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The Frances McClelland Institute and The Evolution Institute co-hosted a workshop titled, Adolescent Risk Behaviors: The Need for an Evolutionary Analysis, on October 30 - November 2, 2009.
Bruce J. Ellis, Ph.D., the John & Doris Norton Endowed Chair in Fathers, Parenting, and Families, and leader of the Institute initiave by the same name, hosted the conference in the new Norton School McClelland Park Building. The Evolution Institute raised more than $20,000 in sponsorships for the event.
The event began with a dinner where participants presented their individual research interests related to the topic. Then, participants convened in an intensive 2-day "think tank" discussion where they distilled their various research findings into several key points and policy recommendations. Finally, they presented their findings in a public roundtable format on November 2nd at the Marriott University Park. Nine participant scholars from Arizona and around the world took part in the event
"They were chosen to bring a variety of different areas from an evolutionary perspective, and have expertise in prevention intervention research, the influence of peers on adolescent risk behavior, the influence of family environments on adolescent risk behavior, hormonal and neural bases of adolescent risk behavior, risky decision-making in adolescence, cross-cultural approaches to adolescence, person-environment fit and adolescent adjustment.”
Bruce J. Ellis, Ph.D.
Attendees also included donors, Norton School faculty members, co-organizers from the University of Arizona Department of Psychology, and Evolution Institute directors David Sloan Wilson and Jerry Lieberman.