Cross-Cutting Themes

Leading researchers from across psychological science’s sub-disciplines come together to discuss current topics, bringing insight from their particular fields, in these featured programs

Biological Embedding of Early Life Adversity

This theme program examines how early-life adversity becomes biologically embedded, elevating risk for poor developmental and health outcomes in later life. Speakers will explore genetic, neural, and other biological pathways through which early psychosocial exposures become embedded, address inherent challenges in this field, and discuss how insights from animal models can inform human studies of early life adversity.

This cross-cutting theme program will feature talks by:

Emma K. Adam, Northwestern University

Frances A. Champagne, University of Texas at Austin

Bernet Elzinga, Leiden University, Netherlands

Robert Kumsta, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Michael Kobor, University of British Columbia, Canada

Margaret A. Sheridan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Global and Cross-Cultural Projects in Psychological and Brain Science

Psychological and brain sciences are most commonly addressed within a specific context, a country, a culture, a state, an institute. Some of the most critical issues in advancing psychological science require going beyond such geographical, cultural, and institutional boundaries. This session will provide an overview of a few successful projects that break through traditional boundaries. In addition, the session will provide an opportunity for funders to highlight some of the funding mechanisms they have to support such types of research.

This cross-cutting theme program will feature talks by:

Kristin M. Fabre, Baylor College of Medicine

Gregory K. Farber, National Institute of Mental Health

Michele J. Gelfand, University of Maryland, College Park

Terry L. Jernigan, University of California, San Diego

Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan

Jessica A. Turner, The Enigma Consortium

Risk and Resilience During Emerging Adulthood

Recent research suggests an alarming increase in the rate of mental health challenges, substance use problems, and behavioral difficulties among college-aged adults. The World Health Organization reports that one out of three college freshmen meet criteria for psychiatric problems. There is a critical need to prioritize research that helps better understand adjustment difficulties during college and translate this information to enhance student well-being and success. This symposium aims to cover cutting-edge psychological science approaches from a diverse array of perspectives on mechanisms, outcomes, and applications to understand risk and resilience during emerging adulthood.

This cross-cutting theme program will feature talks by:

Deanna M. Barch, Washington University in St. Louis

Michele M. Tugade, Vassar College

Jean M. Twenge, San Diego State University

Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Northeastern University