Harrington Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture
Leading Authority on Adolescent Behavior To Discuss Why Teens Take Risks
It's a question that plagues parents of adolescents everywhere: "Why are so many teenagers determined to take risks?" One of the world's leading authorities on adolescent psychology, Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., will tackle the topic at Baldwin Wallace University on Thursday, October 6 at 8 p.m. at the Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front Street, Berea. This Harrington Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Steinberg's research has focused on a range of topics including adolescent brain development, risk-taking, decision-making, school achievement and juvenile justice. Currently the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University, he's been a frequent consultant to state and federal agencies and lawmakers on child labor, secondary education, and juvenile justice. He served as the lead scientist on the amicus brief filed by the American Psychological Association in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case (Roper v. Simmons) that abolished the juvenile death penalty.
The author of 13 books and more than 300 articles and essays, Steinberg wrote in the newly revised edition of You and Your Adolescent, "Most books written for parents of teenagers were survival guides (many still are). Nowadays, adolescence is too long--15 years in some families--for mere survival. Knowledge, not fortitude, is what today's parents need."
In the revised edition, Steinberg examines new research into adolescent brain development and expands the definition of adolescence to age 25, recognizing that college graduates often remain dependent on their parents for an extended period.
A reception and book signing in the auditorium lobby will follow the program. The Harrington lecture is generously sponsored by the Kathryn Grover Harrington and Robert A. Harrington Distinguished Visiting Professor Fund.
For more information or directions to Kulas Musical Arts Building, contact the Department of Psychology at 440-826-2197.