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Twilight Seminar Series

Thursday, 13 September 2018


Presenter: Hiram E. Fitzgerald

Title: Origins of Aggression and Violence in Boys: A Developmental Science Perspective

Biography: Hiram Fitzgerald is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University. Fitzgerald is past president and executive director of both the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association for Infant Mental Health, and for 16 years (1992-2008) served as executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

He has published over 500 journal articles, chapters, books, and peer-reviewed abstracts and has received numerous awards, including the ZERO TO THREE Dolley Madison Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Development and Well Being of Very Young Children and the designation of Honorary President from the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

Abstract: Professor Fitzgerald will discuss the multi-faceted research related to the early-in-life origins of male violence. He will examine the development of the psychological self and explore conditions that encourage physical aggression, focusing on the impact on the infant and toddler’s emergent mental representation of self, others, and self-other relationships. Within the context of the complexity of individual-environment interplay that shapes who we are and who we become, Professor Fitzgerald will address the importance of the need for powerful social institutions, such as schools to examine whether the lived experiences of boys align with their developmental needs during the early years.

Event details

Date: Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Time: 4.15pm (afternoon tea from 3.30pm)
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 17, Room 17.103
RSVP: Please register your attendance online
This event is free to staff at ECU Partnership schools and centres.


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