Nancy Gonzales to present 2013 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Nancy Gonzales, Arizona State University Foundation Professor and director of the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State University, will give the 2013 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science.

The lecture, titled "The Role of Culture in Prevention Science: Past Progress and Future Challenges," will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. The lecture is sponsored by the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, through the Bennett Endowment to the center.

Gonzales' research focuses on cultural and contextual influences on adolescent mental health. Her work includes research on the role of neighborhood disadvantage and acculturation on children's mental health and on how these influences are mediated or moderated by family processes within Mexican-American and African-American families. She also is involved in the development and evaluation of culturally sensitive interventions for Mexican-American and African-American families. Her research areas include culture/ethnic issues in prevention research, prevention of Mexican-American school dropout and mental health problems, acculturation and enculturation of Mexican-American children and families, and contextual influences on adolescent development.

Gonzales is a member of the Society for Prevention Research Board of Directors and Training Committee, the W. T. Grant Foundation Board of Trustees and the National Hispanic Science Network, among other organizations. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Gonzales is the author or co-author of many peer-reviewed publications, research reports and book chapters. She earned her doctorate in psychology at the University of Washington.

Recent Bennett Lecturers have included Thomas Dishion, professor of psychology and director of the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon; Roger Weissberg, distinguished professor of psychology and education, and president of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago; G. Alan Marlatt, professor of psychology and director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington; Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Bat-Yaacov Professor of Child Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, director of the UCLA Global Center for Children and Families, and director of the UCLA Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS); Matthew Sanders, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre, University of Queensland, Australia; and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education at Teachers College, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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