Science & Social Policy Committee


Committee Charge

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:

  1. Supporting implementation of SRCD’s strategic plan,
  2. Linking research with global, national, and state/local policies that affect children and families,
  3. Keeping membership apprised on policy to inform science,
  4. Informing governmental decision-making regarding research on child development,
  5. Encouraging the development of leaders in the translation of research to policy and practice, and
  6. 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.

> Read the Science and Social Policy Committee Spotlight - December 3, 2018

Committee Roster

Anna Gassman-Pines, Co-Chair 2019-2023 Duke University
Caitlin Lombardi, Co-Chair 2019-2025 University of Connecticut
Michael MacKenzie 2019-2023 McGill University
Sara Vecchiotti 2019-2023 Foundation for Child Development
Jennifer Brooks 2020-2025 Jennifer L. Brooks, LLC
R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez 2021-2025 New York University School of Medicine
Susan Jekielek 2021-2025 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Amy Marks 2021-2025 Suffolk University
Lorena Aceves, SECC Representative 2021-2023 Child Trends
Ana Whitaker 2023-2025 University of Delaware 
Ellen Wartella, Ex Officio 2015-2022 Northwestern University
Saima K. Hedrick, Ex Officio 2021- Society for Research in Child Development
Kelly R. Fisher, Ex Officio 2019-  Society for Research in Child Development
Nighisti Dawit, Staff Liaison   Society for Research in Child Development