Invited SRCD Salon:

 (Co-sponsored by the Asian Caucus, Black Caucus, and the Latino Caucus of SRCD)

The New Americans: Child Development and the Changing Demography of the United States
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:30 to 4:00pm, Austin Convention Center, Ballroom G
Moderator: Cynthia Garcia Coll, Albizu University and Editor of Child Development
     Rebecca M. White, Arizona State University
     Vivian Tseng, William T. Grant Foundation
     Sandra Graham, University of California, Los Angeles

Integrative Statement: This panel will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the landmark article by Cynthia Garcia Coll et al. on “An Integrative Model for the Study of Developmental Competencies in Minority Children” (in Child Development, 1996; this article has been cited over 1,600 times since its publication).  This panel also aims to build on the recently released National Academy of Sciences consensus report, The Integration of Immigrants into American Society (Waters & Pineau, 2015) and the special section of Child Development on Asian American Child Development.  The panel will look back on progress and changes in the field of developmental science regarding cultural, linguistic, racial/ethnic, and immigration-based diversity since 1996.  The panel will also look forward to implications for developmental science of current demographic trends in the United States. 


Dr. Cynthia Garcia Coll is Professor in the Clinical Psychology PhD program and Associate Director of the Institutional Center for Scientific Research at Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her research focuses on the sociocultural and biological influences on child development, particularly in at-risk and minority populations. She received her PhD in Personality and Developmental Psychology from Harvard University. Dr. García Coll has served on many editorial boards of academic journals, including been Senior Editor of Child Development and Developmental Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has received lifetime contributions awards from the Society for Research on Developmental Pediatrics and SRCD. She has been on the governing boards of SRCD and the Society for Research on Human Development, and served as member and chair of the Scholars program at the WT Grant Foundation. Her research has been funded by NIH, the McArthur Foundation, the WT Grant Foundation and Spencer Foundation.

Rebecca M. B. White is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics and Co-Director of the Latino Resilience Enterprise. She trained in general studies and American Sign Language at New River Community College (Dublin, VA), human services at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), public health sciences at the University of Arizona (Tucson), and in prevention and developmental sciences at ASU (Tempe). Broadly, Rebecca’s program of research examines family, developmental, and cultural processes within U.S. neighborhood contexts, with particular emphasis on understanding risk and resilience among ethnic minority families and youths. As a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar, she is studying the promoting and inhibiting natures of Latino and non-Latino, White neighborhoods for Mexican-origin Latino adolescents’ adjustment and adaptation. She also publishes methodological and theoretical works dedicated to advancing high-quality research with diverse groups. 

Vivian Tseng is the Vice President, Programs at the William T. Grant Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and its initiatives to connect research, policy, and practice. She has longstanding interests in strengthening the career pipeline for scholars of color. Under her leadership, the William T. Grant Scholars Program has deepened its support for early-career researchers and established a grants program to support mentoring for junior researchers of color.  She serves on the Boards of the Forum for Youth Investment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and Evidence and Policy. She was previously on the faculty in Psychology and Asian American studies at CSUN. Her research has focused on racial, cultural, and immigration influences on child development, improving youth’s social settings, and evidence-based policy and practice. She received her Ph.D. from NYU and her B.A. from UCLA.

Sandra Graham is a Distinguished Professor in the Human Development and Psychology division in the Department of Education at UCLA and the University of California Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity.  She received her BA from Barnard College, an MA in History from Columbia University, and her PhD in Education from UCLA.  Her major research interests include the study of academic motivation and social development in children of color, particularly in school contexts that vary in racial/ethnic diversity.  She is Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  Professor Graham has published widely in developmental, social, and educational psychology journals and received many awards. Among her awards, she is a 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society for Research on Child Development and the 2014 E. L. Thorndike Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Psychology, Division 15 of the American Psychological Association.  Most recently, in 2015 she was elected to the National Academy of Education.