Conferences

18th International Conference on Social Stress Research
June 8th - June 10th, 2024

Portland, OR

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland – Downtown
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204

Registration for the Conference will open in Winter 2024

The 18th International Conference on Social Stress Research will be held on June 8-10, 2024 in Portland, OR at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland – Downtown.

The International Conference on Social Stress has become an important conference for scholars working in the area of stress and health and a major forum for sharing new research that incorporates components of the stress process. The conferences, sponsored by the University of New Hampshire, are held approximately every two years and attract the leading scholars in the field. Previous conferences have been held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Savannah, Georgia; Honolulu, Hawaii; Santa Fe, New Mexico; San Diego, California; London, England; Venice, Italy; Paris, France; Budapest, Hungary; Athens, Greece, and Montreal and Vancouver, Canada. The conference is organized and directed by Professors Heather Turner, Catherine Moran, and Karen Van Gundy in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

The 2024 conference promises to be stimulating, engaging, and exciting – both professionally and socially. Portland, OR offers something for everyone: city parks and green spaces, nearby mountains, open-air markets, books stores, coffee shops, and dozens of local breweries

Call for Papers

We are now accepting submissions to be considered for the 2024 conference program. We will review full papers or extended abstracts (with sufficient evidence of the substance and scientific merit of the paper). Possible thematic sessions include:

  • COVID pandemic-related stressors and coping
  • Childhood/adolescent stress and adversity
  • Work, occupational, and unemployment-related stressors
  • Stress in family contexts
  • Gender and stress processes
  • Stressors associated with sexual minority statuses
  • Race, ethnicity, culture, and discrimination stress
  • Intersections of physical and mental health
  • Catastrophic and traumatic stress
  • Neighborhood contexts of stress

Please email submissions by January 21, 2024 to: Catherine.Moran@unh.edu

Announcing our 2024 Keynote Speakers

Elaine Wethington

Elaine Wethington

Elaine Wethington is Professor Emeritus of Human Development and of Sociology at Cornell University and adjunct Research Professor at the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1987. She is currently Co-Director and Director of the Pilot Study Core for the Cornell Edward R. Roybal Center for Translation of the Behavioral and Social Sciences of Aging where she has engaged in research projects to improve the experience and treatment of pain in older adults.  Dr.  Wethington’s research interests and projects include work and family stress in young families, the impact of life events and stress on lifestyle and health behaviors, social relationships and support among older adults, stress measure development, and multi-level intervention designs to improve health.

Blair Wheaton

Blair Wheaton

Blair Wheaton is currently the S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1976 and taught at Yale University and McGill University before moving to the University of Toronto in 1989. He was the first recipient of the Leonard I. Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociology of' Mental Health in 2000 and was elected to the Sociological Research Association in 2010. Dr. Wheaton’s research focuses on both the life course and social contextual approaches to understanding mental health over multiple life stages. Currently, he is following up the children from the Toronto Family Study thirty years later to investigate the long-term consequences of growing up in gender-egalitarian households on work, family, and health outcomes, he is investigating historical changes in the stress process over time, and he is beginning a book project on the social causation of mental health disparities.

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