Leena Augimeri

Leena Augimeri, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Children Committing Offences & Program Development at Child Development Institute in Toronto


Tomorrow’s Criminals: Responding to Youth in Crisis

November 19, 2009

Children who commit delinquent acts between the ages of 7 and 12 have a two-to-three-fold risk of becoming tomorrow’s serious, violent and chronic offenders. Leena will describe an innovative, community based crime prevention model for young children that is being adopted worldwide.


As a scientist practitioner, Leena developed a comprehensive crime prevention model for young children engaged in antisocial behaviour which is being adopted worldwide. She is the co-founder/developer of the longest evidence-based intervention for children under 12 years of age in conflict with the law - the SNAP® Model, a noted author, researcher and skilled group leader who co-authored the Early Assessment Risk List for Boys (EARL-20B) and Girls (EARL-21G) which have been translated in various languages to assess risk for future antisocial behaviour in young children. In addition, Dr. Augimeri is also known for chairing a task force, which led to the development of Canada’s first police-community referral protocol for children under 12 years of age in conflict with the law which has subsequently been adapted by other communities. She consults to numerous national and international projects pertaining to young children at risk for future antisocial behaviour.