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Brooke Paskewich, PsyD
Brooke Paskewich
Director of Operations for School-Based Bullying and Social Emotional Learning

Dr. Paskewich has expertise in translational research to develop, implement, and evaluate school-based aggression and bullying prevention programs. She develops implementation methods that integrate empirically supported prevention strategies with procedures that foster necessary school engagement.



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Brooke Paskewich, PsyD, oversees numerous school-based bullying and aggression prevention research studies and programs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP). Her portfolio ranges in scope from measurement development, program development, program implementation and evaluation, and the development and dissemination of aggression, bullying, and violence prevention resources.

In her role with CVP's Friend to Friend and Preventing Aggression in Schools Everyday (PRAISE) programs, Dr. Paskewich develops school-focused implementation methods that integrate best practice — empirically supported strategies for aggression and bullying prevention — with procedures that foster the necessary school buy-in and engagement of staff from high-level administrators to support staff working in lunchroom and playground settings. She has expertise in approaches that ensure interventions feasibly and responsively meet the schools' needs while adhering to a rigorous research protocol.

Dr. Paskewich oversees daily operations for all studies and programs within her portfolio to ensure milestones and project timelines are met. She trains and supervises project staff for both research and intervention activities, and she leads recruitment and quantitative and qualitative evaluation efforts. Dr. Paskewich is also responsible for all financial, compliance, regulatory, and reporting requirements for her portfolio. As a study co-investigator, she is a leading contributor to grant writing and the dissemination of study findings.

In addition to her research, between 2013-2016, Dr. Paskewich was the Program Manager for The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (The HAVI), a network of national and international hospital-based violence intervention programs that provide trauma-informed services to victims of community violence. She was also the CVP Manager between 2013-2020, responsible for managing CVP’s administrative infrastructure and operational efforts of CVP’s innovative, evidence-based programs implemented across clinical, school, and neighborhood settings to reduce exposure to and impact of violence among children and families.

Education and Training

MS, Chestnut Hill College (Counseling Psychology), 2002

PsyD, Chestnut Hill College (Clinical Psychology), 2008

Titles and Academic Titles

Director of Operations for School-Based Bullying and Social Emotional Learning

Behavioral Health Researcher/Manager


Research Scholar

Professional Memberships

Society for Prevention Research, 2018 -

Publication Highlights

Leff SS, Waasdorp TE, Paskewich BS, Bevans KB, Winston FK. The Free2B multi-media bullying prevention experience: an exemplar of scientific edutainment. Front Psychiatry. 2020 Jul; 11(679). PMID: 32765319
Leff SS, Paskewich BS, Blum NJ. Commentary: exploring early childhood factors as an avenue to address chronic peer victimization. Pediatrics. 2020 May; 145(5):e20200154. PMID: 32238447
Leff SS, Paskewich BS, Waasdorp TE, Waanders C, Bevans KB, Jawad AF. Friend to Friend: a randomised trial for urban African-American relationally aggressive girls. Psychol Violence. 2015 Oct; 5(4): 433-443. PMID: 30079272
Leff SS, Waasdorp TE, Paskewich BS, Gullan RL, Jawad AF, MacEvoy JP, Feinberg BE, Power TJ. The Preventing Relational Aggression in Schools Everyday Program: a preliminary evaluation of acceptability and impact. School Psych Rev. 2010 Dec; 39-(4):569-587. PMID: 21686034

Active Grants/Contracts

The Friend to Friend Program: Effectiveness when Conducted by School Staff
02/01/2019 - 01/31/2024
The major goal of this grant is to conduct a 40-school clinical trial to test the effectiveness of the Friend to Friend with Coaching program for relationally aggressive girls and their classmates, teachers, and counselors. We will also examine mediators and moderators of program success, as well as facilitators and barriers of schools’ independent adoption and implementation of the program when active coaching is removed.
PI: Stephen Leff, PhD

Preventing Physical, Relational, and Cyber-Bullying within Urban Schools: A Multi-Component Intervention (The PRAISE Program)
Pew Charitable Trust
04/01/2019 - 03/31/2022
The major goal is to disseminate, evaluate, and sustain the PRAISE classroom-based bullying prevention program with 800 third- through fifth-grade students, as led by school counselors and teachers with training and coaching from CHOP's research team.
PI: Stephen Leff, PhD

Healthy Kids, Safe Communities
Kohl’s Cares Foundation
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2021
The major goal of this initiative is to provide community-focused, family-oriented preventive education and trauma-informed treatment to vulnerable youth across school, primary-care, and hospital settings. Areas addressed through this proposal include school-based aggression prevention, community violence resulting in assault-related injuries, and child abuse and neglect.
PIs: Stephen Leff, PhD; Joel Fein, MD, MPh; and Philip Scribano, DO, MSCE

Coaching Teachers in Bullying Detection and Intervention
The major goal of this grant is to conduct a multi-site 32-school randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of the Bullying Classroom Check-Up on child aggressive and bullying behaviors, teacher practices (i.e., classroom management skills and bullying intervention strategies), and relationships (i.e., student-teacher and student-student).
MPI: Tracy E. Waasdorp, PhD, Med
Co-I: Brooke Paskewich, PsyD

Links of Interest

Interviewed by 6ABC Action News for Raising Healthy Kids: Bullying Prevention. April 2014.