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OUR MISSION: To provide methods of prevention and intervention in hazing; to explain the psychology of hazing in high school, college, the military, and the workplace. Educational information is included for use in anti-hazing initiatives among fraternities, sororities, teams, and other groups.

What is hazing? Hazing is a process, based on a tradition that is used by groups for discipline and to maintain the hierarchy (i.e., a pecking order).

Where does hazing occur? Hazing occurs in middle and high schools, as well as in colleges, the military and on the job. It occurs all over the United States and throughout the world.

Who is involved in hazing? All kinds of people are hazed. Hazing is not a function of race. Hazing is not a function of socioeconomic class. Hazing occurs among people of all educational levels.

When does hazing happen? Hazing occurs throughout the year, though there is often an increase at the beginning of the semester and at the beginning of an athletic season.

Why do people haze? There are many complex psychological reasons. Check out "the blueprint of hazing" and "The Perfect Storm" to really understand why hazing has continued since ancient times.

How Has Hazing Changed? In the past ten years, hazing has become more violent, more humiliating, and more sexual. Hazardous hazing is a virus that has attacked our youth and is spreading quickly.

Dr. Lipkins, a psychologist for 25 years, has interviewed everyone involved in a hazing, including victims, bystanders and perpetrators. She has also studied the families, coaches and communities which have been affected by hazing. As an author and speaker, Lipkins illustrates why hazing survives, how it is transmitted, and what you can do to stop it.

Please contact her for interviews, speaking engagements, to share your story or to ask questions.

Dr. Susan Lipkins
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Appearances by Dr. Lipkins

Oprah, Dr. Phil, Katie, and more...


Elements Behavioral Health

Inside Hazing: A Q&A With Expert Dr. Susan Lipkins

September 4, 2015


Yahoo Health

Fraternity Hazing and PTSD: Insiders Share Gory Details of Pledging Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho

June 25, 2015


The Dartmouth America’s Oldest College Newspaper
Alpha Delta fraternity’s suspension extended following branding allegations
March 30,2015


NC State frat disbanded after ‘horrifying’ pledge book found
March 26, 2015

Is tackling new members hazing? Perlman, Bruning defend UNL Innocents Society's initiation ritual
March 17, 2015


Los Angels Daily News
Before pledge’s death, CSUN’s response to fraternity hazing was limited
March 1, 2015


Everyone Needs to Take Responsibility
October 21, 2014


ESPN-Outside the Lines
Sayreville Hazing
October 16, 2014


Sayreville Hazing Scandal Opens Old Wound for Long Island Community
October 16, 2014


MSNBC / News Nation
Sayreville Hazing
October 13, 2014


CNN Tonight
Sayreville Football Hazing
October 9, 2014


Inside Edition
Effects of Hazing Live Long After College
September 23, 2014


Today Show/NBC
Bullied kids more likely to bring weapons to school
Interview w/Dr. Lipkins
May 4, 2014


Today Show/NBC
YikYak: new bully technique
Interview w/Dr. Lipkins
April 30, 2014


Opinions + Editorial
SAE 'no pledge' policy a positive step
by Dr. Lipkins
March 19, 2014

Health News
Of Cigs and Selfies
Interview w/Dr. Lipkins
March 10, 2014

Baruch College Fraternity Closed After Freshman Hazing Death
Interview w/Dr. Lipkins - December 17, 2013

Newsday Online Sports / Hazing is rooted in the sports culture
Interview w/Dr. Lipkins - November 9, 2013

Interview on Katie Couric - Katie/ABC
Topic: Hazing / Katie/ABC - October 5, 2012

What Would You Do? - Hazing in College / ABC Primetime

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