Samuel P. Capen Award

Jean M. Alberti, PhD ’70, EdM ’62.

Jean M. Alberti, PhD ’70, EdM ’62

Alberti’s distinguished career in education and clinical psychology led her to develop groundbreaking theories on bullying. She coined the phrase “bullying abuse” to show the linkage between adults’ physical and/or emotional abuse behaviors that are punishable by law and children’s physical bullying and cyberbullying behaviors; leading her to also develop the phrase, “Bullying abuse is child abuse by children.”

After receiving her BS in elementary education, Alberti earned a master’s and PhD from UB where she served as a graduate assistant and then director of the Office of University Research in Student Affairs.

Instead of “teaching teachers how to teach,” she became an assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, “teaching physicians how to teach.” She was associate professor and chair of the Chicago Medical School’s Department of Medical Education, a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and director of evaluation for two NIH grants. Alberti then earned another master’s and became a licensed clinical psychologist doing cognitive-behavioral therapy. She continues her decades-long private practice in Chicago.

She established the Dr. Jean M. Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence at UB’s Graduate School of Education. She has earned GSE’s distinguished alumni award and the dean’s service award as well as being featured in the International Dictionary of Distinguished Leadership and several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who of Professional Women: Women of Influence Series, as the sole entry in its Executive Spotlight section. She also has been honored by and served as the president of Pi Lambda Theta, the international honor society and professional association in education.

Samuel P. Capen Award

The Capen Award recognizes notable meritorious contributions from alumni to the university and its family, including those that influence the growth and improvement of UB and inspire others to give their active interest and material support to the university. It is one of the association’s most prestigious awards.