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Non-Sponsored Pre-Conferences Events for 2016

2016 SRA Non-sponsored Events

Peer Relationships Pre-Conference

Date: Wednesday March 30, 2016
Time: 11:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Holiday Ballroom 1 and 2 (Second Floor)
Contact: Carolyn Barry,

2016 SRA Non-sponsored Events

Peer Relationships Pre-Conference

Date: Wednesday March 30, 2016
Time: 11:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Holiday Ballroom 1 and 2 (Second Floor)
Contact: Carolyn Barry,

With the backdrop of Baltimore and its recent events highlighting issues of urban youth, race, and violence, the pre-conference will include both keynote and small breakout discussion sessions that follow the traditional pre-conference topics but also challenge session leaders and participants to think about context, diversity, culture, and issues of urban youth. We have an exciting slate of speakers and session leaders. Niobe Way will speak about “Culture, Context, and Peer Relationships.” We will also have experts in the field lead break-out sessions on psychobiology/psychophysiology, data collection strategies, social cognition, parent and sibling influences, friendships, romantic relationships, and spirituality. Finally, we will have an innovative concluding session: a panel of adolescents from a local Baltimore City high school will reflect upon their peer relationships to inform our own programs of research.

To learn more about this preconference and register for it, please go to: 
For any further questions, please contact Carolyn Barry at 

Romantic Relationships Pre-Conference

Date: Wednesday March 30, 2016
Time: 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Latrobe (First Floor)
Contact: Chelom Leavitt,

Please join us for the 2016 SRA Romantic Relationships Pre-conference! The program features three speakers, who will address cutting-edge topics in our field. The presentations will be focused and allow ample time for questions and discussion to stimulate ideas. Additionally, back by popular demand, we will hold a “speed-dating” event, which will provide each participant the opportunity to discuss their research and ideas with junior colleagues and leading scholars. Don’t miss out on this exciting event! We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Romantic Relationships Flyer

To register please email Heidi Rueda, or Chelom Leavitt,


Identity Pre-Session Meeting
The International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI) 

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Johnson AB
Contact: Elizabeth Morgan, or Janet Gebelt,

The International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI, formerly the Society for Research on Identity Formation) will meet to exchange theoretical and research ideas on the role of identity in psychosocial development. The session will begin with a meet and greet period at 5pm. It will formerly begin with a brief talk by Dr. Jim Cote at 6pm, followed by identity discussions in small groups and then with the full group. This will be followed by brief reports by SRIF officers on organizational activities, including planning for the 2017 ISRI Conference. The session will conclude with poster presentations. The session is open to anyone interested in identity and is free to all. For further information about ISRI and the Pre-session meeting please contact either of the individuals listed above.

Why Hope Still Matters: Exploring Factors that Foster Resilience and Wellbeing in Adolescents

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Peale A
Contact: Valerie Maholmes,

This session will feature a moderated discussion about the science of hope and resilience between 2 experts in the field of child and adolescent development. Dr. Valerie Maholmes, psychologist and noted author will be speaking from her recent book titled “Fostering Resilience and Well-being in Children and Families in Poverty: Why Hope Still Matters”. She will discuss the science of hope and resilience and share insights from her study of “Ashante” a youth she interviewed for the book who from a very early age, participated in the culture of gangs and of the streets. While spending time in prison, he had an epiphany related to cultural identity and shared how this experience changed his life and helped him take steps toward a more hopeful and productive future.

Joining Dr. Maholmes will be Liz Oppenheim – lawyer, child welfare expert and former Director of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of child welfare practice and policy, best practices, and the health and mental health needs of youth, Ms. Oppenheim will share insights about hope and resilience for youth who age out of foster care and the need for a public health agenda to support this vulnerable population.

The discussion will be moderated by a leading journalist/child advocate. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to respond to questions posed by the session moderator as well as ask questions of the panelists.

The discussion will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and book signing by Dr. Maholmes. Books can be purchased at the Oxford University Press Booth #301.

Join us for this exciting event and learn why hope still matters for vulnerable youth.



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