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First-Time Attendees Welcome Event

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 
Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm EDT 

This pre-recorded webinar is tailored specifically to first-time biennial attendees and will be followed by a live Q&A with SECC reps and SRCD staff. Learn how to get the most out of your first SRCD biennial meeting straight from the biennial co-chairs, SRCD caucus chairs, committee chairs, and many SRCD Biennial Alum. Created and sponsored by the Student and Early Career Council of SRCD.

Welcome and Open House! Come Explore the SRCD 2021 Virtual Biennial

Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT

All attendees are invited to log onto the virtual platform for an early look at SRCD21! Enjoy the welcome video from SRCD’s President Kenneth A. Dodge and the 2021 Program Co-Chairs, Ellen Pinderhughes and Nim Tottenham. Take your time finding your way around the virtual lobby so you don’t have to rush during the meeting itself. Locate the lounges, posters, and Exhibit Hall. Filter sessions according to your interest and plan your personal schedule ahead of time. SRCD staff will be available at the Help Desk to answer questions.


  • Kenneth A. Dodge, SRCD President (Duke University)
  • Ellen E. Pinderhughes, Program Co-Chair (Tufts University)
  • Nim Tottenham, Program Co-Chair (Columbia University) 

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Chat with Leaders

The Chat with Leaders (also known as Lunch with Leaders) event is a student tradition at the SRCD Biennial Meetings. This event provides a forum for students to interact with senior scholars who have central roles in the field of child development and the Society.

Up to five graduate students will be scheduled with each senior scholar to share conversation. Prior to the meeting, these young scholars will have the opportunity to send one or two questions to the senior scholar with whom they are scheduled to meet. 

One ticket per registered attendee. For inquiries, please email Gabby Galeano at ggaleano@srcd.org.  

This event is only open to Student and Early Career attendees.

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BIPOC Reflections on the SRCD Fellowship


  • Rose Ippolito (Society for Research in Child Development)
  • Kelly Fisher (Society for Research in Child Development)

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am EDT

This conversation roundtable will bring together SRCD policy fellowship alum who identify as BIPOC and pursued fellowship experiences in Congress and/or executive branch agencies in the federal or state government. The discussion will delve into how their placement work illuminated or addressed issues that face BIPOC communities and how historic changes may have influenced their fellowship experience. Alumni will also share their unique motivations for pursuing the fellowship, describe their fellowship experiences, reflect upon how the fellowship influenced their career interests and trajectories, and how these experiences influenced their development as BIPOC scholars. The session will end with a live Q&A period with the audience.

Invited presenters include:

  • Charlayne Hayling-Williams (Community Wellness Ventures)
  • Valerie Maholmes (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Health and Human Development)
  • Mayra Parada (George Mason University)
  • Akilah D. Swinton Nelson (Institute of Education Sciences)
  • Brenda Jones Hardenmoderator (University of Maryland)

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SRCD State of the Science Report on Improving Intergroup Attitudes and Relations

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 11:35am - 1:05pm EDT

In 2020, SRCD gathered an international group of scholars (spanning five countries) to write a report capturing the state of the science on improving the intergroup attitudes, interactions, and well-being of youth. Developmental science has made remarkable progress over the past 30 years, but we are now at a critical point in history: Intergroup interactions worldwide are increasingly diverse and often strained, and our science has become increasingly sophisticated and nuanced. This presents a unique moment to synthesize what we know, with a focus on the international context, and even more importantly, what we do not yet know. In this roundtable, several of the contributors will discuss key issues raised in the report, including a critique of interventions to reduce prejudice, cutting edge research on intergroup contact and diversity, and the protective role of positive group identities.

