Childhood aggression is topic of ‘Flourishing Child’ lecture

Dr. Jamie Ostrov, an associate professor of psychology and director of the Social Development Laboratory at the University of Buffalo (SUNY), will discuss “The Development of Forms and Functions of Aggression” at Mercyhurst College on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall.


Ostrov’s lecture will address the different kinds of aggressive behavior seen in children, how and why these may develop, and possible intervention strategies for reducing aggression in children and adults. This free, public event is one in a series that Mercyhurst is hosting as part of its yearlong observance, “The Flourishing Child.”

Ostrov’s research focuses on understanding the development of subtypes of aggression in children and adolescents. He has published his research in a variety of top peer-reviewed journals including: “Child Development,” “Development and Psychopathology,” “ Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology,” “ Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,” “Journal of Psychiatric Research” “Psychological Review” and “School Psychology Review.”

He is an associate editor at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) “Early Childhood Research Quarterly” and currently serves on the editorial board of four journals. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses related to developmental psychology, psychopathology, and advanced research methods at the University at Buffalo.

Ostrov obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Minnesota. He received a M.S.Ed. in psychological services from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his B.A. in psychology (High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) at Colgate University.

For more information on this event, contact Marilyn Livosky, 824-2377. For a complete schedule of events, visit our website.
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