Student & Early Career Council


The Student and Early Career Council (SECC) represents student and early career interests on SRCD committees and foster the development of student and early career scholars who are the future of interdisciplinary research on infant, child and adolescent development in diverse contexts and across life-long trajectories.


The Student and Early Career Council (SECC) was established in 1999 by the SRCD Governing Council to facilitate increased involvement in SRCD for students and young professionals who are within five years of receiving their graduate degree. This involvement includes representing student and early career interests on SRCD committees and working to identify and implement organizational changes that might benefit the student and early professional membership. SECC's overarching goal is to foster the development of student and early career scholars who are the future of interdisciplinary research on infant, child and adolescent development in diverse contexts and across life-long trajectories.

To facilitate this, SECC provides resources and opportunities to student and early career members of SRCD relevant to their professional development through:

  1. A Dissertation Funding Award for graduate students who are in the dissertation proposal stage
  2. Expanded programming related to student and early career interests at the SRCD biennial meetings
  3. Representatives who serve on SRCD committees and SECC co-chairs who serve on the Governing Council to highlight and advocate for student and early career needs and interests. By service on committees and the Governing Council, SECC also serves as an internal information-sharing venue to coordinate activities across the different committees.

> Get to Know Your SECC Representatives
> Read the SECC Spotlight - January 28, 2018

SECC Representatives

Michelle Brown, Co-Chair 2023-2027 University of South Carolina
Sarah DeMartini, Co-Chair 2017-2025 California State University, Chico
Lorena Aceves 2021-2025 Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start
Josefina Bañales 2021-2025 University of Pittsburgh
Shanting Chen 2021-2025 University of Texas at Austin
Alexandra Golden 2021-2025 Cleveland State University
Sabrina Mendez-Escobar 2021-2025 Truman College, City Colleges of Chicago
Qian Miao 2021-2025 Harvard University
Amber Sansbury 2021-2025 George Mason University
Meltem Yucel 2021-2025 University of Virginia
Nazlı Akay 2023-2027 Middle East Technical University
Ashleigh Aviles 2023-2027 New York University
Vanessa Bermudez 2023-2027 University of California, Irvine
M. Bishop 2023-2027 University of Maryland, College Park
Claudia Kruzik 2023-2027 Boston College
Qingyang Liu 2023-2027 Syracuse University
Dalhia Lloyd 2023-2027 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Melissa Lucas 2023-2027 Boston University
Ekjyot Saini 2023-2027 The Pennsylvania State University
Michelle Brown, Governing Council Representative, Ex-Officio 2023-2025 University of South Carolina
Gustavo Carlo, Governing Council Representative, Ex-Officio 2019-2025 University of California, Irvine
Ravenel Davis, Staff Liaison 2022- Society for Research in Child Development

Information on SECC Elections

Read the 2023 call for Nominations

Elected Student and Early Career Council Representatives will simultaneously serve as a representative to a specific SRCD committee for a 2-year term and to the Student and Early Career Council (SECC) for a 4-year term. Any SRCD member can submit a nomination, but only SRCD’s Student and Early Career members will elect the representatives. For a full roster of current SECC Members, visit the Get to Know Your Current SECC Representatives page. Please contact the current committee representative for information regarding the goals and requirements of a specific committee. To learn more about SECC, contact SECC co-chairs.


Nominees for Student and Early Career Representatives are open to students and early career individuals who are in their second year of doctoral studies and beyond, but no more than one (1) year post-doctoral degree (or equivalent). Membership is not required to be nominated although those elected and appointed must agree to join SRCD for the duration of their term. Preference will be given to nominees who have been an SRCD member for at least a year.

In keeping with the Society's commitment to diversity and inclusion in all its forms, we encourage nominees from groups that have been historically under-represented in SRCD governance including members of under-represented racial/ethnic groups, those from outside the United States, those from disciplines other than psychology, and those from outside research-intensive academic institutions.

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Past Student and Early Career Council (SECC) Poster Competition Winners