Below is a listing of preconferences and special events taking place before and during the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting. For more information or to register for the pre-conference or event, please use the contact information provided. 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Peer Relations Pre-Conference

Wednesday 8:00am - 6:30pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room(s) Salon F (General Session), Salon A & B (Breakouts)
The Peer Relations Preconference brings together prominent and emerging researchers to share ideas and advances in the field of child and adolescent peer relationships. This preconference will include opening and closing sessions, keynote addresses, a series of break-out groups and discussions, coffee breaks, and a reception.
For registration and additional information, please visit:
Contact: Hongling Xie,

Bridging the Word Gap Research Network Leadership Team Meeting

Wednesday 8:00 am - 12:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 401

Contact: Anne Larson;

Development of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm | Pennsylvania Convention Center | Room 203 AB
This day-long preconference will contain oral/signed presentations of individual research projects, symposium, and panel discussions that will further our knowledge of the development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
Contact: Christopher Stanzione,

Meeting of the EC of ISSBD (International Society for Studying Behavioural Development)

Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 405

Contact: Karina Weichold,

Attachment Pre-Conference

Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm (Reg opens at 8:15am) | Pennsylvania Convention Center | Room(s) 204 A (General Session) & 204 B/C (Food/Beverage Room)
30 years of research with the Adult Attachment Interview: Established findings, diverse approaches to scoring, and emerging directions for research and clinical work.

This pre-conference will be an occasion to reflect on how the influences of the SRCD Mongograph (1985) Growing points in attachment theory and research that included Main, Kaplan & Cassidy's seminar contribution on the 'move to the level of representation'. The day will be organized in terms of plenary talks and discussion as a full group, punctuated by lunch to be provided. Confirmed speakers include Alan Sroufe, Glen Roisman, Roger Kobak, Marinus van IJzendoorn, Marian Bakersman-Kranenburg, Miriam Steele, Mary Main, Erik Hesse, Debbie Jacobvitz.

This pre-conference is sponsored by the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies, SEAS, for more information or to register email

Coding and Sharing Video with Databrary and Datavyu

Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm | Pennsylvania Convention Center | Room 202 A 

Databrary is an open data library and online data management tool where researchers can manage, store, explore, and reuse data in the field of developmental science. Datavyu is a free and flexible coding software that allows users to synchronize videos, score behavior, and run ruby scripts to automate data extraction.

This three-part workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on Databrary and Datavyu experience (lunch included).

Morning Session: Datavyu (9:00-12:30)
You will learn best practices in behavioral video coding and acquire hands-on experience with expert coders designing spreadsheet templates and coding manuals, and coding your own video data with Datavyu. 

Lunch: Overview of Sharing in Databrary (12:30-1:30)
A lunchtime lecture will demonstrate the functionality of the Databrary library and highlight how data sharing and reuse can facilitate your developmental research.

Afternoon Session: Advanced Databrary & Datavyu (1:45-5:00)
You will work with expert coders to design scripts for error-checking, testing inter-rater reliability, and exporting your data.
You will learn how to obtain participants’ permission to share their video data, create datasets, upload video data as it is collected, manage study data online, and share excerpts and video files.

Contact: Lina Wictoren Roy,

Emotions Pre-Conferenece

Wednesday 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Pennsylvania Convention Center | Room 105B


For more information, email:

Black Caucus Pre-Conference

Wednesday 12:30pm - 5:00pm | Pennsylvania Convention Center | Room 102A (General Session) and Room 103C Poster/Reception

Please join us the Black Caucus Preconference. This year’s theme is “Promoting Positive Development and Equity for African American Children: Developing Strategies and Initiatives as ‘We’ March into the Future”. Important focal questions of this pre-conference include: 1) What are ongoing and emerging issues facing African American children and families?; 2) What are important methods and perspectives for highlighting these issues within developmental research?; and 3) What are strategies for promoting social justice and equity within our work? Preconference events will include an interactive panel and roundtable discussion. followed by a poster session/reception. 

Pre-registration is preferred but not mandatory (please pre-register at: ). Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Contact: Shauna Cooper,

Face Processing Pre-Conference

Wednesday 1:00pm - 10:00pm | Pennsylvania Convention Center | 303A
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 Anyone who is interested is welcome.
Contact: Kang Lee,

Moral Development Pre-Conference

Wednesday 1:00pm - 6:00pm | Pennsylvania Convention Center | General Session: 103 A, Breakout(s): 104 A and 104 B

If you are attending SRCD 2015 please consider attending the second moral development pre-conference. The first preconference was a resounding success, and was held prior to the 2014 Society for Research on Adolescence Meeting. The pre-conference will include intriguing speakers and informative breakout sessions focused on a variety of topics related to morality. Speakers will cover ground breaking topics in a presentation format, while breakout sessions will be primarily discussion based, led by leaders in the field. We will also discuss the future of the field and the possibility of creating a society focused on moral development in the concluding session of the preconference. More information is forthcoming regarding registration, but please save the date and plan to come to the conference early and attend! 

