October 14-16, 2015
Miami, Florida


Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be held Wednesday, October 14, 2015, on the following issues:

Identity, chaired by Kate C. McLean and Johanna Carlsson
Mental Health, chaired by Jennifer Tanner
Sex and Romance, chaired by Eva Lefkowitz, Jennifer Connolly, Shannon Claxton, and Rongqin Yu
Methods, chaired by Michael John Cleveland

More information about these events will be posted when available.


Identity Topic Network Pre-Conference Workshop (FULL-Registration is Closed)

The Identity Topic Network announces a pre-conference workshop to the 7th SSEA Conference, to be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 12 – 5pm in Miami, Florida. The agenda is to have a discussion about the 1) various perspectives on identity development, 2) methodological issues and 3) what participants would like from the topic network. We invite the range of potential participants – from those interested in becoming involved in the study of identity development to senior scholars. We will have time for mingling and discussion throughout the pre-conference, and we anticipate that this will be a thought-provoking afternoon.

Confirmed speakers are: Maria Wängqvist, Moin Syed, Elisabetta Crocetti,Theo Klimstra, Jennifer Lilgendahl, and Joe Schwab.

Please check the SSEA website for registration details http://www.ssea.org, which will be coming soon. Any questions can be directed to the co-chairs, Kate McLean or Johanna Carlsson


Methods Topic Network Pre-Conference Workshop (Closed)

Title: Applying Person-Centered Approaches to Emerging Adult Research: An Introduction to LCA and LTA Models

Presenter: Michael John Cleveland, Penn State University, US

The Methods Topic Network announces a pre-conference workshop to the 7th SSEA Conference, to be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 1-5pm in Miami, Florida. This workshop will focus on the application of person-centered methods in emerging adulthood research: Latent class analysis (LCA) and its longitudinal extension, latent transition analysis (LTA). LCA and LTA are ideal tools for identifying latent subgroups within a population based on individual’s responses to observed variables. The three-hour workshop (from 1 to 4 pm) will include a (1) conceptual introduction to LCA and LTA; (2) an empirical example using SAS software; and (3) an open discussion of how LCA and LTA might be applied in the research of the workshop attendees.


Sex and Romance Topic Network Pre-Conference Workshop (Closed)

Title: Sex and romance: Does the relationship matter?

Presenter:  Dr. Shmuel Shulman

The Romantic Relationships and Sexuality Topic Networks announce a pre-conference workshop at the 7th SSEA Conference. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. The agenda includes 1) Networking opportunities; 2) A keynote presentation by Dr. Shmuel Shulman (Bar Ilan University, Israel) discussing sex inside and outside of romantic relationships; and 3.) a panel of emerging scholars describing their use of innovative methodologies to examine to examining sex and romance. Confirmed emerging scholars include Daphne Van de Bongardt (Utrecht University) Shannon Claxton (Kent State University), and Jerika Norona (University of Tennessee). We invite anyone interested in the study of romantic relationships, sexuality, or both, to join us for an engaging and informative afternoon as we inaugurate two new topic networks.

Please see the attached program for additional details on the pre-conference, and be sure to register if you plan to join us.

Hope to see you there!

Further updates on the agenda and other speakers will be posted soon.


Mental Health Topic Network Pre-Conference Workshop CANCELLED

The workshop will highlight the key issues distinguishing mental health in emerging adulthood from earlier and later stages of the life span. Expert presenters will speak to the issue: what is unique about identifying, assessing, and treating mental health problems in this specific age group? Significant time will be allotted for Q & A following each talk. Participants can expect to have opportunity for professional knowledge exchange CEUs: 6.5. Includes Certificate.