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Emerging Adults in America: Coming of Age in the 21st Century

edited by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett and Jennifer Lynn Tanner
(2005, American Psychological Association Press)

Author Biographies

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Clark University. Dr. Arnett is the originator of the term “emerging adulthood.” He has published numerous articles on emerging adulthood and is the author of the book Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties (2004, Oxford University Press). In addition, he is the author of the textbook Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach (2004, Prentice Hall). He is the editor of Journal of Adolescent Research and of three forthcoming encyclopedias, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Adolescence (four volumes), the Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (Sage, two volumes), and the Encyclopedia of Emerging Adulthood (Greenwood, one volume). His other scholarly interests include the psychology of globalization.

William Aquilino, University of Wisconsin. William Aquilino is a professor of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research explores transformations in parent-child relationships during the emerging adulthood phase.

Jane Delano Brown, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Brown is the James L. Knight Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She studies the role the mass media play in the lives of adolescents and emerging adults. She currently is principal investigator on one of the first NICHD-funded longitudinal studies on the uses and effects of sexual content in the media. She is co-editor of Sexual Teens, Sexual Media (LEA Publishers, 2002).

W. Andrew Collins, University of Minnesota. Dr. Collins is Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor Child Development. He is a principal investigator of the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, following a sample of individuals from birth to age 28. Past President of the Society for Research on Adolescence, he is co-author of a textbook on adolescence and numerous empirical and review articles and chapters on adolescence and young adulthood.

James E. Côté, University of Western Ontario. James Côté is Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Côté has written extensively about psychological and sociological aspects of the transition to adulthood, as well as about the psychology of identity formation during this period. He is currently Chief Editor of Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research.

Meghan M. Gillen, Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Gillen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.  Her research interests include body image development in adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Mary Agnes Hamilton, Cornell University. Dr. Hamilton studies the ecology of youth development in communities -- the principles for youth development, the contexts, activities and relationships, and the implications for community planning and program implementation. Her ethnographic research focuses on how mentoring relationships build character and competence.

Stephen F. Hamilton, Cornell University. Stephen Hamilton engages in research and outreach on the transition from school to work during emerging adulthood. His 1990 book, Apprenticeship for Adulthood, contrasted the apprenticeship system in Germany with the absence of a comparable support system for young people in the United States who do not complete college degrees. In addition to studying education and employment, he does research on service-learning and mentoring.

Gisela Labouvie-Vief, Wayne State University. Dr. Labouvie-Vief is a pioneer in the area of development of cognition and emotion across the life span. A distiguished researcher in the field, she has had continuous funding through NIA. She has widely published in the area of cognitive, emotional, and self-development and has recently received the APA Division 20 Distinguished Research Achievement Award.

Eva S. Lefkowitz, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Lefkowitz is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies. Her research and publications focus on sexuality and relationships during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Most recently, she has examined gender role development and sexual behaviors and attitudes during the transition to university among European Americans, African Americans, and Latino Americans.

Ann S. Masten, University of Minnesota. Dr. Masten has studied competence and resilience in this period of development in diverse samples, including the Project Competence longitudinal cohort followed for 20 years, who were assessed before, during, and after the "emerging adult" transition years. She has published numerous theoretical, review, and methodological articles about the meaning and measurement of developmental tasks, risk and protective processes, including articles in 1998 and 2001 in American Psychologist.

Jean Phinney is a professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. For the past twenty years she has been studying ethnic identity and adaptation among adolescents and emerging adults from diverse ethnic and immigrant groups and has published widely on ethnic identity. She is part of an international team studying adjustment of immigrant adolescents in thirteen countries. She is currently conducting an NIH-supported longitudinal study of college persistence among ethnic minority first-generation college students.

John Schulenberg, University of Michigan. Dr. Schulenberg is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, and a Research Professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and Center for Human Growth and Development. He has published widely on several topics concerning adolescent development and the transition to adulthood, focusing most recently on how developmental transitions and tasks relate to substance use, health risks and adjustment difficulties.

Jennifer Tanner, Simmons College. Dr. Tanner is the co-editor of the book. She recently completed her dissertation on midlife parent-emerging adult relationships. She was an organizer of the Transition to Adulthood Conference in 1997 at The Pennsylvania State University and author of the chapter, The economies of young adulthood: One future or two? in the book that came out of that conference.

Manfred van Dulmen is an assistant professor of psychology at Kent State University. His research focuses on understanding behavioral continuity and change from adolescence into young adulthood as well as methodological issues in developmental psychology. His current research program investigates the role of adolescent close relationships as antecedents of continuity and change of antisocial behavior. He is involved as a collaborator in several research projects that study behavioral continuity and change with regard to adolescent competence, adolescent/young adulthood romantic relationships, and the adjustment of adopted children and adolescents. He is co-editor of the handbook of methods in positive psychology (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Nicole Zarrett, University of Michigan. Nicole Zarrett is currently a doctoral student of Psychology at the University of Michigan, specializing in the study of human development across the life span and within the context of social change.  Current research interests include the examination of psychological, social/cultural and biological factors that influence individuals' interest, achievement, and long term engagement in both academic and non-academic activities.

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