Substance Misuse in Emerging Adults: Opportunities for Research and Clinical Interventions
Laura Holt, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology, Trinity College, CT (USA);
Olivia Diggs, M.S. Graduate Research Assistant, Family Transitions Project Department of Human Development and Family Studies Iowa State University
Carrie Mulford, Ph.D. Deputy Branch Chief, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Robert Motley, Jr., Ph.D., M.S.W. Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work (USA)
Eileen Delzell, Ph.D., Forensic Psychologist and Board Certified Vocational Expert, Aspen Vocational Consulting, Inc., Oregon (USA)
Ferdinand 'Banji Kumalalo, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Addiction Counselor, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria
Preconference session will bring together researchers and clinicians who address a wide range of issues associated with substance misuse in emerging adults. Four panellists, working in a variety of settings, will discuss research and clinical interventions for substance misuse in this population as well as their career paths and reflections on how and why they arrived in their vocation.
Sexuality and Romantic Relationships Topic Networks Pre-Conference Meeting
Dr. Brian Willoughby, Brigham Young University
Dr. Spencer Olmstead, University of Tennessee
Dr. Kristin Anders, Kansas State University
Dr. Scott Sibley, Northern Illinois University
Further speakers TBD.
Preconference session will include keynote speeches from notable scholars in topics of sexuality and romantic relationships. The workshop will also present innovative approach/methodology for sexuality/romantic relationships research and breakout room discussions to facilitate: (i) senior scholar/mentor discussion with students; (i) networking; (iii) active discussion of key questions in the area.
Conducting Qualitative Research with Emerging Adults Using the Action-Project Method: An Interactive Demonstration Workshop
Dr. Richard Young, Professor, University of
Dr. Jose Domene, Professor, University of Calgary;
Eugene Chi, Graduate Student, University of British Columbia;
Margaret Noel, Graduate Student, University of British Columbia.
This workshop will describe and demonstrate the use of a qualitative research method that has proven to be useful for research with emerging adults from a range of social and cultural contexts: the action-project method. This demonstration-based, interactive introduction to the action-project method provides an opportunity to inform interested scholars and students about an innovative qualitative research method that has the potential to address a range of research questions in the developmental sciences. The workshop also provides an opportunity to develop a network of researchers interested in potentially using a method in their own future explorations of emerging adults' goal-directed actions and projects, in work and career and beyond.
Workshop On Anti-Racist Pedagogy
Shirley Leyro, PhD - Assistant Professor of
Criminal Justice, Borough of Manhattan Community
College (CUNY) & Chair of the Anti-Racist and
Social Justice Topic Network for the SSEA
Kameelah M. Mu'Min, Psy.D Instructor/Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident Department of Counseling and Psychological Services West Chester University of Pennsylvania & Co-Chair of the Anti-Racist and Social Justice Topic Network for the SSEA
This pre-conference workshop will focus on helping us work collectively towards anti-racist pedagogy. In our breakout sessions we will all be encouraged to make a frank and honest review of our pedagogical materials towards creating a more inclusive and culturally competent curriculum.
Text Mining Tools for Narrative Analysis and Other Mixed-Method Research
Dr. Margarita Azmitia, Chair of the Identity
Issues Topic Network and Professor of
Psychology, University of California - Santa
Dr. Kaylin Ratner, Co-Chair of the Identity Issues Topic Network and Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University (Convener)
Mary Kate Koch, Doctoral Candidate, Cornell University (Speaker)
Methodology preconference workshop focusing on machine-learning based methods for text analysis, an emerging frontier in computer-assisted mixed research methodology. The tool we will focus on during the workshop is known as Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA), a topic modeling approach. In short, LDA approximates topics underlying a text corpus (e.g., a collection of participant responses from an open-ended survey question, full interviews, media transcripts) using a method that resembles exploratory factor analysis. However, instead of telling users about the similarity of numeric scale items, LDA can assist users in understanding what character-based terms tend to co-occur within corpus documents. Knowing how terms tend to co-appear within the corpus can provide clues as to the major latent topics underlying speech production. We think LDA would be of extreme interest to any person who researches emerging adulthood, and especially interesting to those within our topic network who rely on qualitative analysis and other forms of mixed methodology, such as thematic coding of narratives. The topic models and text analysis we intend to present diverge from common text analytic methods, like Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) and NVivo, that apply pre-determined meanings to words (i.e., are “close-ended”). Methods like topic modeling are “open-ended,” which means that the meaning of words comes from the text itself. This can be helpful when researchers want to understand emergent associations in their responses.
