The Society for Research on Adolescence held their biennial meeting March 3-5, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event, “Redefining Possibilities & Amplifying Marginalized Voices,” was well-represented by the Child Study Center (CSC). Dr. Dawn Witherspoon, McCourtney Family Early Career Professor in Psychology and Associate Professor, Developmental Area, Psychology, served as co-chair for the event along with Dr. Tiffany Yip, Professor of Psychology at Fordham University. The theme of the biennial meeting focused on recognizing and celebrating diversity and inclusion. Typical convention formats were “interwoven with innovative fireside chats, conversational formats, cross-society conversations among leaders, international keynote panels, community field trips, and engaging adolescent experts as partners in research” all for the advancement of adolescent developmental science.
In addition to serving as co-chair for the event, Dr. Witherspoon moderated a panel discussion titled, “Using Research to Combat Xenophobia: Global Examples of Translational Approaches.” CSC faculty affiliate Dr. Sunhye Bai presented a paper symposium on “Methods to Amplify Youth Voices.” Some other familiar faces seen at the biennial meeting were Dr. Sarah Myruski; postdoctoral scholars Michelle Ramos and Naila Smith; and graduate students Kiara Brown, Briah Glover, Anna Hochgraf, Tiyobista Maereg, Kelly Ngigi, Anneke Olson, Carlie Sloan, Nora Tucker, Chia-li Yu, and Anna Zhou. Several former Penn State and CSC undergraduate and graduate students also attended: Shadane Johnson, doctoral student at Fordham University; Kristine Marceau, Assistant Professor at Purdue University; Devin McCauley, Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University; Joonyoung Park, doctoral student at University of Michigan; and Kingsley Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Springfield College.