School of Psychology Seminar Series - The role of individual, family and societal factors for the development of conduct problems in early and mid childhood

Date Wednesday 13 December 2023
Time 10am - 11am
Where Hamilton Campus: S.1.01 or via zoom
Presenter Dr Hedwig Eisenbarth
Contact Chellie Keenan
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Dr Hedwig Eisenbarth will be presenting on conduct problems in early and mid-childhood can cause significant problems for children and their relatives. Although several risk factors have been identified for developing such conduct problems, the variability in outcomes is not well understood. Investigating protective factors, interactions of individual, family-based and societal factors and following pathways across several years is now possible based on the Growing up in New Zealand study. Across several studies we investigated the development of conduct problems from age 2 until 8, we investigate the impact of individual, family-based and societal risk as well as protective factors. The results across the studies provide insights for some potential action points for people working with children and their relatives.

Hedwig did her PhD in Psychology as well as her clinical training in CBT at the University of Wurzburg (Germany). After a post-doc at the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Regensburg and a postdoc in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder she started her Affective and Criminal Neuroscience Lab (afcrinLab) at the University of Southampton. In 2018 she joined Victoria University of Wellington where she is now Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. Her lab investigates how emotional reactions, past emotional experiences and personality traits like psychopathy shape social interactions, using psychophysiological methods and behavioural tasks in order to understand these processes in the antisocial context but also in every-day life.