The Inclusive Schools Climate Initiative (ISCI)

The Center for Applied Psychology, in collaboration with the Office of Special Education Programs (NJOSEP) in the New Jersey Department of Education, is providing a select cohort of schools the opportunity to participate in the Inclusive Schools Climate Initiative. 

ISCI is designed to improve school inclusion practices by creating a school climate that provides opportunities for growth and development for all students and improves engagement and social participation of students with disabilities.

For the 2011-2012 school year, the ten participating middle schools are:

Brigantine North MS

Cinnaminson Township MS

Collingswood MS

Galloway Township MS

Hubbard MS (Plainfield)

Lake Riviera MS (Brick)

Linwood MS (North Brunswick)

Memorial MS (Fair Lawn)

Mendham Township MS

Pequannock Valley MS (Pequannock)


ISCI is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (NJOSEP) and funded by IDEA, Part B. 

The Bullying Prevention Institute (BPI)

The Bullying Prevention Institute is a new initiative developed by the Center for Applied Psychology. BPI has been developed in response to the increasing need for effective and comprehensive plans for preventing, detecting, and intervening in incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) in school districts across the state of New Jersey. 

BPI provides a year-long, team-based training opportunity for select school districts in New Jersey to create a bullying prevention plan specifically tailored to the needs of each district. These plans will integrate current anti-bullying legal requirements with local policies and practices. The goal of the plan is to organize a sustainable set of strategies designed to reduce incidents of HIB and create a positive school climate – one where children and adults feel safe and respected. 

To apply to BPI for the 2011-2012 school year, visit our news page

BPI is funded through the generous support of a private foundation. 

Our Team

Bradford Lerman, Psy.D.

Project Director

Virginia Stillson, Psy.D.

Director, Research & Program Development


Millicent Kellner, Ph.D., LCSW

School Climate Improvement Specialist

Lia Valentino

Project Coordinator

Lori Guerriero, Psy.D.

Project Manager

April Kabay

GSAPP Graduate Assistant
Christopher Velderman
GSAPP Graduate Assistant
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