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Posted Oct. 7, 2013

Leading Expert to Discuss Role of Developmental Science in Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Juveniles

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Punishment and the Adolescent Brain: The Role of Developmental Science in Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions About Juvenile OffendersLaurence Steinberg, one of the world's leading authorities on psychological development during adolescence, will deliver the 15th P. Browning Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Law and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Steinberg's lecture, "Punishment and the Adolescent Brain: The Role of Developmental Science in Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions About Juvenile Offenders," will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Caplin Pavilion. A reception will follow the talk, which is co-sponsored by the Law School and Youth-Nex, the UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development at the Curry School of Education.

Steinberg is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University and is an expert in adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, mental health, family relationships, after-school employment, school achievement and juvenile justice.

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He is a past president of the division of developmental psychology of the American Psychological Association and is a former president of the Society for Research on Adolescence. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, directed the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent and Juvenile Justice, and is a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

Laurence Steinberg

Laurence Steinberg

He is the author of more than 350 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and is the author or editor of 14 books, including "Adolescence," the leading college textbook on adolescent development.

The P. Browning Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Law and Psychiatry was established by UVA Law as a tribute to the life and work of P. Browning Hoffman, who held joint appointments as Professor of Law and Professor of Psychiatry at UVA, and was the founding director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy.