StopHazing Team

Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D., Principal


Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D., is Professor and Program Coordinator of the Higher Education graduate program at the University of Maine. She was the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Student Hazing (2008) and currently leads StopHazing and the Hazing Prevention Consortium – a research-to-practice initiative designed to build an evidence base for campus hazing prevention. 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 has authored two books and more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters. Her research has been featured in the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Allan has presented her research about hazing for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, and at numerous national and international conferences and institutes.

Dave Kerschner, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dave Kerschner, Ph.D., is the Post-Doctoral Fellow for Research and Evaluation for StopHazing. A 2021 graduate of the University of Maine, Dave has been involved in the work of StopHazing and the Hazing Prevention Consortium since 2013. His dissertation examined factors predictive of varsity athlete hazing experiences across five NCAA Division III institutions and, building off of his prior experience as a Division III athlete and athletic administrator, he aspires to conduct research that will inform practice and change in college athletics. He has published on hazing and hazing prevention in the Journal of Amateur Sport, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal of School Counseling. A 2009 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Dave received his M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts in 2010 and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine in 2012. 

Meredith Stewart, M.Ed., Program & Outreach Coordinator

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Meredith Stewart, M.Ed., is the Program & Outreach Coordinator for StopHazing. In this role she works to support StopHazing’s mission by cultivating partnerships with professional organizations, scholars, practitioners, policy advocates, and others committed to violence prevention. She also works to expand StopHazing’s data-driven resources and trainings for hazing prevention; assist with policy-related initiatives, and support activities of the Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC), a signature research-to-practice project led by StopHazing. Meredith completed her B.S. degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maine, and later also completed her M.Ed. in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine. During her graduate studies she interned for StopHazing as a Research Assistant and upon graduation transitioned to a full-time role.

Jenny Desmond, M.A., Program & Training Specialist

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Jenny Desmond, M.A., is the Program and Training Specialist for StopHazing. She contributes to the StopHazing mission by providing support for the expansion of e-learning modules, resource development, and training initiatives.  Jenny works with different stakeholders to expand StopHazing’s membership program. Jenny graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Political Science and earned her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.  During her career in Student Affairs, Jenny worked in Enrollment Management overseeing Orientation Leaders and Tour Guides and in Student Life directing Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership Programs.  She brings a practitioner’s perspective and experience to StopHazing’s research to practice model.  


StopHazing often has internship opportunities available. Internship responsibilities may include research, marketing, communications, social media and others for graduate and undergraduate level students.

Contact Meredith Stewart for more information about available opportunities and internship descriptions.

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