Anthony Petrosino Named to National Academies Committee to Plan Forum on Global Violence
WestEd Criminology Expert Joins Team to Help Reduce Violence Worldwide
(08/01/2012) San Francisco, California — Anthony Petrosino of WestEd has been named to the planning committee for the National Academies Institute of Medicine's Forum on Global Violence.
Like other public health concerns, violence can be prevented. The Forum on Global Violence aims to facilitate dialogue and exchange by connecting experts from all areas of violence prevention, including policymakers, academics, social service providers, economists, legal experts, journalists, philanthropists, and faith-based organizations.
Petrosino and his planning committee team members will present a workshop on January 23–24, 2013 in Washington, DC, on violence prevention across the lifespan and around the world.
The workshop will explore prevention interventions that have been proven to reduce different types of violence; and effective interventions with other prevention programs, especially those related to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The eight Millennium Development Goals from the United Nations form an unprecedented blueprint for meeting the needs of the world's poorest people by 2015.
President Abraham Lincoln chartered the National Academies in 1863 to provide scientific and unbiased guidance to the federal government, and is considered by many to be the most prestigious scientific organization in the United States.
"Working with the National Academies is a great honor," says Glen Harvey, CEO of WestEd. "Congratulations to Anthony for taking on this work to help reduce violence in our communities."
Petrosino is a Senior Research Associate at WestEd. He has published extensively on topics related to justice including D.A.R.E. and Scared Straight programs, formal system processing of juveniles, family factors influencing crime, and counter-terrorism.
He serves on the editorial boards for Evidence & Policy and Journal of Experimental Criminology, and as co-editor for experimental criminology for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In 2005, he was elected "Honorary Fellow" by the Academy of Experimental Criminology.
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