Seminar Series

All seminars are located at 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Kresge 502, from 12:30-1:30PM, unless otherwise noted.

2013-2014 Seminar Series

April 11, 2013

Stalking: Characteristics, Threat Assessment and Public Health Impact

Dr. Karl Roberts
Center for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
MacQuarie University
Sydney Australia

March 25, 2013

Living for 32–Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Massacre

Colin Goddard
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Washington, DC


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Honor-based Violence: Characteristics, Public Health Implications and Prevention

Dr. Karl Roberts
Center for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
MacQuarie University
Sydney Australia


Past Seminars:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bullying: Associations with Risk Behaviors and Psychological Functioning

Melissa Holt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology
Education Foundations, Leadership and Counseling
Boston University School of Education

Extensive research has documented associations between bullying and functioning in psychological and academic domains.  This talk will review findings in this area, and extend the discussion to include a  consideration of the degree to which bullying involvement is linked to sexual risk taking behaviors.  Further, the  overlap between bullying and other victimization forms (e.g., physical abuse) will be addressed, with an  emphasis on the degree to which bullying involvement explains sexual risk behaviors and psychological  functioning above and beyond additional victimization experiences.

Kresge, 502


Monday, April 16, 2012

Initiating change locally in bullying and aggression: a pilot trial of the INCLUSIVE      project in English secondary schools

Adam Fletcher
Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy
Faculty of Public Health & Policy
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Kresge, 502

Watch seminar here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gonzo Pornography: A threat to public health

Emily F. Rothman, ScD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Department of Community Health Sciences

‘Gonzo’ pornography is one of the most lucrative and popular subgenres of pornography available on the internet and in video form.  This style of pornography features ‘body-punishing’ sex and extreme degradation of women.  The average age of U.S. males’ first pornography exposure is 11 years old, and there is a body of evidence regarding the impact of porn exposure and negative health-related outcomes and behaviors, including coercive sex.  Our speaker will question whether gonzo pornography should be considered a threat to public health, and if so, how the public health work force might think about addressing gonzo porn while remaining “sex positive” (that is, supportive of diverse, healthy and non-shame-based sexuality).

Attendees may be interested in viewing the following (non-pornographic) video clip prior to the presentation:

Kresge, 502

Watch the seminar here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

… And What if the Tiger Finally Escaped? The Role of Biomechanics in the Prevention of Injuries

Francisco J. Lopez-Valdes, PhD Candidate
Center for Applied Biomechanics, University of Virginia
Marie Curie Fellow, University of Zaragoza (Spain)

Kresge, 502


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Preventing Auto-vs-Pedestrian Crashes: A San Francisco Case Study

Dahianna Lopez, RN, MSN, MPH
PhD Candidate, Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy
Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Click here to watch recording.
For a copy of the presentation with references, please contact Dahianna Lopez.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reducing Gun Violence – Challenges and Opportunities

Nina Vinik
Senior Program Officer, Gun Violence Program

The Joyce Foundation

Kresge, 213

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Civilian Deaths in War: Why They Matter

John Tirman
Executive director and Principal Research Scientist of the MIT Center for International Studies
Author of The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars (Oxford University Press).

Kresge, 502

Watch the presentation here.