Justin W. Patchin
Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.

teacher | learner | writer | photographer | thinker | runner | seeker

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my site. I am a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Michigan State University in 2004. Since 2002, my research has explored the intersection of teens and technology, with particular focus on cyberbullying, social networking, and sexting. I frequently travel around the United States (and abroad) training educators, counselors, law enforcement officers, parents, and youth on how to prevent the misuse of technology. 

I also co-founded and co-direct the Cyberbullying Research Center with my good friend Sameer Hinduja. I've written eight books (seven with Sameer) and numerous academic and professional articles on adolescent behaviors online. My first book with Sameer: “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying” was named Education Book of the Year in 2009 by ForeWord Reviews. We published an updated edition of this book which came out in October of 2014. Our other recent book: “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral” was written to help teens navigate challenging online problems in a positive way. You can see all of my books here. I've been lucky to have been invited to speak at some pretty cool places, including the White House and the FBI Academy. I've also appeared on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times to discuss the issues associated with teens use and misuse of technology.

In my spare time (what spare time!), I enjoy being in the outdoors with my family and German shorthaired pointer. I've also recently discovered yoga and photography. Smile, and Namaste!

Justin Patchin

curriculum vitae
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Recent blog posts (http://cyberbullying.org/blog/):
June 2, 2017 - More on the Link between Bullying and Suicide
May 16, 2017 - Blue Whale Challenge
April 25, 2017 - What to do About Teen Sexting
February 24, 2017 - New Teen Sexting Data
January 13, 2017 - New Bullying Data—and Definition—from the National Crime Victimization Survey
January 3, 2017 - Millions of Students Skip School Each Year Because of Bullying
October 10, 2016 - New National Bullying and Cyberbullying Data
August 30, 2016 - The “Trump Effect” on Adolescent Bullying Behaviors at School
July 27, 2016 - Ignore, Unfollow, or Unfriend? Managing Facebook Connections in Conflicted Times
June 15, 2016 - Review of “UnSelfie”
June 2, 2016 - Bald Eagle Bullying: Power Differential and Vulnerability in the Animal World
January 28, 2016 - More Insight about the School’s Ability to Respond to Off-campus Threatening Speech
December 21, 2015 - The Secret to Safety on Anonymous Apps
December 9, 2015 - After School, Another Anonymous App for Teens
September 24, 2015 - Teens Charged with Possessing Naked Images of…Themselves
August 7, 2015 - The Challenge of Criminalizing Threatening Online Speech (Elonis v. United States)
June 5, 2015 - Cyberbullying Less Emotionally Impactful than In-Person Bullying?
May 18, 2015 - Nothing Works? Taking Stock of America’s “War on Bullying”
April 13, 2015 - Wisconsin Extends Restraining Orders Beyond State Borders
March 27, 2015 - Small Samples Don’t Speak “Truth”
January 22, 2015 - Educator Searches of Private Student Social Media Profiles: The Illinois Experiment
January 10, 2015 - Chances are, Your Teen has NOT Sexted
updated: June, 2017