Invited panelists include:

  • Andreas Beelmann (University of Jena)
  • Sandra Graham (Harbor-UCLA Medical Center)
  • Linda P. Juang (University of Potsdam)
  • Linda R. Tropp (University of Massachusetts Amherst) 
  • Christia Spears Brown, moderator (University of Kentucky)

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Addressing Education Inequities Exacerbated by COVID-19: From SOTE Briefs to Education Policy Research Agendas


  • Nighisti Dawit (Society for Research in Child Development)
  • Kelly Fisher (Society for Research in Child Development)

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 4:20pm - 5:50pm EDT

Evidence shows the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified significant inequality in American society and has had a disproportionate impact on children and youth living in communities that were already facing systemic inequalities. Last year, the SRCD convened a set of writing teams to produce a volume of five, 2-page Statement of the Evidence briefs (SOTEs) to summarize the unique impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ children and youth. During this session, authors of each SOTE will summarize their work and join small breakout sessions with audience members to answer questions and discuss the implications of the SOTEs for future education policy research. The session will end with groups sharing their ideas for priority areas for future research agendas.

This event is the SRCD-AERA Early Fellowship Session.

Invited panelists include:

  • Jessica V. Barnes-Najor (Michigan State University)
  • Erin Bogan (American Institutes for Research)
  • Charissa S. L. Cheah (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
  • Guadalupe Díaz Lara (Sobrato Early Academic Lanugage Model)
  • Paul Poteat (Boston College)
  • Michelle Sarche (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
  • Kaveri Subrahmanyam (California State University, Los Angeles)
  • Tiffany Yipmoderator (Fordham University)

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Noticing Threat and Courage While Engaging Racial Dialogue: Healing Trauma Through Racial Literacy

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT

Speaker: Howard C. Stevenson (University of Pennsylvania)
Moderator: Ellen Pinderhughes (Tufts University)

Dr. Stevenson will give a brief history on racial literacy and its relationship to racial socialization, research and intervention followed by an hour of practicing how to negotiate racially  stressful encounters with the audience.

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Meet the SRCD Editors

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am EDT

Come find out about the scope, vison, and goals of each of SRCD’s publications and participate in a Q&A session with the editors.


  • Child Development: Glenn I. Roisman (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
  • Child Development Perspectives: Judith G. Smetana (University of Rochester)
  • Monographs: Lynn S. Liben (Pennsylvania State University, University Park)
  • Social Policy Report: Ellen Wartella (Northwestern University)
  • Child Evidence Brief: Rebekah Levine Coley (Boston College)

This session is generously sponsored by Wiley.

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SRCD Town Hall

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021 
Time: 1:10pm - 2:40pm EDT 

Building on the inaugural Town Hall held at the 2019 Biennial Meeting, join facilitators Oscar Barbarin (University of Maryland) and Vivian Tseng (William T. Grant Foundation) for a discussion on how SRCD as an organization can evolve as the science, scientists, and contexts change.

  • Oscar Barbarin (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Vivian Tseng (William T. Grant Foundation)

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SRCD Policy Fellowship Panel

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT

This session will include both a panel presentation and a Q & A session. The panel will include an overview of the SRCD Policy Fellowship Program and presentations by current SRCD Policy Fellows working at both the federal and state level. The fellows will discuss the work they are focusing on at their placements and their experiences as fellows. The SRCD Policy Fellowship Program offers immersive opportunities for researchers to learn about policy development, implementation, and evaluation, and how to use developmental science to inform public policy at either the federal or state level in the United States. Federal fellows are placed in either U.S. congressional offices or federal executive branch agencies, while state fellows are placed in state executive branch agencies. The federal fellowship is for post-doctoral fellows, whereas the state fellowship includes both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows. The goals of the fellowship are (1) to provide fellows with firsthand experience in policymaking, program implementation, and evaluation, (2) to provide federal and state executive branch agencies and Congress greater access to research expertise on a diverse range of child development topics to enhance evidence-based policy development, implementation, and evaluation, and (3) to build a network of experts that bridge developmental science, federal and state policymaking, and practice.

Meet 2020-2021 SRCD Policy Fellowhip Panelists


  • Kelly Fisher (Society for Research in Child Development)
  • Rose Ippolito (Society for Research in Child Development)

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Putting Children at the Center of Government: From Research to Policymaking

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT

Speaker: Peggy Flanagan, Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Moderator: Robey B. Champine (Michigan State University)

As children and families across the country endure the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of state government is key to supporting whole family and child well-being and recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. Former Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota Executive Director and current Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan describes how Minnesota is working to put children at the center of government with a focus on equity, data, and results-based accountability. By translating child development research and best practices into advocacy and policymaking, government, and non-profit entities can pursue, and achieve, better outcomes for children and families.

