Nurse Practitioner  /  Educator  /  Author  /  Speaker  /  Relational Aggression Expert


About Dr. Cheryl Dellasega

If you’re searching for suggestions, struggling to survive, or merely curious, you’ve come to the right place. Award winning author and professor Cheryl Dellasega is the founder of Club and Camp Ophelia, a relationship program for girls. Dr. Dellasega is on the faculty at the Penn State University College of Medicine. She has also written seven self-help books on female relationship issues and a fiction series for girls.

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I can always tell which girls have been part of Club Ophelia. They treat each other with more respect and seem happier.

- L.K., Guidance Counselor

Being a mentor taught me how to have better friendships. I use a lot of the ClubO strategies in my daily life.

- A.H., Mentor

I loved everything about Club from the things we did to the people I met. I still have better relationships because of being part of Club O.

- C.H., Club O Participant

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What is Club and Camp Ophelia?  

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Twice as many nurses as other working Americans have experienced bullying in the workplace. Toxic Nursing, written by Cheryl Dellasega and Rebecca Volpe used vignettes to ask expert nurse managers how they would address issues related to bullying and relational aggression. The results offer individual nurses, nurse managers and administrators the tools they need to defuse conflict and create a positive work environment.

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When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Nurse Bullying confronts this problem by examining the causes and providing ways to diffuse a confrontational situation. Written by Surviving Ophelia author Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP, When Nurses Hurt Nurses is at the forefront of addressing the issue of bullying within the nursing profession. Read more

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Dr. Dellasega featured on Harrisburg's news Author's Spotlight


MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer is a relationship/mental health program that initially originated in 1995 as a weekly relationship and mental health program from the studios of Sister Pacifica Station, WPFW 89.3 FM in the Washington, DC Tri-State Area.  MyNDTALK became available nationally via the PACIFICA NETWORK to its sister stations and affiliates in @ 2006. In 2014, MyNDTALK transitioned to a daily one hour podcast.

MyNDTALK Podcast interviews

Dr. Dellasega about on-the-job relationships, nurses hurting nurses

Dr. Pamela Brewer


At the beginning of each new year, many people make a commitment to health and wellness and on January 10, 2021, Express Yourself Host Siri Phaneendra interviewed Dr. Dellasega on the popular teen radio network. Dr. Dellasega describes bullying behaviors, offers tools to diffuse conflict, and advises on how to make the workplace more tolerant, positive, and compliant. Cheryl also talks about Club and Camp Opheli where she works with girls to confront and overcome relational aggression. Click here to hear this engaging and informative program. Cheryl's interview begins at the 12:45 mark.

Hear Dr. Dellasega's interview  on Express Yourself radio network

Dr. Dellasega panel member of United Way event: The Impact of COVID-19 and Reckoning of Racial Injustices in Our Lives"

Last October 21, Dr. Dellasega was honored to participate in the United Way of the Capital Region's Women's Leadership Network event to help families gain self-sufficiency during this unprecedented time and the dedication to improving access to health care for local individuals and families.  Below is a link to view the one hour and fifteen minute event. Click here to view the event.


The definitions vary from source to source, but my answer is pretty standard: “It’s the use of behaviors, rather than fists, to deeply hurt another.”

Relational aggression (RA) seems to be “news” these days. Despite an incredible awareness-raising through books and movies over the last two years, it’s not unusual for a reporter, a parent, or a teacher to ask me, “So what is relational aggression?"