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SFU President's Faculty Lecture Series

President's Faculty Lecturer: Dr. Marlene Moretti

Natural Born Delinquents or Psychopathology Untreated? Understanding and Reducing Risk for Aggressive and Antisocial Behavior in Teens

Aggressive, violent and antisocial behaviour perpetrated by teens strikes fear in communities and fuels calls for early identification and harsher punishments. The financial cost of such measures is extraordinarily high but remarkably ineffective. Does developmental science offer a way of understanding what factors place children and teens at risk for antisocial and aggressive behaviour and what can be done to prevent or reduce these problems?  In this lecture Dr. Moretti discusses risk profiles and typical developmental pathways to aggressive and antisocial behaviour in girls and boys. She also reviews evidence for the effectiveness of intervention to prevent or reduce risk, and associated financial and social cost savings. Rather than getting tough on crime, society would benefit far more by focusing on prevention and risk reduction using evidence based interventions.

Marlene M. Moretti is a Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Chair with Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research focuses on risk and protective factors related to adolescent mental health, including aggressive, violent and antisocial behaviour in girls and boys. She also works collaboratively with government and other stakeholders to translate research into evidence based practice to promote child and youth mental health.

Dr. Moretti’s research has garnered several awards, including an SFU Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement and the SFU Dean of Arts Medal for Excellence in Teaching, Research & Service. She is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Orebro in Sweden.


Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:00PM PDT

SFU Surrey Campus, 250 - 13450 – 102 Avenue (Close to Surrey Central Skytrain Station)
Room 2600

Event is free, but registration required. Please register here.