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Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative (BACPAC) Overview

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We are extremely excited to announce the launching of BACPAC (Bullying And Cyberbullying Prevention & Advocacy Collaborative) a hospital based anti-bullying collaborative at Boston Children's Hospital. It is, to our knowledge, the first such team in the country.

We are a multidisciplinary group acting as an information resource to our colleagues, patients, and schools regarding bullying/cyberbullying prevention, detection and intervention. Our team members are also involved in research in this area.

The creation of this collaborative, in part, stems from the fact that our patients, the pediatric neurology patient population, are at a significantly higher risk for peer victimization and its sequelae than the general population.

All of our members are on-staff at Boston Children's Hospital. Our BACPAC team includes our world-renowned Center on Media and Child Health and professionals from a variety of departments and divisions, including:

as well as Boston Children's Hospital's world-renowned Center on Media and Child Health.

The BACPAC members include professionals from varied training backgrounds including physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pediatric resource specialists, and education specialists. Our group is also an associate of MARC, the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State College, a nationally recognized authority on bullying and cyberbullying.

New music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and the Northeast Youth Ballet present a new children’s ballet on bullying, Feb. 10. In Samuel Headrick’s “The New Kid,” a young girl is bullied at her new school. Based on a bullying victim’s true story.Visit www.BMV.org for more information.

Meet our team


Peter Raffalli, MD
Attending Physician and Director of BACPAC

Michael Rich, MD
Pediatric Media Specialist and Director of the Boston Children's Hospital Media Center

Stuart Goldman, MD
Department of Psychiatry

Claire McCarthy, MD
Pediatrician, Martha Eliot Health Center

Nicole Baumer, MD
Department of Neurology

David Bickham, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Department of Adolescent Medicine and CHB Media Center

Elizabeth Wharff, PhD, MSW, LICSW
Department of Psychiatry

Judith Vessey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
Nurse Scientist, Medicine Patient Services

Michelle Souris, MSN, CPNP, RN
Department of Neurology

Rhonda O'Neill, RN
Department of Neurology

Stacey Tarpy, RN
Department of Neurology

Soundhari Balaguru, PhD
Department of Psychiatry

Jason Fogler, PhD
Staff psychologist, Department of Developmental Medicine

William Mitchell, EdD
Psychologist, Department of Neurology

Kitty Petty, MA, MEd, LMHC
Department of Neurology

Matthew Snell, LICSW, BCBA
Epilepsy Program

Shuei Kozu, LICSW
Department of Neurology

Francie Mandel, MSW, LICSW

Roslyn Murov, MD
Director of Human Services, Martha Eliot Health Center

Adrienne Simpson, MS, EdD
Education Specialist, CHPCC

Hillary Greene
Education resource specialist, Department of Neurology

Kristelle Lavalle, MA
Department of Adolescent Medicine

Lisa Rezza, MS
Pediatric Resource Specialist, Department of Neurology

Rebecca Richardson
Learning Disabilities Coordinator, Department of Neurology

Julia Atwood
Administrative Associate, Department of Neurology


Helpful links


Stop Bullying Now

MARC: The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center

When your child is being bullied: Practical Strategies

Cyber-bullying: Non-technical tips on talking to your kids

Avoiding and responding to problems on Facebook

The new Mass Law regarding bullying and cyber-bullying

Massachusetts Dept of Education


Resources for kids and teens


Pacer Teens Against Bullying

"The Same" song by Michael and Marisa


Related articles and blogs


Bullying and Cyberbullying: Beneath the radar no more

Proposed bullying laws: Do they go far enough?

Bullying because of a medical condition

A doctor's response to bullying

Bullying-Why do parents miss it?

Center for Young Women's Health at Children's: About cyberbullying


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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO