International Affairs

Mission Statement

The International Affairs Committee was established in 1990 by the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). The Committee's mission is to advocate an international perspective on research and theory in child development within the Society by encouraging and facilitating international collaborations in research, education, and translation/application. A central goal is to broaden international representation in the membership and publications of the Society and to promote formal (e.g., workshops; conferences) and informal international exchanges of knowledge about child development research, policy, and translation.

Read the Mission Statement formulated at a meeting in Greece. Funded by SRCD's research grant program.

Click here for information about the International Consortium of Developmental Science Associations.

Human Development Intervention Network

The International Affairs committee launched a new global network for human development intervention research, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Using the new global network, a researcher or interventionist is able to create a member profile on the network and then use searchable databases to connect with other individuals conducting similar work and to access resources to use in designing human development interventions and evaluations. We developed and launched an on-line platform ( that:

  1. Connects individuals conducting research and human development interventions in different countries to researchers with related interests;
  2. Indexes measures that can be used in evaluations of interventions and methods that can promote rigorous evaluations; and
  3. Facilitates exchanges of ideas among a network of scholars and action partners who implement interventions to promote human development around the world.

Publication News

This just-published volume follows from the SRCD special topic meeting held in Prague in fall 2014 on positive youth development in the context of the global recession. Positive youth development in global contexts of social and economic change, Petersen, A. C., Koller, S. H., Motti-Stefanidi, F., & Verma, S. (Eds.). (2017)

For more information, visit the publisher's website.


Jennifer E. Lansford, Co-Chair 2011-2017
Silvia H. Koller, Co-Chair 2015-2019
Colette Daiute 2013-2017
Marilou Hyson 2015-2019
Suman Verma 2015-2019
Mary Gauvain, Governing Council Representative 2015-2017
Frosso Motti, Governing Council Representative 2013-2017
Nan Zhou, SECC Representative 2015-2017
Patricia Barton, Staff Liaison 2016-