2015 Biennial Meeting



2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting

March 19 – 21, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Online Program

Program Book pdf 
(No printed program book available on site)
2015 Program Book Addendum
Abbreviated Invited Program Schedule
2015 SRCD Review Panel Roster                                           
SECC Schedule of Events                                             

Welcome from the President

Dear Biennial Meeting Colleagues, 
Among my most congenial Presidential duties is the chance to convey an official welcome to attendees of the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Thus, welcome! Given that writing this note necessarily comes weeks before the meeting itself, I cannot, of course, guarantee balmy weather and easy travel.  What I can guarantee, though, is that once you arrive, you will find an incredibly rich, varied, and engaging program. 
The program is the outcome of many people’s efforts, including, first and foremost those of the program co-chairs, Jeffrey Lockman and Catherine Tamis-LeMonda. They have been amazingly creative in using not only the well-established, invited-program formats (e.g., Views by Two and Conversational Roundtables), but also in inventing entirely new ones. In particular, they have designed ways to encourage exchanges among people who were trained in different disciplines, work in different contexts, use different methodologies, address vastly different substantive topics, and find themselves at different points in their careers (e.g., as in the new “Follow-up” discussions scheduled immediately after State-of-the-Art and Views-by-Two sessions).  As evident in the content of the invited program, Cathie and Jeff took SRCD’s identified strategic goals seriously, and they have showcased cutting-edge research that reflects multiple disciplines, diversity, globalization, and the translational uses of developmental science. 
The 2015 Biennial also includes plenary events that allow all attendees to congregate in the same place at the same time. These provide opportunities for diverse attendees to come together on areas of mutual interest (e.g., future directions of SRCD; honoring award recipients) and to catch up with geographically dispersed colleagues. For the first time, the Biennial will begin bright and early on Thursday morning with an opening breakfast reception (8:00 am) followed immediately by the Presidential Address; later that afternoon (5:45 – 7:15 pm) there will be a “Music through the Decades” reception, complete with a DJ (and, we hope, some poodle skirts). On Friday (3:50 – 5:10 pm) there will be the Business Meeting at which the new Strategic Plan will be discussed and the Awards Ceremony at which individuals who have made various outstanding contributions will be honored. Immediately following will be a Poster Session and Reception (5:20 – 6:35 pm) that will offer a chance to socialize and to browse posters selected as strong illustrations of one or more aspects of SRCD’s strategic initiatives. 
The invited program comprises only a subset of what you will find.  Dedicated and expert Review Panel Chairs and Members considered over 5,000 submissions, resulting in more than 4000 program presentations. These, as well as the invited sessions, were magically transformed into the reality of the final Biennial program by the highly competent and amazingly cheerful SRCD staff. Especially deserving of our collective thanks are Anne Perdue, Casey Irelan, Hailey Buck, and Amy Glaspie. 
Cathie and Jeff have provided a superb précis of the various types of sessions in their own 2015 welcome which I would urge you to read as a prelude to deciding on your personal schedule for the meeting. They have also mentioned some of what Philadelphia has to offer, and more information will be available locally. 
On behalf of the Society’s Governing Council, the Program Committee, and the SRCD staff, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting. I look forward to seeing many of you at breakfast on Thursday, and during the action-packed days that follow.  
With best wishes for an inspiring, productive, and convivial meeting, 
Lynn S. Liben
President, SRCD

Questions? Please contact biennialmeeting@srcd.org