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Presidential Address: Growing Opportunities for Young Children and Eliminating Disparities Through a Universal System of Care

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT

Speaker: Kenneth A. Dodge (Duke University)

In spite of enormous investment of financial resources, population indicators of early child behavioral development in the United States lag behind much of the world, both in overall status of young children and in disparities across income and race groups. Prospective studies show that families giving birth have diverse needs, ranging from substance abuse intervention to child care guidance, that go unmet because there is no system in place to support them. As a result, families are on their own, too many children enter kindergarten ill-prepared to learn, and disparities in opportunities and outcomes are growing wider. In this lecture, I suggest that what is needed is a comprehensive system of primary psychosocial care that mimics primary health care. I report studies of population-level steps toward this system. One approach is Family Connects (FC), through which every birthing family in a community is offered short-term postnatal nurse home visits to assess family-specific needs, offer guidance, and connect the family with tailored community resources. Two randomized controlled trials and a field quasi-experiment with over 6,000 births show that over 80 percent of all birthing families voluntarily accept the offer to participate, over 90 percent report at least one unmet need, and over 80 percent successfully connect with community resources when offered. At follow up at age 60 months, compared with controls, families randomly assigned to FC have about one third fewer emergency department visits and one third fewer investigated reports of child abuse, and race disparities in these outcomes shrink. I conclude with discussion of how to bring developmental science to bear on improving outcomes for all children.

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SRCD Member Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT

The 2021 SRCD Member Meeting is open to all attendees. President Kenneth A. Dodge and Secretary Natasha Cabrera will report on the state of the Society. Please join us to learn more about SRCD!

The Awards Ceremony will be held immediately after the Member Meeting to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of child development.

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Will It Rescue our Children?

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT

The United States Congress has passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which provides unprecedented funds to support children, families, and education. At this roundtable conversation, Professor Cynthia Osborne will summarize the Act, and leading policy leaders will reflect on the opportunities it offers.


  • Cynthia A. Osborne, Associate Professor and Director, Child and Family Research Partnership, University of Texas at Austin
  • Ajay Chaudry, Research Scholar, New York University & Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University & President, Learning Policy Institute
  • John King, Former U. S. Secretary of Education & President, Education Trust

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Aligning the SRCD Ethical Principles and Standards with Research Ethics Practices in a Twenty-first Century World


  • Celia B. Fisher (Fordham University)
  • Lorah D. Dorn (Pennsylvania State University, University Park) 

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: 11:35am - 1:05pm EDT

Over the past year the SRCD Ethics Code Task Force met monthly to revise the Society for Research in Child Development Ethical Principles and Standards. Drawing on current federal regulations, International guidance documents and ethics codes from other scientific organizations, the Task Force approached this work with the goal of bringing SRCD ethical principles and standards in alignment with current research ethics practices and in response to this moment of societal change and future challenges. The goal of this session is to introduce SRCD members to the new principles and standards and to discuss how this document can guide the responsible conduct of research conducted across the diverse populations, contexts, and research designs represented by Society members. The entire revised Code will be available for members online by the biennial meeting date.

Invited panelists include:

  • Celia B. Fisher (Fordham University)
  • Lorah D. Dorn (Pennsylvania State University, University Park)
  • Celia J. Gomez (RAND Corporation)
  • Frosso Motti-Stefanidi (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
  • Carola Suárez-Orozco (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

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SRCD Quad Caucuses present "When You Were Young": A Versus-Inspired Event

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT

Join us for two hours of fun that will include a number of head-to-head, child developmentally inspired song-offs, a "Pass the Mic" lip sync, remarks from our (now Past) President Kenneth A. Dodge and our newly elected President, Nancy Hill, and a dance party!

This event was conceived by the SRCD Black Caucus and then organized by all four of SRCD's Caucuses: Asian, Black, Latinx, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE).

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