Media Kit



Anne Perdue
Phone: 202-805-5164
Fax: 800-979-0620

Our program Co-Chairs Jasna Jovanovic, California Polytechnic State University and Mitchell J. Prinstein, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have organized a dynamic invited program by inviting distinguished scholars to present on a variety of topics that will advance understanding of adolescence. Click here to access the full invited panel or below for a brief summary of some presentations we have identified.

For longer descriptions of the talks listed above visit the
SRA Invited Program and Special Events Page

  1. Sleep and the Developing Adolescent Brain: Implications for Behavior and Well-Being
    Thu, 8:30 to 10:00am, Hilton, Second Floor, Symphony Ballroom 3
  2.  A Social Justice Lens on Equity and Social Determinants of Health
    Thu, 12:15 to 1:45pm, Hilton, Third Floor, Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon A
  3. Education, Inequality, and Opportunity in America
    Thu, 3:45 to 5:15pm, Hilton, Third Floor, Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon A
  4. Peer Victimization, Dating Violence, & Mental Health Issues among Sexual & Gender Minority Youth: Building Protective Schools and Communities
    Fri, 8:30 to 10:00am, Hilton, Second Floor, Symphony Ballroom 3
  5. Social Media: Risks and Opportunities for Adolescent Development
    Fri, April 13, 10:15 to 11:45am, Hilton, Third Floor, Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon A
  6. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study: Overview, Emerging Data and Opportunities
    Fri, April 13, 12:15 to 1:45pm, Hilton, Third Floor, Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon B
  7. RDoC: A Lens for Understanding Changes in Adolescent Brain and Behavior
    Sat, April 14, 10:15 to 11:45am, Hilton, Third Floor, Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon A
  8. Interpersonal Risk (and Opportunity) During Adolescence: A Multi-level Perspective on the Emerging Gender Difference in Depression
    Sat, April 14, 12:15 to 1:45pm, Hilton, Third Floor, Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon A


The conference will feature cutting-edge research that can inform the discussion of a number of current social issues, including today’s parent, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, immigration and bullying/cyber-bullying.

Humans spend one-third of their lives asleep, and we’re learning more about the role of sleep in health and development every year. On Thursday at 8:30am, Dr. Adriana Galván will present about sleep and the developing adolescent brain with a special focus on behavior and well-being.


Health is influenced by a number sources, and we are increasingly coming to understand that social equity also plays a key role. On Thursday at 12:15pm, Dr. Kimber Bogard will lead a panel focused on how a social justice view can lead researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to better understand the roots of inequity and its relationship to health.


Education is widely imagined to be the pathway to economic opportunity. But, are our schools engines of equal opportunity or agents of inequality? To answer this, on Thursday at 3:45, Dr. Sean Reardon uses 300 million test scores to show that economic inequality and segregation play powerful roles in shaping educational opportunity.


Estimates suggest that as many as 89% of adolescents belong to a social networking site like Instagram or Snapchat, with 71% belonging to more than one (Lenhart, 2015). As adolescents turn to social media at unprecedented rates and with staggering frequency, it becomes critical to examine the role of social media in the lives of young people. On Friday at 10:15 am, Dr. Jacqueline Nesi will bring together leaders in the field to discuss the risks and benefits of social media for youth.


From suicidal ideation to delinquent behavior, adolescence is a period where risk for poor well-being increases dramatically. On Friday at 12:15pm, Dr. Sandra Brown will lead a panel on efforts to increase our understanding of how experience interacts with changing biology to influence brain, cognitive, and social/emotional development. On Saturday at 10:15am, a panel led by Dr. Margaret Sheridan will discuss brain, behavioral, and interpersonal processes underlying risk for poor well-being.


Adolescence is a stage of life marked by striking transformations in adolescent’s social worlds. On Saturday at 12:15, Dr. Karen Rudolph will discuss a program of work that highlights how these transformations shape the health and well-being of adolescent girls.


Sexual and gender minority youth and gender minority populations often experience elevated levels of peer victimization, truancy, depression, and suicidal behaviors than their straight-identified peers. On Friday at 8:30am, Dr. Dorothy Espelage will discuss school-based interventions that are showing progress in reducing victimization among these youth.