Event Details

SRCD-Supported Pre-Conferences

There are four SRCD-sponsored pre-conferences being held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. You do not need to be registered for the Biennial to attend a pre-conference. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Development of Refugee Children and Youth Living in Camps during COVID-19 [SOLD OUT]


  • Frosso Motti-Stefanidi (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
  • Velma McBride Murry (Vanderbilt University)

Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Spaces available: 275 [SOLD OUT]
Fee: Free (generously funded by the Jacobs Foundation)

Download the Pre-conference Schedule

During the past decade the world has been witnessing an unprecedented number of people from around the world fleeing their countries due to conflict, persecution or natural disaster. Since 2018 there are 30 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. These children and youth often live and grow under dire conditions in refugee camps. In this context, the pandemic has further threatened their development and wellbeing.

The event has two parts. In the first part, four scholars who are experts in different aspects of the topic will give half-hour presentations. Following the presentations, participants will be assigned to break-out sessions where they will work to formulate new research questions or polices to address the issues raised by the presenters. The second part of the pre-conference event consists of a capacity building event for young scholars.

SRCD in collaboration with the International Consortium of Developmental Science Societies (ICDSS) is organizing this pre-conference event with generous funding from the Jacobs Foundation. The pre-conference event will focus on the topic “Development of Refugee Children and Youth Living in Camps during COVID-19.” 

Invited presenters include:

  • Suha Al-Hassan, The Hashemite University, Jordan; Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority, UAE
    “Life of children and youth in refugee camps: The case of Syrian refugee children in Jordan”
  • Michael Pluess, Queen Mary University London, UK
    “Predictors of risk and resilience in Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon”
  • Susan Branje, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
    “Risk and resilience in youth adjustment during the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Hirokazu Yoshikawa, NYU Steinhardt, USA
    “New approaches to considering culture and human development in work with refugee populations in the Middle East and South Asia”

Breakout Room Discussion Session

After the invited presentations, each attendee will be assigned to a breakout room of approximately 30-35 people to engage in a risk discussion of the invited talk. The 30 minute discussion will be facilitated by a moderator, who will lead the group discussion to the development of a set of recommendations to guide future work in the areas of  children and youth living in refugee camps, with a specific focus on the potential impact of pandemics, in particular COVID-19, on the health and well-being of children and youth living in refugee camps.

International Poster Symposium

A call for applications for scholars from lower and middle-income countries was issued to participate in a capacity-building event. Mentors also applied and were chosen to assist the scholars in their research and presentation. These scholars will be presenting a poster describing a study related to an aspect of the pre-conference topic in an afternoon session.

List of Poster Names and Authors     Download the Poster Symposium Schedule

Generously funded by the Jacobs Foundation.

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How do we Construct the Other? Using Science to Address the Social Justice Crisis


  • Gustavo Carlo (University of California, Irvine)
  • Cynthia García Coll (University of Puerto Rico)
  • Linda Halgunseth (University of Connecticut)
  • Lisa M. López (University of South Florida)
  • Norma Perez-Brena (Texas State University)

Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT
Spaces available: 275
Fee: $25.00 USD

The pre-conference of the “How do we Construct the Other? Using Science to Address the Social Justice Crisis” is a prelude to the Special Topics Meeting to be held in Puerto Rico in May 2022. The pre-conference will provide an opportunity to engage in conversation with others regarding the development of racism, how children cope, and effective interventions for reducing bias during a critical time of crisis throughout the world.

The pre-conference will begin with a presentation and question and answer session with Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, focused on implicit bias.

Following Dr. Banaji’s presentation, participants will engage in a conversation roundtable focusing on applying a developmental lens to bridge research on implicit bias, prejudice, and discrimination with leading experts in the field.

Participants will then self-select into smaller groups to engage in deeper conversations regarding one of the following four topics: (1) setting an anti-racist research agenda, (2) becoming an ally and co-conspirator in developmental science, (3) complementary perspectives on discrimination, social exclusion, and inequalities, and (4) methodology and measurement of the association between discrimination and health.


