The New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School and the Workplace Bullying Institute have launched the U.S. Academy on Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Abuse.
This multidisciplinary group of academics, attorneys, practitioners, writers and advocates has been created to highlight research, advocacy, and best practices toward preventing and responding to workplace bullying and related forms of interpersonal mistreatment.
“For over a year, we’ve been contemplating how to bring together an American network of leading and emerging experts on workplace bullying and related topics. The Academy is our conduit for doing so. We look forward to highlighting the good works of these incredible people,” said David Yamada, Suffolk University law professor and director of the New Workplace Institute.
Launching this week, the Academy already has more than 50 fellows. Fellows will share their work through the Academy’s webpage. Fellows include leading psychological researchers, physicians, attorneys, occupational health experts, professors of management, nursing, and communications, counselors, union trainers, military leaders, advocates, and consultants.
“The idea is to get some of the very best people working on this issue across the country networked in a useful manner,” said Yamada, who is director of Suffolk Law School’s Labor & Employment concentration.
The new Academy is evidence that workplace bullying has grown beyond a niche issue, said Gary Namie, who co-founded the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) in 1997.
“When we started WBI there was one trade unionist and a couple of academic researchers with the courage to focus on workplace bullying. Since then the field exploded exponentially,” Namie said. “We recognize the universality of these destructive behaviors, and this network focuses on the unique challenges posed by American employee relations, mental health, and legal systems.”
The complete list of fellows is available at WorkplaceBullyingAcademy.com.