Professor Richard Tremblay of the Université de Montréal Receives Prestigious Academy Prize



    MONTREAL, Nov. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday in Paris at the Institute of
France, the Academy of Ethics and Political Science awarded Richard E.
Tremblay, Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the
University of Montreal, the prestigious René-Joseph Laufer Prize.
    Professor Tremblay received the prize for his book, Prévenir la violence
dès la petite enfance (Preventing Violence in Early Childhood), recently
published by Odile Jacob. The René-Joseph Laufer Prize is awarded every two
years for a book that contributes to the prevention of social problems.
    "I am very happy and honoured to receive this distinction from the
Academy. In writing my book I wanted to educate both the public and
policy-makers about the importance of taking action in early childhood to
prevent violence. This prize confirms that intervention in the early years is
the most effective way to prevent physical and mental health problems, as well
as social adjustment issues," said professor Tremblay.
    In his book, Richard Tremblay demonstrates that violence appears in
infancy and can take root if nothing is done about it.
    The French award comes very soon after Mr. Tremblay received another
international distinction: the title of Grand Officer of the Gabriela Mistral
Order of Merit. He was awarded the order on November 4, in Santiago, by the
President of Chile, Michèle Bachelet, for his innovations in disseminating
information about early childhood and for his contribution to policies on
early childhood development.

    A member of the Royal Society of Canada, Richard Tremblay is the director
of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD), the Early
Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre (ECLKC), and the Research unit on
children's psychosocial maladjustment (GRIP) at the Université de Montréal.
    Because physical violence, particularly among the young, still plagues
the developed world, Professor Tremblay has dedicated his career to the study
of violent behaviour, and has developed educational programs that promote
moral and social development.




For further information:

For further information: Gabrielle Collu, Centre of Excellence for Early
Childhood Development, (514) 844-7338, (514) 943-6557, collug@videotron.ca;
Julie Gazaille, Université de Montréal, (514) 343-6796,
j.cordeau-gazaille@umontreal.ca

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