Other Pre-conferences and Events at the Biennial

Aside from the invited and submitted program, there are numerous formal and informal opportunities for networking and learning about the latest developments in the field. The biennial meetings provide an opportunity for child development professionals and other researchers to connect and exchange information and ideas. Please see below for other opportunities offered. Note that these events are not sponsored by SRCD and registration/questions will need to be sent to the contact listed. This page will continue to grow as the meeting draws closer.

Schedule a Preconference/Special Event

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Wednesday, April 5th

Peer Relations Preconference

Time: 8:00am – 6:30pm
Location: Room 9 B/C, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Wendy Troop-Gordon; wendy.troop@ndsu.edu

The 2017 Peer Relations Preconference uses a novel format that facilitates creative thinking and group discussion about the role that peer relations research might have on in issues that are important to children, youth, and society. In doing so, we hope to move the preconference and our field in exciting new directions.

The day will begin with a panel presentation designed to encourage participants to think about how we might harness peer relations knowledge for positive impact. It will end with a panel presentation designed to allow participants to consider the future of translation of peer relations research.

Rather than attending traditional breakout sessions, participants will spend time during the day in study groups focused on one topic, building networks with other scholars, discussing how peer relations research speaks to their topic, and formulating an idea for a solution that would allow for greater translation of basic peer relations research to public action.

Goals for the preconference include: a) connecting peer relations researchers with one another, b) including scholars at all stages of career development, c) engaging in discussions that bridge the divide between peer relations research and the needs of children, youth, and society, and d) considerng how peer relations research might impact issues of national and global importance.

Please visit our website at https://thesanfordschool.asu.edu/SRCD-2017-Peer-Relations-Preconference.

Data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) at NCES

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Room 5 B/C, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Gail Mulligan; Gail.Mulligan@ed.gov

This course provides researchers with information about the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010–11 (ECLS-K:2011). Data from the ECLS-K:2011 allow researchers to examine the relationships between a wide range of family, school, classroom, and individual characteristics and children’ s development, learning, and school performance in kindergarten and across the elementary school years. In this training, participants will become familiar with the design, content, and research utility of the ECLS-K:2011; learn how to use the Electronic Codebook (ECB) software to create individualized datasets for personal research; understand the need for using sample weights and adjusting variance estimates to conduct accurate analyses; and become familiar with resources available from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) related to the ECLS-K:2011. The training will focus on the publicly released data from the kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade collections. Participants will also be given an opportunity to ask questions about how the ECLS-K:2011 data can best be used to address their own research interests. Though this course is primarily lecture-based, there will be time for participants to practice navigating the ECB software and work through hands-on exercises. Therefore, it is recommended that each participant bring a laptop computer to the course. Note that the ECB software works on computers running Windows 95® or higher, although researchers can use Apple computers for other work during the session. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed for this session; the course is appropriate for researchers of all levels.

Preconference on Fathers and Families

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
General Session: Room 10 C, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center
Breakout Session(s): Room 10 A and 10 B, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Brenda Volling; volling@umich.edu

The 2017 SRCD preconference on Fathers and Families: New Perspectives and Future Directions will focus on advancing research and measurement on the role of fathers for children’s development in the context of the family and is a follow-up to a SRCD-sponsored meeting held at the University of Michigan June 6 – 7, 2016.

We invite both junior and senior scholars with interests in fathering to participate in this meeting to continue discussions on how to implement new perspectives on conducting research on fathering, deepening our definitions of fathering, and pursuing future research that facilitates an understanding of fathers from multidisciplinary, global, and family-oriented perspectives.

The meeting will include a full-day of activities that will consist of invited talks from renowned scholars of fathering research, break-out sessions on thematic topics, and opportunities for junior-senior networking. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and the formal program at 9:00 a.m. You can see the agenda and register here. http://chgd.umich.edu/research/healthy-children-families-communities/srcd-2017-preconference/

This first SRCD preconference of Fathers and Families is being organized by Dr. Brenda Volling (volling@umich.edu) and Dr. Natasha Cabrera (ncabrera@umd.edu) and we look forward to others joining us in Austin, TX.

