FHSU faculty, staff contribute to book

Three members of Fort Hays State University's faculty and staff teamed up to write a chapter for a handbook about school violence and school safety.

Dr. Stephen Kitzis, associate professor of psychology; Leslie Paige, Grants Facilitator for the Graduate School and the Docking Institute of Public Affairs; and Joyce Wolfe, research assistant in the Docking Institute, collaborated with Jennifer Kitson of the Boston-based Education Development Center to write the chapter "Implementing the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative in Kansas" for "The Handbook of School Violence and School Safety: From Research to Practice."

The 41-chapter publication features international experts and comprehensively profiles the emerging field of school violence and safety research and practice. It examines school safety programs and the research and theories that guide them.

The FHSU employees' chapter covers the work done from 1999 to 2003 by Paige and Kitson for the Hays USD 489 Rural Underpinnings for Resiliency and Linkages' Safe Schools/Healthy Students project. Kitzis and Wolfe were involved in evaluating project outcomes through the Docking Institute.

The $2.5 million project received national recognition from the U.S. Surgeon General's office and the Center for Disease Control SafeUSA as a "Best Practice."

The book was edited by Shane Jimerson and Michael Furlong, both from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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