Transitions RTC Presents Emerging Adult Plenary & Special Track on Emerging Adults

Date Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Tampa Conference

27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference

Promoting Learning & Working during Young Adulthood:
Adult System Perspectives

Presenters: Maryann Davis, PhD, Director, Marsha Ellison, PhD, Associate Director of Knowledge Translation, Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RTC), University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA; Nancy Koroloff, PhD, Director of Research, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR; Amanda Costa, Research Technician at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, Steven A. Reeder, M.Ed., CPRP, CRC, Director, Office of Adult Services, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Mental Hygiene Administration, Baltimore, MD

Young adulthood is a critically important time for completing education and training and establishing career foundations that will support independent adult lives. This plenary presented the current research regarding the unique needs of young adults with serious mental health conditions as they set out on a path to more mature adulthood. Knowledge from research and lived experience about interventions that support education, training, and work goals of young adults, and the system context of those interventions were described. The plenary also summarized the perspectives of adult service system stakeholders on this topic and their thoughts on how research can help inform adult system change.  Learn More

Special Track on Emerging Adults
In addition to the plenary session focused on emerging adults the Transitions RTC once again organized a "track" on transition age youth and emerging adults within this premier national conference on children's mental health. This is the fourth year in a row that the Transitions RTC, working with Pathways RTC, developed a "track" focused on Transition Age Youth and Emerging Adults. The goal of this "track" was to share research findings to improve the lives of and services, treatments, and supports for emerging adults when they are living with a mental health condition (ages 14-25).