Neighborhood Influences on Youth Violence and Substance Use

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Sarah Anne Stoddard

Monday, 04/18/2016.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St

Theory and previous research suggests that adolescent development and behavior, including substance use and violence, are shaped in part by factors within the environment in which the adolescent lives, learns, and plays. Sarah Stoddard will discuss the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and violence and substance use among youth and share preliminary results on the role of neighborhood assets. She will conclude with a discussion of next steps and some methodological tools that may enhance our understanding of the influence of place-based characteristics on adolescent behavior.

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Dr Stoddard received a PhD from the University of Minnesota and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her work seeks to identify and explain the influence of contextual factors on adolescent health and wellbeing, and to develop and test strategies to prevent youth violence and substance use. She is currently supported by a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse entitled "The role of place on the co-occurrence of ATOD use and violence among youth."

PSC Brown Bag seminars highlight recent research in population studies and serve as a focal point for building our research community.

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