Resilience in Interpersonal and Social Environments

IARR Mini-Conference 2023


IARR Mini-Conference 2023: 
Resilience in Interpersonal and Social Environments


May 18-21, 2023 | Phoenix, Arizona

The theme of our mini-conference is how individuals thrive and grow in stressful contexts through their relationships. We will have a poster session during the Friday happy hour, one data blitz session, and symposiums that focus broadly on this topic of resilience and relationships. Additionally, we will facilitate a couple of sessions for collaborative working groups to brainstorm ideas for interdisciplinary studies and/or grant proposals. There will be a new scholars workshop (topics TBA) during the first day on Thursday, May 18th open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. We also have three terrific keynote speakers lined up - this year’s Early Career Award winner (Amie Gordon), a local, mixed race Indigenous scholar and activist who will share about their lived experiences with resilience (Alycia de Mesa), and a speaker who will focus on stress and coping in young adult and older couples (Silvia Donato). Finally, we are planning to make the most of our beautiful surrounds for our opening event at Mirabella in Tempe and closing dinner at the Desert Botanical Garden. We will be organizing optional day tours on Sunday, May 21st in Sedona. Please see below for further conference details and contact with any questions.


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Keynote Speakers:


Silvia Donato

Thursday, May 18

Sylvia Donato






Forging Resilience: Dyadic Coping Across the Lifespan from Young Adults to Older Couples

Silvia Donato is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology for the Faculty of Psychology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)– Milano. Member of the Advisory Board of the Family Studies and Research University Centre at UCSC. She teaches “Social psychology”, “Psychology of interpersonal and social relationships” at UCSC for undergraduate students and “Clinical and social psychology of aging” and “Psychology of new media” at UCSC for graduate students. She is trainer of the relationship education program: “Groups for Family Enrichment”. She’s member of the International Association for Relationship Research and chair of the Internationalization Committee for this same association. She’s member of the editorial board of the “IARR Advances in Personal Relationships” book series and Associate Editor of the journal “Personal Relationships”. Her research interests focus on the study of the couple relationship across the lifespan. In particular, her studies examined stress and dyadic coping in couples, the intergenerational transmission of coping competences, partners’ accuracy and similarity in perceptions, partners’ support in response to positive events, scale psychometrics, preventive psychosocial interventions and their evaluation. One of her articles on the theme of dyadic coping was awarded by the International Association for Relationship Research as best article in 2018.

Amie Gordon

Friday, May 19

Amie Gordon





External Stress in Romantic Relationships: Considering Risk and Resilience

Amie M. Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Michigan where she is the Director of the Well-being, Health and Interpersonal Relationships Lab (WHIRLab) and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the psychology of close relationships.  She received her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley and her BA in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from UCLA. She is a member of the International Association for Relationships Researchers and was recently awarded IARR’s Gerald R. Miller Early Career Award. She was also named a “rising star” by the Association for Psychological Science. She is on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Personal and Social Relationships. Her research focuses on understanding the social cognitive, affective, and biological factors that shape our closest relationships. She is particularly interested in identifying prosocial processes that help relationships thrive, as well as uncovering contextual barriers to prosociality, such as stress and poor sleep. 


Alycia de Mesa

Saturday, May 20

Alycia de Mesa







Cultivating Intergenerational Resilience in Urban Communities

Alycia de Mesa is Assistant Director of Digital Equity Institute, Assistant Director of Digital Equity & Social Impact for ASU Enterprise Technology, and has been a faculty instructor for ASU School of Sustainability graduate programs in Sustainability Leadership in communications & storytelling as well as undergraduate courses in core sustainability topics. She is a Senior Global Futures Scholar for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and served as Associate Director of ASU Project Humanities.

Prior to ASU, her 25-year professional focus has been to help companies, organizations, and individual people succeed with brand development, marketing, communications, and storytelling for engaging and positive outcomes. As a national and international brand and marketing advisor, she has worked with all sizes of business from Fortune 100 to start-ups as well as nonprofits and social ventures.

Alycia is currently pursuing her Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (PhD) doctoral degree from ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society, where she is exploring the ethics and boundaries of Indigenous storytelling and countermapping in context to emerging technologies and smartphones for traditional ecological knowledge restoration within borderlands Indigenous communities.


Conference Details

Conference Schedule at a Glance


Access detailed schedule here

Thursday, May 18

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | New Scholars Workshop check-in (West Valley campus, La Sala Ballroom A and B. Free shuttle from Westin-Tempe to West Valley campus will be provided)

  • Shuttle information: The shuttle departing for the New Scholars Workshop at the ASU West Valley campus will depart from the Westin-Tempe at 8 a.m.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | New Scholars Workshop

3 – 5 p.m. | Conference check-in (Westin-Tempe, 1st floor lobby)

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. | Happy hour (Mirabella––short walk from Westin-Tempe)

7 – 8 p.m. | Keynote speaker, Silvia Donato (Mirabella––short walk from Westin-Tempe)

Friday, May 19

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Conference check-in (Westin-Tempe, 2nd floor)

8 – 9 a.m. | Breakfast (Westin-Tempe, 2nd floor)

9 – 11:45 a.m. | Symposia

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.| Lunch (Westin-Tempe, 2nd floor)

  • Collaborative groups first meeting over lunch (conceptual)

1 – 2:15 p.m. | Keynote speaker, Amie Gordon

2:30 – 5 p.m. | Symposia and data blitz

4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Happy hour and poster session (Carson Ballroom at Old Main, ASU Tempe campus)

Poster size: Printed Poster maximum 3' X 4' - Students are responsible for printing their own posters; Recommended guidelines: Digital 1920 X 1080 pixel size, PowerPoint 16:9 ratio.

