Adolescence is the period of psychological, social, and physical transition between childhood and adulthood. It is the transitional stage of human development in which a juvenile matures into an adult. This transition involves biological (i.e,. pubertal), social, and psychological changes. Adolescence" is a cultural and social phenomenon and therefore its end points are not easily tied to physical milestones. The ages of adolescence vary by culture. The World Health Organization defines adolescence as the period of life between 10 and 19 years of age. In contrast, in the United States, adolescence is generally considered to begin somewhere between ages 12 and 14, and end at 19 or 20.

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Volunteer Advocacy Project trains family advocates to serve across Tennessee
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Volunteer Advocacy Project saw its fifteenth cohort of volunteers graduate from the biannual training program on November 15. These graduates are now educated, ready, and willing to serve families of individuals with disabilities across Tennessee who may seek advocacy assistance in their school systems.

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Erik Carter, Ph.D.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Special Education

Judy Garber, Ph.D.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Psychology & Human Development; Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Developmental Psychopathology Research Training Program

Vicki Harris, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology & Human Development and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Andrew J. Tomarken, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department, College of Arts and Science; Associate Professor of Biostatistics

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