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

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*Submissions close on December 12 at 11:59 p.m.

The theme of our mini-conference is how individuals thrive and grow in stressful contexts through their relationships. Submissions will be accepted for posters, data blitzes, individual oral presentations, 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 (topic to be determined) 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 and closing receptions (locations to be announced shortly), and we will be organizing a couple of optional day tours on Sunday, May 21st in Sedona.  Please contact with any questions.







Keynote Speakers:

Sylvia Donato


Thursday, May 18

Silvia 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.



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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