skip to Main Content


Book Cover

APHA Button_final

“A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention,” published by the American Public Health Association is a practical guidebook that presents strategies on how to address bullying behavior, using a public health approach. Written as a resource for educators, pediatricians, legislators, and community members, the book highlights decades of evidence-based, bullying prevention research.

There is no doubt that bullying has become a topic of concern in our country’s schools.  Parents, teachers, administrators are searching for a valuable resource, based in evidence, from which they can establish guidelines and methods to implement in their school systems.

Because of this need, a team of 16 co-authors, who are experts in the areas of bullying prevention and school-based health promotion, were assembled.  Collectively, a comprehensive book was developed, which includes:

●     information about the consequences of school-based bullying from the perspectives of physical, mental, and public health,

●     how best to implement, evaluate, and sustain an evidence-based bullying prevention program, school legislation, school climate,

●     the cost benefit of bullying prevention, capacity building, and practical implications for school administrators.


What people are saying about “A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention”:


“A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention is a valuable resource on how to assess, apply, and evaluate public health interventions to reduce bullying and violence in schools. Anyone intending to launch a bullying prevention program should begin by reading this book.”

Donald S. Burke, MD
Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh

“This book presents lessons learned from a successful regional implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Especially helpful are sections about empowering peer bystanders, meeting the needs of LGBT youth, and building school readiness. Schools implementing systemic bullying prevention initiatives will find much helpful, practical information in this book.”

Stan Davis
Co-researcher, Youth Voice Project

“The authors and editors provide an overdue blueprint for schools and communities to follow as we attempt to create a new American culture, a culture that catches up to the more peaceful and collaborative milieus that exist throughout the world. This well-informed collection of topics written by those totally dedicated to helping children avoid suffering the pains at the hands of those who need the collective efforts of all of us who unconditionally support their transformation from being driven by impulse or anger to being led by thoughtfulness and empathy.  Well done, Dr. Masiello, et al.!”

Gerry L. Zahorchak, EdD
former PA Secretary of Education

“This book significantly contributes to raise awareness about the need to develop a public health strategy for the prevention of bullying within a whole community framework. Its reading should help educators, school administrators, parents and policy makers, by offering them a new approach, in their ongoing efforts to prevent the serious consequences of this form of maltreatment.”

 Jorge Srabstein, MD
Medical Director, Clinic for Health Problems Related to Bullying
Children’s National Medical Center


Selected Media Mentions:


Public Health Newswire, “Public health takes on bullying in new APHA book”

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Recommended Reading for Back to School: APHA Publishes New Book on Bullying Prevention”

American Public Health Association Press Release, “Necessary strategies to prevent bullying outlined in new book from American Public Health Association”

The Nation’s Health, “Evidence-based approach to bullying prevention in new APHA Press book”

Back To Top