Brain Science and Kids:

New Policy Approaches

Legislative Summit: Aug. 14, 2013


Kids' brains are different from adults', and a growing body of research on brain development and behavioral science is directing legislators to address policies to tackle risky behavior, prevent youth crime and reduce costs. Learn how states are reforming health care and justice systems and identifying ways to reduce teen pregnancy, drop-out rates, delinquency and crime.

In these two interviews, two experts address the issue.


  • Reginald Dwayne Betts
  • Elizabeth Cauffman

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Elizabeth Cauffman, Ph.D, University of California: Q and A

Elizabeth Cauffman is a professor and Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Cauffman's research addresses the intersect between adolescent development and the juvenile justice system.

Reginald Betts, Massachusetts: Q and A

Reginald Betts is a poet, essayist and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice. Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society.