NOTE: Preregistration for this preconference is required and costs $85/person (plus $5.67 for Eventbrite fees). This registration fee includes snacks, beverages, breakfast and lunch. The  deadline for Registration is Friday, March 24, 2017

International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD), Executive Committee Meeting

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Room 602, 6th Floor of the Hilton Austin

8th SRCD Preconference on Religious & Spiritual Development

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Room 18 A, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Dr. Rebekah Richert (rebekah.richert@ucr.edu)

As developmental psychology has given spirituality and religion more attention as important domains and contexts of development, research on religious and spiritual development has flourished recently; for example, the soon-to-be-released Special Issue of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology on Religion, Culture and Development. This preconference convenes a growing community of scholars interested in theoretically understanding and empirically examining the nature and function of religion and spirituality in the lives of children and adolescents. Additionally, we explore ways to conceptualize and operationalize religion and spirituality as contexts in which human development occurs. This preconference will help scholars interested in the study of religious and spiritual development think about how religious and spiritual development can inform traditional assumptions and approaches to understanding developmental processes. In the past, attendees have represented research from multiple interacting dimensions of development (socioemotional, cognitive, psychopathology) and varying dimensions of religious & spiritual development (concepts, cognitive processes, moral reasoning, identity, parenting, etc.). The program ensures diversity in the religious belief systems discussed, the cultural systems from which participants are recruited, and the methods taken in the study of religious and spiritual development. In addition to keynote speakers, the preconference features a variety of formats, including round-table discussions, poster presentations, and research talks in order to foster discussion, build research networks, and connect younger and more established scholars to each other. SRCD attendees whose work addresses any of the above topics or who simply wish to learn more about this these issues are invited to attend.

Website: http://ccl.ucr.edu/2017-srcd-preconference/

Coding, Sharing, and Reusing Video Data with Databrary

Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Room 4 A/B/C, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Carli Heiman; carli.heiman@nyu.edu

Across age, context, and culture, children produce an extraordinary array of behaviors—speech, gestures, visual exploration, facial expressions, motor actions, and social interactions. Video captures much of the richness and complexity of children’s behavior. The Databrary Project provides the software, cyber-infrastructure, and policy framework to enable sharing and repurposing of developmental video data. With Databrary, researchers can find and reuse videos to illustrate phenomena and concepts, verify coding rules, see procedures and methods, and find inspiration. Databrary’s mission is to capitalize on the potential of video and accelerate the pace of discovery in developmental science.

This free workshop will teach researchers—from principal investigators to undergraduates—how to exploit the richness inherent in recordings of children’s behavior by coding, reusing, and sharing research videos. Attendees will also learn how open sharing benefits the original data contributor with increased citations, attention, and fulfillment of federal funding mandates.

With the right tools, video coding can be easy, efficient, and enlightening. Attendees will learn about Datavyu, a free video-coding tool, to mine the richness of their videos. Video is unique from other forms of data in the opportunities it provides for reuse. We will provide examples of how videos can be repurposed to address new questions beyond the scope of the original study.

We have developed a policy framework that enables sharing of video data and addresses concerns about participants’ privacy. Attendees will learn how to amend their IRB protocols and best practices for obtaining participants’ permission to share their video data. Attendees will learn how to use Databrary to manage ongoing studies and to monitor progress in data collection and coding. Databrary also functions as a lab server and a secure backup for data that can be kept private to only collaborators and lab members until it’s ready to be shared. When ready, the contributor can share the study with just the click of a button! Throughout the workshop, attendees will get hands-on experience using Databrary's functionality and exploring shared data.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is free, but space is limited. More information and registration for this workshop can be found HERE (http://goo.gl/forms/n9FbJAcTjLPZ7RTp1)

