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7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood

I am thrilled to announce that the arrangements for our 2015 SSEA conference in Miami have been finalized. The conference will be held at the Biscayne Bay Marriott, which is right next to the water, on beautiful Biscayne Bay about 10 minutes north of downtown Miami. The area around the hotel has lots of excellent restaurants and nice places to walk and shop. The hotel is also about 2 miles (3 km) from the exciting South Beach area and has a complimentary shuttle to and from South Beach. There is also a water taxi that can take you to some of the islands that are accessible only by boat. There are buses and trains that can take you anywhere in the downtown area within just a few minutes. We will be very close to the action this time. And the average daytime temperature in Miami in mid-October is 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Centigrade).

The conference will be held between Wednesday, October 14th, and Friday, October 16th, 2015. Moin Syed from the University of Minnesota and Elisabetta Crocetti from Utrecht University will be your conference committee chair and co-chair for the next meeting. I will be your conference host (as well as president-elect).

The Call for Proposals for the 2015 conference is here!

Please stay posted for further communication regarding conference hotel rates.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Miami area, including flight arrangements, please let me know.

I am so excited about the conference and about seeing all of you here in Miami next year!

Seth J. Schwartz, President-Elect



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.


1.  Emerging Adulthood will be moving from 4 to 6 issues in 2015.
2.  After the first 2 complete volumes in March 2015, we plan to apply for inclusion in Thomson Reuters and a journal impact factor. The estimated impact factor (based on manuscripts published in 2013) is currently 2.61 (07/03/2014 Harzing's Publish or Perish).
3.  Emerging Adulthood has been accepted for indexing in Scopus and PsycINFO.
4.  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. While 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


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.

If you would like to join any of the Topic Networks below, please contact the SSEA Coordinator, Megan Patterson, 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.

Topic Network Chair Affiliation Emerging Scholar Co-Chair Affiliation
Identity Issues Kate McLean Western Washington U. Johanna Carlsson Gothenburg University, Sweden
Parents and Family Laura Walker Brigham Young University Evie Kins Ghent University, Belgium
Mental Health Jennifer Tanner Rutgers University Yesel Yoon U. Mass. Amherst
Work and Career Anne Marshall University of Victoria, Canada Julia Dietrich University of Jena, Germany
Study Abroad Janice Abarbanel New York University Linn Friedrichs Free University Berlin/New York University
Media Uses Adriana Manago Western Washington U. Sarah Coyne Brigham Young University
Substance Use and Abuse Judy Andrews Oregon Research Institute Erika Westling Oregon Research Institute
Sexuality Eva Lefkowitz Penn State University Shannon Claxton Kent State University
Europe Rita Zukauskiene Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania Goda Kaniusonyte Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
South America Alicia Facio Natl Universithy of Entre Rios Luciana Thome Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Africa Gail Ferguson U. of Illinois Byron Adams Tilburg University, Netherlands
Asia Xianxing Duan Chinese University of Mining and Technology Tomo Umemura Tomas Masaryk University, Czech Republic
United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand Oliver Robinson Greenwich University Cathy Finnis Kent University
Moral Development Lene Jensen Clark University N/A N/A
Prevention and Intervention Michael Cleveland Penn State University N/A N/A