Help Promote Our Work!

Kleenex, Xerox, Band-Aids. Just reading those names probably evokes the product associated with the brand. A number of years ago, the Executive Committee of the Society for Research on Adolescence articulated an ambitions aspiration for SRA to be the go-to source for information on adolescents. Although such an aspiration is multifaceted, the news media can play an important role in the translation of our science to those who directly influence the lives of adolescents. But how does SRA become as identified with “sound information about adolescents” as Lego is known for “interlocking plastic bricks”? Seeking answers to this question is the charge of the SRA Media and Communications committee, and we believe our biennial conference is a time to share what we know.

For the first time in SRA’s history, we are happy to share that the press will have free access to the conference and a room to work. Our committee has also created the first-ever SRA biennial conference press kit, a set of promotional materials designed for members of the media that provides information about a product, a person, or an event. Our press kit includes information about the society and highlights the conference’s invited program. Members of the media use the press kit to determine whether an event is worth covering. But we need to get the press kit into the hands of the press.

Here are three easy things you can do before the conference to help us engage with the news media.

  1. Share the link to the press kit through your social media feeds. You know a lot of people (and they know people you don’t) and by sharing the #SRA18 press kit, we might find advocates who might not otherwise know about us.
  2. If you are presenting your work and work at an organization with a media office, reach out to your communications office and explore the possibility of creating a press release to coordinate with the conference.
  3. If you know members of the news media, please share the press kit with them in a personalized email. And by news media, let’s cast the net wide. If you’ve been interviewed, you could share the press kit with the journalist you met. If you know someone in journalism, then pass along our press kit. If you know someone who writes a blog about science, family, or schools, let them know about our conference.

And here are three things you can do at the conference to get the word out about our discoveries:

  1. Include #SRA18 in your social media posts.
  2. Follow SRA’s social media accounts.
  3. Promote your work using Facebook Live or Periscope.

It’s going to take work to establish SRA as the definitive outlet for the science of adolescence, but we hope you’ll join us on this journey.

SRA Biennial Meeting Awards

SRA Awards History

Three major awards are presented at each SRA Biennial Meeting: the Hershel D. Thornburg Dissertation Award, the John P. Hill Memorial Award, and the Early Career Research Award. Qualifications and nomination procedures for each of these awards are now available and posted below. The nominations for these awards are reviewed by the SRA Awards Committee, and the recipients are announced at each SRA Biennial Meeting.

In addition, Social Policy Publication Awards are presented for (1) Best Book (authored or edited) and (2) Best Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal.  Qualifications and nomination procedures for two these awards are now posted below.

Finally, three newer awards have been established and added to the collection of SRA Biennial Awards. The SRA Outstanding Mentor Award is to celebrate those who exemplify outstanding mentoring of the next generation of researchers focused on adolescence and the transition to adulthood; the SRA Mid-Career Award for Research Excellence Award is to celebrate mid-career scholars (7 to 15 years beyond earning their PhD or equivalent degree) who exemplify research excellence on any topic regarding adolescence and the transition to adulthood; the SRA Organizational Award for Excellence in Research and Programming for Youth honors an organization that has contributed significantly to enhancing scientific research and application of that research to promote the development of young people from diverse backgrounds and in diverse settings.  All three awards were presented for the first time at our 2016 Biennial Meeting in Baltimore, MD.  Please consider making a nomination to honor your mentors, colleagues and worthwhile organizations. 

The nomination deadline for all awards was Monday, October 16, 2017.

Questions? Contact Anne Perdue at aperdue@s-r-a.org.

SRA Biennial Meeting Awards

Hershel D. Thornburg Dissertation Award

This award recognizes outstanding scholastic promise in research on adolescence. Students having completed their dissertations between September 2015 and August 2017 are eligible to be nominated. Nominees are invited from all relevant disciplines. Faculty and self-nominations are equally encouraged.

Nomination Requirements:

· Current SRA membership
· Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· Advisor’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· A letter of recommendation from the advisor indicating the nature of the nominee’s contribution to the development of the research and the perceived contribution of the study to the field of investigation
· A 3-5 page abstract of the dissertation
· A link to the full dissertation

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: ThornburgAward@s-r-a.org


Early Career Research Award

This award recognizes a young scholar whose research, publications, grants, conference presentations, and visibility in the field represent a significant contribution to understanding adolescent development and behavior. This award will be made to an early career scholar whose scholarly contributions are distinguished through research, publications grants, conference presentations, and his/her visibility in the field. Nominees should be no more than six years beyond the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, unless exceptional circumstances necessitated a hiatus in their scholarly activities.

