International Affairs Committee


Mission Statement

Established in 1990 by the Governing Council, the International Affairs Committee mission is to advocate for an international perspective on child development research and theory within the Society and its work. A central goal of the Committee is to broaden international representation in the membership and publications of the Society. The committee accomplishes its mission by facilitating international collaborations in research, education, and application by holding formal workshops and conferences, as well as informal international exchanges of knowledge about child development.

Read the Mission Statement formulated at a meeting in Greece. Funded by SRCD's research grant program.
Read the International Affairs Committee Spotlight - June 1, 2018

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.
Positive Youth Development in Global Contexts of Social and Economic Change

Publication News


This 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.


Committee Roster

Kathryn Modecki, Co-Chair 2023-2027 Griffith University
Vaishali Raval, Co-Chair 2023-2027 University of Miami, Ohio
Chidozie Nwafor 2021-2025 Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Fernando Salinas-Quiroz 2021-2025 National Pedagogic University
Stella Christie 2023-2027 Tsinghua University
Shuang Lu 2023-2027 University of Central Florida
Abraham Sagi-Schwartz 2023-2027 University of Haifa/Tel-Hai College
Stephen Asatsa, Governing Council Representative, Ex-Officio 2023-2025 Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya
Gustavo Carlo, Governing Council Representative, Ex-Officio 2023-2025 University of California, Irvine
Nazlı Akay, SECC Representative 2023-2025 Middle East Technical University
Dorsett (Roman) McNeil, Staff Liaison 2022- Society for Research in Child Development