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7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood: Register HERE

The 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood is upon us! In less than 3 weeks, we will be getting together for what should be the best SSEA conference yet.

As of September 23rd, we already have more paid registrations for this year’s conference than we had attendees at the Chicago conference. We have so many people coming that we twice had to ask the hotel to increase the number of rooms for our conference attendees. Even Friday night, after the conference ends, is completely full. We have more countries represented than ever before. SSEA is over 500 members for the first time ever. These are exciting times for our organization.

We now have a new President-Elect, Elizabeth Morgan from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Elizabeth will now become part of the SSEA executive leadership, including Jeff Arnett and myself. As I transition from President-Elect to President, I will focus even more strongly on growing the organization, on linking with other societies, and on important policy issues where our expertise is needed.

One of the important links we have established is with the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). SPR focuses on interventions to prevent disease and problem outcomes, as well as to promote positive development, among many age groups (including emerging adults). Our conference program includes an SPR Presidential Symposium, chaired by Richard Catalano from the University of Washington. This symposium will focus on prevention research with emerging adults. Additionally, Michael Cleveland, a prevention scientist who is a member of both SSEA and SPR, is presenting a preconference workshop on latent class and latent transition analysis.

Speaking of preconference workshops, these workshops are filling up quickly. We would like to ask that everyone please register for preconference workshops by Wednesday, September 30th. Because some of these workshops include lunch, workshop leaders need to have an accurate count of how many people are attending. After September 30th, we will close registration for preconference workshops. This means that onsite registration will not be available for preconference workshops.

Some of you are probably coming early or staying late so that you can enjoy our tropical sunshine and beaches here in Miami. You can also take a tour of the Florida Everglades, ride in an airboat, and see lots of alligators (from a safe distance, of course). The Florida Keys are only an hour or so away, and Orlando is a 3-hour drive from here. For those of you looking for nightlife, I recommend South Beach (there is a free taxi from the hotel) and Coconut Grove (you’ll need a taxi to get there). I encourage you to enjoy our sights and activities if time permits.

Just a few words about the weather here for those of you who are not familiar with tropical climates: If you are going to spend time at the beach (or even at the hotel pool), make sure you put on sunscreen every 2 hours. The sun is very strong here and can burn you in less than 30 minutes. You can get a sunburn even if it’s cloudy! And the sun is actually stronger when you're underwater – so make sure your sunscreen is waterproof. Also watch out for heavy rain and lightning, which can appear and disappear very quickly.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you here next month!

Seth J. Schwartz, President-Elect
















Book Announcement: Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood

The Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood, edited by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, is being released this month. This is the first and only comprehensive compilation spanning the field of emerging adulthood. It is comprised of cutting-edge chapters written by leading scholars in developmental psychology. Topics include theoretical perspectives and structural influences in the field; cognitive development during emerging adulthood; family, friendship, and romantic relationships; sexual identity and orientation; education and work; leisure and media use; mental health; religious and political beliefs; positive development; and substance abuse and crime, to name a few. Sure to be the definitive resource for researchers, scholars, and students studying emerging adulthood, this Handbook will pave the way for new scholarship in this expanding area of inquiry and serve as an excellent resource for the wider field of developmental psychology.

For more information about the book, please click here.

Customers can enter the promo code ASPROMP8 at check out for 30% off!

“Arnett has produced a brilliant compilation of everything you want to know about the latest theory and research on emerging adults. He has skillfully assembled a first-rate group of scholars who provide clear and cogent accounts of what is known and set the stage for new directions of inquiry. This is a landmark resource for anyone interested in understanding how the period of emerging adulthood fits into the overall life course.”—Margie E. Lachman, PhD, Minnie and Harold L. Fierman Professor of Psychology and Director of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Lab, Brandeis University, and Editor of the Handbook of Midlife Development

“Ever since Professor Jeffrey Arnett introduced the concept of emerging adulthood in 2000, the scholarly study of this developmental stage has taken off in a way that few topics ever do. The Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood is an impressive, timely, and necessary resource. It offers a depth and comprehensiveness that is rare in such a relatively new area of study. Scholars, both new and seasoned, will find a treasure trove of theory, findings, and applications in its pages.”—Bella DePaulo, PhD, author of How We Live Now and Singled Out


