About The Developers

Fight Navigator was developed by experts in the field of violence prevention.

Violence prevention

Dr. James Barrett, Developer

Dr. Barrett is an Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and a psychologist in the Cambridge Health Alliance Child and Adolescent Outpatient Department working primarily in school-based health centers. He is the site director of the Safety Net psychology practicum and clinical coordinator of the Safety Net Collaborative in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Unit, Cambridge Human Services and Cambridge Public Schools. Dr. Barrett has presented at numerous national conferences on juvenile justice, gang violence, preventing retaliatory violence, and police-mental health partnerships. He has contributed to national meetings convened by SAMHSA, the MacArthur Foundation and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a contributor to Adolescent Psychiatry, The Community Psychologist, Professional School Counseling, and The Handbook of Human Development for Health Professionals. He also has a private practice in Cambridge Massachusetts and can be contacted at: www.jamesbarrettphd.com.

Violence prevention

Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, Co-Author

Dr. Kupersmidt is the President and a Senior Research Scientist at innovation Research & Training (iRT). She is also a licensed clinical child psychologist focusing on delinquent, aggressive, and substance abusing youth. During her research career, she has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on approximately 50 grants or contract awards and has published over 80 papers, chapters, and books on the topics of aggression, delinquency, social information processing skills, peer relations, substance abuse, prevention, mentoring, mindfulness, media literacy education, and positive youth development. In addition, she has authored or co-authored many evidence-based prevention programs including the Aware, Connected Scholars, Media Detective, Media Ready, Media Aware, Preparing for Mentoring, and Buddy Builder programs. She has conducted numerous training workshops around the world and completed over 150 presentations at scientific conferences. She is the co-editor of a book, Children’s peer relations: From development to intervention, published by the American Psychological Association Press. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, and then, retired as an Associate Professor at UNC-CH to found iRT.

Help Young people respond to threats in a manner that avoids violence and allows both party to save face