Pre-Conference Workshops

SSEA Pre-conference Workshops, Thursday, November 2, 2017, Washington DC

You are invited to attend one of the several pre-conference workshops that will be hosted by different Topic Networks. These sessions are designed to provide and encourage: a) networking opportunities, where established and emerging scholars can meet and share their work; b) contact with well-known leaders in the field, who will present their work; c) contact with upcoming emerging scholars, whose creative and important initial work promises to make her/him a future leader; and d) panel and small group discussions on specific topics and subtopics on current innovations within the different research fields.

Descriptions of each workshop are presented below, for more information about a particular session, please contact the workshop organizers.

Pre-conference Session 1 


Theme: Sex and Romantic Experiences of High Risk and Vulnerable Young Adults
Hosted by: Romantic Relationships and Sexuality Topic Networks
Scheduled Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Please see the Romantic Relationships and Sexuality flyer for the complete program.

Session Description:
This pre-conference meeting focuses on (a) recent research on young adult romantic and sexual relationships/experiences with a special emphasis on young adults in Vulnerable Contexts (e.g. homeless young adults, young adults with a history of Child Welfare, LGBTQ young adults, young adults exposed to violence) and (b) bringing together and further developing (networks of) scholars with an interest in advancing the science of young adult sexuality and romantic relationships. In terms of the schedule, the pre-conference will start with a data blitz session, followed by a keynote talk by Marla Reese-Weber on the topic of "Vulnerabilities for Sexual Assault of College Women: The Role of Childhood Sexual Abuse." This keynote will then be followed by a panel discussion with experts from different ‘areas of vulnerability’.

Keynote Speaker: Marla Reese-Weber (Illinois State University)

Panel Discussants:
• Ryan Watson - University of Connecticut
• Elizabeth Mazur - Penn State University
• Laura McCloskey - Indiana University

Workshop Organizers:
• Jennifer Connolly - York University,
• Rongqin Yu – Oxford University,
• Rose Wesche - Medical College of Wisconsin,
• Manfred van Dulmen - Kent State University,

Number of participants to be accommodated: 50
**Abstract submissions for pre-conference workshops to be submitted directly to workshop organizers.

Pre-conference Session 2


 Theme: Media Pre-conference
Hosted by: Media Topic Network
Scheduled Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Session Description:
In this session, we will hear from both established and emerging scholars about the most current research on media use among emerging adults as well as future directions in media research with young people. In addition, we will have ample time for discussion throughout our time together. Below is an outline of our half-day session. We hope you will join us!

Registration: 12:00-12:20pm
Introduction and keynote speaker: 12:30-1:45pm
Invited speakers: 1:55-3:15pm
Pecha Kucha talks: 3:25-4:25pm
Informal networking: 4:30-5:00pm
Close: 5:00pm

Confirmed Speakers
Keynote Speaker: L. Monique Ward
Invited Panel:
Deborah Schooler (Gallaudet University),
Chia-Chen Yang (University of Memphis), and
Catherine Steele (University of Maryland).

Invited Speakers for Pecha Kucha Talks:
Soraya Giaccardi (University of Michigan),
Margaret McBeath (University of Waterloo), and
Christy Starr (University of California Santa Cruz)

Workshop Organizers:
• Elizabeth Daniels - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs,
• Sarah Trinh - University of Michigan,

Number of participants to be accommodated: 30
**Additional Information for Attendees
Attendees are encouraged to attend the first conference poster session as a number of media posters will be included in this session. This will provide more opportunity to connect with media scholars.
Media scholars are invited to lunch together on Friday, November 3rd from 12:15-1:15pm. During the preconference, we will provide interested folks with time to organize a lunch plan at a local restaurant. If you are interested in lunch but will not be at the preconference, feel free to email Elizabeth Daniels at for more information.

Pre-conference Session 3


Theme: Prevention and Intervention in Emerging Adulthood
Hosted by: Prevention and Intervention Topic Network
Scheduled Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Session Description
This workshop will highlight theoretical and conceptual advances in prevention and intervention in emerging adulthood, with a focus on the multiple targets that present during this time. The agenda includes 1) Networking opportunities with other members of the P&I TN and other SSEA members; 2) A keynote presentation by Dr. Steven Sussman (University of Southern California) discussing the prevalence and co-occurrence of multiple substances and behavioral addictions; and 3) a panel of scholars describing their work on prevention and intervention targets and efforts aimed at emerging adults (e.g., substance use, eating disorders, sexual assault, mental health, etc.). We invite anyone interested in prevention and intervention to join us. The presentations will be of interest to researchers investigating intervention targets and conducting empirical investigations of existing prevention and intervention efforts, clinicians or front-line staff working with emerging adults, and scholars interested in policy and implementation issues. We will have time for mingling and informal discussion throughout the pre-conference and welcome discussion of these and other important issues facing the development and implementation of preventive interventions for emerging adults.

Confirmed Speakers:

Keynote Speaker: Steven Sussman (University of Southern California)

Invited Panel:
Abby Goldstein (University of Toronto)
Judy Andrews (Oregon Research Institute)
Ohad Nahum (Tel-Aviv Center for NVR Psychology)

Workshop organizers:
• Michael Cleveland – Washington State University,
• Abby Goldstein – University of Toronto,
• Judy Andrews – Oregon Research Institute,

Number of participants to be accommodated: 30

Pre-conference Session 4


Theme: Emerging Adults’ Meaning-Making
Hosted by: Religion and Spirituality Topic Network
Scheduled Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
See here for the workshop schedule

Session Description:
This pre-conference workshop will focus on connecting emerging and established scholars and practitioners who are interested in meaning-making processes during emerging adulthood, broadly construed. Taking an innovative approach to traditional conference formats, we propose to organize this workshop around the interests of our network. Our primary goal is to facilitate deliverable outcomes from participating in the workshop, in the form of direct contributions to publications, grants, literature reviews, practice, and ideas in formation for subsequent SSEA workshops. The theme for this workshop is meaning-making during emerging adulthood; the specific topics are open and to be built around the interests of our network. We welcome submission types in five forms: workshops on manuscripts in progress, grant working groups, critical dialogs, practice seminars, and planning sessions for SSEA 2019. These submission types are described further below. We welcome scholars, practitioners, and religious leaders interested in religion, spirituality, and meaning-making during emerging adulthood.

