Dr. SeriaShia Chatters is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University and the Director of Equity and Inclusivity of the State College Area School District.Dr. Chatters is the Chair of the College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee and Equity Team.
Her research interests focus on the impact of diversity on interpersonal violence with a specific focus on the prevention of bullying and harassment in secondary, postsecondary, and work settings. Additionally, her research focuses on how prejudice and bullying intersect, better known as bias-based bullying, and how different aspects of diversity such as ethnicity, race, disability, LGBT, religion, poverty, and veteran status impact experiences of bullying, cyberbullying, and interpersonal violence. Dr. Chatters uses novel methods, such as analysis of brainwave patterns in response to situations involving bullying situations, to investigate correlates of the aforementioned research areas.
Dr. Chatters provides training for school personnel to aid them in developing an understanding of bias based bullying, how to respond to it, and how to work toward prevention in school settings.