2019 Invited Program


International Day: Thursday March 21, 2019

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9:30 am - 11:00 am:

  • Natalia Arias-Trejo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: Lexical Networks in Typical and Atypical Development
  • Mark Tomlinson, Stellenbosch University: “It’s more complicated than that:" Child Development Across the Life-course in High Adversity Settings

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: TAD Talks on International Research

  • Gianluca Esposito, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and University of Trento, Italy: Mother and Infant Brains Interact
  • Peter F. Titzmann, Leibniz University, Germany: Adolescents or Immigrants? The Coaction of Developmental and Acculturative Processes
  • Carol M. Worthman, Emory University: Being There: Expanding Paradigms for Child Development Research

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm:

  • Richard M. Lerner, Tufts University: Enhancing the Lives of Global Youth: Plasticity, Non-Ergodicity, Specificity, and the Promotion of Social Justice
  • Ann Sanson, University of Melbourne: Impacts of the Climate Crisis on Children and Youth: Roles for Developmental Science

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm: 

  • Jo Boyden, University of Oxford: What Matters for Children’s Development in Low-income Settings? Learning from the Young Lives Study
  • Manuel C. VölkleHumboldt Universität zu Berlin: Continuous Time Dynamic Modeling

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm:

  • Abbie Raikes, University of Nebraska Medical Center: Measuring Early Learning Quality and Outcomes: A Journey from Global Priorities to Local Action and Back Again
  • Dieter F. Wolke, University of Warwick: Infant Regulatory Problems and Developmental Trajectories into Adulthood

Interdisciplinary Day: Friday March 22, 2019

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8:00 am - 9:30 am:

  • Noel A. Card, University of Connecticut: Replication, Reproducibility, and Research Accumulation in Developmental Science
  • Janet Currie, Princeton University: Life, Death, and Mental Health: How Access to Care Helps Children Succeed

10:00 am - 11:30 am:

  • Diana W. Bianchi, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Child Health and So Much More
  • James Heckman, University of Chicago: Perry Preschoolers at Late Midlife

11:45 am - 12:45 pm: TAD Talks on Interdisciplinary Research

  • Sarah Lloyd-Fox, University of London: Shedding Light on Infant Brain Development in Africa and Moving Towards Assessing Global Health
  • Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago: Slowing Down Youth Violence
  • Piotr Winkielman, University of California - San Diego: The Tale of Flipping Beauty:  How Processing Fluency and Categorization Shape our Preferences

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm:

  • Donald K. Warne, University of North Dakota: Health Disparities in American Indian Families
  • Elinor Ochs, University of California - Los Angeles: Ethical Blindspots in Ethnographic and Developmental Approaches to the Language Gap Debate

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm:

  • Rebecca Saxe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: on cognitive neuroscience of social cognition, theory of mind, and moral judgment
  • Robert Sternberg, Cornell University: Time Bomb: How the Western Conception of Intelligence is Taking Down Humanity

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:

  • Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood, Army Combat Veteran & Best-Selling Author of The Other Wes Moore

Relevant Day: Saturday March 23, 2019

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8:00 am - 9:30 am:

  • Kelly S. Mix, University of Maryland: What Can Cognitive Science Say to Teachers?

8:00 am - 9:30 am: Collaborative Science in the Spirit of 2044: Diversity is Key


  • Diane Hughes, New York University
  • Margaret Caughy, University of Georgia
  • Suzanne M. Randolph Cunningham, The Maya Tech Corporation
  • Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, New York University


  • Gabriela Livas Stein, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • Dawn P. Witherspoon, The Pennsylvania State University

9:45 am - 11:15 am:

  • Todd D. Little, Texas Tech University: Modern Modeling: Guidelines for Best Practice and Useful Innovations
  • Brendesha Tynes, University of Southern California: Fifteen Years of Research on the Role of Race in Adolescent Academic and Social Life Online

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: TAD Talks on Using Research to Improve the Lives of Children around the World

  • Andrew Serazin, Templeton World Charity Foundation: Character Strengths as the Next Frontier of Human Development
  • Pia R. Britto, UNICEF: Using Research to Uphold the Universal Aspiration of Parenting: The Best Start for Every Child
  • Sarah Smith, International Rescue Committee: Outsized Impact: The Power of Science to Change Policy and Practice for Crisis-Affected Children

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm:

  • Ruby Takanishi, New America: Lighting Candles in Dark Rooms: Hidden Issues in Research on Primary Education (PreK - Grade 5)

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm:

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm:

  • Stephen T. Russell, University of Texas at Austin: LGBTQ Adolescence and Social Change: A Developmental Collision

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Making Developmental Science More Open: Successes, Obstacles, and Solutions


  • Karen E. Adolph, New York University
  • John Colombo, University of Kansas
  • Pamela Davis-Kean, University of Michigan
  • Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University


  • Justin Jager, Arizona State University