Speaker: Karen Wynn

The Discriminating Infant: The Developmental Roots of Good and Evil

Speaker: Tina Malti

Reducing Victimization, Promoting Morality: A Developmental Frame

Speaker: Paul Hastings

The Nuances of Predicting Goodness: Context and Biopsychosocial Processes of Prosocial Development

Breakout Topics:

  • Morality and Media (Douglas Gentile)
  • Evolution and Morality (Darcia Narvaez & Patricia H. Hawley)
  • Identity and Motivation in Young Children (Chris Bryan & Allison Master)
  • Culture (Silvia Koller & Eva Chen)
  • Morality and Parenting (Joan Grusec & Debbie Laible) 
  • Morality and Brain Development (Miriam Beauchamp & Jean Decety)

Contact: Laura Padilla-Walker, 

Poverty-Related Disparities in Children’s Early Language Experiences and Language Development: Prevention, Intervention and Policy

Wednesday 1:00pm - 6:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 9

This pre-conference, entitled “Poverty-Related Disparities in Children’s Early Language Experiences and Language Development: Prevention, Intervention and Policy,” will bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts, spanning basic and applied research, to engage in dialogue around areas of consensus and controversy on the topic of poverty-related disparities in early language experiences and development. A goal for our conversation will be the development of a consensus statement about the role of early home experiences in language development, particularly as they relate to poverty-related disparities in early child learning and development. This statement will:

• Clarify key sources of confusion regarding the critical importance of early language experience for children from low-income households, including an appreciation for the enormous heterogeneity that characterizes the experiences and language skills of these children.
• Provide clear information and recommendations for the policy, advocacy and clinical/education communities, as well as parents.

The afternoon will begin with an informal poster session, with opportunities for participants to engage in interactions with individuals carrying out cutting-edge research, followed by panel sessions on three topic areas that also will frame the poster session:
1) early language development (e.g., word learning, dual-/multi-lingual learning)
2) how poverty and related psychosocial factors affect the home learning environment (e.g., parent-child language interactions, activities, electronic media exposure)
3) research-based prevention and intervention efforts addressing poverty-related disparities

Refreshments will be served

Contact: Cathie Tamis-LeMonda;

Pre-Conference on Cross-Cultural Cognitive Development

Wednesday 1:30pm - 6:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 11 (4th Floor)
Recent years have seen an increased interest in broadening the scope of cognitive development and moving beyond focusing exclusively on children from Western populations. Gaining a clear understanding of universality and variability in cognitive developmental research is essential for answering questions about how human psychological development is shaped by both evolved cognitive adaptations and culturally and socially learned beliefs, norms and practices. However, cross-cultural developmental psychologists face a number of theoretical and methodological questions and challenges that are different from those that are often faced by developmental researchers.

In this workshop, we aim to bring together researchers working in the field of cross-cultural developmental psychology, along with those who have a growing interest in such work. Our primary goal is to discuss the challenges facing the field and to provide opportunities for exchanging ideas and for forging future research collaborations. To this end we will have talks by researchers for whom cross-cultural research is a core component of their developmental research programs. We will also have a panel discussion with leading cross-cultural experts on when and how researchers should employ cross-cultural methods, and provide the opportunity to break up in focused discussion groups. A secondary goal of the workshop is to help build a cross-cultural developmental research community by providing ample opportunities to meet colleagues, and also by providing a survey of the cross-cultural research to be presented at the conference.
Contact: Bailey House,

7th Religious and Spiritual Development Pre-Conference

Wednesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 411/412 

Please join us at SRCD 2015 for the 7th Preconference on Religious and Spiritual Development.  We look forward to celebrating with established and emerging scholars the growing scholarship and momentum in this field. 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 new edition of The Handbook of Child Psychology has a chapter on religious and spiritual development, in its volume on research on core dimensions of development.  The preconference explores topics such as cognitive and conceptual development, socialization and family processes, and spirituality and thriving, across a wide range of developmental periods.  This stimulating 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.  SRCD attendees whose work addresses any of the above topics or simply wish to learn more about this these issues are invited to attend. Please see PDF file for the complete agenda. 

