Fall 2006 Problem Behavior News Archive

Joanne Belknap presented a talk entitled "Pathways to Prison: A Gendered Analysis" at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, in October 2006.

Congratulations to Dorothy Watson for having completed 20 years of service with the University of Colorado at Boulder!

The Delbert S. Elliott Lecture in Criminology

On October 3, the Problem Behavior Program initiated an annual lecture series in criminology named after our colleague Del Elliott. Del was the program director from 1997 to 2004 and currently serves as the director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. Del has made fundamentally important contributions to many aspects of criminology, including the longitudinal investigation of delinquent and criminal careers and the development of effective programs to prevent and treat offending. We are delighted that we are able to have an annual lecture series to recognize Del's contributions to scholarship and to the Institute of Behavioral Science.

The series was launched with a stellar lecture presented by Professor David Hawkins, Endowed Professor of Prevention, School of Social work at the University of Washington. David's scholarly career mirrors Del's in interesting ways. He is the director of the Seattle Social Development Project, one of our most influential longitudinal studies of delinquency and drug use. Based on the results of that study, David and his colleagues have initiated a delinquency prevention program, Communities That Care, that has been carefully evaluated and widely adopted, both in this country and abroad. David's lecture presented core results from the Seattle project from grade school thru age 27. He also presented compelling evidence about the long-term effectiveness of prevention programs which extend well into the person's life course. Overall it was a lively presentation and discussion, and we look forward to hosting the Elliott Lecture for many years to come.

Joanne Belknap presented a talk entitled "Responding to Domestic Violence" at The Center for Court Intervention in New York City, New York, in November 2006.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Del Elliott was invited to present at the White House Conference on School Safety on October 10, 2006. Del was on a panel chaired by Attorney General Gonzales that discussed the epidemiology and etiology of school violence and potential steps that might be taken to make our schools safer.

As a followup to the White House Conference, there was a Safe Communities~Safe Schools Convening at The Colorado Trust on November 29, 2006. The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) assisted in the development of the agenda and Del Elliott was a keynote presenter at the meeting which included the Governor-elect, Bill Ritter, and other Colorado agency directors, legislators and educators. The purpose of the day-long meeting was to discuss the state of school violence in Colorado and the next steps to address the issues. In addition to Del Elliott, CSPV was represented by Jane Grady, Bill Woodward, and Sabrina Arredondo Mattson.

The annual Colorado Program and Capability Review for Homeland Security was held at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on December 5-6, 2006. Homeland Security regions and state agencies were represented at the workshop to discuss and recommend the most likely National Planning Scenarios, prioritize capabilities, and identify needs to be developed into initiatives for the Colorado State Homeland Security Program. The following staff from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence assisted with the development of assessment instruments, data collection, and facilitation of the two-day workshop: Bill Woodward, Jane Grady, Susanne Maher, and Susan Lineberry.

The Program of Research on the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency, composed of three longitudinal studies of delinquency which began in 1986, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Two of the projects - the Denver Youth Survey with David Huizinga as Principal Investigator and the Rochester Youth Development Study with Terence P. Thornberry as Principal Investigator - are housed at the Problem Behavior Program. Our companion project, the Pittsburgh Youth Study, is directed by Rolf Loeber at the University of Pittsburgh. The projects were initiated by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and, in addition to OJJDP, have received support from a variety of agencies including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Science Foundation.

The projects began with a common theme - to investigate the antecedents and consequences of delinquency and related problem behaviors, with a special emphasis on serious, chronic offenders. They continue to examine these issues, but each project has expanded in a variety of ways and they currently investigate a host of topics related to human development. The projects have followed their samples from childhood through early adulthood, have a large shared measurement space to enable replication, and represent the longest-running collaborative study of delinquency ever launched.

To recognize the accomplishments of the Program of Research, a Presidential Session was held on November 3, 2006 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology to summarize past findings and describe future directions. The session was followed by a reception for current and former staff members, grant officers, and advisors. We look forward to the next 20 years!