Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Adolescence, the Age of Opportunity: Interview with Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.

[Episode 90] Today's episode is about adolescence. I spoke with Laurence Steinberg, who wrote the book Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence.He is the author of approximately 350 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and the author, co-author, or editor of 17 books. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society and its Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, as well as the National Academy of Sciences Henry and Bryna David Lectureship. In 2009, Steinberg was named the first winner of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development. In 2013, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In today's interview Dr. Steinberg and I spoke about the growing gap between onset of puberty and the end of adolescence; challenges facing parents, providers, and policy makers to provide adolescents with experiences and skills needed to be successful; and how reconceptualizing adolescence as an age of opportunity rather than an age risk is an essential reframe to address the needs of this youth in this developmental stage. We ended our conversation with recommendations for practitioners, educators, and policy makers. 

One note, even though Dr. Steinberg and I work in adjacent buildings at Temple University, I interviewed him over Skype because he was out of the state.


Bio

(from Temple University website: http://www.cla.temple.edu/psychology/faculty/laurence-steinberg/)

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He received his A.B. in Psychology from Vassar College and his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. Dr. Steinberg is a former President of the Division of Developmental Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Research on Adolescence, former Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, and a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. An internationally recognized expert on psychological development during adolescence, Dr. Steinberg’s research has focused on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, school-year employment, high school reform, and juvenile justice. He served as a member of the National Academies’ Board on Children, Youth, and Families and chaired the Academies’ Committee on the Science of Adolescence. Dr. Steinberg was the lead scientist in the preparation of the American Psychological Association’s amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in Roper v. Simmons, which abolished the juvenile death penalty; Graham v. Florida, which banned the use of life without parole for juveniles convicted of non-homicide crimes; and Miller v. Alabama, which prohibited the use of mandatory life without parole for all juvenile crimes.

Dr. Steinberg is the author of approximately 350 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, and the author, co-author, or editor of 17 books. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society and its Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, as well as the National Academy of Sciences Henry and Bryna David Lectureship. In 2009, Steinberg was named the first winner of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development. In 2013, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Transcript

Introduction

Interview
(forthcoming)

References and Resources






APA (6th ed) citation for this podcast:

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2014, September 9). #90 - Adolescence, the Age of Opportunity: Interview with Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D. [Audio Podcast]. Social Work Podcast. Retrieved from http://www.socialworkpodcast.com/2014/09/steinberg.html

5 comments:

Lauren Gillespie said...

Hey Jonathan,
I was unable to listen on stitcher, the podcast was garbled about 7 minutes in.
Are you able to fix that? I also tried to listen on the podcast app but was getting the same garbled podcast.
Thanks,
Lauren

Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW said...

Lauren - Thank you so much. You are absolutely right - the version on Stitcher is garbled. I was able to download a "clean" copy using Podcast Republic (Android app). I will contact Stitcher to see if they can fix the episode. Have you tried playing it from the website? Thanks for your patience.

Best,
Jonathan

Lauren Gillespie said...

Great! I am so excited to listen to this, as a social worker and a mom of a new teen! It plays fine from the website, I just tend to listen to podcasts when I'm in the car.
Take care!

John Petersen said...

Jonathan,

I downloaded the file from your site to my iphone and had the same problem - garbled after the intro. Looking forward to listening. Thank you for your wonderful work!
John Petersen

Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW said...

John,

Thanks so much for letting me know. Clearly the MP3 file is corrupted somehow. I was unable to replicate the problem, but since both of you have had problems I'll recreate the MP3 file and upload a new version. I'll pay a comment here when I've been able to do it.

Thanks for you patience.

Jonathan