Attachment Pre-Conference

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Room 17 A, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Howard Steele; steeleh@newschool.edu

The 2017 Attachment Pre-Conference will be an opportunity to Meet the Authors of the recent 2016, 3rd edition of the Handbook of Attachment (Guilford Press). Speakers for the day will comprise many of the chapter authors who have conducted pioneering work on attachment across infancy, childhood, the school aged years, adolescence, parenthood and trans-generational influences from developmental, cross-cultural, psycho-physiological and clinical perspectives. This one day event, sponsored by the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies, will take stock of what we know and discuss questions and agendas for future work. Further information is available from Howard Steele at steeleh@newschool.edu.

Development of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Room 14, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact:  Carrie Lou Garberoglio; carrielou@utexas.edu

Pre-conference focused on issues surrounding the development of deaf and hard of hearing children. This is an annual event. More information, including registration information, can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/utexas.edu/srcd-workshop-2017/home.

Emotions Pre-Conference

Time: 11:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Room 16 B, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Tara Chaplin; tchaplin@gmu.edu

More information about the event: https://sites.google.com/site/srcdemotionprecon/

The Science of Play and Learning 
Funded by: LEGO Foundation

Co-chairs: Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, Jill Popp, and Karen E. Adolph

Time: 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Room 4 A/B/C, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Catherine Tamis-LeMonda; catherine.tamis-lemonda@nyu.edu

Developmental scientists have historically considered play to be essential to learning. Play is the primary vehicle for learning about the world, and cuts across all developmental domains.  Play provides an unparalleled window into typical and atypical patterns of development, and is an ideal context for understanding global development. Yet, despite the centrality of play for learning and development, it remains relatively understudied, and its importance has been insufficiently communicated to key stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and funding agencies. Our vision for this pre-conference event is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts, who are interested in understanding play as a context for learning and development play research to engage in dialogue about the experience of play in humans and non-humans and how to best facilitate meaningful play experiences. A 2.5 hour symposium will include 4 presentations from speakers who are experts on play in humans and non-humans, followed by full group discussion and then a reception among participants. The scientific advances generated by the presentations and discussion will advance our mission of raising awareness of the importance of everyday play in developmental science.

Register for the Event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSco5DXJPJpMgtkGW6OWo83oUyi3TkW71w8umwi18C2yW-Q-RQ/viewform

Moral Development Pre-Conference

Time: 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Room 15, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Contact: Mary B. Eberly Lewis; eberly@oakland.edu

Registration and Event Information: http://www.moral-development-psy.org/

Developmental psychologists have done a tremendous job in describing the many moral competencies of infants and toddlers and in debunking traditional views of moral maturity. This leaves us with the task of identifying important developmental processes and milestones throughout childhood, adolescence, and beyond. With this pre-conference, we intend to stimulate an open discussion among researchers to reflect upon the question “What develops in moral development?” Two distinguished keynote speakers will discuss their work on the competencies evident in infants and toddlers from the perspectives of evolutionary origins of morality and early relational and attachment foundations. Thereafter, two panels of notable scholars will offer commentaries in order to stimulate interactive, small group discussions. This fourth Moral Development Pre-conference will be particularly significant for addressing the interests and questions of emerging scholars, as well as being an important discussion forum for all those interested in issues of moral development.

Measuring Development: A Tribute to J. Steven Reznick

Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Room 7, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Jed Elison; jtelison@umn.edu

The goal of this event is to celebrate the life and scientific contributions of J. Steven Reznick. Steve’s personal and professional influence was far-reaching. As a scientist, collaborator, teacher, mentor, advocate, organizer, and committee member, he diligently pursued the advancement of developmental science. This event brings together various scholars who were directly and indirectly influenced by Steve and will include twelve 15-minute presentations in a data/story blitz format, and will include sufficient time for questions/discussion. The range of speakers will represent the range of topics that Steve examined over his career.

