Panel, The Promise of Adolescence: Leveraging Science to Improve Systems That Serve Youth Jason Okonofua, Susan Stone, and Ron Dahl

Colloquium | September 23 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jason Okonofua, Susan Stone, and Ron Dahl, UCB


Please join us for a panel discussion that builds on the recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. This report examines the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development and outlines how this knowledge can be applied to promote adolescent well-being, resilience, and healthy development.

Ron Dahl will begin the discussion with a brief overview of the report and the role of the Center for the Developing Adolescent in helping to advance understanding of the developmental science and how this can inform practice and policy. In dialogue with Jason Okonofua and Susan Stone, we will then focus on one of the major recommendations of the report: Given increasing recognition of adolescent development as a window of opportunity, how can we leverage the relevant science in ways that can improve the systems that serve youth—especially the most disadvantaged youth. We will consider specific examples of the challenges and opportunities for advancing these goals in the settings of schools and other youth-serving systems.

Jason Okonofua is a social psychologist in the Psychology Department at the University of California at Berkeley who is interested in science-based and scalable strategies to combat inequality in society.

Susan Stone is the Catherine Mary and Eileen Clare Hutto Professor of Social Services in Public Education at the School of Social Welfare, and is an expert on social work in education and its impact on the academic progress of vulnerable youth in schools.

Ron Dahl is Director of IHD, Professor of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, and Founding Director, Center for the Developing Adolescent.