We thank a donation from Fuller Theological Seminary, which has helped to keep the cost of registration low for this preconference. To register for this preconference, please click here:

We look forward to seeing you at SRCD 2015!

Rebekah Richert, Chris Boyatzis, and Pamela King (preconference co-organizers)

Contact: Rebekah Richert, 

Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling 

Wednesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 10 (4th Floor)

The Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and Policy (IMMAP) at Texas Tech University is pleased and honored to host a workshop by the renowned educator and developmental scientist, Todd D. Little. Dr. Little will be conducting a half-day workshop on longitudinal structural equation modeling. The workshop material is based on his 2013 book, “Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling” which is being heralded as an instant classic and the “go to” resource for longitudinal research. Dr. Little will present some of the latest thinking on measurement and design issues in longitudinal research as well as present on recent developments in using the three analysis methods that are available to analyze longitudinal data: the panel model, the growth curve model, and the dynamic p-technique model.  The workshop will also allow time for students and faculty to ask questions about their own research. Little has received numerous awards for his teaching and mentoring, including the 2010 Cohen Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association and the inaugural 2015 Distinguished Mentor of Developmental Scientists award from the Society for Research in Child Development. Little founded and teaches each year in the world-famous Stats Camp (see His research has garnered over 13,100 citations, with an H-index of 60 and an i-10 index of over 130. Attendees will also receive information on reduced registration for a one-week stats camp (r) course (  and a discount on Little's best-selling book.

Contact: Todd Little,

Early Health Factor for Children's Behavioral Outcome  (Cancelled)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Asian Caucus Reception and Business Meeting

Thursday 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Independence Ballroom 3

Contact: Hirokuza Yoshikawa,

Scholars Reunion 


Contact: Kathleen McCoy,

University of Connecticut Reception

Thursday 7:00pm - 9:00pm |  Pennsylvania Convention Center | Room 107B

Contact: Kimberly Cuevas, 

UVA Curry School of Education Reception

Thursday 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 1 (4th Floor)

Contact: Diane Cole; 

Digital Media and Youth


Dutch Scholars Reception

Thursday 7:00pm - TBD | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 309/310

Contact: Jan Boom;

Arizona State University Reception

Thursday 7:00pm - TBD | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 10 (4th Floor)
Reception for colleagues and alumni from Arizona State University.
Contact: Keith Crnic,

Penn State University Reception

Thursday 8:00pm - 10:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Salon I (5th Floor)
Contact: Laureen Teti,

Center for Developmental Science Reception 

Thursday 8:00pm - 10:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 5 (4th Floor)

This reception is hosted for SRCD attendees who are or have been part of the CDS community, who are CDS alumni, supporters, researchers, and fellowship applicants.

Contact: Amy Briceno,

University of Michigan Reception

Thursday 9:00pm - 11:30pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Salon K (5th Floor)
Contact: Vonnie McLoyd,

Canadian Universities Reception

Thursday 8:00pm - 10:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 3 (4th Floor)

Contact: Susan Graham,

Society for the Study of Human Development (SSHD) Reception

Thursday 9:00pm - 11:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Independence Ballroom 1
Contact: Yoko Yamamoto,

University of Minnesota Party

Thursday 9:00pm - 12:00am | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 11/12 (4th Floor)
University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development Annual SRCD Reception
Contact: Delores Mordorski,

Temple University Reception

Thursday 9:00pm - 11:30pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 9
Contact: Hongling Xie,

Friday, March 20, 2015

SRCD Black Caucus Business Meeting

Friday 6:30pm - 7:30pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 409

Society for Research in Human Development Business Meeting and Reception

Friday 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 401
Contact: Nancy Hazen-Swann,

UC Davis Developmental Sciences Reception

Friday 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 9 (4th Floor)

Contact: Jennifer Gouine,

ECRQ Editorial Panel Meeting and Reception

Friday 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Franklin Hall 3
Contact: Adam Winsler,

Cornell University Dept of Human Development Reception

Friday 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 410

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Reception

Friday 7:00 - 9:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 406

Latino Caucus Meeting and Reception

Friday 7:00pm - TBD | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Salon I (5th Floor)

Contact: Gabriela Stein;

University of Missouri Reception


Contact: Zehra Gulseven;

Jacobs Foundation Reception

Friday 7:30pm - 10:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Independence Ballroom 3
Contact: Simon Sommer,

University of Chicago Reception

Friday 9:00pm - 11:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Independence Ballroom 1

Contact: Jodi Khan,

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Elsevier Author Publishing Workshop

Saturday 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Marriott Philadelphia Downtown | Room 502

Anita Olfers;

Questions? Contact Casey Irelan at or (734) 926-0612.