Teen brains and behavior: Translating research into practice

Prof. Naomi E. Goldstein
Juvenile Justice Research & Reform Lab
Prof. em. Dr. Bernd-Rüdeger Sonnen
Universität Hamburg

1. Presentation Prof. Dr. Goldstein
Teen brains and behavior: Translating research into practice
Dr. Goldsteins research focuses on the role of adolescent brain development in legal decision making & legal outcomes. She collaborates with community stakeholders to use social science research to improve Juvenile Justice policy and practice.

2. Prof. (em). Dr. Bernd-Rüdeger Sonnen, Chair, Panel Discussion
The 5th US Juvenile Justice Forum is continuning the transatlantic dialogue. Dr. Goldstein and Marshall Swenson are adressing violence prevention from different viewpoints: MST is a proven blueprint against violence; teen brain development plays an important role regarding effective reactions to juvenile violence and integration strategies. Besides local expert palists, Dr. Rhiner from Switzerland will share evaluation data of MST replications in Switzerland, Mr. Schallert,(MIVEA/University of Mainz) will stress the importance of assessment tools, while Dr. Sonnen introduces the new approach of the German Reintegration Act, focussing on successful integration into society through interdisciplinary centers.
The chances of (international) collaboration and exchange of ideas to support effective ways to deal with juvenile violence and radicalization will be discussed. All speakers and panelists will guarantee an exciting transatlantic-european dialogue and develop common perspectives.

Prof. Naomi E. Goldstein, Ph.D.,
Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow, Director of the Juvenile Justice Research & Reform Lab, Co-Director, JD/PhD Program Law and Psychology, Drexel University; Philadelphia (PA), USA, PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst/B.A. in Psychology, Wesleyan University.

Dr. Goldstein serves on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals, strategic planning and research advisory committees of national organizations. She has authored several books and over 60 articles, a juvenile justice treatment manual, forensic assessment instruments and contributed to national and state JJ legislation, policy reports, and amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prof. (em) Dr. Bernd-R. Sonnen,Hamburg University
teaches juvenile law and criminology for more than 40 years, 13 yrs president of the German Juvenile Judges & PO Association (DVJJ). Co-author of extended juvenile justice commentary literature, co-publisher of the Neue Kriminalpolitik and editorial board member of the ZJJ, a child welfare and juvenile justice journal. Member of many state and federal legislation committees, the federal committee to investigate maltreatment in juvenile facilities in the 1950/60s, international advisory boards and co-author of a new reintegration act, focussing on multidisciplinary integration centers.

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