Dr. John Lochman, retired director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems at The University of Alabama, is the 2019 recipient of the Lahoma Adams Buford Peace Award.
The Buford Peace Award recognizes UA faculty members who are both professionally and personally active in causes that promote peace and justice.
Lochman, professor and Doddridge Saxon Chair Emeritus in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, is currently interim director of the Alabama Life Research Institute. He is the 16th recipient of the award and was recognized May 6 at the UA School of Social Work’s Academic Awards Ceremony.
Lochman is the co-creator of Coping Power, a school-based preventative intervention curriculum designed to address aggressive behavior in early adolescents. The program’s primary goal is to help at-risk youth regulate their emotions and impulsive behaviors through recognition of their own triggers, goal-setting and positive reinforcement.
“I am extremely honored to have been nominated, much less receive the award,” Lochman said. “As I think about this award, I think about my collaborators and the range of people that I work with that are equally a part of the interventions for children with problems. [I also think about] the parents who see their children improve over time.”
“We’ve worked hard to think about how to better serve the families and better adapt the interventions, to change them for every child that doesn’t seem to benefit, and to change outcomes for them.”