conference committee ssea 2017

  • brian willoughby, chair

    Brian J. Willoughby, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. He received his doctoral degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. His research generally focuses on how adolescents, emerging adults, and adults move toward and form long-term committed relationships. Contact information and a complete list of publications can be found at the link below.

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  • Carolyn Barry (co-chair)

    Carolyn McNamara Barry, Ph.D., earned her B.S. in Psychology with minors in Sociology, Spanish, and Secondary Education from Ursinus College, where she earned departmental honors in Psychology and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Carolyn earned her Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2001. Since that time she has been on the psychology faculty at Loyola University Maryland, receiving a promotion to the rank of full professor in 2015. She teaches developmental psychology courses and in March 2011 was recognized for her use of service-learning in such courses with the Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship and Service-Learning at Loyola University Maryland.

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  • byron g. adams

    Byron G. Adams is an Industrial Psychologist and Cross-Cultural Psychologist from Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Tilburg University in the Netherlands in Cross-Cultural Psychology and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He lectures Industrial and Organizational Psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels the University of Johannesburg. His broad research interests include personality, psychological assessment, transformation, and organizational behavior. He has a more specific interest in identity, and its associations with well-being, acculturation, and intergroup relations.

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  • Goda Kaniušonytė

    Goda Kaniušonytė is a PhD student and also a lecturer at the Institute of Psychology, Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Goda is mostly interested in positive youth development and family context. Goda has also participated in several educational projects and has already published several papers in peer reviewed scientific journals.

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  • spencer b. olmstead

    Spencer B. Olmstead, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee. He received his doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. His research generally focuses on young adults’ sexual and reproductive health and risk taking behaviors. He is currently Co-Director of the Wellbeing in Adolescents and Emerging adults (WAE) research lab.

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