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Roundtable #5 - Beyond Crisis: Identity, Connectedness, and Mental Health in Midlife - Moderated by Katie Lewis, PhD

September 14, 2024 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern


Roundtable #5 in the 2024 Virtual Roundtable Series, Minding the Gaps: Addressing Mental Health Through the Life Cycle.
Moderator: Katie Lewis, PhD
Panelists: Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD; Sheldon Solomon, PhD; Frank Infurna, PhD
The midlife period introduces a complex array of developmental challenges for most adults, representing a span of time in which expectations for stability and achievement are high despite ongoing evolutions in identity development, family relationships, health, and social roles and responsibilities to the outside world. Under the best of circumstances, positive attachment relationships and a mature sense of self developed earlier in life can provide firm footing for navigating this complex terrain; in the face of either early life adversity, new obstacles or traumas, or other forms of developmental interruption, the midlife period can feature special challenges that require consideration from both psychological, socio-historical, and cultural perspectives. In this roundtable, three experts in the field of midlife development and psychosocial functioning will offer their perspectives on the particular issues and opportunities facing adults as they navigate the midlife period.