James D. Larson, Grad ’90
Jim Larson, a professor of psychology and director of the school psychology training program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is a national leader in school violence prevention and has developed video training programs to teach violence prevention to children and adolescents. He is a former school psychologist with Milwaukee Public Schools and an original member of the Miami-based scientific board of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment.
“My students have been and are a wonderfully diverse, clever, compassionate and intellectually stimulating group of dedicated individuals,” says Jim, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin School Psychologists Association and cites his colleagues at UW-Whitewater for their continuing support and encouragement.
Jim has presented around the country on the subject of childhood and adolescent aggression and has published several book chapters and articles on the topic. He also is the author of Think First: Addressing Aggressive Behavior in Secondary Schools and the co-author of Helping Schoolchildren Cope with Anger: A Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention. He also consults regularly with the Milwaukee Public Schools and the Miami-Dade County School District through his work with the Melissa Institute.
Jim credits Marquette with encouraging his intellectual curiosity, which he calls the foundation for everything he has accomplished.
“Marquette transformed me from someone who cared about the needs of young people to someone who became able to bring a level of study and scientific rigor to those cares and thus increase the chances of actually making a difference,” he says.