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Southwestern Regional Convention
 

2018 SWPA Convention
April 1315, 2018 Houston, TX | Hilton Americas-Houston

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

The Nurture Effect:
How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World

The Nurture Effect is a fascinating look at the evolution of behavioral science, the revolutionary way it’s changing the way we live, and how nurturing environments can increase people’s well-being in virtually every aspect of our society, from early childhood education to corporate practices. What if there were a way to prevent criminal behavior, mental illness, drug abuse, poverty, and violence? [Cont. Below]

Anthony Biglan, PhD
Oregon Research Institute
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Abstract Cont.
The Nurture Effect offers evidence-based interventions that can prevent many of the psychological and behavioral problems that plague our society. Dr. Biglan illustrates how his findings lay the framework for a model of societal change that has the potential to reverberate through all environments within society.

Biography
Anthony Biglan, PhD, is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and the Co-Director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium. He has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years. His work has included studies of the risk and protective factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; high-risk sexual behavior; and antisocial behavior. He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use both through school-based programs and community-wide interventions. And, he has evaluated interventions to prevent high-risk sexual behavior, antisocial behavior, and reading failure.   
In recent years, his work has shifted to more comprehensive interventions that have the potential to prevent the entire range of child and adolescent problems. He and colleagues at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences published a book summarizing the epidemiology, cost, etiology, prevention, and treatment of youth with multiple problems (Biglan et al., 2004). He is a former president of the Society for Prevention Research. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention, which recently released its report documenting numerous evidence-based preventive interventions that can prevent multiple problems. As a member of Oregon’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, he has helped to develop a strategic plan for implementing comprehensive evidence-based interventions throughout Oregon.
 
 
Shawn R. Charlton, PhD
University of Central Arkansas

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