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2017 Youth Violence Prevention Conference

16th Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference

Gun Violence: Myths, Realities, and Responses

Thursday and Friday, April 6 & 7, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
J.C. Penney Conference Center

Speaker Bios

Tentative Program Agenda

Conference Flyer

The Program:
This two-day conference features criminological and psychological approaches to understanding gun violence and its negative consequences for individuals, neighborhoods, and society at large. Speakers will address a number of myths and realities of gun violence and discuss potential responses to the current gun violence epidemic.

Main Topics:

  • Trends in Gun Violence
  • Inner Cities in the Gun Control Debate
  • Guns and Rap Music
  • Accessing and Engaging High-Risk Populations
  • Social Networks and the Risk of Victimization
  • Survey Evidence on Gun Use in Crime
  • Emotions and Gun Violence
  • Gangs and Gun Violence
  • Trauma and Gun Violence

Who Should Attend:

  • Professionals who work with at-risk youth
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Public health workers
  • Probation officers
  • Youth advocates
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in the welfare of children and youth


Joseph Constans, Tulane University
Accessing and Engaging High-Risk Populations: A Psychological Intervention Developed for a Level 1 Trauma Center in New Orleans

Darnell Hawkins, University of Illinois, Chicago
The Politics of Gun Control and Violence Prevention: Do Race and Gun Type Matter?

Beth Huebner, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Dangerous Places: Gangs and Gun Violence

Dan Isom, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Charis Kubrin, University of California, Irvine
"I Gave You Power": Guns, Gun Violence, and Rap Music

Janet Lauritsen, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Survey Evidence on Gun Use in Crime

Michael McCloskey, Temple University
Emotion, Emotion Regulation, and Gun Violence

John Nanney, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Trauma and Gun Violence

Andrew Papachristos, Yale University
Connected in Crime: How Network Science Can Help Address America's Gun Violence Epidemic

Rick Rosenfeld, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Firearm Violence in St. Louis: Trends, Patterns, and Policy Implications

Rachel Wamser-Nanney, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Trauma and Gun Violence


The registration fee is $35 for one day or $50 for both days (breakfast and lunch included).


Please park on the top level of the West Drive Garage.  It is number 52 on this map.  Parking elsewhere without an UMSL parking sticker may result in a ticket.


  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Center for Trauma Recovery
  • Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Des Lee Collaborative Vision

The Des Lee Collaborative Vision at the University of Missouri–St. Louis brings together key St. Louis educational, cultural and governmental institutions to establish programs and share resources that will benefit the St. Louis community. This is done through collaboration of more than 25 endowed professors and more than 100 member and community organizations in the St. Louis region. The Des Lee Collaborative Vision is connecting St. Louis through educational and community partnerships. Financial assistance for this conference has been provided by the Des Lee Collaborative Vision.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

.75 CEUs can be requested for each full day of attendance at the conference.

Cancellation Policy:

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund if your cancellation is received by the day prior to the start of the program.

Conference Organizers:

Finn Esbensen, E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence
Chair, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

John Nanney, Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological Sciences

Rick Rosenfeld, Thomas Jefferson Professor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

See conference materials of the 2016 Youth Violence Prevention Conference.