Dr. Jay is a clinical psychologist who specializes in twentysomethings. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Virginia and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. She speaks widely to corporations and universities and think tanks about twentysomethings.
Dr. Jay is the author of The Defining Decade: Why Your 20s Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Psychology Today. The Defining Decade has been translated into five languages.
Dr. Jay earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Jay earned a B.A. with High Distinction in psychology from University of Virginia. She spent her own early twentysomething years as an Outward Bound instructor.
Empowering--not trivializing--twentysomethings. Education as an intervention. Living intentionally. Being a change agent for twentysomethings.
30 is not the new 20.
Our 30-is-the-new-20 culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are an extended adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Too many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.
Our twenties are THE critical period of adult development. 80% of life's most defining moments take place by age 35. Our first ten years of work has an exponential impact on how much money we will ultimately earn. Over half of Americans are married, or are dating or living with their future partner by 30. Our personalities change more during our twenties than at any time before or after. Fertility peaks in our 20s. Even the brain caps off its last growth spurt in the twenties. Our twenties are a time when the things we do--and the things we don't do--will have an enormous effect across years and even generations to come. Your twenties matter!
Twentysomethings in your life, twentysomethings in the workplace, twentysomethings in school, twentysomethings around the world.
Roughing it and traveling light: I spent my early 20s as an Outward Bound instructor.
Talking about Freud: I was trained psychoanalytically by some phenomenal thinkers.
2013 is my first TED. I'm sure I'll have a story soon. Hopefully it's a good one!
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