Associate Professor

Adam and Abigail Burack Family Green and Gold Professor Bernice Garnett is a public health prevention scientist interested in childhood obesity, bullying, discrimination and harassment, youth health disparities, food access and food security, community based participatory research, school climate and restorative justice. School based health promotion and community strategies to promote health and wellness are a central focus of her work.

She is interested in integrating interdisciplinary public health undergraduate training in teacher education and other traditional undergraduate disciplines. Bernice Garnett is a faculty member of the Food Systems Initiative at UVM and the Chair of the Vermont Hazing, Harassment and Bullying Prevention Advisory Council.


Garnett, B.R., Beattie, H., Koller, S., Moore, M., Scott, K., Maseroni, M., Holmes, B. (2019). Participatory youth risk behavior survey data analysis as catalyst for empowering youth as change agents. Health Promotion Practice, 20(4): 483-488. DOI:

Garnett, B.R., Smith, L. C, Kervick, C., Ballysingh, T., Moore, M., (2019). The emancipatory potential of mixed methods designs: Informing youth participatory action research and restorative practices within a district-wide school transformation
project. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 42(3), 305-316. DOI:

Garnett, B.R., Moore, M., Kidde, J., Ballysingh, T.A., Kervick, C.T., Bedinger, L., Smith, L.C., Sparks, H. (2019). Needs and readiness assessment for implementing school-wide restorative practice: A community based participatory action research study. Improving Schools. Advance Online Publication. DOI:

Garnett, B. R., & Brion-Meisels, G., (2018). Exploring the utility of theory-informed methodological approaches in youth harassment research. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance Online Publication. DOI: 10.1177/0886260518803607

Smith, L., Garnett B.R. et al., (2018). The hand of professional school counseling meets the glove of restorative practices: A call to the profession. Professional School Counseling, 20(1): 1-10. DO1: 10.1177/2156759X18761899

Garnett, B. R., & Brion-Meisels, G. (2017). Intersections of victimization among middle and high school youth: Associations between polyvictimization and school climate. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s40653-017-0183-7

Olofson, M., Garnett, B. R., (2017). Measuring professional development of student-centered teaching pedagogies: A mixed methods study. Professional Development in Education. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2017.1347805

Brion-Meisels, G & Garnett, B.R., (2017). 'It is called bullying also’: Exploring adolescents’ talk about bullying on an online message board. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/10926771.2017.1322653

Garnett, B. R. (2017). Teaching social determinants of health in an undergraduate elective course on public health through peer wellness coaching, documentaries and self-reflection. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 3(2) 100-107. DOI: 10.1177/2373379916658059

Garnett, B. R., Vierling, D., Gleason, C., Becker, K., DiCenzo, D. & Mongeone, L. (2017). A mixed methods evaluation of the Move it Move it! before school incentive-based physical activity program. Health Education Journal, 76(1) 89-101. DOI: 10.1177/0017896916652432

Conner, D. & Garnett, B. R. (2016). Economic and environmental drivers of fruit and vegetable intake among rural socioeconomically diverse adults in Vermont. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 11(2) 263-271. DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2015.1128862

Brion-Meisels, G. & Garnett B. R. (2016). Toward an integrated theory of relational harm: Articulating the intersections of bullying, discrimination and harassment in research, policy, and practice. Contemporary School Psychology, 20(3), 240-253. DOI: 10.1007/s40688-015-0080-8

Kroshus, E., Garnett, B. R., & Baugh, C. M. (2016). Engaging teammates as proactive bystanders in the prevention of harm from concussions. Health Education and Behavior, 43(4): 442-451. DOI: 10.1177/1090198115602676

Kroshus, E., Garnett, B. R., Baugh, C. M, & Calzo, J. P. (2015). Social norms theory and concussion education. Health Education Research, 30(6),1004-1013. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyv047

Garnett, B. R., Wendel, J., Banks, C., Goodridge A., Harding R., Harris, R., Hacker, K., & Chomitz V. R. (2015). Challenges of data dissemination efforts within a community based participatory project about persistent racial disparities in excess weight. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 9(2), 289-298. DOI: 10.1353/cpr.2015.0047

Kroshus, E., Garnett, B. R., Hawrilenko, M., Baugh, C. M., Calzo, J. (2015). Concussion under-reporting and pressure from coaches, teammates, fans, and parents. Social Science and Medicine, 134, 66-75. D01: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.04.011

Garnett, B. R., Masyn, K. E., Austin, S. B., Williams, D. R., & Viswanath, K. (2015). Coping styles of adolescents experiencing multiple forms of discrimination and bullying: Evidence from a sample of ethnically diverse urban youth. Journal of School Health, 85(2),109-117. D01: 10.1111/josh.12225

Book Chapters

Brion-Meisels, G., & Garnett, B. R., (2017). Training School-Based Practicioners to Prevent and Address Bullying, Discrimination, and Harassment in Schools: A Preservice Model. In A. Osanloo, C. Reed and J. Schwartz (Eds.), Creating and negotiating collaborative spaces for socially-just anti-bullying interventions for K-12 schools (pgs. 47-.75). Information Age.

Raveche, B. (2008) International Public Health Diplomacy and the Global Surveillance of Avian Influenza, in SIPRI 2008 Yearbook (pp. 456–69). New York: Oxford University.

Awards and Recognition

Sustainability Faculty Fellowship, University of Vermont

Center for Rural Studies Faculty Fellowship, University of Vermont

Presidential Fellowship, Harvard University

Matina S. Horner, Summer Research Fellowship, Harris Center for Eating Disorders Research, Education and Advocacy at Massachusetts General Hospital

Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center Summer Fellow Oregon Department of Public Health and Human Services

Council of Women World Leaders Summer Fellow Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Associations and Affiliations

American Public Health Association (APHA), Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), Society for Prevention Research (SPR), American Educational Research Association (AERA), The Obesity Society (TOS)

Bernice Garnett headshot

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Bullying prevention
  • Community and social systems
  • Diversity, access and equity
  • Public health
  • Restorative justice
  • School climate
  • Social justice


  • Sc.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Harvard School of Public Health
  • M.P.H in Health Promotion from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


  • 802-656-2187
Office Location:

Waterman 539A

Courses Taught

Bullying and Youth Violence Prevention; Mixed Methods Research; Personal Health