, ISRA President
"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
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
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
Richard E. Tremblay
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.
Professor, Laboratory of Neurobiology
and Behavior, The Rockefeller University
"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.
Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation
(CISAC), Stanford University
"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.