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Skinner, AT, LM Babinski and EJ Gifford (2014). TEACHERS’ EXPECTATIONS AND SELF-EFFICACY FOR WORKING WITH BULLIES AND VICTIMS. Psychology in the Schools, 51(1). pp. 72–84. 10.1002/pits.21735 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/12803.

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Ann Skinner

Research Scientist

Ann Skinner joined the Center in 2001 and is a Research Scientist with Parenting Across Cultures (PAC) and C-StARR.  She is also the Principal Investigator for a study examining the effects of the war on young people and their families in Ukraine.

Her research focuses on the ways in which stressful community, familial, and interpersonal events impact parent-child relationships and the development of aggression and internalizing behaviors in youth. She has extensive experience in data management of multisite projects and in supervising teams for school- and community-based interventions and data collection. 

Skinner is a former supervisor in the Junior Researcher Programme, where she led a group of junior international scholars exploring the impact of COVID-19 on adolescent and young adult development.  She is currently a 2022-23 fellow with the ICDSS COVID-19 Global Scholars Program.

Prior to her work with Parenting Across Cultures, Skinner was a senior school specialist and research analyst on the GREAT Schools and Families middle school violence prevention project at the Center, as well as Project CLASS.

Skinner has a Ph.D in developmental psychology from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, a master's degree in education, and B.A. in psychology, both from the College of William and Mary, with a focus on teaching students with emotional and learning disabilities. Before joining the Center, she worked as a special education teacher, trainer, and supervisor in the North Carolina public schools and at residential facilities for at-risk youth in Rhode Island and North Carolina.


Leslie M Babinski

Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Leslie Babinski is an associate research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Duke School Research Partnership.

Dr. Babinski is principal investigator for a study funded by the Institute for Education Sciences to examine a new model for professional development for ESL and classroom teachers. The goals of the study, Efficacy of the DCCS Program: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families, are to support collaboration between the ESL and classroom teachers as well as increase teachers’ implementation of high-impact instructional strategies and students’ cultural wealth to facilitate language and literacy skills for English Learners.

She is co-PI for another IES-funded study, The Targeted Reading Intervention: Investigating the Efficacy of a Web-Based Early Reading Intervention Professional Development Program for K-1 English Learners is in collaboration with Steve Amendum at the University of Delaware and Lynne Vernon-Feagans at UNC Chapel Hill.

She is also collaborating with Dr. Desiree Murray from UNC Chapel Hill on an IES study called Promoting Self-Regulation to Enhance Social, Behavioral, and Academic Adjustment in Middle School


Elizabeth Joanne Gifford

Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Beth Gifford is an associate research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, a core faculty member of the Center for Child and Family Policy and the Margolis Center for Health Policy, and leads the Social and Economic pillar of the Children’s Health and Discovery Institute. She leads a multidisciplinary research team that examines the health and social services engagement of children and families. Motivating her research is the need to understand how social policies and practices can better support children and families. Her work spans many public institutions including education, social services, criminal justice, and health care systems.

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