Personality, trauma, and the emerging adult: Professor Peter Fonagy wins the 2015 Wiley Prize in Psychology

FREE ACCESS to Dr. Fonagy’s articles published by Wiley.


Professor Peter Fonagy, University College London, has been awarded the 2015 Wiley Prize in Psychology.

In Dr. Fonagy’s honor, Wiley has granted free access to the articles they have published. You can access them here. 

Dr. Fonagy is a distinguished British psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. His work has advanced our understanding of the development of the self, including insights into both normal and abnormal personality development, from a psychoanalytic, primarily attachment-focused, perspective.

His work does not focus on emerging adults, specifically. Scholars whose work focuses on emerging adults and practitioners who work with emerging adults, the salience of his work with respect to understanding and relating to individuals in their late teens and twenties is clear.

His work on Metallization Based Therapy has been influential in the development of treatment programs for borderline personality disorder. In the U.S., his work has been influential at The Menninger Clinic in the Adolescent Treatment program and the Compass Program for Young Adults.


Treatment of Emerging Adults: Using neuroscience to inform treatment (Yellowbrick Journal)

If you’re interested in the intersection of research and treatment with respect to working with emerging adults, check out this latest issue of Yellowbrick Journal. This is a professional practice journal dedicated to publishing scholarly writing about cutting-edge theoretical and practice models being used with emerging adults (ages 18 to 29).

Hot off the press, Issue IV of Yellowbrick Journal (published December 2014) is all about Using Neuroscience to Inform Treatment

Table of Contents:

   How Neuroscience Informs Treatment, Jesse Viner, MD

   Neurobiological Assessment of Emerging Adults: Are we ready for a paradigm shift? Lukasz M. Konopka, AM, PhD

   Sharp Waves in Emerging Adults: Implications for Symptoms and Recovery, Elizabeth Zimmerman, PsyD

   Mind, Body, Brain, and Art: A Rationale for the Therapeutic Use of the Arts, Christopher M. Belkofer, PhD, ATR, LPC

   Literature Review, Jennifer L. Tanner, PhD

You can also find past issues on the Yellowbrick Foundation’s website or click here for past issues:

Issue III (November 2011): 

   Emerging Adulthood: The Perils and Promise of a New Life Stage, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, PhD

    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression in Emerging Adults, David V. Hamilton, MD

   An Exploration of “Forgiveness” in a Clinical Population of Emerging Adults, David Daskovsky, PhD

   “Minding The Brain”: A Developmental Neurobiological Model for Substance Abuse Treatment in Emerging Adults

Jesse Viner, MD Laura Viner, PhD Dale Monroe-Cook, PhD

   Literature Review, Jennifer L. Tanner, PhD

Issue II (June 2010): 

   Executive Function Disorder, Joseph Palombo, M.A.

   High-strung and strung-out, Jesse Viner, MD and Umee Davaé, DO

   Reflections from the front lines, Arlene S. Hirsch, M.A., LCPC

   Executive functioning and the emerging adult, Paule Verdier MOT, OTR/L

   Literature Review, Jennifer L. Tanner, Ph.D.

Issue I (May 2009): 

   Understanding Emerging Adulthood, Jennifer L. Tanner, Ph.D.

   Psychiatric Disorder in Emerging Adulthood, Jesse Viner, M.D. & Jennifer L. Tanner, Ph.D.

   Research Article Highlight: Modern Attachment Theory: The Central Role of Affect Regulation in Development and    


Judith R. Schore, MSW & Allan N. Schore, Ph.D.

   A Developmental Psycho-neurobiological Approach to Assessment of Emerging Adults, Laura Humphrey, Ph.D

Want to submit a symposium proposal?

7th CONFERENCE on EMERGING ADULTHOOD, October 14-16, Miami, FL (USA)

We hope you are as excited as we are for plans for the next Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood meeting in Miami.

REMINDER: For the SSEA Conference, proposals are due March 1.

As members of the Mental Health Topic Network, we know that some of you are interested in working together to plan and propose symposia that represent diverse labs, samples, populations, and disciplines.