Using Technology to Overcome Poverty-Related Disparities in Early Language Experience

Time: 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Room 19 A, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Alana Schnitz; aschnitz@ku.edu

Conveners: Judy Carta (Bridging the Word Gap National Research Network) and Georgene Troseth and David Dickinson (Vanderbilt University LEARN: Language and Education Adaptive Reading Network)

Target audience: Developmental, educational and pediatric researchers interested in designing and testing interventions employing technology to promote early language learning

Our vision for this pre-conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary group to discuss promising efforts that use digital and other technologies to enhance infant, toddler, and preschool early language experiences and learning, especially to overcome disparities in language exposure for children in poverty. We seek participation by early childhood experts from diverse fields including developmental psychology, early intervention, early childhood education, pediatrics, public health, nursing, speech and language pathology, children’s media, technology innovations for instruction, and public policy.  Registration is currently closed but individuals wishing to be put on a waiting list should contact aschnitz@ku.edu

Face Processing Pre-Conference

Time: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Room 3, Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Fabrice Damon; damon.fabrice@gmail.com

This pre-conference is a biennial gathering of international researchers, clinicians, and students who are interested in the development of face processing in infancy, childhood, and adulthood. We define face processing broadly including face recognition, face categorization, emotional processing, gaze processing, and so on. The pre-conference will provide a forum to present current and cutting-edge research in various face processing labs, showcase new research methodologies, and discuss theoretical, methodological, and applied issues concerning the development of face processing. No registration fee is needed. Pre-registration is preferred but not mandatory (please email your inquiry and pre-registration to damon.fabrice@gmail.com). Anyone who is interested is welcome.

Supporting Young Children and Their Parents Preconference

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 416 A/B, 4th floor of the Hilton Austin
Registration Contact: Patrica Barton; pbarton@srcd.org

The Supporting Young Children and Their Parents Preconference will highlight findings and recommendations from two studies conducted by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine focused on the evidence on how children learn and how family members and educators can best support them. The two reports come from the Committee on Fostering School Success for English Learners: Toward New Directions in Policy, Practice, and Research and the Committee on Supporting Parents of Young Children.There is no registration fee for this preconference, but please click here to RSVP.

Introduction to the PSID Child Development Supplement

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Room 5 A, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Paula Fomby; pfomby@umich.edu

This workshop introduces the structure and content of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics Child Development Supplement and provides information on how to access this public-use data resource. The Panel Study of Income Dynamics began as a nationally-representative household panel study in 1968 to study economic and social mobility within and between generations and now includes information on up to five generations of family members. The Child Development Supplement is designed to collect in-depth information on the health and well-being of PSID children in their family, neighborhood, and school contexts. To date, CDS has followed two cohorts of children: CDS I-III includes information collected over three waves on children who were between 0 and 12 years old in 1997. CDS-2014 includes information on all children aged 0-17 years living in PSID families in 2014. Study components include survey interviews with primary caregivers and older children, time diaries recording children’s time use, cognitive achievement assessments, and anthropometry. Linkages to restricted-use data permit analysis of children’s neighborhood and school characteristics.

2017 Evolutionary Preconference

Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Trinity Meeting Room, Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Convention Center

Reception to Follow in the “18th over Austin” lounge.

The Evolutionary Preconference aims to start a discourse about “evo devo” or the idea that children’s development may be influenced by evolutionary forces in addition to proximal factors. This year’s theme is “rituals, relationships, and sex”. The event is sponsored by Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/education/news-and-events/2017/culture_innovation.php for more information and for registration.

Registration: $Free.  Reception will include light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Note: This is a free event, but Registration is strongly encouraged.

