April 3 - 5, 2014
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Alexandria, VA, USA
Thank you to all who submitted to the 2014 Special Topic Meeting!
The submission site is now closed as the deadline was November 7, 2013.
Decision notifications will be emailed to all authors by mid January 2014.
>Travel Award information
As part of its initiative to host small, focused topical meetings during the off-years from its Biennial Meeting, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), along with Program Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Gershoff and Aletha Huston, and the Committee for Policy and Communications, invite you to attend the conference on Strengthening Connections among Child and Family Research, Policy and Practice, to be held at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, VA, April 3 – 5, 2014. The meeting attendance will be capped at 225 people, so register early!
The goal of the Strengthening Connections conference is to promote multidirectional communication among researchers and those who apply developmental science in policy and practice. The conference is an opportunity for researchers and their partners in program and policy environments to share their successes in and barriers to the conduct of policy-relevant research on one hand and the creation of research-based policies and programs on the other.
Keynote Speaker: Jack Shonkoff
Biography: Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He currently serves as chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a multi-university collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, psychology, pediatrics, and economics, whose mission is to bring credible science to bear on public policy affecting young children. In 2011, Dr. Shonkoff launched Frontiers of Innovation, a multi-sectoral collaboration among researchers, practitioners, policymakers, investors, and experts in systems change who are committed to developing more effective intervention strategies to catalyze breakthrough impacts on the development and health of young children and families experiencing significant adversity.
Under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Shonkoff served as Chair of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families and chaired a blue-ribbon committee that produced the landmark report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. He also served as a member of the Panel on Child Care Policy, the Committee on the Assessment of Family Violence Interventions, and the Roundtable on Head Start Research.
Dr. Shonkoff has received multiple honors, including elected membership to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, elected membership to the American Pediatric Society, designated National Associate of the National Academies, the C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children from the Society for Research in Child Development.
Dr. Shonkoff has served on numerous professional networks and public interest advisory boards, including the core scientific group of the MacArthur Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development, the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development, and the Executive Committee of the Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has authored more than 150 publications, including nine books; co-edited two editions of the widely heralded Handbook of Early Childhood Intervention; and served on the editorial board of several scholarly journals, including Child Development.
Dr. Shonkoff completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University, medical education at New York University School of Medicine, pediatric training at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and fellowship in developmental pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. He has been a visiting professor or delivered named lectureships at more than 30 universities in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Dean of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Striving to Make Child Welfare an Evidence-based Intervention
Keynote Speaker: Bryan Samuels
Biography: Bryan Samuels is the Executive Director of Chapin Hall, one of the nation’s leading research and policy centers focused on improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities. Before joining Chapin Hall, Samuels was appointed by President Barack Obama as Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), making him from 2010-2013 the highest-ranking federal child welfare policymaker in the country. As ACYF Commissioner, he emphasized the importance of child well-being and the use of data-driven approaches to improve the welfare of vulnerable children and youth. Samuels has over twenty years of experience in child welfare, including having served as the Chief of Staff of Chicago Public Schools under Arne Duncan and as Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He was also a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration from 1997 to 2003. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
Keynote: Ron Haskins
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
Keynote: Linda Richter
Distinguished Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Strengthening Connections Among Child and Family Research, Policy, and Practice: Revisited
Keynote Speaker: Deborah A. Phillips
: Deborah Phillips is Professor of Psychology and Associated Faculty in the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University. She was the first Executive Director of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine and served as Study Director for the Board’s report: From Neurons to Neighborhoods. The Science of Early Child Development. She also served as President of the Foundation for Child Development, Director of Child Care Information Services at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Congressional Science Fellow (Society for Research in Child Development) on the staff of Congressman George Miller. Her research focuses on the developmental effects of early childhood programs for both typically developing children and those with special needs, including research on child care, Head Start, and pre-Kindergarten programs. Deborah has served on numerous task forces and advisory groups that address child and family policy issues, including the Task Force on Meeting the Needs of Young Children of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, the Head Start FACES Redesign Expert Panel, and the Secretary’s (US DHHS) Committee on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation. Dr. Phillips is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Contributions to Education in Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development.
Session A: How Research is Used by Public Officials
Chair: Vivian Tseng, William T. Grant Foundation
Participants: Cynthia Coburn, University of California, Berkeley
Janelle Scott, University of California, Berkeley
John Easton, Institute of Educational Sciences
Session B: The Roles of Government in Promoting Policy-Relevant Research
Chair: Valerie Maholmes, Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch, NICHD
Participants: Catherine Nolan, Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, DHHS
Gillian Huebner-Utterwulghe, USAID
Frances Ashe-Goins, Office of Women’s Health, DHHS
Martha Moorehouse, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, DHHS
Kim Boller, Mathematica Policy Research
Session C: Career Paths in Policy Research
Chair: Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research
Participants: Rebekah Levine Coley, Boston College
Jenni Owen, University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium and Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University
Maria Woolverton, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, DHHS
Edward Metz, Institute of Education Sciences
Session D: International Research-Policy Collaborations
Chair: Pia Britto, Child Study Center, Yale University
Participants: Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University
June Lee, Sesame Workshop
Joost de Laat, World Bank
Session E: Translating Research to Journalists, Policymakers, and Practitioners
Chair: Lisa Guernsey
Participants: Brian Wilcox, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Martha Zaslow, SRCD Office for Policy and Communications
Annie Murphy Paul, author/journalist
Session F: Methods of Policy Relevant Research – Issues of Rigor and Feasibility
Chair: Katherine Magnuson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Participants: Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research
Pamela A. Morris, New York University
Lynn Karoly, RAND Corporation
Julie Kerksick, Office of Economic Security, Colorado Department of Human Services
Greg J. Duncan, University of California at Irvine
Registration Site opens mid-January
Registration will be capped at 225 attendees
Travel Award Information
With generous support from the William T. Grant Foundation, SRCD is pleased to announce two opportunities for travel awards to the 2014 Special Topic Meeting, Strengthening Connections Strengthening Connections Among Child and Family Research, Policy, and Practice, to be held in Alexandria, Virginia, April 3rd to April 5th, 2014. A link to the application site will be included in decision notification emails that will be distributed in mid January, 2014.
William T. Grant Foundation Practitioner and Policymaker Travel Awards
These $600 awards are intended to facilitate participation of community practitioners and policymakers at the conference. Applicants do not need to be current members of SRCD. Applicants must be presenting as either a first author, a discussant, or a roundtable participant on at least one accepted submission. Recipients of this award will receive complimentary meeting registration.
William T. Grant Foundation Minority Early Career Scholar Awards
These $600 awards are intended for early career scholars from under-represented minority groups to support their attendance at the meeting. Awards will be made to individuals with a doctorate who are in academic research, policy, or practitioner positions; the awards are not intended for graduate students. Applicants must be current members of SRCD. Applicants must be presenting as either a first author, a discussant, or a roundtable participant on at least one accepted submission. Recipients of this award will receive complimentary meeting registration.
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