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Greenberg to Chair National Academy of Sciences Committee
June 6, 2017

Sheldon Greenberg, a professor of management at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, has been named chair of the National Academy of Sciences Planning Committee and will run a workshop on “The Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Impacts of Violence” this summer. 

The workshop, which is being conducted by the National Academy of Sciences’ Forum on Global Violence Prevention, will be held on July 31 and August 1 at the NAS’ Keck Center in Washington, D.C. 

It will highlight the current state of the science on the impact of exposure to violence and trauma on neurocognitive and psychosocial development, specifically on an individual’s general health and well-being and mental health, among other things.

The workshop will also discuss prevention and intervention opportunities grounded in science, especially the ways in which parents and caregivers can work to build resiliency and mentally strong children and youth.

Greenberg is also chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention. He has played a key role in the academy’s prior work on preventing extremism, violence and people who have mental illness, and mitigating the risk of children and young adults to radicalization. 

“We have exceptional research and expertise on this topic, but getting the knowledge to practice has been difficult,” said Greenberg. “When it comes to preventing violence, our schools, police and sheriffs’ departments, social services agencies, advocacy groups and others can’t go it alone.”    

The Forum on Global Violence Prevention convenes experts from all areas of violence prevention, including behavioral scientists, policy makers, criminal justice professionals, social service providers, economists, legal experts, journalists, philanthropists, faith-based organizations and corporate social responsibility officers to reduce violence by promoting research on evidence-based prevention efforts.