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Online registration for the SRA 2020 Biennial Meeting Pre-Conferences will open Wednesday, November 6, 2019!.

The SRA 2020 Biennial Meeting offers unique pre-conferences for participants to dive into current topics that are applicable towards research on adolescence. The variety of pre-conferences will allow you to dig deeper into your specialization, learn and apply new methodologies, and discover ideas that pique your curiosity during your time in San Diego. Registration for all pre-conferences is limited.


Rates of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use and vaping among adolescents has doubled in the past two years, leading many to classify e-cigarette use as “an epidemic” and “public health crisis.” Research indicates that the use of these products is associated with greater risks for transitioning to other harmful substances, including combustible tobacco products. Thus, research focused on the risk and protective factors associated with the use of e-cigarettes is likely to have a significant health impact. Yet, given the quickly evolving landscape of e-cigarettes, usage among adolescents has been proven difficult to quantify with specificity. With this workshop, we hope to present important considerations for measuring e-cigarette use.

Specifically, Dr. Elisa Trucco and Julie Cristello will provide an overview of available e-cigarette devices (e.g., open- vs closed-systems), and review conceptual and methodological considerations (e.g., measuring quantity, frequency, and duration of use across devices) regarding e-cigarette use among adolescents. Invited speaker, Dr. Joanna Jacobus, will present unique assessment considerations related to vaping cannabis and how to properly code simultaneous (e.g., chasing) vs. concurrent use of cannabis and nicotine. An overview of available measures to assess adolescent vaping, as well as attitudes, expectancies, and reasons for vaping will also be presented. Lastly, continued barriers in the assessment of e-cigarette use among adolescents will be discussed.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD


This is the first SRA pre-conference focused on adolescent religious and spiritual development, and we hope it will become a tradition. This inaugural pre-conference is being organized by Sam Hardy and Jenae Nelson (Department of Psychology, Brigham Young University), is generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation, and has the theme of Diverse Approaches to the Study of Adolescent Religious and Spiritual Development. Scholars from diverse disciplines will present how their discipline approaches this research area and provide recommendations for future research. Here is the agenda:

Time Activity
30 minutes Introduction by Sam Hardy
30 minutes Talk and Q/A (Pamela King – Developmental Psychology)
30 minutes Talk and Q/A (Lene Jensen – Cultural Psychology)
30 minutes Mentoring meet and greet
30 minutes Talk and Q/A (Sarah Schnitker – Social/Personality Psychology)
30 minutes Talk and Q/A (Lisa Pearce – Sociology)
30 minutes Poster session
20 minutes Talk and Q/A (Larisa Heiphetz – Cognitive Psychology)
20 minutes Talk and Q/A (Eva Telzer – Developmental Neuroscience)
20 minutes Talk and Q/A (Jared Nielsen – Clinical Neuroscience)
30 minutes Panel discussion (all presenters), final Q/A, conclusion by Sam Hardy

Emerging Scholars’ registration is free for this pre-conference. Proof is required. Please contact Jordan Haag at for more information.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD


Despite the fact that more than 80% of youth in the U.S. grow up in a home with a sibling, research on the nature and implications of sibling relationships lags behind other close relationships. Indeed, inspection of abstracts from the social sciences reveals that less than 2% of the literature on close relationships focuses on siblings. This lack of attention is particularly surprising given research documents that siblings, especially during adolescence, uniquely influence each other’s socio-emotional development. In fact, in many domains the influence of siblings and sibling relationship processes outpaces that of parents and is on a par with peers. By bringing together leaders in the scientific study of sibling relationships as well as like-minded scholars, this pre-conference aims to further interest in the study of sibling relationships during adolescence and provide the tools and techniques for future inquiry to occur. Additionally, this pre-conference intends to demonstrate how incorporating siblings into study designs focused on parenting and other topics holds promise to advance scientific knowledge about normative developmental patterns and systems influences.

