21st Workshop on Aggression 18-19 nov.

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Title: Anger and Interpersonal Aggression: Theory and Treatment

Howard Kassinove PhD, ABPP

Professor of Psychology

Hofstra University, NY, USA

As Director of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Anger and Aggression, Professor Kassinove has published more than 65 articles, 15 book chapters, seven books and videos, and has given 100 presentations in the USA. Interested in the cross cultural aspects of anger and aggression, he has also given more than 50 invited presentations in Argentina, India, South Korea, Romania, Russia, and Taiwan. His Anger Episode Model, developed collaboratively with Professor Tafrate, serves as a template for the delivery of up-to- date intervention services for adults who show their anger through interpersonal aggression.


Title: Forensic CBT: An Integrated Approach for Working with Justice-Involved Clients

Raymond Chip Tafrate, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Central Connecticut State University, CT, USA

As the Former Chairperson of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Professor Tafrate has published 11 book chapters, 10 books and videos, 25 articles and technical reports, and has given 90 presentations in the USA, Australia, Canada, Russia, Spain and Thailand. As a Motivational Interviewing trainer, he developed the Anger Episode Model with Professor Kassinove to help justice involved clients reduce their aggressive behaviors.


Title: Prevention of targeted school violence by responding to students psychosocial crises: The NETWASS Program

Herbert Scheithauer, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

From April 2004 to March 2010 “Juniorprofessor” (Assistant Professor) for Educational and Developmental Psychology and since April 2010 “Univ.-Prof.” (Full Professor) for Developmental and Clinical Psychology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Head of the Division “Developmental Science and Applied Developmental Psychology”. Since 2005 Faculty Associate and since 2006 Faculty Member at the International Max Planck Research School “The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics” at Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Member of several Scientific Advisory Boards (e.g. Zentrum für Kinderschutz im Internet, I-KiZ; Nationales Zentrum für Kriminalprävention, NZK) and Scientific Networks (e.g. EU COST-Action “Coping with Cyberbullying”). Experiences in the development, evaluation, and implementation of preventive intervention programs and early intervention programs, e.g. in preschool (www.papilio.de), school (www.fairplayer.de, www.netwass-projekt.de, www.medienhelden-projekt.de), in extracurricular (www.fairplayer-sport.de), and family environment (www.coda-programm.de). Partner and/or PI in several research consortiums (e.g. “Networks against School Shootings” [NETWASS], "Incident and Case Analysis of Highly Expressive Targeted Violence" [German: TARGET]). Since 2007 Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Developmental Science (since 2011 renamed as International Journal of Developmental Science, IJDS).

Title: School-Based Bullying Prevention & Intervention: Research Informed Strategies

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

University of Florida, USA

Professor Dorothy Espelage is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. Over the last 20 years, she has authored over 140 peer reviewed articles, five edited books, and 30 chapters on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence, and gang violence. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming and she has secured six and half million dollars of external funding.  She just completed a CDC-funded study that included a randomized clinical trial of a social emotional learning prevention program in 36 middle schools to reduce aggression. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is funding her to track these kids to examine whether these effects remain as kids navigate challenges of high school. CDC is funding another RCT of this program in comparison to a gender-enhanced social-emotional program in 28 Illinois middle schools.  She just received a 5-year large grant to prevent bullying and promote school safety in high schools from NIJ. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011.

Title: Anti-bullying interventions in different cultures

Peter Smith PhD

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

Professor Peter Smith published Understanding School Bullying: Its Nature and Prevention Strategies (Sage Publications, 2014), Understanding Children’s Development (with H. Cowie and M. Blades) (6th ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), and Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2016).  His edited books include Bullying in the Global Village: Research on Cyberbullying from an International Perspective (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), Cyberbullying through the new media: Findings from an International Network (Psychology Press, 2013), and School Bullying in Different Cultures: Eastern and Western Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He was the Chair of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology Cyberbullying Action (COST ACTION IS0801) from 2008-2012, and was PI of a project Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Pupil Safety and Wellbeing, financed by the Indian-European Research Networking in the Social sciences initiative (2012-2015). He is currently co-PI (with M. Samara and others) of a project Comparative study of cyberbullying in Qatar and the UK: risk factors, impact on health and solutions, financed by the Qatar National Research Fund (2013-2016).  In 2015 he was awarded the William Thierry Preyer award for Excellence in Research on Human Development, by the European Society for Developmental Psychology.

Title: Stop the Fight!  Effective Strategies for Helping Children and
Adolescents Deal with Anger and Aggression

Ann Vernon Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Psychology    

University of Northern Iowa, USA

Albert Ellis Institute, NY, USA

Professor Ann Vernon is known worldwide for her tremendous contribution to the development of rational emotive and behavioral education. As a supervisor in rational emotive and behavioral therapy she was invited around the world for training: Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Dr. Ann Vernon has published 17 books and over 50 chapters in books, and, also, scientific articles. Her programs, Thinking, feeling, behaving and The Passport program, are important guidelines for practitioners working with children and adolescents.