Nomination Requirements:
· Current SRA membership
· Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· Name, address, email address, and phone number of person nominating the potential recipient
· A letter detailing the contributions and future promise of the nominee
· 2 letters of recommendation
· Copies of up to 3 scholarly articles or chapters that represent the nominee’s contributions.

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to:
InvestigatorAward@s-r-a.org


Mid-Career Award for Research Excellence

Managing the transition from being an early career scholar to a mid-career scholar can be a challenge because demands increase and support often declines. In addition, expectations for more influential scholarship intensify. It is essential for the advancement of our science for scholars to meet this challenge and to continue to expand their research programs. The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) seeks to recognize the importance of mid-career scholarship and to celebrate mid-career scholars who exemplify research excellence on any topic regarding adolescence and the transition to adulthood. Nominees must be between 7 and 15 years beyond earning their PhD or equivalent degree (unless exceptional circumstances necessitated a hiatus in their scholarly activities). The nomination letter can come from multiple individuals (with at least one being a current SRA member).

Nomination requirements:
· Current SRA membership
· Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· Name, address, email address, and phone number of person nominating the potential recipient
· A 1 to 2-page letter detailing why the nominee deserves this honor
· Nominee’s current CV

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to:
MidCareerAward@s-r-a.org


John P. Hill Memorial Award

This award recognizes an individual whose overall program of work has had a significant impact on our understanding of development and behavior during the second decade of the lifespan. Letters of nomination to the committee should include a brief statement about the nominee’s contributions to the field, including pertinent references to scholarly articles or chapters that represent the nominee’s contributions to research on adolescence.

Nomination Requirements:
· Current SRA membership
· Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· Name, address, email address, and phone number of person nominating the potential recipient
· A letter outlining the merits of the award nominee
· 3 letters of recommendation
· Copies of 3 scholarly articles or chapters that represent the nominee’s contributions to research on adolescence

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: HillAward@s-r-a.org


Outstanding Mentor Award

Training, guiding, and encouraging early career researchers through direct instruction and collaboration in research are integral components of advancing the multidisciplinary field of research on adolescence. The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) seeks to recognize the importance of this capacity-building by honoring members who have made exceptional contributions to the field in general and SRA in particular through their mentoring of the next generation of researchers focused on adolescence and the transition to adulthood. We want to celebrate those who exemplify outstanding mentoring. The nomination letter can come from multiple individuals (with at least one being a current SRA member).

Beginning with SRA Biennial Meeting 2018, two Outstanding Mentor Awards will be presented. One award will be for nominees at the advanced associate level or at the full professor level for fewer than 10 years. The other award will be for nominees who have been serving at the full professor level for 10 years or more.

Nomination requirements:
• Both the primary nominator and the nominee are current SRA members.
• Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
• Name, address, email address, and phone number of the primary person nominating the potential recipient
• A 2 to 3-page letter detailing why the nominee deserves this honor. Please speak to the nominee’s scholarship and his/her professional and personal characteristics that make the person an excellent mentor.
• Nominee’s current CV

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: MentorAward@s-r-a.org


Social Policy Publication Awards:

The SRA Awards Committee announces a call for submissions for consideration for the two Social Policy Publication Awards (1) Best Book (authored or edited) and (2) Best Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal.

Works published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 are eligible for nomination. Those books and articles that are in press and will be published by December 31, 2017 may be submitted as well.

Nominations of articles or books should exemplify research on adolescence with implications for social policy. Submissions could include policy-oriented research, program evaluations, or basic research in which implications for policy or practice are clearly articulated. Submissions from a variety of disciplines are encouraged, and self-nominations are welcome.

The SRA Awards Committee will review all submissions and the winners will be announced at the 2018 SRA Biennial Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, USA. Criteria for selection are: (1) Research and theory meet high standards, (2) policy issues are substantive and timely, and (3) the work clearly articulates the implications of the research for a social policy issue, such that policy problems are clarified and/or solutions are illustrated.

