National Advisory Panel



Name: Brad Bushman, Ph.D.
Title/Affiliation: Professor of Communication and Psychology, The Ohio State University
Email: bushman.20 at(@)

Representative Publications:
Bushman, B. J., Newman, K., Calvert, S. L., Downey, G., Dredze, M., Gottfredson, M., Jablonski, N. G., Masten, A., Morrill, C., Neill, D. B., Romer, D., & Webster, D (2016). Youth violence: What we know and what we need to know. American Psychologist, 71(1), 17-39. DOI: 10.1037/a0039687

Bushman, B. J. (2013). The weapons effect. JAMA Pediatrics, 167(12), 1094- 1095. DOI:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.3824

About Dr. Bushman:
For over 25 years Dr. Bushman has studied the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human aggression and violence. He is a member of President Obama’s committee on gun violence, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the topic of youth violence.


Name: Elizabeth E.CauffmanCauffman, Ph.D.
Title: Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, Director, Center for  Psychology & Law
 University of California-Irvine
Email: cauffman at(@)

Representative Publications:
Cauffman, E. & Steinberg, L. (2012). Emerging findings from adolescent development and juvenile justice. Victims & Offenders, 7, 428-449.

Cauffman, E. (2008). Understanding the female offender. Future of Children, 18, 119-142.

About Dr. Cauffman: 
Dr. Cauffman is a developmental psychologist who studies various aspects of youth development in the context of the juvenile justice system. She has served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.


NaE.Dubowme: Eric F. Dubow, Ph.D.
Title/Affiliation: Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, and Research Professor, University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research
Email: edubow at(@)

Representative Publications:
Dubow, E. F., Huesmann, L. R., Boxer, P., & Smith, C. (in press). Childhood and adolescent risk and protectie factors for violence in adulthood. Journal of Criminal Justice.

Dubow, E. F., Huesmann, L. R., Boxer, P., & Smith, C. (2014). Childhood predictors and age 48 outcomes of self-reports and official records of offending. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 24, 291-304.

About Dr. Dubow:
Dr. Dubow is a clinical-developmental psychologist whose research focuses on the development of aggressive behavior from childhood to adulthood as well as the role of coping in preventing and reducing children’s emotional and behavioral problem. Dubow is the editor of Developmental Psychology, the official journal of the American Psychological Association’s Developmental Psychology division.

Name: A.FarrellAlbert D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Title/Affiliation:  Professor of Psychology, and Director, Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development, Virginia
Commonwealth University
Email: afarrell at(@)

Representative Publications:

Farrell, A. D., Mehari, K. R., Kramer-Kuhn, A. M., Mays, S., & Sullivan, T.N. (2015). A qualitative analysis of factors influencing middle school students’ use of skills taught by a violence prevention curriculum. *Journal of School Psychology, 53, 179-194.*

Farrell, A. D., Mehari, K. R., Kramer, A. & Goncy, E. A. (2014). The impact of victimization and witnessing violence among high risk adolescents. *Child Development, 85*, 1694-1710*.*

About Dr. Farrell:
Dr. Farrell is a clinical psychologist who studies various aspects of youth problem behavior including prevention and intervention as well as the role of violence exposure in problem behavior development and the design of applied social research methodologies. Farrell has served as the director of a CDC-funded Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention.


Name: SandrS.Grahama Graham, Ph.D.
Title: Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity, UCLA
University of California-Los Angeles
Email: shgraham at(@)

Representative Publications:
Graham, S. Taylor, A. .Z., & Hudley, C. (2015). A motivational intervention for African American boys labeled as aggressive. Urban Education, 50, 194-224.

Steinberg, L., Cauffman, E., Woolard, J., Graham, S., & Banich, M. (2009). Are adolescents less mature than adults? Minors’ access to abortion, the juvenile death penalty, and the alleged APA flip-flop. American Psychologist, 64, 583-594.

About Dr. Graham:
Dr. Graham is a developmental psychologist whose work focuses on the study  of academic motivation and social development in children of color,  particularly in school contexts that vary in racial/ethnic diversity. She has received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research on Child Development, and recently was elected to the National Academy of Education.


Name:N.Guerra Nancy Guerra, Ph.D.
Title: Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Delaware
Email: nguerra at(@)

Representative Publications:
Williamson, A. A., & Modecki, K.L., and Guerra, N. G. (2015). Social-emotional learning programs in high school. In R. Weissberg, C. Domitrovich, T. Gullota, & P. Goren (Eds.), The Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning (181-196). New York, NY: Guilford.

Guerra, N. G.(2012). Can we make violent behavior less adaptive for youth? Human Development, 55, 105-106

About Dr. Guerra:
Dr. Guerra is a developmental psychologist with interests in youth development and multicultural aspects of youth violence prevention whose applied research has spanned multiple countries and continents. Guerra has served as the director of a CDC-funded Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention.


NR.Huessmanname:  L. Rowell Huesmann, Ph.D.
Title/Affiliation: Amos Tversky Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and  Psychology Research Professor & Director, Aggression Research Program, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research The University of Michigan
Email: huesmann at(@)

Representative Publications:
Huesmann, L. R. (2011). The Contagion of Violence. In Proceedings of the Workshop on the Social and Economic Costs of Violence, Global Forum on Violence (April 2011), National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Huesmann, L. R., & Kirwil, L. (2007). Why observing violence increases the risk of violent behavior in the observer. In D. J. Flannery, A. T. Vazsonyi & I. D. Waldman (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression (pp. 545-570). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

About Dr. Huesmann:
Dr. Huesmann is a social psychologist whose work has focused on the development of aggressive behavior from childhood to adulthood, with a specific emphasis on the role of social-contextual factors, especially violent media. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences’ Global Forum on Violence and has received awards honoring his distinguished lifetime contributions to Media Psychology as well as aggression research.

