Professor Elias-Lambert focuses on the influence of victim and perpetrator alcohol use on levels of rape myth acceptance, as well as bystander training.
Areas of Expertise (7)
Bystander (Upstander) Intervention
Alcohol Use Disorders
Gender-Based Violence Prevention
Mentor Recognition (professional)
2019 Council on Social Work Education, Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education
Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society Member (professional)
2003 – Present
Social Worker of the Year (professional)
2020 National Association of Social Workers
University of Texas at Arlington: Ph.D., Social Work 2013
University of Texas at Arlington: M.S., Social Work 2004
University of Texas at Austin: B.A., Psychology 2001
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Media Appearances (3)
Steps for Bystander Intervention
TCU Magazine online
Nada Elias-Lambert wants to prevent another tragedy like what reportedly happened to Kitty Genovese more than 50 years ago. The 28-year-old woman’s murder in New York City prompted social work researchers to ask why none of the almost 40 witnesses intervened. (The initial New York Times report has come under scrutiny, but the 1964 crime remains a seminal case in studies on bystander intervention.)
Some scholars say a rape culture exists in America; here’s what Colorado experts say about it
"For many survivors, their first thought is, 'What did I do to cause This?' " said Nada Elias-Lambert, an associate professor in the department of social work at Texas Christian University. "We would never think that if our car was stolen."...
Bystander Intervention Programs: Do They Curb Campus Sexual Assault?
U.S. World and News Report
Besides viewers of violent pornography, men are considered "high risk" and less likely to intervene as bystanders if they have perpetrated any form of sexual misconduct in the past, ranging from unwelcome touching and sexual assault, to posting inappropriate or sexist content on social media and making sexist or inappropriate jokes or comments, says Nada Elias-Lambert, an assistant professor and Master of Social Work, or MSW, program director in the department of social work at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth...
Event Appearances (1)
“Is It My Responsibility?” Students’ Perspectives on Bystander Intervention. Poster presentation
Council on Social Work Education, 62nd Annual Program Meeting Atlanta
“Culture-Bearer, Culture-Sharer, Culture-Changer”Advances in Social Work
2020 Sexual violence is a prevalent issue on university campuses today. Bystander intervention programs, which frame violence as a community problem, are a possible solution to address the issue of sexual violence on campus. As members of the university community, faculty can play an integral role in preventing sexual violence on campus. However, little research has assessed faculty members’ perceptions of their role on campus in the prevention of sexual violence.
“Is It My Responsibility?”: A Qualitative Review of University Students’ Perspectives on Bystander BehaviorTrauma, Violence, & Abuse
2020 Bystander interventions focus on framing violence as a community problem and encourage all community members to act as prosocial bystanders if they witness a dangerous situation. Research has demonstrated there are multiple barriers and facilitators that might discourage or encourage an individual to act as a prosocial bystander.
Bystander sexual violence prevention program: outcomes for high-and low-risk university menJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Elias-Lambert, Nada, Beverly M. Black
2016 This research reports the findings of an evaluation of a peer-facilitated, bystander sexual violence prevention program to determine its effectiveness at changing attitudes and behaviors related to sexual violence with university males who are at low- and high-risk of using sexually coercive behavior. Bystander interventions focus on men and women as bystanders to change social norms in a peer culture that supports abusive behaviors. Few studies have examined the effectiveness of these interventions with high-risk populations, which is the focus of this study.
Bystander Sexual Violence Prevention Program: Outcomes for High- and Low-Risk University MenJournal of Interpersonal Violence
N Elias-Lambert, BM Black
2015 This research reports the findings of an evaluation of a peer-facilitated, bystander sexual violence prevention program to determine its effectiveness at changing attitudes and behaviors related to sexual violence with university males who are at low- and high-risk of using sexually coercive behavior. Bystander interventions focus on men and women as bystanders to change social norms in a peer culture that supports abusive behaviors. Few studies have examined the effectiveness of these interventions with high-risk populations, which is the focus of this study...
Controlling Behaviors in Middle School Youth’s Dating Relationships: Reactions and Help-Seeking BehaviorsThe Journal of Early Adolescence
Nada Elias-Lambert, Beverly M. Black, Kinsley U. Chigbu
2013 This exploratory study examined middle school students’ (N = 380) help-seeking behaviors and other reactions to controlling behaviors in their dating relationships. Over three-fourths of the participants perpetrated and were victimized by controlling behaviors in their dating relationships. Youth used emotional/verbal and dominance/isolation forms of controlling behaviors...
Iraqi American refugee youths' exposure to violence: Relationship to attitudes and peers' perpetration of dating violenceViolence Against Women
Black, Beverly M., et al.
2013 This exploratory study examines the relationships between exposure to violence in the community, school, home and dating relationships among Iraqi American youth. As Iraqi American youth are traditionally not allowed to date, dating violence measures focused on attitudes about and perceptions of abuse occurring in the relationships of friends. The number of friends known who were secretly dating was the most significant predictor of acceptability of dating violence and perceived prevalence of abuse. Youth who experienced child abuse perceived higher rates of dating violence among their peers. Findings highlight the complexities of prevention and intervention of teen dating violence within secretive relationships.
Gamification for behavior change: Lessons from developing a social, multiuser, web-tablet based prevention game for youthsJournal of Technology in Human Services
Schoech, Dick, et al.
2013 Interest is growing in gamification, the use of game techniques and mechanics to engage and motivate. Future predictions suggest that this interest will continue to grow especially in the use of games to change individual behavior. However, applying gamification concepts and principles is challenging. Despite the growing interest, few gamification efforts have documented the challenges associated with the game development and application process. This article illustrates how gamification concepts and principles were applied to the development of an online, multiuser, substance abuse, and relationship violence prevention game for youths. We discuss challenges encountered during the efforts to develop and test a prototype version of the game and then present concrete and practical strategies for addressing these challenges. This article provides guidance for other researchers and practitioners who may want to gamify human service processes and use gamification techniques within a behavior change framework.