Capacity for crime: adolescent brain development, mental health and youth crime
2 May 2011
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About the seminar
Recent advances in neuroscience have resulted in greater understanding of adolescent brain development. It now appears that the adolescent brain continues to develop through to early adulthood, which has significant implications for understanding youth crime.
This seminar will explore current thinking in the science of adolescent brain development and review recent research into the mental health of young people within the NSW juvenile justice system. By considering these features of youth crime, it will be possible to reflect upon the efficacy of current programs for young people.
This seminar is the third in a series sponsored by the Department of Human Services NSW - Juvenile Justice.
Professor Hickie AM MD FRANZCP FASSA is theExecutive Director for the Brain & Mind Institute (BMRI). In 2006 he received the Australian Honours Award of Member (AM) for services to medicine. He wasappointed to the Prime Minister's Australian National Council on Drugs in 2007, and has led the BMRI as a founding member of the new National Youth Mental Health Foundation ('headspace').
From 2008-2013, Professor Hickie is one of the first round of new NHMRC 2008 Australian Fellows. In July 2008 he was appointed to the Federal Health Minister's new National Advisory Council on Mental Health, and in November 2009 he received the Research Australia National Advocacy Award for his work in mental health.
Professor David Fergusson has been the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) for past 34 years; an internationally renowned longitudinal study of a birth cohort of 1,265 New Zealand children born in mid 1977. This cohort has now been studied from birth to age 30. Professor Fergusson is the author of over 350 scientific articles and books. His recent work has included research into: childhood sexual and physical abuse; family violence; youth unemployment; teenage pregnancy; juvenile delinquency; substance abuse; and youth mental health. His major research interests are the design and analysis of correlational studies and the study of personal adjustment in adolescence/young adulthood. He is fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, honorary fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society and honorary fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Natalie Mamone is the Chief Psychologist at Juvenile Justice in NSW. She is a Specialist Forensic Psychologist with extensive experience as a psychologist over the last 16 years and has worked with offenders, both adult and juvenile, for 25 years. Her duties cover clinical direction for psychological and counselling practice, clinical supervision and consultation for specialist programs targeting the reduction of criminogenic needs and re-offending. Natalie was one of the chief investigators of the 2009 Young People in Custody Health Survey.
Time: 6-8pm (registration and refreshments from 5.30pm)
Cost: Free however registration is essential
Contact: Event Coordinator
Phone: 9351 0238