Meeting Archive:
Exploring and Disrupting Pathways to Risky Behaviors

Meeting Description:


The Youth Prevention Research Working Group invites you to a webinar on the adolescent brain and substance use/abuse. The webinar will review what we don't know about child development and implications for their pathways to risky behavior, but more importantly it will focus on what we DO know. We will focus on three key areas where science can be our guide. First, how do social conditions, such as toxic stress associated with adverse childhood experiences, impact brain development and the consequences for future health and behavior? Second, what remedies have been developed that move us upstream to "turn off the trauma tap" and, in effect, prevent pathways to substance abuse, sexual risk behaviors, and HIV infection? And third, how does the use of substances impact the brain and behavior to further entrench negative pathways; such knowledge can be instructive in helping us to more effectively target interventions. In closing, we will discuss some promising trends and ongoing concerns that can be addressed via further investments in prevention. 
Date: Wed, Oct 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Youth Prevention Research Working Group
 Presenter Information
Diana H. Fishbein, PhD
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Dr. Fishbein is Professor in the Dept of Human Development and Family Studies and the Director of the Program of Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University and University of California, Irvine, a faculty subcontractor at Georgetown University, and a Guest Researcher at the NIDA Intramural Research Program. Dr. Fishbein’s studies use transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understanding interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors. She founded and directs the National Prevention Science Coalition for Improving Lives (NPSC), a national organization dedicated to the transfer of knowledge from the basic to the applied sciences, as well as practical settings and public health policies.



Kevin P. Haggerty, MSW, PhD
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Kevin P. Haggerty, MSW, PhD, Professor, UW School of Social Work, Director, Social Development Research Group, Director Northwest Prevention Technology Center. Kevin specializes in prevention programs at the community, school and family level. For more than 35 years, he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities, and schools can better identify, assess and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs. He has an extensive research background in the intersection of biological and environmental risks for drug abuse in emerging adults and is an expert on substance abuse and delinquency prevention. Additionally, Dr. Haggerty is an investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, which tests the effectiveness of the Communities That Care program.