January 28th, 2020

Adolescent Aggression and Academic Achievement Talk

School of Education Speaker Series Event
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
JHU SOE Building, 2800 N. Charles Street, The Great Hall, 4:00 pm

As part of the SOE Department Chairs Speaker Series, Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD, will present “Adolescent Aggression and Academic Achievement”.

The linkages between a student’s health and a student’s ability to learn have been well established. Children who are sick stay home; and, children at home cannot learn if they are not in school leading to increased dropout rates among other educational outcomes. However, an understanding of this concept is just the beginning of understanding how education and public health are inextricably linked.

In light of this, Dr. Finigan-Carr will discuss how we should examine health disparities and education inequities simultaneously and move beyond a basic understanding of health and education in K-12 school programs. The structural inequalities which lead to reduced academic attainment mirror the social determinants of health. Education is one of the most powerful determinants of health, and disparities in educational achievement as a result of structural inequalities closely track disparities in health. These disparities lead to both sub-standard healthcare and reduced academic attainment among children from underserved minorities in the United States, especially African Americans.

Reception to follow

About Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD

Nadine M. Finigan-Carr, PhD, is a prevention research scientist focused on the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems, especially those that disproportionately affect people of color. She is a nationally recognized expert on domestic minor human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She is Assistant Director of the Ruth Young Center for Families and Children at the University of Maryland: School of Social Work where she leads the Prevention of Adolescent Risks Initiative. She is PI of projects at both state and federal levels designed to intervene with system involved youth. Dr. Finigan-Carr is the author of Linking Health and Education for African American Students’ Success (Routledge Press).