Prevention, Risk, and Resilience in
Emerging Adult Mental Health in the Post- COVID
Larry Forthun, Ph.D. Associate Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL;
Andrew W. Hunt, MD, MHA. Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Timothy Wilens, MD, Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, co-director, Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA.
Colleen Conley, PhD, Associate Professor Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, USA.
Kathryn Sabella, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Deputy Director Transitions to Adulthood Research Center, University of Massachusetts, USA.
Srividya Iyer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP), Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University, Montreal, CAN.
This preconference session will bring together international speakers who will address broad topics of interest on mental health in emerging adulthood. Topics will cover a range of mental disorders from ADHD to psychosis and include prevention/intervention activities targeting diverse populations of transitional aged youth. Presenters will also discuss new research and practice on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, prevention, and intervention efforts. The session will include opportunities for breakout room discussions to facilitate deeper analysis of topics of interest as well as promote collaborative opportunities.
Event held by:
Shirley Leyro , PhD
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) and chair of the Anti-racism and Social Justice Topic Network
Kameelah M. Mu'Min, PsyD
Instructor/Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services West Chester University of Pennsylvania and co-chair of the Anti-racism and Social Justice Topic Network
Event Description: LUNCHTIME POT LUCK - AROUND THE WORLD WITH FOOD
For our lunchtime social event we would like to blend two of our favorite things: research and food! We invite attendees to bring with them a meal that was inspired by their culture - this can be food influenced from the diaspora of their ethnic group, or a meal that was a staple at home growing up. Whatever the case may be, we encourage you to prepare the meal *yourself* and consider what that meal signifies to you and how it is a symbol of your ethnic background and culture. Perhaps this favorite meal is special to you but you never really knew the meal's history? This is the perfect opportunity to research that meal's background and share it with us!
As as an example: Shirley Leyro's favorite food is a Puerto Rican dish called Mofongo. This hearty, flavorful, and super delicious meal can be traced to the African diaspora and speaks to the Puerto Rican people's tri-culture heritage: "mofongo comes from the Angolan technique of mashing large amounts of starchy foods, then adding liquid and fat to soften the mixture. (Slaves from Angola and other parts of Africa were brought to Puerto Rico in the 1500s.) Indigenous people on the island also used this mashing and pounding technique...the word “mofongo” stems from the Angolan Kikongo term “mfwenge-mfwenge,” meaning “a great amount of anything at all.” Going even further back, the dish traces its roots to the West African fufu, a mash of boiled yams. Today you’ll find many iterations of the iconic mofongo in Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban restaurants." (Elder, 2017).
During our lunchtime social event we will be discussing our backgrounds, our love of food, and our personal relationship with the meal we selected to "bring." We want you to take the preparation of your meal as an exercise in self-reflection, as well as a way to look up information we might not have known about our backgrounds before this event. For those who struggle with what “reflects their culture or background”, they are also invited to offer their reflections on what feelings thoughts, or questions this brought up for them and why?
We expect an engaging, fun, and frank conversation over our virtual table - come join us!
Event held by:
Itzel Eguiluz, PhD, M Sc
Postdoctoral Researcher IIEc, UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Mexico and chair of the Study Abroad Topic Network
Claire Lyons, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, James Madison University, and co-chair of the Study Abroad Topic Network
The Study Abroad Topic Network invites you to join us for an informal conversation (coffee, please) about the TN work, plans and achievements. The members of the network are engaged in research on the well-being and acculturation of international students and other emerging adults living or studying outside of their country of origin. The network is working towards sharing research findings, with a view to creating a cluster of posters/presentations for submission to the SSEA conferences and since the last one, we started joint international research!
