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Creighton University Hosts Violence Summit

Creighton University Hosts Violence Summit

Almost 100 civic and community leaders attended Creighton University’s summit, “Violence Across the Lifespan,” on Tuesday, March 25, at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium.

Creighton University researchers Patricia M. Sullivan, Ph. D., professor of psychiatry and psychology and C. Timothy Dickel, Ed. D., professor of education and psychiatry, presented their current and future research on the subject.

In greeting guests, Creighton President John P. Schlegel, S. J., reminded participants that a university has a unique role in helping their community understand violence and ways to mitigate this societal problem. “Creighton offers a logical place for us to study this serious problem across the lifespan. Violence is a societal problem not confined to any neighborhood. It is felt across all age groups and all ethnic groups and is an important issue to be addressed, “ Schlegel said.

Sullivan and Dickel, through analysis of population-based studies, have discovered insights into developmental pathways for some youth in Nebraska that begin with behavioral problems that lead to violence.

“We have been able to study the long-term consequences of violence across age groups, seeing markers like behavioral disorders in young children that may manifest into violence in later life,” Sullivan said.

Dickel focused on intervention, further research needs, and the support Creighton University can provide.

“We intend to use our community-based population database to study what factors make an individual resilient to the violence that surrounds them. This study also will foster more information sharing among interested groups. We also intend to offer services such as evaluation of grant-funded activities for agencies interested in our help,” said Dickel.

Among those attending the summit included: Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, and representatives of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, City of Omaha, Omaha Police Department, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, Urban League of Nebraska, Building Bright Futures, Omaha and Catholic School systems, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Salvation Army, American Association of Retired Persons, Salvation Army, United Way, Lutheran Family Services, Destination Midtown, and North Omaha Development.