Spring 2005 Problem Behavior News Archive

In January, 2005 Del Elliott was an invited presenter in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the National Association of Counties (NACO) sponsored conference: A National County Strategy to Prevent Violent Crime - Linking Early Childhood Development to Prisoner Re-Entry. Del's keynote title was: County Government and the Prevention of Violence: The Relationship Between Early Childhood Development and Re-Entry.

February found Del Elliott in Hawaii chairing a panel and presenting at the Western Society of Criminology's 32nd Annual Conference: Meeting the Challenge - Translating Research Into Practice. The title of Del's presentation was: Commonalities Among Effective Violence Prevention Interventions.

Del Elliott was also invited to present at OJJDP's (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) Big Island Juvenile Mental Health Conference in Hilo in February and to meet with groups of providers and members of the probation department to determine the overall needs of the area and identify what violence, drug, and delinquency prevention programs have been proven effective and might be suitable for implementation there.

February 17-19, 2005 Jennifer Grotpeter presented "Sexual violence: Longitudinal evidence from adolescence to adulthood" at the Western Society of Criminology Conference in Honolulu HI.

March 2005 saw Del Elliott traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to present at the 2005 PfS Evidence-Based Practices Symposium. Del was requested to be a luncheon keynote and to also conduct a workshop at the Ohio State University's Partnerships for Success Academy, Center for Learning Excellence. The title of Del's luncheon keynote was: Violence Prevention: What Works and What Doesn't and the title of Del's Workshop was: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Delinquency, Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Programs.

In April, 2005 Joanne Belknap was invited to speak at Southwest Missouri State University. There she presented the talk "Tenuous Borders: Girls Tried, Convicted and Serving times as Adults."

Richard Jessor has been selected as the recipient of the Society for Adolescent Medicine's most prestigious award, the Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Award, for 2005. The society is a multidisciplinary organization of professionals committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents. The Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine was established in 1981. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals nationally and internationally for their commitment to improving health and health care resources for adolescents and young adults. Although all recipients to-date have been members of the Society, awards are made irrespective of membership. Jessor will be presented this award at the society's annual meeting in Los Angeles on Friday, April 1, 2005.

Jennifer Grotpeter attended the biennial meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development April 7-10, 2005 (and the preconference on peer relations April 6), and presented "Relational aggression grows up: Attributes of Aggression and Victimization in Adulthood in a National Sample."

On April 11-12, 2005, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence held its fourth annual Safe Communities~Safe Schools conference at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. The conference brought together more than 200 school administrators, prevention practitioners, researchers, and law enforcement officers to share recent findings about what works in youth violence prevention. Dr. Del Elliott was a keynote presenter along with John Suthers, Colorado Attorney General and James Garbarino, a researcher in human development from Cornell University. Bill Woodward and Sharon Mihalic presented workshops at the conference and Susan Lineberry and Jane Grady were conference organizers.

Terence Thornberry visited The Albany Symposium on Crime and Justice at the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice on April 28th and 29th, 2005. The theme of the symposium was "Developmental Criminology and Its Discontents: Offender Typologies and Trajectories of Crime". Professor Thornberry presented a paper entitled "Explaining Multiple Patterns of Offending Across the Life Course" on April 29th.

Joanne Belknap was the Keynote Speaker at the May, 2005 conference "Treating Traumatized Clients in Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Settings" (sponsored by The National Institute of Corrections, Colorado Divisions of Probation Services, Corrects, and Youth Corrections) in Denver, Colorado. She also presented her paper "Pathways from Victimization to Substance Abuse and Crime."

On May 11th, Del Elliott was the invited keynote presenter at the 36th Annual Juvenile Court, Community and Alternative School Administrators of California Conference in Sacramento, CA. Del's keynote address was devoted to the subject of violence prevention and intervention and what works and what does not. The importance of fidelity to proven interventions was also stressed.

Sharon Mihalic was the keynote speaker at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Organization for Program Evaluation in Colorado. She spoke on implementation fidelity and key factors in implementation success. The meeting was held on May 12-13 at Peaceful Valley Lodge.

Kim Henry attended the the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research May 25 through 27, 2005 in Washington, DC and the 2005 Summer Institute on Longitudinal Methods at Penn State June 1-3.

Jane Grady presented a workshop on Safe Communities~Safe Schools (Tools for Promoting Safe School Climate) at the annual Assets for Colorado Youth Conference, Voices of Strength: Connecting Prevention and Positive Youth Development, at Johnson and Wales University in Denver on June 9, 2005.

At the invitation of Interim Chancellor, Philip DiStefano, June 13-16, 2005 found Del Elliott traveling with the Chancellor, and various other members of CU, on an Outreach Tour through rural communities in Colorado, including Durango, Montrose, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs. The purpose of the trip is to reacquaint alumnus, parents of incoming and current students, donors and key community members with the strengths of the CU-Boulder campus, its faculty and education. The agenda also includes interviews with media and meetings with school administrators and legislators. Inside CU article...

Richard Jessor was an invited participant at the Rockefeller Foundation meeting on "HIV/AIDS and Human Development in the 21st Century: Challenges for the Social Sciences." The meeting was held at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, June 17-21, 2005. Participants were from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Vietnam, India, Senegal, Kenya, and Thailand, as well as the U.S. The meeting was part of the strategic planning process undertaken by the new president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Judy Rodin, and may signal a possible shift from support for technological solutions to the pandemic to a stronger interest in the potential contributions of the social sciences.

July 19, 2005 will see Del Elliott presenting at The National Institute of Justice's Annual Conference on Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation in Washington, DC. Del will be the Luncheon and Keynote Presenter and the title of his presentation at this conference, which is expected to draw around 800 justice researchers and practitioners, is entitled: Crime Prevention - Promise and Practice.