The University of Connecticut
XIX ISRA World Conference
Storrs, Connecticut - July 27 to July 31, 2010
Presidential Address
Dr. Richardson
Deborah Richardson, ISRA President

Title & Abstract
"Everyday Aggression Research"

In addition to reviewing the presenter's research on aggression in interpersonal relationships, this presentation will examine who does aggression research, where aggression research is done, and how it is supported.

Dr. Richardson focuses her research program on the social context of interpersonal aggression. She was co-author (with Robert A. Baron) of a textbook, Human Aggression, co-editor (with J. Martín Ramirez) of Cross-Cultural Approaches to Research on Aggression and Reconciliation, author of 7 chapters on interpersonal aggression or personal relationships in textbooks or edited volumes, and author or co-author of over 70 articles and reports and 200 presentations at regional, national, or international conferences. Her primary research focus is the study of interpersonal aggression and conflict, with particular emphasis on gender differences in aggression, cognitive mechanisms for the control of direct aggression, and the nature, determinants, and consequences of nondirect aggression in populations ranging from preadolescents to senior citizens.

Dr. Richardson serves on the editorial board of Aggressive Behavior and as ad hoc reviewer for a variety of scholarly publications and granting agencies. She is a former president of the Southeastern Psychological Association and co-founder of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists. She serves as a member of the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, which is responsible for accrediting doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral training programs in clinical, counseling, and school psychology.


JP Scott Award Address

The John Paul Scott Award for Substantial Lifetime Contributions to Aggression Research

Dr. Richard Tremblay
Richard E. Tremblay, Professor, University of Montreal

Title & Abstract
"Developmental origins of aggression, epigenetics and prevention."

Richard E. Tremblay is professor at University College Dublin (Ireland), at University of Montreal (Canada), and International scientist at France's National Institute of Health research Unit 669 in Paris. For the past 30 years he has conducted a program of longitudinal and experimental studies on the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children from conception to adulthood and published more than 350 scientific papers. His major focus is the development and prevention of antisocial behaviour. He coordinates the Marie Curie International Network for Early Childhood Health Development aimed at strengthening collaborative interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer on early childhood health development and well-being among research institutions in Brazil, Canada, Chile, France and Ireland. He is the founding director of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development, the founding editor of the web-based Encyclopaedia on Early Childhood Development and the founding director of Quebec's Inter-University Research unit on Children's Psycho-Social Maladjustment (GRIP). He received the Sellin-Glueck award from the American Society of Criminology, the Joan McCord award from the Academy of Experimental Criminology, the René Laufer award from France's Academy of Moral and Political Sciences and the Social Sciences awards of the Arts Council of Canada and the Royal Society of Canada. He is a Grand Officer of Chile's Gabriela Mistral Order and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Donald Pfaff
Donald Pfaff, Professor, Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, The Rockefeller University

Title & Abstract
"Genomic mechanisms bearing on aggressive behaviors: Laboratory analyses and human implications."

The clearest and earliest indications of gene/behavior causal connections with respect to aggressive behaviors lay in the literature on the non-pseudoautosomal (NPAR) region of the Y-chromosome.  This lecture will review those findings and will delve into effects of specific genes on aggressive behaviors in mice.  Several sorts of specificities have emerged.   The effect of a specific gene on aggressive behavior can depend upon  (1.) exactly where and when that gene is expressed;  (2.) whether it is expressed in males or females; (3.) the age of the male when its aggressive behavior is tested; and (4.) the type of aggressive behavior tested.  Finally, we will report two new data sets:  (i.) related to defensive aggression,  and (ii.) findings related to the use of viral vectors that cause the overexpression of the two glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) genes in midbain neurons, thus to reduce aggressive behaviors in male mice.

Dr. Pfaff received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the 2005 Award for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing (medical science category) of the Association of American Publishers for his recent book, Brain Arousal and Information Theory. Dr. Pfaff is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health MERIT Award (2003 to 2013). Recently his research has used gene mutations to study the neural basis of aggression and social behavior in mice, and he has written extensively on how animal studies can be applied to understanding human aggression and social behavior.


Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University

Title & Abstract
"Can Threats Deter Nuclear Terrorism?"

Dr. Crenshaw earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1973. She has served on the Executive Board of Women in International Society and chaired the American Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on Political Violence and Terrorism. She has also served on the Council of the APSA and is a former President and Councilor of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). In 2004 ISPP awarded her the Nevitt Sanford Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution, and in 2005 she was awarded the Jeanne Knutson Award for Service to Society. Her current research focuses on innovation in terrorst campaigns, the distinction between "old" and "new" terrorism, why the United States is the target of terrorism, and the effectiveness of counterterrorism policies.