This half-day pre-conference includes three one-hour sessions focused on specific topics relevant to the study of sibling relationships during adolescence. These include: (1) Conceptual issues and current directions in sibling relationship research; (2) Design and measurement challenges; (3) Analytic techniques for capturing dyadic, triadic, and family systems data. A fourth hour for collaborative discussions and networking is included. The following scholars (in alphabetical order) are scheduled to participate in the preconference (with additional speakers to be invited): Dillon Browne (University of Waterloo, Canada); Nicole Campione-Barr (University of Missouri); Bin-Bin Chen (Fudan University, China); Alex Jensen (Brigham Young University); Sarah Killoren (University of Missouri); Laurie Kramer (Northeastern University); Susan McHale (Pennsylvania State University); Alison Pike (University of Sussex, United Kingdom); Christy Rogers (Texas Tech University); Kimberly Updegraff (Arizona State University); Lorey Wheeler (University of Nebraska-Lincoln); Shawn Whiteman (Utah State University).

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD


This one-day seminar will be a lecture format set of presentations and discussions focusing on the longitudinal data on adolescence available in two popular data sets from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education. The session will begin with an overview of the two studies to be discussed in depth: the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) and the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09). For the ECLS-K:2011, special attention will be paid to the ECLS-K:2011’s final data collection rounds (i.e., when students were about 10-11 years old), while presentations on the HSLS:09 will include discussion of the most recent HSLS:09 data releases (i.e., data collected when students were about 20-21 years old, high school and postsecondary transcripts, and postsecondary student records data).

In addition to an overview of each study’s design, sample, and data collection components, analytic considerations (e.g., selecting and applying sample weights, estimating variance) as well as technical issues (e.g., use of composite variables, procedures to address missing data) will be discussed. After participants are familiarized with each study, the session will address working with the data to answer research questions, including how analysis of each dataset can complement analysis of the other. While common topics that can be analyzed with the two datasets will be featured, the course will also include discussion on the unique contributions of each. At the end of the seminar, participants will learn how to obtain these datasets along with other NCES data on adolescence for their own analyses and resources available to them.

Upon completion of this training seminar, it is expected that participants will:

  • be familiar with the design, content, and research utility of the ECLS-K:2011 and the HSLS:09;
  • understand the need for using sample weight and variance estimation methods;
  • gain a basic understanding of technical issues involved in the analysis of NCES data;
  • understand how NCES datasets both compliment one another and provide unique opportunities to analysts; and
  • know the resources available at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for assistance with one’s own research.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD


This afternoon pre-conference will focus on the role of culture in the formation, content, and practice of moral reasoning, emotions, identity, and behavior. More specifically, we will highlight themes of cultural universality versus relativity in morality and how within-culture versus cross-cultural research can provide important and complementary information regarding the role of culture in moral development. The pre-conference will include keynote presentations by two leading scholars in the field of moral development who focus on cultural issues as well multiple breakout sessions with time for small group discussion. More information can be found here.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD


Organized by: Moin Syed, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota,

Sponsored by the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, the Center for Open Science, and the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Length of Pre-Conference: 9am-4pm, with an hour break for lunch (7 hours)

The last several years has been a time of major disruption and change throughout the sciences. Through a series of events, discoveries, and realizations, it has become clear that our modal research practice—including questionable research practices, poorly articulated hypotheses, underpowered studies, and publication bias—has not lead to the cumulative and robust research base that we all strive to develop. Whereas there are certainly many areas of science that continue to produce rigorous, reliable research, recognition of problems in the field have led to what has been variously referred to as the “replicability crisis,” “crisis of confidence,” and the “open science movement” (see Gelman, 2016 and Spellman, 2015 for reviews).

This “crisis” is actually an opportunity to reflect on our current research practices and work towards building a stronger science. Although there have been many advances in understanding how to improve our research, by and large there has been little discussion about open science topics for research focused on development and individual differences, and even less in the context of adolescent research. This is unfortunate, as the there is a great need for the adolescent research community to become more engaged in conversations about how serious the issues are and collectively work to improve our science.

The purpose of this preconference event is to jumpstart these important conversations. The session will feature a broad array of expert speakers and will include a mix of lectures and activities that cover a wide variety of topics, including preregistration, conducting reproducible research, diversifying samples, meta-analysis, and more. The session will cover relevance to a wide variety of research designs and contexts, including longitudinal data, secondary data analysis, qualitative and mixed methods research, and biological research. The goal is to highlight how issues and identified reforms are applicable to all research contexts. The preconference event is designed for those will little familiarity with open science topics, but the dynamic and interactive format will ensure that more advanced attendees will benefit as well.

Emerging Scholars’ registration is free for this pre-conference. Proof is required. Please contact Jordan Haag at for more information.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD


A wealth of recent research has been devoted to recognizing and addressing the potential negative effects of exposure to others’ trauma, termed secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, or compassion fatigue. However, little recognition has been given to the fact that those concerns are relevant to research contexts in which investigators and their project staff—including research assistants, interviewers, coders, transcribers, and data analysts—come into contact with traumatized individuals or are exposed to information about others’ traumatic experiences, including challenging procedural and ethical scenarios that might arise during study protocols should traumatized research participants become triggered or make disclosures that bring mandatory reporting into play. This workshop will introduce evidence-informed techniques to foster preparedness, resilience, and adaptive coping in the face of secondary exposure to trauma-related material and traumatized individuals, and will emphasize the practical application of these skills to the research context.

This workshop is based on the Resilience for Trauma-Informed Professionals (R-TIP; Kerig, 2018) curriculum, which is designed to guide those who engage with material related to trauma and violence in practices that protect them from the potential risks of secondary exposure. Learning outcomes will include guiding workshop participants to: 1) distinguish the concepts of secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue and the factors that confer risk or resilience; 2) implement strategies designed to prevent the development of secondary and vicarious trauma by increasing preparedness to respond in the moment to challenging situations, such as research participant disclosures and posttraumatic reactions; and 3) use evidence-based tools designed to monitor the impact of such experiences on our own well-being and reestablish our cognitive, emotional, and physiological equilibrium in the aftermath of exposure to others’ trauma-related histories or reactions.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD


Join us once again for the SRA Romantic Relationship Pre-Conference! These meetings have become a great opportunity for scholars interested in adolescent romantic/sexual research to come together, share ideas, network, and gain exposure to exciting and cutting-edge work. This year’s program will feature multiple expert panels. The first will discuss innovative methodologies and address the pressing question, “How can I fund romantic research?” The second panel will highlight how we can conduct romantic research that is inclusive of LBGTQ+ youth from funding and recruitment all the way through data analysis. A major focus of this Pre-Conference will be helping researchers at all levels come up with creative ideas and collaborate through activities and engagement, including the introduction of a new “Blitz Challenge” where attendees will work together to tackle research problems in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Finally, we’ll be continuing the popular “speed dating” event, which will allow participants to discuss their research with fellow colleagues from junior researchers through leaders in the field. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD


Social network analysis is a dynamic method for studying relationships and behavior that accounts for interdependencies among individuals. This pre-conference workshop will cover the basics of social network analysis from developing research questions to collecting and analyzing data. The workshop will include cross-sectional (single time point) methods for predicting relational ties based on characteristics of individuals themselves as well as characteristics of the social networks in which they are embedded. It will also introduce longitudinal (multiple time point) methods for examining behavioral influence among individuals connected by social ties. Participants will learn how to perform network analyses using exponential random graph models (ERGMs) and stochastic actor oriented models (e.g., Siena) as well as network statistics (e.g., individuals’ position in the network) as predictors in traditional linear models. All analyses will be conducted in R (which is a free, open-source software for statistical computing and graphics). The primary goals of this pre-conference workshop are to (1) introduce participants to a variety of network methods that can be used when conducting adolescent research, (2) help participants identify the most appropriate approach for their research questions, and (3) provide participants with a set of tools and resources (e.g., R scripts) to begin their research. Special attention will be given to conducting research in secondary school settings in which peer groups may change frequently throughout the day. After the workshop, participants will be invited to attend a social networking hour with the instructor.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: $55.00 USD

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jordan Haag at


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