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Institute for the Study & Prevention of Violence

ISPV Overview

Violence is a complicated phenomenon which requires a multidisciplinary approach for effective prevention and intervention. The Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence (ISPV) at Kent State University is uniquely positioned to provide research  and evaluation services to a multitude of community partners such as schools, law enforcement agencies, treatment providers, community  organizations, and youth and family services systems. Our multidisciplinary research expertise and experience working in applied settings sets us  apart from most other university-based research and policy-oriented partners.

Recent Happenings

Dan Flannery Named to U.S. Department of Education Advisory Committee

Dr. Daniel J. Flannery, director of Kent State University’s Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence and professor of Justice Studies, has been appointed by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings to serve on the department’s Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee.  Flannery’s term runs through June 2011.  Click here to read more.

ISPV and the Center for Innovative Practices Merge

The Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence at Kent State University (ISPV) and the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) has joined forces in a unique ‘science to service’ effort that will draw upon the strengths of each organization. CIP has relocated from its current home at the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County, to ISPV at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.  All of the services that CIP now provides have migrated to ISPV.  While this move will provide some immediate short term benefits, there are mid and long term benefits that are particularly intriguing and exciting, such as shared opportunities for research, professional training, and workforce development.  The merger took place on July 1, 2008.

Hypervigilance: Fact, Fiction, or Fault

ISPV co-sponsored the Presidential Symposium on Research: “Hypervigilance: Fact, Fiction, or Fault”, which featured research conducted at Kent State University as well as other universities and agencies. The symposium was held on April 22, 2008. Check back soon for pictures from that day as well as copies of selected presentations.

Dan Flannery joins radio host to discuss Fugitive Safe Surrender

Dr. Dan Flannery, the Director of the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence, recently appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi radio program (WAMU 88.5 FM, American University Radio) to discuss his role in the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program. The segment is available on the WAMU website by clicking here.

ISPV to produce book series

The Kent State University Press and Kent State University's Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence are pleased to announce a new book series: Violence Prevention, Intervention, and Policy. Click here for more details about the series.

The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression

Congratulations to Dr. Dan Flannery on his recently published book: The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression, published by Cambridge University Press. Click here to read more about the book.

ISPV co-hosts Youth Symposium

On August 17th, 2007 ISPV, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners co-sponsored a symposium called: Transforming Juvenile Justice: Integrated Systems, Practice, and Policy. The presentations highlighted coordinated state, county and local collaborations, system integration efforts, and research among child serving systems. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentations from the event.

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