Gary Namie

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Gary Namie
EducationWashington & Jefferson College
San Francisco State University
University of California, Santa Barbara
Known fordirector of the Workplace Bullying Institute

Gary Namie is a social psychologist and anti-workplace bullying activist from Bellingham, Washington. He is the director of the Workplace Bullying Institute.


Namie has an AB from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and an MA in Research Psychology from San Francisco State University and a PhD in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982.[1]


Namie taught psychology and management at US colleges for two decades. He taught the first university course in the US on workplace bullying. He was also a corporate manager for two regional hospital systems. He was the expert witness in the nation's first "bullying trial" in Indiana with the verdict upheld by the state Supreme Court.[citation needed]

Namie launched a national campaign against workplace bullying in Benicia, California in 1997 with his wife Ruth, who has a doctorate in clinical psychology, after she was subject to harassment at work.[2][3]

In 2007 and 2010 the Workplace Bullying Institute commissioned Zogby International to conduct the representative surveys of all adult Americans on the topic of workplace bullying.[4] The survey reported that 1/3 of American workers have experienced workplace bullying. The Namies lobby for the "Healthy Workplace Bill," which has been introduced in 25 states since 2003.[5]


  • The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels and Snakes from Killing Your Organization. Gary Namie, Ruth Namie. Wiley, 2011. ISBN 978-0-470-94220-8
  • The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job. Gary Namie, Ruth Namie. Sourcebooks, Inc., 2009. ISBN 1-4022-2426-5.
  • BullyProof yourself at work!: personal strategies to stop the hurt. Gary Namie, Ruth Namie. Work Doctor, 1999. ISBN 0-9668629-5-3.


  1. ^ "Division Two". Teaching of Psychology. 9 (3): 135–137. October 1982. doi:10.1207/s15328023top0903_1.
  2. ^ Debare, Ilana (25 October 1998). "Psychologists launch all-out war against bullies in the workplace". Deseret News. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  3. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (May–June 1999). "Is Your Office Bullyproof?". Mother Jones Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  4. ^ Namie, Gary and Ruth The 2007 WBI-Zogby Survey
  5. ^ Maurer, Roy (16 July 2013). "Workplace-Bullying Laws on the Horizon?". Society for Human Resource Management. Retrieved 19 September 2013.

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