November 2015 Health Disparities Conference

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November 2015 Health Disparities Conference

November 2015 Health Disparities Conference


“Health Disparities, Trauma, Disruptive and Criminal Behaviors, and the Adolescent Brain”

This one day interdisciplinary conference examines: neurobiological development and developmental changes in adolescent cognitive competence and behavioral self-control; the impact of bio-psychosocial trauma upon developing executive functions; appropriate treatment and criminal justice system responses to adolescent disruptive and criminal behaviors; and policy implications for juvenile justice system reform.

Morning Keynote Address: Dr. Laurence Steinberg

Presentation Title — Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. His latest book, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence (2014), focuses on contemporary adolescence including brain development, risk-taking, and decision-making. His expertise includes high school reform, and juvenile justice. His participation in the APA's amicus brief supported the Supreme Court's decision to abolish the juvenile death penalty.

Afternoon Keynote Address: Dr. Kirkland Vaughans

Presentation Title — Boys and Adolescent Males of color: Poverty, the Police and Trauma

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D. is on the faculty of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, and the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Postgraduate Program at Adelphi University. He is founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and first-editor of the two-volume book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents (2014). His expertise includes the "school-to-prison pipeline" and treatment implications, as well as the intergenerational transmission of trauma among African Americans.

Featured Special Guests and Panel Moderators

- Honorable Jane Pearl: New York City Family Court
- Roy Aranda, Psy.D., J.D., President-Elect, NYSPA
- Attorney Kathleen DeCataldo: Exec. Dir., NYS Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children


Event Co-Sponsors: 

  • Teachers College, Columbia University Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Programs in Health Education & Community Health Education; Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education (CHEUSE); Research Group on Disparities in Health (RGDH)
  • The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC); the New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA); NYSPA Divisions of Forensics, Independent Practice and Psychoanalysis; the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy


Non-NYSPA Professionals - $125 NYSPA/AFCC/NYWBA Members - $110
NYSPA Neuro. Div./Co-Sponsoring Div. Members - $75 Students /Community Members - $30

*Only those registered by November 15 will be guaranteed access to on-site luncheon included in registration fee. Continental Breakfast will be served!



6 CE Credits: $10 NYSPA members, $20 non-members

6 CECH for Category I CHES/MCHES: $20

6 Contact Hours for NYS Social Work Credits: $50 (provided by the Columbia School of Social Work Office of Professional Excellence)

*8 CLE Credits pending in accordance with the NYS CLE Board; free for NYWBA members, $50 non-members

*Full and partial scholarships based on financial need are available. For info on the guidelines and to apply contact CLE chair, Amy B. Goldsmith, at or 212-216-1135. All requests are confidential.


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For any questions or help with registration, please contact the Continuing Professional Studies at 212-678-8311.