HCI Tackles Violence Research

APA has taken the lead in developing a social and behavioral sciences research agenda on violence in America under the auspices of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI). Violence is one of six areas of broad national concern identified in the HCI report, a consensus document developed by social and behavioral science organizations as part of a continuing effort to bring research to bear on pressing national problems.

A workshop was held April 22-23 to begin drafting a behavioral and social sciences research agenda for violence. The resulting report will be used to educate policymakers about the contributions of behavioral science to addressing problems of violence in America. The committee that will draft the final report includes Rowell Huesmann, PhD (Chair), Judith Becker, PhD, Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, John Coie, PhD, Brian Gladue, PhD, and Darnell Hawkins, PhD. A final report is expected by the end of the year.

The workshop included representatives from a range of national social science groups and APA divisions interested in social and behavioral research on violence. Also attending were representatives from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Justice, and National Science Foundation. The workshop was funded by NIMH, NIDA, and the W. T. Grant Foundation.

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