All forms of school violence — from playground bullying to school shootings — have an adverse effect on educational environments. RAND studies have evaluated the effectiveness of risk assessment and violence prevention programs, as well as counseling for students who have been traumatized by violence in schools.
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The 2013 SOTU address will be remembered for its impassioned call for greater gun control just two months after Sandy Hook. But President Obama's second-term agenda can be characterized by its sheer breadth, reflecting the broad range of policy challenges facing the U.S. today.
President Obama's task force on gun violence has raised the stakes in the policy debate on gun control and policy in the wake of the recent shootings in Colorado and Connecticut. Some of RAND's top researchers share what is, and what isn't, known about firearms and gun control.
Art Kellermann reviews what is known from broad outlines of the Newtown attack and past research on gun violence to offer some preliminary thoughts to the Obama Administration's task force and the public.
The United States has long relied on public health science to improve the safety, health, and lives of its citizens. Perhaps the same straightforward, problem-solving approach that worked well in other circumstances can help the nation meet the challenge of firearm violence, writes Arthur Kellermann.
Students who have experienced a traumatic event are at increased risk for academic, social, and emotional problems as a result of these experiences.
The Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools Program is a targeted intervention for school children who have experienced a traumatic or violent event and have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.
The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression in students exposed to violence. Free web-based training to deliver CBITS is available for mental health professionals.
This study of a district-wide suicide prevention program found that schools whose implementation focused on at-risk students had better results.
Students are unable to benefit from many school programs designed to address their mental health needs if their parents do not consent to their participation.
This study builds on existing criminological theories and examines the role of life satisfaction and self-control in explaining youth violence.
We need to focus on promoting psychological safety in our schools. This article describes such a program at Seeds University Elementary School at UCLA
Testimony presented to the California State Assembly Select Committee on School Safety.
The authors study examined rates of violence exposure and related distress among youth referred to school district mental health services.
Senior Behavioral Scientist
Ph.D. in clinical psychology, M.A. in psychology, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in biology/psychobiology, Brown University