Charleston, South Carolina June 4-6, 2025

charleston at night
Charleston, South Carolina, USA skyline over the Ashley River.

Beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, USA, is home of SSEA’s 12th conference on emerging adulthood.

Presidential Lecture, Dr. Carolyn Barry

Carolyn Barry earned her B.S. in Psychology from Ursinus College and her Ph.D. in Human Development from University of Maryland-College Park. She is a professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland; since 2019 she has been the Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Graduate Programs. Widely published on emerging adults’ close relationships and adjustment, as well as their meaning-making, she serves on the editorial board for Emerging Adulthood and Journal of Youth and Adolescence. She is the 2023 recipient of Ursinus College Alumni Professional Achievement Award, and the 2011 Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship.

Keynote Address, Dr. Lene A. Jensen

Lene Arnett Jensen is the originator of the “cultural-developmental” theoretical approach to research on human psychology. This approach encompasses what is universal and what is culturally distinctive about human development. Unlike one-size-fits-all psychological theories of the 20th century, the cultural-developmental approach provides a flexible way to think about psychological development in today’s global world. Dr. Jensen authors college textbooks on child, adolescent, and lifespan development (with J. J. Arnett, all published by Pearson). Dr. Jensen is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at Clark University.

Master Lectures, Invited Symposium


Conference Committee

SSEA - Itzel Eguiluz

Itzel Eguiluz

SSEA - Karla Vermeulen

Karla Vermeulen


State University of New York at New Paltz

SSEA - Julia Passini

Julia Passini

SSEA - Samuel McKay

Samuel McKay


University of Melbourne

SSEA - Alan Meca

Alan Meca


Old Dominion University, USA

SSEA - Wairimu Muchiri

Wairimu Muchiri


University of Zurich, Switzerland

SSEA - Tushar Siingh

Tushar Siingh


Banaras Hindu University, India

SSEA - Anna Wieradzka-Pilarczyk

Anna Wieradzka-Pilarczyk


Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland