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Meeting Headquarters & Accommodations

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront will host the 2020 SRA Biennial Meeting. Located in the historic heart of San Diego, this hotel is within walking distance of the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. Tucked tightly in 16 ½ blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a walk-able urban playground adjacent to the Convention Center, Petco Park and Horton Plaza. As the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, guests can dine with world-renowned chefs and immerse themselves in rich Victorian architecture and history. Inspired by maritime culture, guests can enjoy stunning bay and city views, relaxing leisure facilities, extensive meeting space and unique dining venues at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront at a special nightly rate of $264 per night. Space is limited. Book your reservation online here. A one-night, non-refundable deposit will be required at the time of booking. Group room rates will be extended three days prior and three days following the main program based on availability. All payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
1.619.564.3333

Travel Information

San Diego International-Lindbergh Field
Distance: 4.1 miles
Drive time: 16 minutes
Estimated taxi fare: $18.00 USD
Estimated Uber fare: $15.00 USD
Estimated Lyft fare: $15.00 USD

McClellan-Palomar Airport
Distance: 37.1 miles
Drive time: 57 minutes
Estimated taxi fare: $117.00 USD
Estimated Uber fare: $47.35 USD
Estimated Lyft fare: $42.68 USD

John Wayne Airport/Orange County
Distance: 70 miles
Drive time: 1.15 hours
Estimated taxi fare: $251.00 USD
Estimated Uber fare: $105.35 USD
Estimated Lyft fare: $108.94 USD

Parking

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers guests convenient valet parking for $50.00 USD or self-parking for $35.00 USD.

Save the Dates for future SRA Biennial Meetings:

March 3-5, 2022: New Orleans, LA

Registration

Registration for the SRA Biennial Meeting is now open. All SRA 2020 Biennial Meeting attendees are required to register. To register, click here.

Registration Types

Early Registration

11.06.2019 – 01.31.2020

Late Registration

02.01.2020 – 03.06.2020

Regular – Member $310.00 $340.00
Regular – Nonmember $485.00 $525.00
New Professional – Member $275.00 $305.00
New Professional – Nonmember $395.00 $425.00
Student – Member $115.00 $145.00
Student – Nonmember $185.00 $215.00
Emerita/us Member $185.00 $215.00
Emerging Nations Member $25.00 $25.00
Emerging Nations Nonmember $50.00 $50.00

There is also a one-day registration option available. Attendees may purchase a one-day pass for $205.00. Each attendee is limited to one one-day pass.

Pre-Conferences

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.
 

ADOLESCENT ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE USE: HOW TO ASSESS A QUICKLY EVOLVING BEHAVIOR

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


ADOLESCENT RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

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 jhaag@s-r-a.org for more information.

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


ILLUMINATING FAMILY SYSTEMS INFLUENCES ON ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT: CONCEPTUAL, METHODOLOGICAL, AND ANALYTIC APPROACHES TO STUDYING SIBLINGS

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


LONGITUDINAL DATA ON ADOLESCENCE FROM THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS (NCES)

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


MORAL DEVELOPMENT: MORALITY AND CULTURE

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


PROMOTING OPEN, TRANSPARENT, AND REPRODUCIBLE SCIENCE IN ADOLESCENT RESEARCH

Organized by: Moin Syed, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, moin@umn.edu

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 jhaag@s-r-a.org for more information.

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


RESILIENCE FOR RESEARCHERS WHO STUDY TRAUMA AND VIOLENCE: PROTECTING OURSELVES AND OUR RESEARCH TEAMS FROM SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS

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


ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS

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


USING SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS IN ADOLESCENT RESEARCH: AN INTRODUCTION TO CROSS-SECTIONAL AND LONGITUDINAL APPROACHES

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 jhaag@s-r-a.org.

#SRA2020

Call for Submissions

The Call for Submissions for the SRA Biennial Meeting has now closed.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Decision notifications, including scheduling information sent

If you have any questions, please reach out to Emily Viles-Monari at eviles@s-r-a.org.

#SRA2020

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

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