StopHazing Staff

StopHazing Team

Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D., Executive Director – Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D., is Professor of graduate studies in Higher Education at the University of Maine and President of StopHazing Consulting. Dr. Allan was the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Student Hazing and is currently directing the national Hazing Prevention Consortium for StopHazing.

An experienced researcher, Allan’s scholarship focuses on campus cultures and climates including studies about campus diversity, equity, student engagement, and hazing in the context of higher education. She is the author of two books, co-editor of a third, and has authored or co-authored more than 25 research-based articles. Her award-winning scholarship has been featured in premiere education journals including the Harvard Educational Review, The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, and The International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. View her ResearchGate profile.

Allan’s professional experience related to hazing spans more than two decades and includes research, prevention, student affairs, public service, and policy work. Her website, has received international attention as a leading source of information about hazing and its prevention. Allan has presented research about hazing at national conferences, institutes, and workshops including: the American Educational Research Association, the NCAA, the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors, the Fraternity Executives Association, National Association of Campus Activities, and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Dr. Allan’s comments and research have informed hundreds of news articles about hazing for numerous outlets including:  The Associated Press, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, PBS, CNN, CBS, and others.

Allan holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University, an M.S. in Health Promotion and a B.S. in Psychology from Springfield College.

Jane Stapleton, M.A., Prevention Specialist – Jane is an activist, administrator, policy maker, service provider and researcher with extensive experience working to end violence against women in college/university settings. She teaches in both the Women’s Studies Program and the Family Studies Program at the University of New Hampshire and, as Co-director of Prevention Innovations, is a lead developer and evaluator of the Know-Your-Power® bystander social marketing campaign. She advises StopHazing on strategic planning and evaluation design, and in particular, translation of theories, strategies and evaluation methods in sexual violence prevention to hazing prevention.  Please explore the following link for more information on Jane’s work:

Jessica Payne, Ph.D., Prevention Specialist  Dr. Payne is the founder of Jessica Payne Consulting, a company specializing in qualitative research and evaluation in higher education and healthcare. She has conducted research on campus student life, student leadership and conflict, and organizational development in higher education. In addition to experience with health needs assessments, she has conducted research on substance abuse prevention with a focus on technical assistance in coalition-based prevention work. Dr. Payne works with StopHazing on strategic planning, evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and development of hazing prevention resources, in addition to providing coaching to Consortium members. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Hampshire College. Please see her website for a more in-depth view of her work:

Lauri Sidelko, Prevention Specialist  Lauri Sidelko currently serves as the Director of the Student Wellness Center at the University of Maine.  She is the co-chair of the UMaine Hazing Prevention Team and is the campus liaison for the Hazing Prevention Consortium.   In addition to her campus work, Lauri was also part of the research team for the National Study of Student Hazing and has continued that work with  She also coordinated the National Hazing Symposium in 2009 and served as faculty for the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention from 2010-2012. Lauri has presented on the topic of Hazing Prevention nationally and regularly consults with campuses on strategies and prevention efforts.

Dan Tillapaugh, Ph.D., Leadership Specialist – Dr. Tillapaugh is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at California Lutheran University. His research agenda involves intersectionality and the social context of higher education, particularly around student development, college men and masculinities, and leadership education and development. His work has been published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, the Journal on Leadership Education, and Educational Action Research. He has been working with StopHazing for the past two years on various projects, in particular applying the use of leadership theories and models to promote hazing prevention efforts on college campuses. Dr. Tillapaugh earned his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and an M.Ed. in Counseling & Personnel Services at the University of Maryland.  He is currently the Chair of the Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities for ACPA: College Student Educators International.

Dave Kerschner, Research Associate  Dave is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maine, pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Higher Education. Prior to coming to the University of Maine, Dave worked as a LEADS Fellow for Amherst LEADS, a comprehensive and unique leadership development program for Amherst College student-athletes. A 2009 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Dave was a four-year member of the men’s basketball team and served as team captain and President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his senior year. After leaving UMF, he continued his education at the University of Massachusetts, receiving a M.S. in Sport Management in 2010, and the University of Southern Maine, receiving an M.B.A. in 2012.