How should schools serving at promise youth address this issue? Engage in a dialogue with Dr. Amy Lansing who researches neurobehavioral underpinnings of high-risk behaviors in underserved and vulnerable youth.
Dr. Lansing is the director of the Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Studies in Aggression, Coping, Trauma and Stress (CNS-Acts) research program at UCSD. Her research program is dedicated to understanding the neurobehavioral underpinnings of high-risk behaviors and functional impairment in underserved and vulnerable populations, such as juvenile delinquents and maltreated youth.
This program integrates neuroscience technologies, cognitive rehabilitation, mental health services, neuropsychology, criminology, social justice and public policy issues. Support for her research comes from the National Institute of Child and Human Development and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
"While it is critical to instill a sense of personal responsibility, persistently delinquent youth disproportionately have severe trauma exposure, serious mental health issues, neurological problems and cognitive deficits. These youth also disproportionately come from underperforming school systems, impoverished communities and unstable home environments. There really are very few choices available to them. While the issues are very complex, this should not prevent us from moving forward and working together to improve the lives and living conditions of the most vulnerable portions of our society."
Dr. Lansing is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides direct mental health and cognitive rehabilitation service delivery to incarcerated youth in San Diego County. Her work includes a focus on academic issues, cognitive deficits, and unmet mental health needs of youth who are Wards of the Juvenile Court (Child Welfare and Delinquency).
Dr. Lansing is also a founding member of Humane Smarts, a non-profit organization that seeks to enrich the minds of young people in San Diego County through a variety of community engagement, artistic, and academic experiences. Dr. Lansing was awarded the CANCER inCYTES Scholar Spotlight Award specifically for her contribution to public health and social justice.