Program Information

    2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting Invited Program

    The 2017 Program Co-Chairs, Nicholas Allen (University of Oregon) and Ariel Kalil (University of Chicago), believe that the most important aspect of conferences for many participants is the opportunity for scientific interaction. As such they are taking a new approach to the invited program for this biennial. They have organized an invited program that emphasizes interaction among participants – especially via panel discussions and moderated conversations. These will be unscripted interactions between leaders in the field, sharing their latest thoughts and innovations, and exploring how we can move our science and practice forward in meaningful ways. Their aim is to provide delegates with the opportunity to see leaders in their field interacting with each other and members of the audience to wrestle with the most important and cutting edge issues in research and application of developmental science.

    For this meeting, to complement the usual rich diversity of the submitted program, the program committee decided to have strong themes for the invited program and an emphasis on scientific interaction. The overarching theme for the 2017 Biennial Meeting is: Developmental Science and Society and the invited program will center around four themes with addresses and conversations around each:

    1. Poverty, inequality, and developmental science

    • Clancy Blair, New York University, on self-regulation and its relation to school readiness and mental and physical health.
    • Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University, on poverty, work-family policies, and understanding socioeconomic status gaps in child development.
    • J. Lawrence Aber, New York University, will moderate a panel on innovative programs for children in developing nations. Panelists: Vikram Patel, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Theresa Betancourt, Harvard University; Lucie Cluver,  University of Oxford, U.K.; Gauri Divan, University of Ibadan, India.
    • Cybele Raver, New York University, will have a discussion with Sean F. Reardon, Stanford University and Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University on neighborhood and residential segregation and its impact on children's life chances.
    • Clancy Blair, New York University, will moderate a panel on developmental effects of early exposure to poverty. Panelists: Greg J. Duncan, University of California, Irvine; Gary W. Evans, Cornell University; Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Columbia University

    2. Global change and child development (eg., urbanization, technology, refugees and asylum seekers)

    • Martin D. Ruck, The Graduate Center CUNY, on “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Relevant developmental research.”
    • Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Tilburg University, The Netherlands on immigration policies in European countries and the implications for immigrant children.
    • Kofi Marfo, Aga Khan University, Kenya will moderate a conversation with Hirokazu Yoshikawa and J. Lawrence Aber, New York University on Child Development in Low-Income and Conflict-Affected Countries: Policy and Research Directions.
    • Cynthia Garcia Coll, Albizu University and Editor of Child Development will moderate a panel on The New Americans: Child Development and the Changing Demography of the United States. Panelists: Rebecca M. White, Arizona State University; Vivian Tseng, William T. Grant Foundation; Sandra Graham, University of California, Los Angeles. (Co-sponsored by the Asian Caucus, Black Caucus, and the Latino Caucus of SRCD)
    • Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University will moderate a panel on Refugees from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia: Developmental Status and Global and National Policy Implications. Panelists: Deborah J. Johnson, Michigan State University; Selcuk R. Sirin, New York University; Carly Tubbs, New York University, in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee; Lisseth Rojas-Flores, Fuller Theological Seminary. (Co-sponsored by the Asian Caucus, Black Caucus, and the Latino Caucus of SRCD)

    3. Neuroscience and child development

    • Damien Fair, Oregon Health and Science University, on characterizing large-scale brain networks in children with autism and ADHD.
    • Maryanne Wolf, Tufts University, on the reading brain, and its implications for understanding written language in typical development, in dyslexia, and in non-literate children in remote regions of the world.
    • Emily Falk, University of Pennsylvania, on attitudes and behavior change in the developing brain
    • Seth D. Pollak, University of Wisconsin, Madison will moderate a panel on exposure to early adversity and brain development. Panelists: Nim Tottenham, Columbia University; Frances A. Champagne, Columbia University; Philip A. Fisher, University of Oregon; W. Thomas   Boyce, University of California, San Francisco.
    • Nicholas Allen, University of Oregon will moderate a panel on Education Neuroscience: Limitations and Opportunities. Panelists: Bruce  D. McCandliss, Stanford University; Jeffrey Bowers; University of Bristol, U.K.; Daniel Ansari, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

    4. Behavioral science and public policy

    • Kenneth A. Dodge, Duke University, on A Vision for Birth-to-Five Public Policy to Nurture Child Development.
    • David S. Yeager, University of Texas at Austin, on mindset and academic achievement.
    • Robert  W. Roeser, Portland State University will moderate a panel on Developmental Applications of Mindfulness in Schools. Panelists: Mark T. Greenburg, Pennsylvania State University; Patricia (Tish)       Ann Jennings, University of Virginia; Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, University of British Columbia, Canada.
    • Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago, will moderate a discussion with Anthony Barrows, ideas42, Lisa Gennetian, New York University; National Bureau of Economic Research and Benjamin L. Castleman, University of Virginia, on Behavioral Science and Public Policy.
    • Eleanor K. Seaton, Arizona State University and Jose-Micael Gonzalez, University of Arizona will moderate a panel on A Tale of Two Academies:  Experiences of Underrepresented Faculty with panelists Charissa S. Cheah, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Richard M. Lee, University of Minnesota; Vaishali V. Raval, Miami University; Susan M. Rivera, University of California, Davis; Russell B. Toomey, University of Arizona; Brendesha Tynes, University of Southern California. (Sponsored by the SRCD Ethnic and Racial Issues (ERI) Committee)