Elizabeth Barton is associate professor (research) at Wayne State University. As a developmental psychologist specializing in socioemotional development, she has served as a national consultant on school-based violence for over two decades. Barton teaches in courses in child, adolescent, and life-span development in the College of Education as well as creativity in the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts. Barton is the author of numerous publications, including Leadership Strategies for Safe Schools. She served as an Urban Health Initiative fellow, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She earned her PhD and MA at Wayne State University, and BS at the University of Michigan -Ann Arbor.