Dr. Juan J. Barthelemy has about 20 years of practice experience working with at-risk African American youth. Dr. Barthelemy’s research focuses on community engagement strategies to reduce juvenile violent crime. He has been funded to conduct research focused on community capacity building, violence intervention development and implementation, and monitoring the effects of group violence reduction strategies on homicides and other violent crimes. Through developing collaborative relationships within certain African-American communities, significant decreases in fatal and non-fatal shootings have been observed. Dr. Barthelemy is also interested in research that focuses on increasing school engagement for youth who may be at risk for dropping out of school and engaging in future criminal behaviors.