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Honored Faculty Speaker

Caitlin Faas, Ph.D.

Caitlin Faas

Why Don’t I Feel Like An Adult Yet? – The Science of Emerging Adulthood

In recent decades, many 20-year-old college students feel distinct from 15-year-old adolescents and 30-year-old adults. They can especially feel different from past generations, who achieved life milestones at earlier ages. Studying these changes, Arnett (2000) proposed the theory of emerging adulthood, which covers the span of 18-29 year olds and includes both feelings and achievement of adulthood. This talk will examine how we scientifically study the milestones of education, marriage, children, career paths, and more.


Dr. Faas is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. She recived her B.A. (2008) in Psychology from Kent State University. She earned both her M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) in Human Development from Virginia Tech. Dr. Faas specializes in emerging adulthood research, particularly educational attainment pathways. Finishing up her fifth year at The Mount, Dr. Faas has taught a wide range of courses including Lifespan Development, Experimental Cognition with Lab, Research Preperation, Foundations of Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Developmental Disabilities.


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