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2019 Adult Development Symposium
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street Salem, MA 01970
Friday, June 14 – Saturday, June 15

Submission Deadline: January 25, 2019
11:59 PM EDT

TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS of your proposed presentation, and for ONLINE REGISTRATION, Visit: http://www.adultdevelopment.org/conference_submission.php

The Symposium includes presentations of data and theory on a variety of topics relevant to positive adult development. Positive adult development refers to development starting in late adolescence and continuing through life. The focus is on expanded capabilities and changes that improve the quality of life. This symposium is especially important to the faculty and students involved in the courses and graduate programs for which adult development is relevant. The Society has a particular interest in encouraging state of the art research, discussion, and presentations on populations that have not been traditionally studied. For more information about Society for Research in Adult Development (SRAD), visit http://www.adultdevelopment.org/index.php .

Because this Society is dedicated to positive adult development, sessions are organized to foster discussion and interaction among participants as much as possible. This makes the listener, as well as the presenter, more of an active participant and permits both to engage in dialogue on the topics presented.

The international membership of the SRAD includes people from all disciplines who are interested in positive adult development. It has 480 members. Society members include those whose work is applied as well as academic writers and researchers. We extend an invitation to those interested in adult development at work, in school, in families, and in communities as well as those whose primary focus is the individual. The Society offers practitioners an opportunity to discover the latest ideas in the field and to explore the application of those ideas to everyday problems and challenges.

For researchers and theoreticians, the Society offers the following opportunities:
• To share your ideas with other theoreticians and researchers through the exchange of papers;
• To explore your ideas and others in a deeper way through relating them to daily life and its problems and opportunities;
• To explore the applications of your ideas by working on them with practitioners in many fields. Challenges to conventional wisdom are especially welcome in all submissions.

Topics include and are not limited to:

Adult education
College and universities
Cognitive development
Community settings and politics
Economic development
Emotional development
Moral development
Political development
Positive aging
Societal development
Spirituality development
Therapeutic settings
Transition from adolescence to adulthood

Format of Presentations

The sessions are comprised of interactive poster presentations. The emphasis will be on visual presentations accompanied by dialogues with small groups of people. Most people informally interact with presenters in this venue around the posters. A brief 5-minute PowerPoint presentation to the group at large precedes the poster period. The poster period is followed by full group discussion. Full papers or short summaries should be made available as hard copy handouts.


Manuscripts from the symposium may be submitted to Behavioral Development Bulletin, an APA online journal.

Symposium Fees

Professional $60 ($75 at the door)
Student $35 ($40 at the door)
(Limited, partial student scholarships for registration fee only may be available; contact at commonsmlc@gmail.com

To register online for the Adult Development Symposium, visit: http://adultdevelopment.org/registration.php

Alternatively, you may register by mail; send a check (made payable to the Society for Research in Adult Development) with full contact information to:

Michael Lamport Commons, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
234 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138-1328

QUESTIONS? CONTACT Michael Lamport Commons at commonsmlc@gmail.com or Patrice Marie Miller at (patricemariemiller@comcast.net).

For information about officers and founding members of SRAD, visit: http://www.adultdevelopment.org/board.php

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