Keynote Speakers

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Christophe Cornu

Keynote title: Violence among and against young people in school: A global perspective

Biography: Christophe Cornu is a Senior Program Specialist and Team Leader in the Section of Health and Education at UNESCO Headquarters. He joined UNESCO in 2009 and started the first UNESCO initiative dedicated to homophobic bullying in 2011. Since then, Mr Cornu has coordinated UNESCO’s activities in the area of school violence and bullying. On behalf of UNESCO, he led the development of the SDG indicator to measure school bullying, which was endorsed by the international community in 2018. He was the Lead Editor of several UNESCO publications on school violence, including Behind the numbers: Ending school violence and bullying, released at the Education World Forum in January 2019. He supported the process to create an International day against violence and bullying in school, including cyber-bullying, which 193 countries adopted during UNESCO’s General Conference in November 2019. He organized several international fora on school violence and bullying, including an international conference on bullying at UNESCO in 2020.

Mr Cornu has 23 years of experience in international development with a focus on health and education, prevention of discrimination and violence, child protection and social inclusion. He has worked and consulted in more than 45 countries for a range of UN agencies and other multilateral organizations, bilateral development partners and international NGOs.

Mr Cornu holds a BA in Pedagogy and Foreign Languages, and Masters in International Affairs and Development Studies from the Sorbonne University in Paris.

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Claire Garandeau

Keynote title: Inside the mind of bullying perpetrators: Identifying cognitions to improve interventions

Biography: Claire F. Garandeau is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the INVEST Flagship at the University of Turku, Finland. She received her PhD from the University of Turku in 2014. Her major research interests include anti-bullying interventions, as well as the predictors and outcomes of school bullying, victimization and defending. In particular, she has investigated the role of classroom characteristics (e.g., status hierarchy, size) in the prevalence of bullying, the adjustment of targets of bullying, and the status of bullying perpetrators. She has also studied optimal strategies for adults handling cases of bullying in schools and factors that moderate or mediate the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs.  Currently, she is investigating how a virtual reality tool may help increase empathy for victims of bullying. She works in collaboration with an international network of scholars from Finland, the Netherlands and the US.

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Julia Korkman

Keynote title: Child sexual abuse - in real life and online: prevalence, risk factors and criminal investigations. Scientific and pragmatic points of view 

Biography: Dr Julia Korkman is specialized in investigative interviewing, investigating crimes against children and witness psychology more broadly. She has a position with the Forensic Psychology Unit for Children and Adolescents at the Helsinki University Hospital and is one of the responsible leaders of the legal psychology reserch group at the Åbo Akademi University (LePÅ). Her research particularly focuses on interviewing and decision making in asyluym processes, eyewitness identifications and memory, the prevalence and features of child abuse as well as evidence-based assessments of child abuse allegations. She has served as an expert witness in a number of important legal cases in Finland and Sweden and is a permanent lecturer for the Finnish police and legal professionals. She is also responsible for the first national, interdisciplinary Specialisation course in Forensic Psychology, attended by expert profgessionals within the fields of law and psychology as well as other disciplines with tasks relevant for legal processes. She is a board member of the Nordic Network for Research in Psychology and Law and a member of several other international research groups as well as national expert groups. In 2012, Dr Korkman was awarded the Academic Excellence Award by the iIIRG (International Investigative Interviewing Research Group). Furthermore, Dr Korkman is a board member and vice chair of Save the Children, Finland.

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Bram Orobio de Castro

Keynote title: Keeping it Real: Using interactive virtual reality to assess and intervene with aggressogenic social information processing and emotion regulation in children 

Biography: Prof.dr. Bram Orobio de Castro (1970) is full professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences since 2019 and has been a full professor of Developmental Psychology at Utrecht University since 2006. In his research, Bram focuses on the development of aggressive behavior problems in children, and how these problems can be prevented or treated most effectively. He hopes his research will lead him to find and effectively influence maintaining factors in problematic child development. With his groups, he contributed to development, evaluation, and implementation of effective interventions for children, schools, parents, and families facing adversities. He supervised over 25 Ph.D. students and published over a 100 international scientific articles. Bram serves as chair of the national subcommittee for the recognition of effective psychosocial interventions for children and young people (DEI) in the Netherlands. He also serves as the chair of ExtrAct, a consortium aimed at finding effective elements for the treatment of behavioural problems, as well as ‘What works against bullying?’, a consortium of five universities that researches the effects of ten promising anti-bullying programs in the Netherlands. De Castro received a ZonMW Pearl for societally relevant research for his research on effects of parent groups in deprived neighbourhoods, structural financing to support his Better Start intervention for children of incarcerated mothers, and both Veni and Vici grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his research into using virtual reality to better understand and treat aggressive behavior problems in young people. 

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Maria Ttofi

Keynote title: Development and prevention of antisocial behaviour: Scientific advances and emerging issues

Biography: Dr Maria M. Ttofi is a University Lecturer in Psychological Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, England. The academic work of Dr Ttofi revolves around two main areas, namely: (a) developmental criminology, with a focus on early risk and protective factors for antisocial behaviour and (b) experimental criminology, with a focus on systematic reviews, meta-analysis and programme evaluation. She has conducted a series of systematic reviews in the area of youth aggression, including two updated 2019 meta-analyses on the effectiveness of face-to-face bullying and cyberbullying prevention programmes. She has also conducted research on the long-term mental health trajectories of adolescence-limited and life-course persistent offenders. Her most recent violence research focuses on the criminogenic and protective effects of grandparenting (including research on custodial grandparenting) on the mental health and antisocial behaviour of grandchildren and subsequent implications for developmental prevention strategies.

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Tracy Vaillancourt

Keynote title: Is Aggression Part of the Human Condition? Insights from Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, and Developmental Science

Biography: Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention at the University of Ottawa where she is cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education and the School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences. She is also an elected member of The College of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Vaillancourt's research examines the links between aggression and mental health, with a particular focus on social neuroscience. She is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Vaillancourt has published over 160 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters on aggression and mental health. She is featured in the documentary “Why We Hate” that was produced by Steven Spielberg and in the TV series Killer Kids (Seasons 1 and 2) .