Nomination Requirements:
▪ A letter articulating how the book or article meets the award criteria
▪ A 3 to 5-page summary of a nominated book
▪ A copy of the nominated book or article; if you are submitting a hard copy of the book, please email PolicyAwards@s-r-a.org to receive the mailing address.

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: PolicyAwards@s-r-a.org
 

SRA Organizational Award for Excellence in Research and Programming for Youth

This award honors an organization that has contributed significantly to enhancing scientific research and application of that research to promote the development of young people from diverse backgrounds and in diverse settings. It is awarded in recognition that organizations play a vital role in advancing science and science-based programs and policies that serve young people. Foundations, university-based centers that focus on research and policies relevant to youth, and youth-serving community organizations, among others, are eligible for this award.

Nomination requirements:
· Primary nominator is a current SRA member
· Nominee’s name and website, and the name, address, email, and phone number of the primary contact person for the award
· Name, address, email, and phone number of person nominating the potential recipient
· A 2 to 3-page letter detailing why the nominated organization deserves this honor, referring to the specific criteria detailed in the award description
· One or two supporting documents that exemplify the organization’s contributions to research or programs/policies for youth (e.g., research products, program descriptions, etc.).

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: 
richard.lerner@tufts.edu


 

SRA Awards History

Non-Sponsored Pre-Conference Events for 2018

2018 SRA Non-sponsored Events


Peer Relationships Pre-Conference

Date: Wednesday April 11, 2018
Time: 11:30am – 6:00pm
Location: General Session in Duluth Room (3rd Floor); Breakouts in Directors Row 3 and 4 (3rd Floor)
Contact: Kristina McDonald, klmcdonald@ua.edu for registration questions.
Website:http://2018srapeerspreconference.ua.edu/

The preconference will present cutting-edge research and ideas for next steps in the subfield of adolescent peer relationships.
Breakout sessions will focus on peer relationships and new ideas in related domains (e.g., ethnic and racial identity, social cognition, parent and sibling influences, friendships, romantic relationships, aggression, and psychophysiology).

Romantic Relationships Pre-Conference

Date: Wednesday April 11, 2018
Time: 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Symphony Ballroom 1 (2nd Floor)
Contact: Graciela Espinosa-Hernandez, hernandezm@uncw.edu for registration questions.

This preconference focuses on cutting-edge research in the field of Adolescent Romantic and Sexual Relationships. It will consist of keynote presentations, an expert panel of senior-level researchers to discuss the future directions, and a “speed dating” event so participants can network and learn from each other.

Identity Scholars Meeting
The International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI)

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Conrad B/C (2nd Floor)
Contact: Janet Gebelt, jgebelt@westfield.ma.edu for registration questions.

The International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI) will meet to discuss theory and research on the role of identity in psychosocial development. The session will begin with a meet and greet period at 1:00 pm. At 1:30 pm, ISRI President Moin Syed will officially open the meeting, followed by brief reports from ISRI officers on organizational activities, including planning for the 2019 Conference. The reports will be followed by a panel presentation focusing on methodological issues in the study of identity development and small group discussions of issues raised by the panel. The session will conclude with poster presentations. We welcome submissions to our poster session. The ISRI meeting is open to anyone interested in identity (you do not need to be an ISRI member!) and is free to all. For further information about ISRI and the pre-session meeting (including registration and the call for posters) please visit our website, www.identityisri.org. You can also contact the ISRI program chair, Sara Johnson (s.johnson@tufts.edu) or Janet Gebelt, ISRI Secretary (jgebelt@westfield.ma.edu), with questions.

Youth Civic Engagement Preconference: Brew Talks

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Inbound BrewCo

Kick off the Society for Research on Adolescence biennial meeting by joining scholars who study, think, and care about youth civic engagement at an informal gathering in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday April 11th from 5:00 – 7:30 PM. This will be a fun opportunity to connect with researchers and practitioners with shared interests. This event will take place at Inbound BrewCo, and will feature Brew Talks – short presentations by several attendees to get feedback on emerging ideas or pressing problems in the field of youth civic engagement. Ample time will be devoted to informal discussions. Come experience a taste of downtown Minneapolis at one of the city’s newest breweries and share in lively discussion about youth civic engagement research and practice. All are welcome to attend!

Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/s67Zxe. Drop-ins are also welcome!

There is no cost to attend. Appetizers will be provided. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Food truck on site for additional food purchases.