Saturday, May 20

8 – 9 a.m. | Breakfast (Westin-Tempe, 2nd floor)

9 – 11:45 a.m. | Symposia

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Lunch (Westin-Tempe, 2nd floor)

  • Collaborative groups second meeting over lunch (methods)

1 – 2:15 p.m. | Symposia

2:15 – 5 p.m. | Break

5 – 10 p.m. | Closing dinner/dance at Desert Botanical Garden, Dorrance Conference Room (free shuttle transportation); Keynote speaker, Alycia de Mesa

  • Shuttle information: There will be two shuttles departing for the Desert Botanical Garden from the Westin-Tempe at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will be two return times – one at 9:15 p.m. and again at 9:50 p.m.
  • Parking information: Recommended parking for those driving are lots P5, P6, or P7.

Sunday, May 21

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Optional day tours to Sedona

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Westin Tempe

Book your stay at The Westin Tempe! The discounted room rate is $179 per night (plus tax) for either queen or king beds, depending on availability (must book by April 18 for group rate). 

* Please be aware that you will see a note when booking your reservation stating there is a destination fee of $22 added into the rate. This will not be applied to your reservation, though you may opt in during check in with the front desk as an incidental charge. 


Destination Charge
The pool and fitness center are open to all guests and are not part of the destination fee. Destination fee includes the following: 

  • Daily enhanced high speed Wi-Fi internet access;
  • $25 food and beverage credit for use at one of the hotel outlets (Cup of Joe, Terra Tempe or SkySill Rooftop Lounge); 
  • One (1) complimentary drip coffee at Cup of Joe for up to two (2) guests; 
  • One (1) tequila flight tasting (4–5 p.m. in Terra Tempe);
  • Complimentary two-hour bike rental for two (2) guests (based on availability).

Wi-Fi/Internet Access

Base Wi-Fi is complimentary to all guests; a high-speed internet option is available at a charge of $9.95.


EXTENDING YOUR STAY: If you would like to extend your stay on the front (i.e., Wednesday, May 17th) or back end (i.e., Sunday, May 21st or Monday, May 22nd), please book through the link for Thursday through Saturday (May 18th-20th) and send your name, confirmation number and desired reservation dates to and our team will extend your reservation at the discounted rate of $179 per night. 


Valet parking at the Westin-Tempe is available at $39 per day. 

Downtown Tempe parking

ASU campus parking


The closest airport to the conference site is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The best way to get to the Tempe from PHX is the Light Rail ($2.00, 20 minutes), taxi ($20-30, 10 minutes), or a ride share ($10-20, 10 minutes).

Explore Tempe

Explore Tempe's best restaurants and find things to do: 

Red Rock Sedona Jeep Tours


Red Rock Jeep Tours

Jeep tours in Sedona, AZ. Use promo code "ASU" for 20% off of your reservation. 

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* Registration closes May 1 at 11:59 p.m. (AZ)

Member: $450

Non-member: $555

Student: $350

Attending from an underrepresented country: $150
*Attending from any African, Latin America/Caribbean, or former Eastern Bloc country

New Scholars Workshop: $75

Arizona Desert Botanical GardenClosing night dinner to be held at the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden (the world’s leading arid lands garden) in the Dorrance Conference Room. Shuttles will be provided for transportation to and from the event. A catered dinner is included (cash bar available at attendees' expense), along with a DJ and dancing to celebrate the end of IARR’s first in-person conference in 3 years!

Fee: $50

Student fee: $35

  • Shuttle information: There will be two shuttles departing for the Desert Botanical Garden from the Westin-Tempe at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will be two return times – one at 9:15 p.m. and again at 9:50 p.m.
  • Parking information: Recommended parking for those driving are lots P5, P6, or P7. Enter through the main entrance to the Desert Botanical Garden.

Sedona, ArizonaSedona Day Trip

Includes ​​​​​transportation to and from Sedona for a self-guided day of exploring. The shuttle leaves Tempe at 9 a.m. with a drop off at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Shop, hike, dine, or schedule a Pink Jeep tour and enjoy the beautiful red rocks! Shuttle leaves at 3 p.m. with estimated return to Tempe at 5 p.m.

Fee: $50 (transportation only)

Northern AZ Wine Tour

Shuttle departs Tempe at 9 a.m., returning at approximately 5 p.m. Guests will visit three wineries in the Cottonwood area (catered lunch will be provided). Wine flight tasting is not included in this fee (average cost for the tasting is $25 per person).

Fee: $127 (lunch included)





This event is sponsored by: 

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New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Sandford School of Social and Family Dynamics

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Counseling and Counseling Psychology


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