Society for the Study of Human Development

2019 Conference

Our most recent conference was held in 2019 at the Benson Hotel in Portland. Plans for future SSHD events are in progress! Please see below for the details of the past conference.

11th Biennial Meeting
At the Benson Hotel, Portland, OR
October 11-13, 2019
Conference Program

Presidential Address and Keynote Speakers

The Development of Purpose across the Lifespan: Individual and Collective Dimensions. William Damon is Professor of Education at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence. He is one of the world's leading researchers on the development of purpose and author of The Path to Purpose. Damon’s present work includes a study that explores the development of purpose in the college years and a study of family purposes across generations. Damon is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Top-down Self-regulation, Resiliency, and Adjustment. Nancy Eisenberg, Regents' Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, is a developmental psychologist who studies social, emotional, and moral development, with primary interests in prosocial development and self-regulation. She has been editor of Psychological Bulletin and Child Development Perspectives, and has received career contribution awards from the Association for Psychological Science, multiple divisions of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, and the Society for Research on Child Development.

Presidential Address: Confessions of a Life Long (but not Life Span) DevelopmentalistDavid Henry Feldman is a professor and former chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University.  He has received numerous grants and awards, has published six books and hundreds of articles. His special interests are in cognitive developmental theory and research, developmental transitions, creativity and child prodigies.

Is Adversity a Catalyst for Change in Character Strengths in Midlife? Frank J. Infurna is an associate professor of psychology at Arizona State University. He is director of the Healthy Aging and Life Events lab and co-Project Leader of the Pathways to Character Project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Its goal is to examine the extent to which growth in character strengths is possible following adversity, challenge, or failure in adulthood and old age. He has over 50 publications and has won two early career awards for outstanding early career contributions to behavioral and social gerontology.

Rethinking Core Ideas of Human Development:  How Do Adversity and the Arts Matter? Carol D. Ryff is Director of the Institute on Aging and Hilldale Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her model of psychological well-being has been translated to more than 35 languages and is widely used.  Dr. Ryff directs the MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) and MIDJA (Midlife in Japan) longitudinal studies, both of which have become major forums for studying health and aging as an integrated biopsychosocial process.

The Benson Hotel, where the conference will be held, is one of Portland’s treasured historical landmarks. It features elegant European design with a host of modern amenities in convenient, downtown location. It was voted the Best Portland Hotel in 2012.

Generously supported in part by the Templeton Foundation.