Adolescent Brains   
and Juvenile Justice:
New Insights from
Neuroscience, Genetics
and Addiction Science
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Sandra Day O'Connor
U.S. Courthouse
401 W. Washington St.
For more information
contact Andrew Askland
or 480.965.2465
Aimee Anderson is a judge in the juvenile division of Maricopa County Superior Court. Before her appointment to the bench in 2007, Anderson was a court commissioner, an assistant attorney general in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, a senior attorney in the Maricopa County Legal Defender’s Office, and a deputy county attorney in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. She has a J.D. from the College of Law at ASU, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Arizona State Bar Association and the Arizona Women Lawyers Association. Anderson also is an educational presenter and judicial officer for the Maricopa County National Adoption Day.

Michael Caldwell is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center. The Center offers intensive mental health treatment to the most violent male adolescents held in secured correctional facilities. Caldwell also has a private practice in juvenile forensic psychology. His current area of research focuses on the treatment of aggressive and psychopathic juvenile delinquents. Among his recent publications are “Treatment Response of Adolescent Offenders With Psychopathy Features: A Two-Year Follow-Up,” “Evidence of Treatment Progress and Therapeutic Outcomes among Adolescents with Psychopathic Features,” and “Are Violent Delinquents Worth Treating? A Cost-Benefit Analysis.”

Kent E. Cattani is Chief Counsel of the Criminal Appeals/Capital Litigation Division at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Cattani has argued criminal cases on behalf of the state before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Arizona Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has provided testimony to Congress regarding federal habeas and capital litigation issues, and he co-authored an article on the interplay between the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 and indigent representation in capital cases. He is a frequent lecturer on capital litigation and criminal law issues. Cattani has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Cattani is a recipient of the Attorney General’s Statewide Impact Award for his work with the Attorney General’s Capital Case Commission. In 2008, he was named the Attorney General’s Criminal Division Attorney of the Year.

Elizabeth Cauffman is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, whose research addresses the intersect between adolescent development and the juvenile justice system. She has published more than 70 articles, chapters and books. Findings from her research on maturity of judgment were incorporated into the American Psychological Association’s amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in Roper v. Simmons, in which the Court disallowed capital punishment for crimes committed as a juvenile, and in Graham v. Florida, in which the Court disallowed the sentencing of juvenile offenders for non-homicidal cases to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Cauffman is a former member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. 

Jay N. Giedd is Chief of the Unit on Brain Imaging in the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, where magnetic resonance imaging is used to study brain development in healthy and unhealthy children and adolescents. Giedd also is a practicing clinician and is board certified in General Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has written extensively in medical and science journals on the biological basis of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional disturbances, and lectures nationally and internationally on these topics. His publications include works on autism, depression, dyslexia, eating disorders, learning disabilities and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus, Sydenham's chorea, and Tourette's syndrome. Giedd’s recent work has focused on healthy brain development and the factors that guide and influence this process.

Kent Kiehl is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of New Mexico and the Director of the Mobile Imaging Core and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience at the nonprofit Mind Research Network in Albuquerque. Kiehl conducts clinical neuroscience research of major mental illnesses, focusing on criminal psychopathy, substance abuse and psychotic disorders. He has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and currently directs seven major National Institutes of Health projects in the areas of adolescent psychopathy, adult psychopathy, substance abuse and early-stage psychosis. Kiehl has been on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale University, and is a former director of Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living.

Marsha Levick is the Co-founder, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of Juvenile Law Center, the oldest national public-interest law firm for children in the United States, and was one of eight recipients worldwide of the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. For more than 30 years, Levick has advocated for children’s and women's rights and is a nationally recognized leader in juvenile law. Levick has authored or co-authored numerous appellate and amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Roper v. Simmons, and Graham v. Florida. She serves on the boards of the National Juvenile Defender Center, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the advisory board of the Juvenile Justice Clinic of the Rutgers School of Law—Camden. Levick is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Gary Marchant is the Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. He is also a Professor of Life Sciences, Executive Director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, and Associate Director of the Origins Project, all at ASU. Marchant has a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of British Columbia, a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 1999, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis where his law practice focused on regulatory issues. Marchant teaches and researches in the areas of environmental law, risk assessment and risk management, genetics and the law, biotechnology law, food and drug law, legal aspects of nanotechnology, and law, science and technology.

Terry A. Maroney is an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, where she specializes in criminal law, juvenile justice and the role of emotion in law, drawing heavily on interdisciplinary scholarship. Maroney’s work examines the impact of emotion on judicial decision making, a subject previously considered largely taboo. She also has examined the use of adolescent brain science in juvenile cases, a subject of great interest in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s citation to such evidence in cases involving the juvenile death penalty and life without parole. Her other writings include a widely-read taxonomy of law-and-emotion scholarship, an article arguing that emotional dysfunction provides a legal basis for declaring a defendant incompetent, recently cited by justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and a frequently-cited note on hate crime.

Robert Sapolsky is John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. His research is focused on issues of stress and neuronal degeneration, as well as on the possibilities of gene therapy strategies for protecting susceptible neurons from disease. Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In 2008, National Geographic and PBS aired a special on stress featuring Sapolsky and his research. He has written four books, including A Primate’s Memoir, an account of his early years as a field biologist in Africa, and lectures widely on topics as diverse as stress and stress-related diseases, baboons, the biology of our individuality, the biology of religious beliefs, the biology of memory, schizophrenia, depression, aggression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Christopher Slobogin is Milton Underwood Chair in Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Vanderbilt University Law School, and Professor of Psychiatry in Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine. Slobogin has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters on topics relating to criminal procedure, mental health law and evidence. He is one of the 10 most cited criminal law and procedure law professors in the nation. Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, which he co-authored, is considered the standard-bearer in forensic mental health. Slobogin helped draft standards dealing with mental disability and the death penalty that have been adopted by the American Bar Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.

Gina M. Vincent is an Assistant Professor and Director of Translational Law and Psychiatry Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has a Ph.D. from the Forensic Psychology and Law Program at Simon Fraser University. Vincent consults with juvenile justice agencies and systems across the U.S. in the areas of risk for violence and recidivism assessments for juveniles to assist with case planning. She has received funding for studies relevant to risk for violence and mental health assessment of youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and to conduct neuroimaging studies in addiction with adolescents who have callous-unemotional traits. She has published, lectured and presented research at more than 100 international and national conferences and juvenile justice facilities in the areas of juvenile callous-unemotional traits, mental health symptoms in juvenile justice and other topics.

Mark A. Wellek graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, then did a residency in Internal Medicine and later, in psychiatry, at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Wellek, a former chief of internal medicine at the U.S. Army hospital in Bremerhaven, Germany, is a Phoenix psychiatrist in private practice specializing in adolescent and young adult psychiatry. He is a past president of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, and a past senior member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council for Children, Adolescents, and their Families.