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Jessor Lecture: “Assessing the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice System Interventions”

March 5, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Registration Required: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvcO-urzgiHt2e9E9Vi7fNMxCE0Ssu-mBX

Delbert Elliott

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2nd Richard Jessor Distinguished Lecture on Health and Society

The Richard Jessor Distinguished Lecture on Health and Society is a biennial event which recognizes the enormous contribution that Dr. Richard Jessor has made to research to advance understanding of the social, economic, psychological, and behavioral determinants of health, with a special focus on social and economic disparities in health in the United States and across the developing world. Dr. Jessor is one of the founders of the Institute of Behavioral Science, a former Director of IBS, and the founder of the Health and Society Program at IBS. The Institute is delighted to invite distinguished speakers for this biannual lecture series.

IBS Presents Dr. Delbert Elliott

Title: Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: Assessing the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice System Interventions.

Abstract: There is growing critical commentary and debate about the relative effectiveness of individual program and generic practice approaches to identifying evidence-based prevention interventions and their impact on the operation of the juvenile justice system. The central issue is whether both of these approaches to identifying evidence-based interventions provide a valid and reliable guide to improving juvenile justice programming and, if so, what are the relative advantages and disadvantages of each? From a public policy perspective, should we be investing more heavily in one or the other, or treating them as effective complementary approaches and encourage both? Each of these questions is addressed with suggestions for improving the effectiveness of each approach.

Bio: Dr. Elliott is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, research professor in the Institute of Behavioral Science and founding director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. He directed a series of major longitudinal studies and published seven books on violence and delinquency. He was the senior science editor in 2001 of Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General and was presented the Public Health Service Medallion for Distinguished Service by David Satcher, MD, PhD, U.S. Surgeon General in 2001.

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There will be ample time for Question and Answer at the end of the lecture.

*Additional Notes

Some links to further resources were shared during the presentation and are included here.

  • The open access publication discussed in Del’s talk can be found here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-9133.12520
    • Elliott, D. S., Buckley, P. R., Gottfredson, D. C., Hawkins, J. D., & Tolan, P. H. (2020). Evidence‐based juvenile justice programs and practices: A critical review. Criminology & Public Policy, 19(4), 1305-1328.
  • The debate discussed in the Elliot et al. article is summarize in the most recent quarterly e-newsletter published by Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, which can be found here:https://www.blueprintsprograms.org/issue-no-15/


March 5, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Health and Society Program
Prevention Science Program