, Mental Wellness and Thriving, Suicide Prevention

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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.

Dr. Bhat has been on the faculty of Counselor Education since 2006, and was previously at California State University, Long Beach. In addition to experience in academia, Bhat has extensive international experience as an educator, counselor and psychologist in Australia and India. Her leadership positions include treasurer of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society, president-elect of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and past-president of the Ohio Counseling Association. Bhat is a licensed professional counselor and school counselor in Ohio. She has provided expert input to the media on topics such as cyberbullying and suicide prevention. 

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
  • Ohio.com online
  • Cleveland.com online

Expert Video

Bullying - From the Playground to Cyberspace

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