NK.Kiehlame: Kent Kiehl, Ph.D.
Title/Affiliation: Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Law, University of New Mexico & Executive Science Officer, the nonprofit Mind Research Network
Email: kkiehl at(@)

Representative Publications:
Kiehl, K.A. (2014). The Psychopath Whisperer: The science of those without conscience. Crown/Random House. New York, NY.

Shannon, B.J., Raichle, M.E., Snyder, A.Z., Fair, D.A., Mills, K.L., Zhang, D.,Bache, K., Calhoun, V.D., Nigg, J.T., Nagel, B.J., Stevens, A.A. & Kiehl, K.A. (2011). Premotor functional connectivity predicts impulsivity in juvenile offenders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), 1-5 (early edition). PMID: 21709236 PMCID: PMC3131347

About Dr. Kiehl:
Dr. Kiehl is a neuroscientist whose work examines the neural underpinnings  of psychopathy and violent behavior. He is a pioneer in the use of mobile neuroimaging applications to study the brains of incarcerated individuals and serves as Executive Science Officer for the MIND Research Network.


NameR.KnightRaymond Knight, Ph.D.
Title: Gryzmish Professor of Human Relations
Department of Psychology, MS 062
Affiliation: Brandeis University
Email: knight2 at(@)

Representative Publications:
Knight, R. A., & Sims-Knight, J. E.. “Assessment of dynamic treatment targets for juveniles who sexually offend..” Toolkit for working with sexual offenders. Ed. D. Bromberg, & W. O’Donahue. Amsterdam: Elsevier, Inc., 2014

Knight, R. A., & Sims-Knight. “Testing an etiological model for male juvenile sexual offending against females..” Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 13. (2004): 33-55.

About Dr. Knight:
Dr. Knight is a clinical psychologist whose work has examined the development of aggressive behavior, particularly sexual aggression and psychopathy. Knight is a leader in the field of assessing and planning treatment for juvenile and adult sex offenders through his development of  the Multidimensional Inventory of Development, Sex, and Aggression (MIDSA).


NamR.Schwartze: Robert Schwartz, Esq
Title/Affiliation: Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Juvenile Law Center
Email: rschwartz at(@)

Representative Publications:
Schwartz, R., & Levick M.L. “Practical Implications of Miller & Jackson: Obtaining Relief in Court and Before the Parole Board.” Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice 31.369(2013).

Schwartz, R.,& Grisso, T. (Eds.). (2000). Youth on Trial: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice. University of Chicago Press.

About Mr. Schwartz:
Bob Schwartz is a lawyer whose work has involved the representation of dependent and delinquent youth in both juvenile and appellate courts and spearheading litigation to improve institutional conditions and probation functions for the juvenile justice population. Schwartz was a co-founder of the nationally renowned Juvenile Law Center and a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Youth at Risk.

divider2 _MMP0177-EditName: Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D.
Title: Founder & Executive Director
Alchemy, Inc.
Email: myth at(@)

Representative Publications:
Carney, J. “Youth program Alchemy enjoys golden movement.” Akron Journal.(2012): B1-B3.

Allen, M. “The Power of Myth.” Online Website. Retrieved from

About Dr. Scruggs:
Dr. Scruggs is a social scientist and practitioner who focuses on the integration of various cultural and scientific traditions to develop and implement programs designed to enhance youth development and reduce youth violence. He is the founder and executive director of Alchemy, Inc., a community based nonprofit agency targeting programming and services to urban male youth.

Name: Dr. Raphael Travis Jr., LCSW.
Title/Affiliation: Associate Professor, Texas State University School of SR.Travisocial Work
Email: rtravis at(@)

Representative Publications:
Travis, R. (2016). The Healing Power of Hip Hop. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Travis, R., & Leech, T. (2014). Empowerment-based positive youth development: A new understanding of healthy development for African American youth. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24(1), 93-116.

About Dr. Travis:
Dr. Travis is a social worker and public health researcher whose work examines various aspects of positive youth development and resilience. He also develops and implements mental health and positive development programming for youth of color based on the intermingling of evidence-based practices with the storytelling power of hip-hop.


NaM.Ybarrame: Michele Ybarra, Ph.D.
Title/Affiliation: President & Research Director, Center for Innovative Public Health Research
Email: Michele at(@)

Representative Publications:
Can clans protect adolescent players of massively multiplayer online games from violent behaviors? Ybarra ML, Boyd D. Int J Public Health. 2015 Feb;60(2):267-76. doi: 10.1007/s00038-014-0637-8. Epub 2015 Jan 14.

Cross-sectional associations between violent video and computer game playing and weapon carrying in a national cohort of children. Ybarra ML, Huesmann LR, Korchmaros JD, Reisner SL. Aggress Behav. 2014 Jul-Aug;40(4):345-58. doi: 10.1002/ab.21526. Epub 2014 Jan 24.

About Dr. Ybarra:
Dr. Ybarra is a public health scholar whose research and practice has emphasized the use of new media technologies in promoting mental and physical health while reducing violence and health risking behaviors. She founded and leads the Center for Innovative Public Health Research where she has conducted studies worldwide of these new media applications targeting public health.