Location: 701 N. 5th Street (North Loop) Minneapolis, MN 55401 (inboundbrew.co)
Walkable from the conference hotel (weather permitting) or short ride via Uber or light rail.

For questions about the event, please contact Amy Syvertsen (amys@search-institute.org), Aaron Metzger (aaron.metzger@mail.wvu.edu), or Laura Wray-Lake (wraylake@ucla.edu).


Memorial in honor of Jari-Erik Nurmi
Hosted by Shmuel Shulman and Brett Laursen

Memorial remembering Jari-Erik Nurmi the person and his contribution to the field.

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Conrad B (2nd Floor)
Contact:  Shuel Shulman; shuel.shulman@biu.ac.il for questions.

Journal of Adolescence Reviewer Reception

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Directors Row 3 (3rd Floor)
Contact: Victoria Egelbaum, v.egelbaum@elsevier.com

Volunteer at SRA

Volunteer at the Biennial Meeting
and receive a registration refund!

Click here and log in with your SRA membership login
to sign up for volunteer shifts.


Note: Your SRA Membership must be active/current
in order to log in to the system.

  • Volunteers must be Student Undergraduate/Graduate or New Professional members of SRA.
  • All volunteers must register for the meeting and will receive a refund 3 to 4 weeks after the meeting.
  • All volunteers must complete three shifts in exchange for the meeting fee refund.
  • The volunteer shift selection and sign-up is first come, first served.
  • The registration fee waiver does not cover any ancillary events.

Below you will find descriptions of the different types of tasks available:

Meeting Session Shifts

  • Introduce yourself to the presenter and assist with setup if necessary.
  • Contact SRA staff in case of any problems.
  • Complete the Meeting shift questionnaire including attendance counts.

Poster Session Shifts

  • Post the “Poster Session Index” sheets that are available at the volunteer desk on the poster board labeled for that purpose. 
  • Assist presenters with setting up and taking down posters when needed.
  • Monitor the Combined Book Display.
  • Help pick up and organize poster area between sessions.

Registration Area Shifts

  • Hand out alphabetized badges with badge holders.

Questions? Contact programoffice@s-r-a.org

Special Events

2018 SRA Biennial Meeting

Funding Opportunities with U.S. Government Agencies and Foundations
Thursday, April 12: 1:15pm-2:15pm
Marquette Ballroom [Exhibit Hall – Foundation & Federal Agency Section] (Second Floor)

While posters will be on display throughout the biennial meeting in the Exhibit Hall, representatives will be at their posters on Thursday, April 12: 1:15pm-2:15pm to meet with attendees and answer questions about funding opportunities.

2018 Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, April 12: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon D (Third Floor)

The 2018 SRA Business Meeting is open to all attendees. A brief report on the state of the Society will be given. Please join us to learn more about SRA and offer your input to the organization. The Awards Ceremony will be held immediately after the Business Meeting to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adolescence. Be sure to stay for the Welcome Reception immediately following!

2018 Biennial Awards Recipients

Welcome Reception
Thursday, April 12: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Minneapolis Grand Ballroom Foyer (Third Floor)

All attendees are invited to attend this event that follows the Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony. Honor SRA 2018 Award recipients and enjoy refreshments. Here’s an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and former colleagues and meet people from other universities or countries who may share your research interests. Cash bars will be available.

Screenagers
Thursday, April 12: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Minneapolis Grand Ballroom C (Third Floor)

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

Plan to end your evening by watching this interesting movie – popcorn and a cash bar will be available!

L. Monique WardDiscussant: L. Monique Ward, Ph.D.
L. Monique Ward is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, where she teaches courses on Developmental Psychology, and on Children, Adolescents, and the Media. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D from UCLA. Dr. Ward’s research focuses on media effects on gender development and sexual socialization, with particular attention to effects of sexual objectifying media, effects for emerging adult women, and effects for Black youth. She has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Developmental Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Media Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, and Psychology of Women Quarterly. Dr. Ward served as a member of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, and currently serves on the editorial board of 4 scholarly journals. She is the 2017 recipient of The Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology Award from the APA Committee on Women in Psychology


Special Poster Session and Reception
Adolescence in the Context of Domestic and Global Diversity
Friday, April 13: 11:45am-1:00pm
Marquette Ballroom [Exhibit Hall] (Second Floor)

This special poster session and reception will focus exclusively on research that addresses diversity issues in adolescence both domestically and internationally. In addition to increasing the visibility of work that focuses on underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; sexual minority youth; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically, socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, this session aims to bring together scholars studying these important populations in an effort to maximize networking opportunities during the conference.

