Seminar Series


Our monthly seminar series brings together faculty, researchers, practitioners, community members, and students for presentations by nationally known leaders and researchers in violence prevention. Below is a list of seminars we hosted 2005-2010.


Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Non-Violent Israeli and Palestinian Campaigns Against the Occupation

Raphael Ezekiel, PhD, Research Associate
Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Exposure Measurement in Violence Epidemiology

Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD
Instructor, Dept of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

An Advocate’s Perspective on how the Juvenile Justice System Responds to Youth Violence

Lael Chester, JD, Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Violence Prevention as a Strategic Approach for Improving the Physical and Mental Health of Human Populations
James Mercy, PhD, Associate Director for Science, Division of Science, Division of Violence Prevention, CDC

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Event Dynamics and the Role of Third Parties in Urban Youth Violence

Deanna L. Wilkinson, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Development & Family Science
College of Human Ecology, Ohio State University

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Violence Surveillance

Victoria Espitia-Hardeman, MSc. Epidemiologist at the Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC



Thursday, September 21, 2006

While You Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention

David Hemenway, Ph.D., Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health
Director, Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Beyond Bruising: How Violence & Hostility May Impact Lung Disease

Rosalind Wright, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Society, Human Development & Health
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Remote Control (an interactive theater piece acting to prevent sexual assault & partner violence)
Deana’s Educational Theater

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Stopping the Flow of Guns to Criminals
Daniel Webster, MPH, ScD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Violence and Risk factors for PTSD
Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH, FACP , Assistant Professor of Medicine, Social and
Behavioral Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Violence in Transition: Some Reflections on the State of Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Graeme Simpson, Director, Country Programs Unit
International Center for Transitional Justice

Thursday, May 24, 2007
Action Research for Crime Prevention and Control: Research Can Make a Difference

Lois Felson Mock, Senior Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice



Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Boston Data Project: a Model for Multilevel Surveillance at the Local Level

Deb Azrael, PhD, Associate Director, Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, Harvard School of Public Health

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Quiet Storm: Dynamics of Recent Gang Violence in Boston

David Hureau, Research Associate, Program in Criminal Justice & Management, KSG

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Building the Movement to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Jetta Bernier, MPsych, Executive Director, Massachusetts Citizens for Children, Inc. Chair, Massachusetts Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Partnership

 Thursday, December 13, 2007

Early Alcohol use Among Children Exposed to Violence

Emily F. Rothman, ScD, Assistant Professor Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Youth Violence in America: What’s Dueling Got to Do with It?

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD Dir. of Programs, Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Ctr, Henry Pickering Walcott Prof. of the Practice of Public Health

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Victimization of Sexual Minority Youth

Heather Corliss, MPH, PhD
Instructor in Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Young Men’s Violence Perpetration: Intersections with Sexual Health and STI/HIV

Michele Decker, ScD candidate; Assistant Director, Violence Against Women Prevention Practice, Department of Society, Human Development & Health, Harvard School of Public Health



Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Injurious Burden of Poverty: Analysis of Socio-Economic Disparities in Violence and Injury Rates

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, FAAP
Attending, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Thursday, February 19, 2009 

Community-Level Interventions to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Beth Molnar, ScD
Assistant Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health
Harvard School of Public Health

Thursday, March 19, 2009 

Violence, Sex Trafficking and STI/HIV among Commercial Sex Workers

Michele R. Decker, ScD Instructor and Research Associate
Associate Director, Violence Against Women Prevention Practice, Harvard School of Public Health

Thursday, April 23, 2009 

The Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center: Reflections from the Field

Rachel Fazzino, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Anabela Quelha, Mass Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
Mayra Rodriguez Howard, South Boston Community Health Center
Ulric Johnson, Teens Advocating a Global Vision (TAGV)
The Boston Ten Point Coalition

Friday, May 8, 2009 

Preventing War

Victor Sidel, MD Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Thursday, May 14, 2009 

Chris Brown and Rihanna: An Analysis of Magazine Coverage of a Celebrity Teen Dating Violence Incident, February-April 2009

Emily F. Rothman, ScD Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Anita Nageswaran MPH Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health MD Candidate, UCSF School of Medicine



Monday, November 16, 2009

The Geography of Violence, Alcohol Outlets and Drug Markets in Boston: Improving Policy, Policing and Research

Robert Lipton, PhD Scientific Director of Emergency Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Faculty, Harvard Medical School

Monday, November 16, 2009

Investing in Peace

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPD, MEdu
Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Community Based Participatory Research: Findings From a Survey of Disconnected Youth in Boston

Deb Azrael, PhD Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center & Representatives from Project Right.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Public Health Approach to Youth Violence Prevention

David Hemenway, PhD
Director, Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Reflections from the Field: Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center’s Grassroots Community Partners

Rachel Fazzino, Director of Peace Education, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Ulric Johnson, Executive Director, Teens Advocating a Global Vision

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Youth Violence in Boston: Modeling the Behavior of a Complex System

Khary Bridgewater, Director, Applied Evaluation Systems
Emmanuel Gospel Center: Dedicated to the Vitality of Urban Churches and Communities.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Physical Assault of Dating Partners, Peers, and Siblings Among a Locally Representative Sample: The Implications for Prevention

Emily Rothman, PhD and Renee M. Johnson, PhD
Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health