Tenure-Track Position: Developmental Psychology, Clark University
The Department of Psychology invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in August 2016 ( We seek a developmental psychologist who investigates the relationships between human development and societal and cultural processes in ways that complement the existing strengths of the program. We are open to strong applicants addressing any period(s) of development across the life course. The ideal candidate would be interested in theory and application pertaining to socially relevant issues, competent in a variety of methods, and provide synergistic links with other programs within the department and university. The successful candidate should have a track record of funding commensurate with experience, and also be able to teach an undergraduate survey course in an area of developmental psychology, undergraduate and graduate courses in qualitative or quantitative research methods, and seminar and lecture courses in their area of interest. Clark University is committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, students, and staff with the conviction that such an environment catalyzes learning and cultivates ethical, well-informed, and well-prepared citizens. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by September 21, 2015. Please see the full
job description


Four pre-conference sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 14, and the
main conference will be Thursday and Friday, October 15-16. Three are
half-day sessions and one is a full-day session. Please note that YOU MUST
Click here for more information.

1. Identity Topic Network Preconference Workshop (half-day): 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. Register here

2. Methods Topic Network Preconference Workshop (half-day): 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). Register here

3. Sex & Romance Topic Network Preconference Workshop (half-day): Sex and
romance: Does the relationship matter? Dr. Manfred van Dulmen has agreed to
be our keynote speaker. We will be inviting a panel of emerging scholars to
discuss innovative methodologies in the study of sexuality andromantic
relationships. Register here

4. Mental Health Topic Network Preconference Workshop (full-day): 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. Register here


Oxford University Press is sponsoring a book series on emerging adulthood
edited by Dr. Larry J. Nelson. This series provides a platform for an
in-depth, comprehensive examination into some of the key factors that seem
to be influencing young people as they enter into and progress through the
third decade of life and the multiple ways in which they may flourish or
flounder. The guidelines for author submissions can be found here. In
addition, Dr. Nelson ( is happy to discuss possible
book ideas prior to the proposal being formally submitted and to provide
additional details about the series and/or submission process. You can find
more information about this series here.

                       SSEA 2015 CONFERENCE REPORT

SSEA 2015, the 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, is quickly approaching! Many of the important details are now in place, and the conference promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking event. You can find more information on the 2015 Conference Report here.


SSEA has been invited to participate in a proposed Adolescent and Young Adult National Resource Center Network, which will focus on the mental and physical health needs of adolescents and emergent adults. Seth Schwartz, SSEA President-elect, will serve on the National Advisory Board for this network.


We have several exciting announcements to share regarding the
Emerging Adulthood Journal. First, two Assistant Editors have recently
joined the editorial team: Theo Klimstra (Tilburg University, The
Netherlands) and Marla Reese-Weber (Illinois State University, USA).
Second, Emerging Adulthood has been accepted for indexing in Scopus and
PsycINFO. Third, Emerging Adulthood is now also accepting brief reports.
Brief reports include preliminary findings, replications (or failure of
replication) of previous empirical findings in the literature, or empirical
findings that are not substantial enough to warrant a full report. Brief
reports are also well suited for findings that warrant timely
dissemination: Emerging Adulthood aims to turn brief reports around
within 2-3 weeks of submission. Although shorter than original manuscripts,
brief reports should still make a significant contribution to current
knowledge on development and adaptation from age 18 to 29. Brief reports
should be limited to 1500 words (main text) and a maximum of 15 references.
For more information visit here

Finally, we would like to share Emerging Adulthood’s impressive numbers
regarding website visits in 2014. During 2014, EA’s website had 28, 282
unique visitors (about 2,357 per month). There were 30,736 total downloads,
which is about 2,561 per month.

If you would like to sign up to receive alerts when new issues of Emerging
Adulthood are published, please visit here


The goal of the Topic Networks is to bring together SSEA members who have common interests in a specific area of emerging adulthood research or practice. The activities of the Topic Networks will depend on the ideas of the members, but may include, for example, sharing draft manuscripts for comments and suggestions; collaborating on papers and grants; sharing best practices for direct work with emerging adults; letting members know about important recent articles; collaborating on symposia to submit to an SSEA conference; or working together to organize a preconference session.

For a listing of the Topic Networks, please click here. If you would like to join any of the Topic Networks, please contact the SSEA Coordinator, Lisa Gaudette, You may join as many as you like. We also welcome your ideas for more Topic Networks. Please note that YOU MUST BE AN SSEA MEMBER to join a Topic Network.