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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
14 Vanderventer Avenue, Suite 147
Port Washington, NY 11050

Appearances by Dr. Lipkins

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Hazing at Wheaton and Bucknell College
Outside The Lines (OTL)
September 20, 2017


Texas Public Radio

Texas Matters: La Vernia ISD And Sexual Assault Hazing Allegations

May 5, 2017


Audio Boom

Dr. Susan Lipkins on The Larry O'Connor Show

May 2, 2017


Fox News

'13 Reasons Why' may not be the teen suicide prevention tool some think it is 

April 19, 2017


The Post and Courier

Coastal Carolina cheerleaders' attorney cites double standard, says university falsely painted team members as prostitutes

April 16, 2017



Schools Start Too Early, American Academy Of Sleep Medicine Says

April 15, 2017


The Federalist

Sports Teams And Parents Should Have No Tolerance For Hazing

April 8, 2017


The New York Times

College Student Suffers Severe Reaction After Hazing Involving Peanut Butter

March 3, 2017


Chicago Tribute

Amid hazing fallout, Lake Zurich turns to new protocols, key hirings 

February 8, 2017



Alleged Hazing at Hofstra University Included Induced Vomiting and Swastikas

December 8, 2016


Daily Press

For Oak Hills hazing trial, attorneys seek exclusion of prejudicial evidence; trial expected to begin mid-February

December 2, 2016


Chicago Tribune

Coaches warn of hazing risks, but psychologists note problem persists

November 17, 2016


USA Today High School Sport

Psychologist: Allowing Lake Zurich players to compete in playoffs after incident unprecedented

November 10, 2016


Chicago Tribune

Lake Zurich team was cleared for playoff game despite ‘egregious’ conduct

November 9, 2016



How to talk to your kids about the next Trump-Clinton debate

October 17, 2016



Second student comes forward to allege extreme hazing at school 

September 30,2016


USA TODAY High School Sports

Hazing expert research: 85% of any community supports the perpetrator


See Dr. Lipkins in an ESPN special: Hazing: the hidden horror
Tues. Sept. 13 @ 10pm on ESPN
September 1, 2016

Navy Times

Navy targets sailor bullies as hazing reports drop

August 28, 2016


Across America Patch

Why Psychologists Agree The School Day Should Start Later

August 30, 2016


The NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention

Hazing: What it Is, Why it matters, the Legal Impact on Schools and Students 

NJ Law Center, Rutgers University

August 11, 2016


The Boston Globe

Victims pay, coaches stay in hazing inequity

July 23, 2016


The Post and Courier

College of Charleston and city taking hard look at drug supply and demand

June 30,2016


The Post and Courier

How a college drug ring hid in plain sight

June 24, 2016


Social Work Helper

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Hazing among High School Athletes

April 14, 2016


10 Central Ohio News Leader

Rape or kids' hazing? Pool cue assault divides law agencies

February 29,2016


Boston Herald

Coaches crack down on high school football hazing

October 8, 2015


The Christian Science Monitor

Indiana fraternity hazing video shows social media's positive impact

October 8, 2015


NBC Network: Nightly News

Topic: Baruch College Hazing

September 15, 2015


680 News

Land of keggers and spanking paddles: Why the U.S. has so many more fraternities

September 7, 2015


Elements Behavioral Health

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

September 4, 2015


NBC Network: The Today Show

Topic: St. Paul's Rape Case

August 18, 2015


Shots: Health News from NPR

Could Sexting Help Your Relationship?

August 8, 2015


Huffpost: Live

FratPAC Lobbying For Greek Causes On The Hill

July 25, 2015


Yahoo Health

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

June 25, 2015


Fox News: Foxs and Friend

Topic: Being A Transgender Kid Is The Same As Pretending To Be A Dog

April 22, 2015


Washington University: Political Review

Hazing: The Dark Side of Indoctrination

April 21, 2015


The Washington Post

UMBC women’s lacrosse case shows hazing going online

March 18,2015


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


National Fox: Fox & Friends

Topic: Merits of Play vs. Homework

March 7, 2015


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


St. Louis Post – Dispatch

Three charged in Principia football hazing case

January 29, 2015














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