10:00am – 12:00pm EDT - Plenary Presentation

  • Presenter: Mahzarin Banaji, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Moderator: Cynthia García Coll, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico & Brown University

12:15pm - 1:45pm EDT - Roundtable Discussion

Title: Applying a developmental lens to bridge research on implicit bias, prejudice, and discrimination


  • Christia Spears Brown, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • Eleanor Seaton, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Gabriela Livas Stein, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Moderator: Rajni Nair, Ph.D., Arizona State University

2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT - Breakout Groups

Title: Continuing conversations and building momentum
Session Coordinator: Lisa M. López, Ph.D., University of South Florida

Break out Group #1
Continuing the Conversation: Setting an anti-racist research agenda

  • Margaret O’Brien Caughy, Sc.D., University of Georgia
  • Rebecca M. B. White, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Break out Group #2
Continuing the Conversation: Becoming an Ally and Co-Conspirator in Developmental Science

  • Diamond Y. Bravo, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • Lionel Howard, Ed.D., George Washington University
  • Hyung Chol (Brandon) Yoo, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Mona M AboZena, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston

Break out Group #3
Continuing the Conversation: Complementary perspectives on discrimination, social exclusion, and inequalities

  • Melanie Killen, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Deborah Rivas-Drake, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Break out Group #4
Looking Ahead: Methodology and measurement of the association between discrimination and health

  • Stephanie Cook, M.P.H., DrPH, New York University
  • Katharine H. Zeiders, Ph.D., University of Arizona

3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT - Wrap up and Final Thoughts

SRCD Developmental Science Teaching Institute [SOLD OUT]

Organizers: SRCD Teaching Committee

  • Matt Mulvaney (Syracuse University)
  • Maria Wong (Stevenson University)
  • Jennifer Zosh (Penn State University, Brandywine)

Teaching Institute Submitted Program Reviewers:

  • Stephen Chen (Wellesley College)
  • Grace Cho (St. Olaf College)
  • Celine Saulnier (Emory University)
  • Virginia Tompkins (The Ohio State University at Lima)

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Spaces available: 275 [SOLD OUT]
Fee:  Free (generously funded by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology)

Please join us for the Developmental Science Teaching Institute, presented by the SRCD Teaching Committee, a pre-conference to the SRCD 2021 Biennial Meeting. This day-long Teaching Institute features presentations from leading experts in the research and application of evidence-based approaches to teaching developmental science. The theme of this year’s Institute is racial justice in relation to pedagogy and child development; and promoting active engagement across modalities.

Invited presenters include:

  • Marinda Harrell-Levy (Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine)
  • Christy Byrd (North Carolina State University)
  • Tinukwa Boulder (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Regan Gurung (Oregon State University)
  • Marisha Humphries (moderator, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The program includes:

  • Keynote talks followed by Q&A sessions
  • Roundtable discussions and idea exchanges
  • Highlighted posters and presentations

The Developmental Science Teaching Institute is co-sponsored by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Download the Teaching Institute Program

Generously funded by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

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Policing and Anti-Racism: Racial and Gender Disparities in Criminal Justice Experiences And Youth Development

2021 Zigler Policy Pre-Conference

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Spaces available: 275
Fee: $20.00 USD

The 2021 Zigler Policy Pre-Conference, honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Edward Zigler, will focus on racial and gender disparities in policing and the criminal justice system, and the implications of these systems for child and youth development. Presentations by leading scholars and practitioners will delineate key research findings, identify knowledge gaps, and discuss the translation to racial justice advocacy and anti-racist policies. The Zigler Policy Pre-Conference is co-organized by the SRCD Science and Social Policy Committee, SRCD Student and Early Career Council, and the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium.

The 2021 Zigler Policy Pre-Conference will feature keynote presentations by:

  • Nikki Jones, Professor, African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Hedwig Lee, Professor of Sociology, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity, Washington University in St. Louis
  • K. Ricky Watson, Jr., Executive Director, National Juvenile Justice Network
  • Sheretta Butler-Barnes (moderator), Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis