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Sexteen: Dr. Jeff Temple answers questions about adolescent sexuality

May 28, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Join Life Paths Research Center on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 2:30-3:30 pm Central (12:30 Pacific, 1:30 Mountain, 3:30 Eastern) for a new webchat featuring Dr. Jeff Temple, the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Community Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch, as well as a Licensed Psychologist and the Founding Director of the Center for Violence Prevention. He will be answering questions about adolescent sexuality and how parents, providers, and others can better navigate the challenges of working with youth on issues such as sexting, dating violence, and related topics. Dr. Temple’s research focuses on the prevention of interpersonal, community, and structural violence, and has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has over 200 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals including JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He recently co-edited a book on adolescent dating violence, is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Primary Prevention, and is on the editorial boards of four other scientific journals. Dr. Temple recently co-chaired the Texas Task Force on Domestic Violence and served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Psychological Association. Locally, he served for 7 years as the Vice President of the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees. His work has been featured on CNN, New York Times, TIME Magazine, Washington Post, and even the satirical website, The Onion.

Dr. Temple will be chatting with Dr. Megan Maas and Ms. Shih-Ying Cheng.

Megan Maas, PhD, is an assistant professor in Human Development & Family Studies at Michigan State University. Her work sits at the intersection of sexual violence prevention and sexual health promotion. She received her PhD in 2016 from The Pennsylvania State University as a pre-doctoral fellow funded by the National Institutes of Health. Her award-winning research, recognized by the American Psychological Association, focuses on adolescent sexual socialization, with an emphasis on the bi-directional role that social media, sexting, and online pornography play in the development of attitudes and behavior related to sexuality and gender.

Shih-Ying Cheng, MSW, is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She will start her Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois Chicago from Spring 2022. Her research interests include impacts of gender-based violence (GBV) on survivors, GBV survivors’ coping strategies and help-seeking experiences, service utilization among recent immigrants, and the implementation of evidence-based practice.

These webchats are wide-ranging discussions of research, practice, and professional development. So much wisdom is never communicated in journal articles or traditional conference presentations. This is one effort to help increase accessibility to all the skills and decisions that are needed for successful research, practice, and mentoring.

This webchat is offered at no cost, but we encourage donations to support the work of Life Paths to reduce the burden of trauma, promote thriving, and help us sustain staff hours during the pandemic.

Register in advance for this webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. (Note: the webinar will be recorded but you must register to access the recording if you cannot attend on Friday.)



May 28, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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