Submission Types**
a. Manuscript Workshops – submissions received for manuscript drafts in progress, arranged by topic for informal discussion, akin to roundtables but with emphasis placed on discussions
b. Grant Working Groups – submissions received for calls for grant proposals, arranged by topic for informal discussion of ideas in progress and in formation for collaborative grants
c. Critical Dialogs – submissions received for critical dialogs focused on a single or pair of journal articles or book chapters, panelists prepare comments on the reading(s)
d. Practice Seminars – submissions received for best practices for work with emerging adults, arranged by topic for discussions on implementing research-based practice
e. Planning SSEA 2019 – submissions received for ideas on keynote speakers, panels, workshop, and other session ideas for the next SSEA in 2019

We will receive submissions for the pre-conference workshop through an early submission due date and a final submission due date. The first due date is to provide submitters with early consideration and acceptance notification, and the final due date is to allow longer duration for submitters to develop innovative, creative, and/or collaborative submission ideas.
• Early Submission Due Date: July 1, 2017
• Final Submission Due Date: September 1, 2017
• Link to Submit Pre-conference Workshop Ideas:

Potential Speakers: TBA (workshop speakers will be based on network submissions)

Workshop Organizers:
• Patricia Snell Herzog, PhD - University of Arkansas,
• Ofra Mayseless, PhD - University of Haifa,

Number of participants to be accommodated: 30
**Abstract submissions for pre-conference workshops to be submitted directly to workshop organizers.

Pre-conference Session 5


Theme: Intersectionality of Identity Domains & Content
Hosted by: Identity Issues Topic Network (more information here)
Scheduled Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (full-day workshop $90)

Session Description:
The Identity Topic Network will be leading a day-long workshop on issues of identity content and the intersectionality of identity domains within research on emerging adulthood. Prior research on identity development has tended to emphasize the processes and mechanisms by which identities are constructed and change throughout the lifespan. However, there have been recent calls for increased attention to the domains and contents within which young people develop their identities. In other words, does the way in which identity develops during emerging adulthood change based on the domains of life that are being considered? For example, are the processes by which religious identity develops qualitatively different than the processes of ethnic identity development? Additionally, does one’s ethnic identity development influence one’s religious identity development (and vice versa)? These questions highlight the importance of attending to the domains and content of identity.

We have invited a variety of scholars that are currently contributing research and scholarship on the intersection of different identity domains and content, including gender, race and ethnicity, social class, immigration status, religion and spirituality, and sexuality. We have also invited a scholar who specializes in issues of intersectionality within social psychology to help us understand the key components to research that highlights the intersectional nature of how people form and express their identities––with a particular emphasis on societal and structural issues that play key roles in how identity develops during emerging adulthood.

In addition to short talks from these leading scholars, we will also have active group discussions and activities planned throughout the day to get all participants involved in this hands-on workshop. Participants will be encouraged to apply concepts of intersectionality to their own research, collaborate with others in small groups to discuss these issues, and the guest speakers will be on hand to facilitate these discussions and answer questions. We look forward to discussing these important and timely issues in this dialogical workshop!

Confirmed Speakers:
Kate McLean (Western Washington University),
Moin Syed (University of Minnesota),
Dalal Katsiaficas (University of Illinois at Chicago), and
Hal Grotevant (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).

Workshop Organizers:
• Joe Schwab - Bridgewater State University,
• Johanna Carlsson - University of Gothenberg,

Number of participants to be accommodated: 70

Pre-conference Session 6

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Theme: Exploring Mental Health Among Emerging Adults
Hosted by: Mental Health Topic Network
Scheduled Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (full day workshop $90); this workshop offers five (5) Continuing Education Credits (CE's)--participants must attend the full day in order to receive their certificate.

Session Description:
The purpose of this preconference is to explore mental health among emerging adults, including causes, consequences, and interventions. Individuals entering emerging adulthood have been challenged to accomplish a number of developmental tasks, which provides a foundation for successful development. While many are prepared, those who experience mental illness may not develop the necessary skills to be successful. Of particular concern are those who have experienced trauma and other early adverse experiences during childhood and adolescence. Consistent with the theme of the conference, the speakers and panelists at this preconference will discuss the impact of mental health on successful emerging adult development. More specifically, they will focus on those factors that promote resilience and how to translate this understanding into successful interventions.

Keynote Speakers:
• Andrew W. Hunt, MD, MHA, Case Western Reserve University, Director of Transitional Youth Initiative, Co-Director of BRAIN (Behavioral Research and Innovation Network: The Psychiatry Practice-Based Research Network)
• Maureen T. B. Drysdale, PhD, Director of Mental Health and School-to-Work Transitions Lab, St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo

Panel Members:
• Andrew W. Hunt, Case Western Reserve University
• Robin McGee, Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University
• Maureen T. B. Drysdale, St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo
• Dynesha Mason Grissom, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
• Yesel Yoon, Pace University

Workshop Organizers:
• Larry Forthun, PhD - University of Florida,
• Yesel Yoon, PhD - Pace University,

Continuing Education Credits (CE's):

Continuing Education Credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 5.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 5.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 5.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Number of participants to be accommodated: 30

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Goal of the topic networks

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.