How Teen Brain Research Shaped and Continues to Impact Juvenile Justice Reform

Event Date:
March 21st 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Tinkham Veal University Center Ballroom A - 11038 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106

2023-2024 Kessler-Freedheim Lecture

Join us for this year's Kessler Freedheim Lecture, featuring Dr. Laurence Steinberg, a Distinguished University Professor, and Laura H. Carnell, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Temple University, for his informative talk at Tinkham Veale University Center (TVUC) Ballroom A

Major findings in developmental neuroscience over the past couple of decades have shed new light on our understanding of adolescence. In particular, the prefrontal cortex part of the teen brain, which controls executive function and its connectivity with the limbic system, is still developing through late adolescence and into young adulthood. Dr. Laurence Steinberg, an expert in adolescent development, will discuss how these developmental characteristics of adolescence make teens different from and less culpable than adults in the criminal justice system. Dr. Steinberg will explore how this research has led to transformative change in the U.S. legal system and juvenile justice policy over the past 20 years, as well as implications for future youth justice reform efforts.

Amy Ast


Dr. Steinberg is joined by our discussants, Amy L. Ast, Director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services.


Brooke Burns



Brooke Burns, Chief Counsel, Youth Defense Department at Office of the Ohio Public Defender.



Refreshments will be provided.


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View our event brief:  The Impact of Adolescent Developmental & Brain Research on Juvenile Justice Reform

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