Wahoowa! Lady Gaga recruits UVA Professor for her foundation.

May 22, 2012

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My younger colleagues have teased me for my lack of knowledge about and appreciation of the talent of Lady Gaga, but I can now say unequivocally that I think she's on to something great. Her new Born This Way Foundation launched this year with an important goal of empowering youth and stopping bullying. Her Foundation has enlisted the help of a renowned professor on the subject of bullying from my alma mater, the University of Virginia. It makes me proud to be a Wahoo.

Professor Dewey Cornell, whom I did not have the pleasure to know while at U.Va., is the director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project. He is a forensic clinical psychologist whose experience examining criminal defendants has led to an improved understanding of the problem of violence and bullying. For example, they've learned that students with ADHD may be at greater risk of being both bullies and victims. They also know that the effects of bullying can persist well into adulthood, impacting a victim's ability to deal with depression and even common colds.

With two young boys of my own, controlling bullying behavior, both by them and toward them, is something I think about often. I'm pleased to learn of this effort by Lady Gaga and the help a professor from my university can contribute. (http://uvamagazine.org/only_online/article/lady_gaga_recruits_u.va._bullying_expert)

Read this blog to learn more about cyberbullying.