• Tom Reardon, Empathy Ambassador for Casa

Dr. Dan Olweus, We Salute You.

Dr. Dan Olweus died on September 20, 2020. He was 89 years old at the time of his death, which, according to reports, was sudden and unexpected. Olweus was the world’s foremost expert on the prevention of bullying and his Olweus Bully Prevention Program (OBPP) is one of the most respected prevention programs to ever exist.

While the details of Dr. Olweus’ death have not been released, the importance of his life’s work is well known in schools all around the world. In the 1970s, Dr. Olweus began researching bullying while working at that University of Bergen in Norway. He continued to work at the University of Bergen full-time as a Professor of Psychology until 1995 when he moved into a research-based position.

In the 1980s, his research led to the formation of what would become the OBPP in Norway and the program was extremely successful, reducing bullying among 30,000 students by somewhere between 35-45%. In 2006, Casa was fortunate enough to send staff to train in the OBPP in Charlottesville, Virginia and then partnered with the Glendale Elementary School District to begin the program here locally.

We greatly respect and appreciate Dr. Olweus’ incredibly work in this field and wish nothing but peace to his family, friends, and admirers in this time of transition. We are confident his work will continue and children all over the world will benefit from his research and wisdom.

Rest in peace, Dr. Dan Olweus. You will never be forgotten.

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