MSU Adolescent Diversion Project
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Lincoln Room
55 South Harrison Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48824-1022
- William S. Davidson II, Ph.D.
- University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology
- Michigan State University
Davidson's research and intervention interests are concerned with innovative social change--individual, political, organizational, and societal. Davidson's current projects are in the areas of juvenile justice system innovation, prisoner re-entry, drug treatment in correctional settings, violence against women, and justice systems reform. His "Adolescent Diversion Project" was the 2009 North Central Region winner of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award. Davidson is editor of the American Journal of Community Psychology and has authored eight books and more than 200 research articles and book chapters.
The MSU Adolescent Diversion Project was founded in 1976 through a collaborative agreement between the National Institute of Mental Health, the MSU Ecological-Community Psychology Graduate Program, and the Ingham County (Michigan) Juvenile Court. The project created an alternative to juvenile court processing for juvenile offenders in Ingham County. The collaboration combines innovative educational experiences, best practice intervention, and sound scientific methodology to address the pressing social issue of juvenile delinquency. Dr. Davidson will discuss his 30+ years leading this nationally-recognized program.
Video of the Presentation
Building Healthy Communities
From Knowledge to Impact
- Stephen B. Fawcett, Ph.D.
- Kansas Health Foundation University Distinguished Professor, Department of Applied Behavioral Science
- University of Kansas
Fawcett is interested in how communities change conditions that affect health and development. Dr. Fawcett's projects with KHF's Work Group for Community Health and Development include community and public health (adolescent pregnancy prevention), child and youth development (caring relationships for children), and community development (neighborhood development). In 2004 the Work Group was designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Community Health and Development. Fawcett and his colleagues are currently expanding the capabilities of the Community Tool Box, a widely used Internet resource.
The World Health Organization articulates a powerful vision for health promotion: People working together to create conditions for improved health and wellbeing for all those in our communities. This talk outlines some of the challenges and opportunities of working together—as researchers and community members--to build healthier communities. It highlights some stepping stones along this path—connecting, seeing, discovery, and building capacity. Working together, we can generate new knowledge and apply it to improve outcomes, both locally and globally.