Applying Developmental Neuroscience to Incarcerated Adolescents (AD-in)

Location: Indiana

PROJECT SUMMARY: Building upon adolescent research showing that connection to caring adults is a key protective factor, the Indiana project examines whether changing juvenile prison staff members’ perceptions about adolescents, and equipping them to provide evidence-based programs, improves outcomes. Through a mixed-methods, stepped-wedge design, this research evaluates a neuroscience-based intervention that will train staff in Indiana’s four juvenile prisons on the basics of the adolescent brain and improve their use of adolescent-specific de-escalation techniques. The goal of the training is to provide staff with a better understanding of the causes of adolescent behaviors and decision-making, explicit bias, the role of culture, and strategies for working with difficult adolescents. Utilizing a developmental neuroscience perspective and focusing on the positive aspects of youth and their rehabilitative potential, this research can contribute to best practices in juvenile justice reform.

Applying Developmental Neuroscience to Incarcerated Adolescents (AD-in)
TEAM MEMBERS

[Pictured from Left to Right]

  • Abby Hunt, MSW, Executive Director, Health Care Education and Training, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mary Ott, MA, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Matthew Aalsma, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

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