The Science and Social Policy Committee, originally established in 1977 and renamed in 2018, is responsible for ongoing consultation to SRCD regarding its activities in the following areas:
- Supporting implementation of SRCD’s strategic plan,
- Linking research with global, national, and state/local policies that affect children and families,
- Keeping membership apprised on policy to inform science,
- Informing governmental decision-making regarding research on child development,
- Encouraging the development of leaders in the translation of research to policy and practice, and
- Enhancing the effective dissemination of developmental science.
The committee works through direct participation in activities and through close consultation with the SRCD Policy Director. In order to carry out this responsibility, the committee's activities focus on the following areas through distinct subcommittees:
- Support for SRCD Strategic Plan: Helping to implement SRCD’s strategic plan in areas related to research-policy-practice connections and dissemination.
- Social Policy: Enhancing the visibility and impact of developmental research at the global, national and state/local levels, for example, by sponsoring briefings or providing brief summaries of key research for policymakers. Keeping membership apprised on policy directions in order to inform science.
- Science Policy: Inform decision making regarding funding levels for research on child development, how science is conducted (e.g., human subjects and clinical trial regulations), and directions for future research; and ensure that developmental researchers are kept informed of science policy issues that are relevant to their potential research funding and research directions.
- Leadership Development: Assist with selection and ongoing professional development of SRCD Federal (both Executive Branch and Congressional Branch) and State Policy Fellows; work with the SRCD Student and Early Career Committee; and promote other opportunities to support new leaders at the intersection of research, policy, and practice.
- Research Translation: Consult with SRCD to enhance training for society members in effective translation of developmental science to inform global, national and state/local policy.
|Rebekah Levine Coley, Co-Chair||2013-2021||Boston College|
|Sacha Klein, Co-Chair||2013-2019||Michigan State University|
|Jennifer Brooks||2020-2021||Jennifer L. Brooks, LLC|
|Sheretta Butler-Barnes||2017-2021||Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis|
|Rachel A. Gordon||2015-2021||University of Illinois at Chicago|
|Anna Gassman-Pines||2019-2023||Duke University|
|Sara Vecchiotti||2019-2023||Foundation for Child Development|
|Caitlin Lombardi||2019-2023||University of Connecticut|
|Michael López||2019-2023||NORC at the University of Chicago|
|Michael MacKenzie||2019-2023||McGill University|
|Velma McBride Murry,
Governing Council Representative
|2019-2021||University of North Carolina at Greensboro|
|Ellen Wartella, Ex Officio||2015-2021||Northwestern University|
|Martha Zaslow, Ex Officio||2020-||Society for Research in Child Development|
|Kelly R. Fisher, Ex Officio||2019-||Society for Research in Child Development|