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Expert to speak on preventing youth substance abuse and delinquency at 2012 annual Hinckley Lecture

Danielle Leavitt

Dr. J. David Hawkins, the Social Work Endowed Professor of Prevention at the University of Washington and the Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group, will speak at the annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall.

Hawkins’ lecture is titled “Promoting Positive Youth Development: Advances in Community Prevention.” The lecture will focus on advances in prevention science that have produced a growing body of tested and effective programs and policies that prevent youth behavioral problems such as substance abuse and delinquency.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Hawkins received a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University in 1975. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He develops and tests prevention strategies that seek to reduce risk through the enhancement of strengths and protective factors in families, schools and communities. He is the principal investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, a randomized field experiment involving 24 communities across seven states testing the effectiveness of the Communities That Care prevention system, developed by Hawkins and Richard F. Catalano. He has authored numerous articles and several books as well as prevention programs for parents and families, including Guiding Good Choices, Parents Who Care and Supporting School Success. He is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and was awarded the 2009 Flynn Prize for Research from the USC School of Social Work.

The Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences honors Sister Hinckley's commitment to strengthening home and family. The chair focuses on the development of women, strategies to help in difficult parenting situations and strategies to help children in difficult circumstances. The Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture is delivered each year by a prominent social sciences scholar. For more information, contact Kim Reid at (801) 422-1320 or kim_reid@byu.edu.