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Office of Educational Outreach press release   Date: 4/1/09 Bookmark and Share

Expert on Youth Development to Lecture at Smith

Daniel Hart

Dr. Daniel Hart, professor of childhood studies and psychology and Director of the Center for Children and Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, will give a talk on the emotional and social development of youth on Wednesday, April 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in McConnell Hall 103.

Hart’s talk, titled "Successful Adolescents: Ensuring that Youth in the 21st Century Flourish," is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Educational Outreach, the Department of Psychology, and Partners in Health (PIH), a collaboration between the Northampton Public Schools and Smith College.

Hart is a nationally recognized expert on the moral development and development of personality and social relations among children and adolescents. He is interested in the creation of long-term, affordable programming for at-risk youth and is the co-founder of the STARR (Sports Teaching Adolescents Responsibility and Resiliency) Program. Now in its 13th year of operation, STARR combines year-round sports, community service, camping and homework support in order to foster the development of responsibility and resiliency among youth in one of the poorest cities in America, Camden, New Jersey. Hart is the recipient of national awards and the author of numerous books and publications.

Partners in Health is an ongoing collaboration among health educators and counselors at John F. Kennedy Middle School, Northampton High School, the Northampton Public Schools Department, and Smith College. The program’s aim is to promote health and wellness among Northampton’s young people.

Examples of PIH programming and community outreach for Northampton youth include: an ongoing study on alcohol use among high school students (principal investigator: Byron L. Zamboanga, assistant professor of psychology); a summer enrichment program to help at-risk 8th-graders transition productively from JFK Middle School to high school; and a high school peer education program. PIH is sponsored by a grant to Smith College from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

For more information, contact the Office of Educational Outreach, 585-3060,, or visit

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