Edward Ableser, Ph.D.
Edward Ableser, director of the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment, has an extensive background in politics, education, and psychology. After growing up in Los Angeles, California, and Ann Arbor, Michigan (and living in China for one year in high school), Edward attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where he earned two Bachelor's degrees (Political Science and Chinese), a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Justice and Social Inquiry. While working on his graduate degrees, Edward taught courses at ASU on multi-culturalism, justice theory, public policy, and statistics. Dr. Ableser was appointed to the Arizona State Senate at age 26, followed by a 10-year stint in the House of Representatives and the Senate, where he was a legislative champion for excellence in education, mental health policy, and extensive anti-bullying legislation.
Edward has fifteen years of experience serving as a licensed professional counselor, coaching children, parents, and families through the effects of depression, anxiety, and many other mental-health disorders. His passion to create learning environments for all children that are safe, effective, and free of the insidious effects of bullying comes from years of experience of working with adults and children suffering long-term repercussions from childhood trauma. The Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment is dedicated to providing an education environment to all Nevada students that is free of bullying and cyberbullying. The office will establish programs and training to prevent, identify, and report incidents of bullying and cyberbullying and monitor compliance of school districts with the program. The office will also administer a new grant program that provides funding to place social workers or other licensed mental health care workers in schools.
Dr. Ableser and his wife, Hilary, share a passion for their alma mater, outdoor activity, and their two children, Brielle (4) and Zachary (2). They reside in Reno, Nevada.