The 2012 Klaus J Jacobs Research Prize

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Publish Date:
17 Dec, 2012


The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2012 honors the leading international developmental and clinical psychologist Professor Dante Cicchetti. For more than 30 years, Cicchetti has been researching the results of child maltreatment and neglect as well as the conditions that lead to resilience, the psychological capacity to withstand difficult life conditions.

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What is special about his work is his investigation of psychosocial aspects, such as the familial circumstances of a child, in connection with neurobiological and genetic variables. With this multi-dimensional approach, he pursues the goal of helping to decode the multi-layered, highly complex construct of human resilience and of developing corresponding measures to promote it.

The connection of practical intervention with solid research is a matter of great concern to Cicchetti and forms the foundation of his work that has led to groundbreaking findings: thus, for example, he was able to dismiss the prejudice that poverty and child maltreatment are directly connected and that their developmental results were the same. He proved that the impact of violence, maltreatment and abuse of both body and mind changes in the course of a life. Comparative studies of maltreated and non-maltreated preschool children that observed angry facial expressions show a clear difference in the level and distribution of activity in the brain.

Deadline Extended to 20 October 2014

The overall aim is to use existing IUPsyS experience and its access to international scientific and APPLIED expertise on resilience in the face of stressful and traumatic events to help researchers, educators and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to increase their understanding of and ability to respond to the mental health consequences of disasters so prevalent in the region. A renowned international faculty of scientists will work with participants on most recent scientific and applied scientific evidence and knowledge, and show the constraints and opportunities of dealing with particular target groups such as children and adolescents. The workshop program will further address knowledge provision, education and training in academic programs of psychology, and help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific research and training in mental health support following disaster. Click here for the full Announcement and Call for Application.