For those who would like to organize their paper into a symposium: if you are interested in submitting a paper as part of a symposium related to mental health in emerging adulthood and would like to connect with other authors, please send the following information (see below) no later than Friday, January 30th to Yesel Yoon (Emerging Scholar Co-Chair, Mental Health in Emerging Adulthood Topic Network) at the following email: 

Please send:

​​1. …a short (no more than a paragraph) introduction to your talk, including information about the topic, the sample, and your analytic strategy. NOTE: If you have 2 or more talks from different authors that you plan to put in the same symposium and are writing to connect with one additional author, please describe both talks.

2. ​…a note letting us know whether you:

​…are interested in/willing to organize/chair the symposium (1 = prefer not to organize/chair; 2 = fine either way; 3 = prefer to organize/chair).

…would consider a discussant role instead of (or in addition to) giving an empirical talk,

…would be interested in participating/being organized into/willing to participate in an alternative presentation style (i.e., discussion session, debate).
Upon receipt of your information, we will ​organize papers together into symposia based on topics.

Please note:

  • This process is independent of the conference committee. Organizing your paper with others into a symposium does not in any way guarantee or increase your chance of acceptance to the conference.
  • We are experimenting with this process for the first time. Therefore, we are not able to predict how many topic network (TN) members will be interested in organizing with other TN members. We cannot guarantee that we will find perfect matches, or matches at all, for any proposed talk.
  • Our goal is to organize proposed papers into symposia the first week of February, leaving authors considerable time to make adjustments based on recommendations.

If you have any other ideas or requests for organizing papers on mental health topics, please do let us know.

Jenn & Yesel

Mental health articles published in SSEA’s journal: Emerging Adulthood

The journal, Emerging Adulthood, published in association with the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood launched in March 2013.

The journal, EA, welcomes articles on mental health in emerging adulthood.

Here is a sample of past articles that touch on mental health issues in emerging adulthood (see journal TOCs for more):

Flourishing and Floundering in Emerging Adult College Students (March 2013)

Larry J. Nelson & Laura M. Padilla-Walker

Life Authorship: A Psychological Challenge for Emerging Adulthood, as Illustrated in Two Notable Case Studies (June 2013)

Dan P. McAdams

The Indirect Effects of Parent Psychopathology on Offspring Affective Disorder Through Difficulty During The Leaving Home Transition (September 2013)

Kaitlin Bountress, Moira M. Haller, & Laurie Chassin

Prospective Predictors of Body Dissatisfaction in Young Adults: 10-Year Longitudinal Findings (December 2013)

Virginia Quick, Marla E. Eisenberg, Michaela M. Bucchianeri, and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

Relationship Quality With Parents, Stressful Life Events, and Cortisol Production in Emerging Adulthood (June 2014)

Rachel G. Lucas-Thompson

Transitioning From High School to College: Relations of Social Support, Ego-Resiliency, and Maladjustment During Emerging Adulthood (June 2014)

Zoe E. Taylor, Leah D. Doane, and Nancy Eisenberg

Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems in the Early Emerging Adult Years in the United States: Findings From the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (September 2014)

Sally H. Adams, David K. Knopf, and M. Jane Park

Mental Health in Emerging Adulthood Preconference Workshops

Welcome to the Mental Health in Emerging Adulthood Topic Network blog!

While our blog is new, members of The Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood interested in mental health in emerging adulthood formed a special interest group in 2007 and have been networking ever since.

We met for our first preconference workshop at the 5th Conference on Emerging Adulthood in Providence, RI in 2011: Mental health in emerging adulthood (ages 18 to 29): Understanding and meeting the needs of this distinct age group

In 2013,  we met at the 6th Conference on Emerging Adulthood near Chicago, IL for a preconference workshop: Developing mental health in emerging adulthood.

Ideas for topics and/or speakers for the Preconference Workshop on Mental in Emerging Adulthood at the 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood?

Please send them our way, we look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer L. Tanner, PhD, Chair

Yesel Yoon, Emerging Scholar Co-Chair