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Dr. Shelley Hymel is currently a professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, teaching in the areas of school psychology, development, learning, and culture. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois, and read more...
Dr. Shelley Hymel is currently a professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, teaching in the areas of school psychology, development, learning, and culture. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois, and previously served as a faculty member in Developmental Psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
At UBC, Dr. Hymel has served as Co-Director of the Psychoeducational Research and Training Centre, the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research, and as Department Head for the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education.
Dr. Hymel’s research addresses how youth function in social and academic settings, with the goal of understanding the processes involved in social development to support high-risk youth in a variety of settings. She regularly works with children experiencing social and behavioral difficulties, as well as with schools and school districts looking to address the social side of learning. She’s directed an intensive school-based program for children with behavioral difficulties in partnership with the Vancouver School Board.
In collaboration with the BC Crisis Center in Vancouver, Dr. Hymel spearheaded the development of a web-based youth crisis hotline. She has researched youth violence in girls, and participated in the development of a national initiative on bullying and harassment in schools. She’s a co-investigator on a Community-University Research Alliance, which examines environmental and biological factors that contribute to school bullying problems. Additionally, she’s taken part in an international study of bullying, lead by Professor Mitsuru Taki of the National Institute for Educational Research in Tokyo, Japan. In collaboration with Dr. Susan Swearer at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Dr. Hymel established the Bullying Research Network (BRNET), an online resource to foster professional relationships between bullying researchers. Most recently, she’s one of the team leaders for a National Centre of Excellence New Initiative, which focuses on collaborations that bring together academic researchers with community agencies and schools.
Over the years, Dr. Hymel has served on review committees for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), on the editorial board of major developmental research journals, and has served as an Associate Editor for the Merrill Palmer Quarterly developmental research journal. She has published extensively in the area of social development and peer relations, with over 30 articles in refereed journals and 18 chapters, as well as an co-edited book, "Loneliness in Childhood and Adolescence" (Rotenberg & Hymel, 1999), and a co-edited special issue on development of self in "Merrill Palmer Quarterly" (Hymel & Moretti, 1999). << less