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Resilience in Science and Practice: Progress and Promise

You may earn this many credits: 3.0

Ann Masten, Ph.D.
2 Hours 48 Minutes
Audio and Video


Dr. Masten will highlight recent advances in research on resilience in human development and their implications for practice, including reflections on human adaptation during the pandemic. She will describe contemporary definitions of resilience that underscore multisystem processes and the importance of defining resilience for scalability across system levels (from neurobiological and individual levels to community and global socioecological levels) and portability across disciplines concerned with human well-being in diverse cultures. Resilience refers to the capacity of a system (child, family, community, economy, etc.) to adapt successfully to challenges that threaten the function, survival, or development of the system. Individual resilience depends on interactions among multiple systems and particularly relationships and social support, together with resources and opportunities. This perspective on resilience has gained salience for multiple reasons, including the infusion of systems theory into developmental psychopathology and the necessity of integrating knowledge on resilience from different disciplines to address mass-trauma threats such as pandemics, war, or natural disasters. Dr. Masten will highlight the alignment of findings in research on resilience in children, families, and communities, the transdiagnostic significance of protective processes, and implications of resilience models for practice and policy. Exciting new directions for integrated research and practice and intriguing questions for future research will be delineated.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Define resilience from a multisystem perspective for scalability and collaboration across disciplines
  2. Apply a resilience framework for research and for practice
  3. Describe emerging directions of research on resilience

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



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Ann Masten, Ph.D., is a Regents Professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She completed her BA at Smith College and PhD in clinical psychology at Minnesota with an internship at UCLA. Dr. Masten is internationally known for her research on resilience in human development, particularly in the context of homelessness, poverty, war, disaster, and migration. Dr. Masten is a past President of the Society for Research in Child Development, recipient of numerous honors, and author of more than 200 publications, including the book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development. She offers a free MOOC (Mass Open Online Course) on “Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War” that has been taken thousands of participants from more than 180 countries.

The presenter has disclosed the following conflict of interest: My 2014 book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development, is still in print.