Crosslinguistic research using the MacArthur-Bates CDIs

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Room 2, Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration Contact: Virginia Marchman; marchman@stanford.edu

This preconference event brings together researchers in the US and internationally who are conducting studies of early language development using the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) in English and their adaptations in other languages. Researchers will be able to meet with members of the MacArthur-Bates CDI Advisory Board, present results of ongoing or completed projects, and meet with researchers to discuss possible collaborations. Researchers who are interested in presenting during the preconference event should contact Virginia Marchman (marchman@stanford.edu).

Social Domain Theory Reception

Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Room 19B, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Contact: Nicole Campione-Barr; campionebarrn@missouri.edu 

Thursday, April 6th

Penn State Reception

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm 
Location: Meeting Room 12B, Level 4 Austin Convention Center

Contact: Laureen Teti; Lot1@psu.edu 

ASU Reception

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Room 410, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Keith Srnic; keith.crnic@asu.edu

University of Notre Dame Reunion/Happy Hour

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Room 416 A, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact:  Naomi Ekas; naomi.ekas@tcu.edu

Asian Caucus Reception and Business Meeting

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Room 412, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Charissa Cheah; ccheah@umbc.edu

Canadian Universities Reception

Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Room 10 A/B, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Contact: Susan Graham; susan.graham@ucalgary.ca 

Center for Developmental Science Reception

Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Room 408, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Jennifer Coffman; coffman@unc.edu

University of Chicago SRCD Reception

Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Room 13 A, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Contact: Jodi Khan; jodikhan@uchicago.edu

Society for the Study of Human Development (SSHD) Reception

Time: 9:00pm -11:00pm
Location: Room 404, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Yoko Yamamoto; yoko_yamamoto@brown.edu

MN Party

Time: 9:00pm – 12:00pm
Location: Salon E (Governors Ballroom), 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Delores Mordorski; mordo001@umn.edu

Michigan Party

Time: 9:00pm – 11:30pm
Location: Room 400, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Christopher Monk; csmonk@umich.edu

UVa Curry School of Education Reception

Time:7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Room 9C, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center

Contact: Diane Cole; ddc2d@virginia.edu

Temple University Reception

Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Meeting Room 1, Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center

Contact: Hongling Xie; hxie@temple.edu

The Launch of NIE Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD) Reception

Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Meeting Room 2, Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center

Director, National Institute of Education (Singapore), warmly invites you to the launch of our Centre for Research in Child Development.

Find out more about our new Centre and discover opportunities for employment, research and partnerships at our Institute.

RSVP via this online form.

For enquires on the event, please email nie.crcd@nie.edu.sg

Friday, April 7th 

Jacobs Foundation Reception (Invite Only)

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Room 406, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Simon Sommer; simon.sommer@jacobsfoundation.org

Dutch Scholars Reception

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Room 13A, Level 4 of the Austin Convetion Center

Contact: Jan Boom; J.Boom@uu.nl 

Consortium Member Networking Reception (Invite Only)

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 408, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Patricia Barton; pbarton@srcd.org

UC Davis Human Development & Psychology Reception

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Room 404, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Kim Berardi at kyberardi@ucdavis.com

Party with PEDAL

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Room 402, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Anna Vidos; av444@cam.ac.uk

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Reception

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Room 410, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Contact: Lisa Knoche; lknoche2@unl.edu

Saturday, April 8th

William T. Grant Foundation Funding Opportunities
Informational Session at the SRCD Conference

Time: 11:00am – 12:000pm
Location: Room 417A, 4th Floor of the Hilton Austin

Registration Contact: Irene Williams; iwilliams@wtgrantfdn.org

The William T. Grant Foundation will host an informational session, with the Tri-Caucus of SRCD. Vivian Tseng, Vice President, Program will discuss the Foundation’s research focus areas and funding opportunities.  In addition, she will provide advice on developing applications.
The William T. Grant Foundation supports research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. Throughout its 80 year history, the Foundation has awarded grants to prominent researchers yielding research that has been pivotal in improving outcomes for youth and the systems in which they develop.

Please visit the Foundation’s website at http://wtgrantfoundation.org for more information.