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Using Adolescent Developmental Science to Transform the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems
Thursday, 1/21/2021

In 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued a ground-breaking report, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. In this presentation, Susan Vivian Mangold, an author on this report, will present her findings and describe how adolescent developmental science can be applied to child-serving systems, including the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Through the findings of the report, Ms. Mangold will discuss many of the leading issues for youth, families and advocates working to transform the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

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Susan MangoldSusan Vivian Mangold is Chief Executive Officer at Juvenile Law Center. She is a Professor Emeritus at University at Buffalo School of Law, where she taught for over 20 years and served as Vice Dean for Academics. Her teaching and scholarship focused on Children and the Law. Ms. Mangold was also Chair of the University-wide Strategic Strength in Civic Engagement and Public Policy, and brings her expertise in community-based research to Juvenile Law Center. She is co-editor of West Publishing’s casebook, Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice (7th Edition, 2020).


Child Abuse and Neglect Meets the Press: Responsible News Coverage of Difficult Topics
Thursday, 12/17/2020

The way that sensitive topics are covered by the media has an impact on those directly involved and on the community. This is especially true for stories involving child abuse and neglect. In this webinar, two experienced reporters will share their experiences with covering stories involving child abuse and neglect. For professionals who work in the field of child abuse and neglect, and for researchers who study child maltreatment, this webinar will share insights on how to best interact with journalists and the media.

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Steve Orr photoSteve Orr was a Democrat and Chronicle watchdog reporter, meaning he focused his attention on institutions and people who engage in activities that affect the public and who may, at times, prefer that details of those activities not see the light of day. Over a long career at the Democrat and Chronicle, he wrote countless investigative and explanatory stories. Some have had major impact on the community. Others may have touched only a handful of people. All of them were important in their own way.


Gary Craig photoGary Craig is a member of the Democrat and Chronicle’s Watchdog team, and focuses on public safety and criminal justice. He has worked at Rochester newspapers since 1990, covering City Hall, politics and federal courts before joining the newspaper’s investigative team. He has won state and national investigative writing awards.


Child Maltreatment and Resilience: From Science to Schools
Thursday, 09/17/2020

Youth who are maltreated might face a number of difficulties in the classroom, including social and academic problems. However, some maltreated youth show resilience, or the ability to overcome their adversities and succeed. This webinar will review the science of resilience and its applications to classroom settings. We will review potential consequences of childhood maltreatment that teachers might see in educational settings, as well as the ways that teachers can foster resilience among youth who have undergone child abuse and neglect. Further, presenters will discuss how teachers can support traumatized youth in the age of COVID-19.

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Erinn Duprey, PhDErinn Bernstein Duprey, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry, and has a PhD in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia. Her research examines the developmental processes linking childhood maltreatment with mental health outcomes for youth. Overall, her goal is to produce research on the consequences of child maltreatment that can be effectively translated into interventions and prevention programs.



Melissa Heatly, PhDMelissa Heatly, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist specializing in integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to child mental health. She directs the Expanded School Mental Health Initiatives at UR Medicine, which provides comprehensive school-based behavioral health services, consultation, and training to youth and educators across the Greater Rochester region. Her work includes the dissemination, implementation and program evaluation of comprehensive school mental health systems, mental health training for educators and community members, and increasing access to evidence-based mental health for youth and families.

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