We invite anyone with an interest in the experiences of emerging adults living or studying outside of their country of origin to participate.
The event will be led by Itzel Eguiluz and Claire Lyons Chair and CoChair of the TN.
Don´t forget snacks!
Event held by:
Jennifer E. Symonds, PhD
Associate Professor of Education at University College Dublin and co-chair of the Work and Career Topic Network
Jose Domene, PhD
Professor at University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education, and chair of the Work and Career Topic Network
The Work and Career Topic Network will host a virtual coffee-time discussion, consisting of (a) a brief introduction to the topic network by the co-chairs, (b) an organized ice-breaker activity, (c) small group discussion focusing on what attendees’ interests and expectations are for the topic network, and to generate ideas to guide the work of the network over the next two years, and (d) informal time for attendees to network with each other.
Event held by:
Itzel Eguiluz, PhD, M Sc
Postdoctoral Researcher IIEc, UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Mexico and chair of the Latin America Topic Network
Luciana Thomé, PhD
Associate Professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil and co-chair of the Latin America Topic Network
The Latin America Topic Network invites you to join us for a coffee while we discuss the TN relaunching, our plans and some specific issues about the Emerging Adulthood Latinamerican Studies as possible collaborative work, COVID-19 experiences with EA, and main research topics from the network members. This meeting will be multilanguage! The network is focused on research with Latin American Emerging Adults.
The network will seek to share research findings, future joint submission to the SSEA conferences, and future research projects!
The event will be led by Itzel Eguiluz and Luciana Thomé. ¡Hablemos!
Let´s talk! Vamos conversar!
Event held by:
Margarita Azmitia, PhD
Professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, and chair of Identity Issues Topic Network
Kaylin Ratner, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate at Department of Human Development, Cornell University, and co-chair of Identity Issues Topic Network
For the SSEA Innovative Sessions & Social, Networking, and Entertainment Program, the Identity Issues Topic Network is pleased to offer a Lunchtime Trivia Hour! Come and network with other identity scholars as you showcase your broad and identity-specific knowledge through independent-response trivia. Each player will answer questions using their mobile device, and a winner (of bragging rights) will be declared at the end of the hour! Trivia will be hosted by the SSEA Identity Issues Topic Network Chair and co-Chair, Dr. Margarita Azmitia (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Dr. Kaylin Ratner (Cornell University). We hope to see you there!
Event held by:
Jinhee Kim, PhD
Professor at University of Maryland, USA, and chair of Finance Topic Network
Ashley LeBaron-Black, PhD
Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University, USA, and co-chair of Finance Topic Network
Finance Topic Network is inviting members to a lunch social event. Any SSEA conference participants are welcome to join us. We have experienced unprecedented challenges in the past year in almost every part of the world. The impacts of the pandemic on young adults will last years to come. Our research will be essential to understand its effects and identify strategies and supports to help young adults restore and prosper. There is an excellent opportunity to work together. LET’S MEET FIRST. Bring your lunch for this informal virtual gathering. We will have an icebreaker and start with an introduction of ourselves. Please be prepared to share anything, tips, or anyone who has helped you through the pandemic. Poems, music, or short videos will be great. Feel free to introduce your pet. Don’t be afraid to share your failed DIY project. You are not alone. If time allows, we will facilitate a fun online game to get together. Ashley and Jinhee will be waiting for you!
Event held by:
Sam Ehrenreich, PhD
Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, USA, and chair of Media Uses Topic Network
Kaitlyn Burnell, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University, USA, and co-chair of Media Uses Topic Network
The COVID pandemic was an enormous disruption for researchers studying emerging adulthood and media usage. In addition to making social science research quite difficult, many people’s media usage habits changed dramatically during this period. The Media TN’s networking lunch event will be a casual, low-pressure opportunity to connect with fellow researchers, discuss the challenges of studying media use in 2020 and 2021, and share ideas for re-establishing our research programs. The event will include an icebreaker activity (Ridiculous Research Questions Borne of the Pandemic), an opportunity to vent about our derailed research efforts, and share ideas and advice for building our research programs during 2022.
