Dan Olweus Receives 2011 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology
Dan Olweus, PhD, a research professor of psychology affiliated with the University of Bergen’s Research Center for Health Promotion (HEMIL) in Norway, is the recipient of the 2011 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. Dr. Olweus is a pioneer of research on bullying problems and a world-leading expert in this area. He also was the first to study teachers who bully students. His earliest scientific study of bullying was published in Scandinavia in 1973 and the United States in 1978 as a book titled, Aggression in the Schools: Bullies and Whipping Boys. In the 1980s, Dr. Olweus conducted the first systematic intervention study against bullying in the world, which documented positive effects of what is now the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The success resulted in Dr. Olweus leading a nationwide government initiative to implement OBPP throughout all Norwegian elementary and junior high schools. His book, Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do has been translated into fifteen different languages.
Dr. Olweus has received a number of awards and recognitions for his research and intervention work, including the "Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children" award by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASES) in Stanford, California.