2018 SRA Presidential Address: Moving Toward a Developmental Cultural Neuroscience of Adolescence
Friday, April 13: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon D (Third Floor)

The study of adolescence has been boosted and transformed by recent developments in neuroscience and related areas. These developments have occurred alongside the growth of a vibrant tradition of research on culture, race-ethnicity, and other aspects of diversity. Yet, with noteworthy exceptions, these two streams of inquiry have generally followed separate paths within our field. This address poses the question of how we might more fully integrate emerging knowledge of adolescent brain development with cultural models of development, with the dual goals of understanding the mechanisms through which culture gets under the skin and is “embrained” and uncovering the implications of this process for youth growing up in distinct cultural contexts.

Lisa CrockettDr. Lisa Crockett is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with expertise in adolescent risk behavior and Latino youth development. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago, and completed post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her works focuses on individual and contextual variables contributing to the development of adolescent risk behavior among European American and Latino youth. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NICHD, NIMH, and NIAAA. She serves on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, and the Journal of Early Adolescence and has served as associate editor of the Journal for Research on Adolescence. In addition to her faculty role she has held several administrative positions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln including Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

Presidential Reception
Friday, April 13: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Minneapolis Grand Ballroom Foyer (Third Floor)

All attendees are encouraged to attend this social event that follows the Presidential Address! Connect with old and new friends and colleagues as you enjoy refreshments. Cash bars will be available.

Meet the Scientist Lunch
Saturday, April 14: 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Gallery (Lobby Level)

This ticketed event provides a forum for student members to interact with senior scholars who have central roles in the field of adolescent development and the Society. This event is sold out, but if you are interested in attending, please check at the registration desk for any openings that may have occurred. For more information, visit the Meet the Scientist Lunch page.

International Young Scholars Program

Program Description for Applicants

The International Young Scholars Program was established by SRA to support the travel of international scholars to the SRA Biennial Meeting. The goal of the program is to facilitate collegial scholarly interaction among international young scholars and leaders in the field of adolescent research during the meeting. To accomplish this, each international young scholar is paired with a mentor whose research interests are aligned or complementary to his/her own. In addition, recipients of travel awards receive complimentary registration to the biennial meeting.

More information about qualifications and selection criteria is listed below:

Qualifications:

  1. Recipients of travel awards must be citizens and residents of a low- or middle-income country as defined by World Bank criteria. Those currently enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. or from other economically advanced, developed countries are not eligible for this program.
  2. Typically, scholars who either are enrolled currently in a graduate training program or have received their Ph.D. degrees or equivalents within the past seven years and are from a developing country are the ideal candidates for this program.
  3. Program participants must be SRA members. If you are not a member, please use the link below to the SRA Membership Website to join. The Emerging Nations International membership fee is $5. Eligible countries are those classified as Low* and Middle Income** Economies based on the World Bank Classifications (http://www.worldbank.org/).
  4. Individuals may apply for this program during the SRA submission process.  However, only those applicants whose submission is accepted to the program will have their application considered. Applications will be reviewed and accepted participants will be notified in December 2019.
  5. Applicants must be comfortable presenting and discussing their research in-depth with their mentor (and others) in English.

Selection Criteria, in order of priority:

  • Applicants who are from a low- or middle-income country as defined by the World Bank.
  • Applicants with the highest numerical score from reviewer ratings on their accepted Biennial Meeting submission and who (1) are the chair or first author, or a panelist on a submission, and/or (2) have more than one accepted submission.
  • Applicants who have been members of SRA for one year or more.

There is recognition and prestige associated with presenting one’s research at an international meeting. Attendance at an SRA Biennial Meeting provides the opportunity for young scientists to share their research findings with audiences interested in adolescent development. The knowledge gained and networking opportunities experienced by the international young scholars offer great potential for expanding research horizons. Just as importantly, international young scholars expand the knowledge of SRA Biennial Meeting attendees about adolescents in other countries.

International Young Scholars: Past Program Participants

Questions? Contact eviles@s-r-a.org.