This event will be chaired by Kaitlyn Burnell & Sam Ehrenreich. Although sharing advice and insights will be an important component of this networking lunch, we will prioritize a casual and relaxing opportunity to reconnect with colleagues who we may not have seen for many months. All this while our mouths are full of food!!
Event held by:
Laura Holt, PhD
Associate Professor at Trinity College, Trinity College, Hartford, USA, and chair of the Substance Use and Misuse Topic Network
Doctoral student at Iowa State University, USA, and co-chair of the Substance Use and Misuse Topic Network
The Substance Use and Misuse Topic Network will hold an engaging discussion over virtual lunch about harm reduction on Saturday, November 6, 2021, co-Chaired by Dr. Laura Holt, Associate Professor of Psychology at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and Olivia Diggs, M.S., doctoral student at Iowa State University and Epidemiologist at the Iowa Department of Public Health. We will view a clip from the PBS-produced documentary Addiction that discusses the realities that accompany addiction in addition to supervised injection sites, which we will use as a starting point for an interactive discussion about harm reduction with emerging adults. Areas of discussion may include health equity in harm reduction and if/how populations most in need are receiving these services as well as barriers that individuals may face when accessing or advocating for harm reduction sites. Prepared questions will be posed for discussion and more general feedback will also be welcomed. Attendees who have had practical experience with harm reduction are especially encouraged to register, but all attendees are welcome. We look forward to a lively discussion!
Event held by:
Meredith O. Harris Hope, Ph.D.
Scholarship to Practice Research Fellow at National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan USA, and co-chair of the Religion and Spirituality Topic Network
Religion and spirituality play significant roles in the lives of emerging adults. Yet so often, our scholarly understanding of the multifaceted ways that religion and spirituality impact emerging adults’ health, psychosocial development, and vocational preparation remains understudied. In addition, many scholars remain unaware of the ways in which religion and spirituality may play a significant role in their research questions. When explored, religion and spirituality are often regulated to assessments of service attendance and other forms of community-level engagement. Furthermore, religion and spirituality often intersect with cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors that contribute to a wide range of outcomes. Understudied in emerging adulthood, these empirical associations have been substantiated in other age populations, typically older in age and later in life. The goal of this lunch hour is to convene scholars with an articulated interest in religion and spirituality alongside those whose primary scholarly interests may be enhanced by collaborations with the former.
During the lunch hour, individuals will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group, sharing their affiliations, research interests, and one top question that they have about religion and spirituality in emerging adulthood. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about various constructs in religion and spirituality, as well as common concerns regarding the study of religion and spirituality in emerging adulthood. There will be time to discuss the ways in which religion and spirituality might factor into their ongoing or future research, and for participants to provide feedback and to exchange ideas.
Event held by:
Larry Forthun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, and chair of the Mental Health Topic Network
Andrew W. Hunt, MD, MHA.
Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, and co-chair of the Mental Health Topic Network
Mental health among emerging adults is a growing area of interest internationally. With 85% of the onset of mental illnesses occurring before age 25, the study of emerging adulthood must include consideration for mental health. With a membership of almost 200 professionals, the mental health topic network convenes researchers and clinicians from many disciplines including psychology, sociology, public health, medicine, HDFS, social work, and other social and behavioral sciences. This robust membership offers an opportunity to network with persons across the academic spectrum, making a diverse and inclusive professional environment.
The Mental Health Topic Network is pleased to host a virtual lunch discussion. With food and drink of your choice, we will begin with a brief introduction to the topic network by the co-chairs. Then, we will utilize virtual polling to identify topics of interest and create breakout rooms to facilitate conversation, sharing, and networking. We will also utilize virtual polling to promote meaningful dialogue on “big picture” issues of emerging adult mental health globally. Finally, we will reconvene to discuss ideas for future topic network initiatives.