Dr. Cynthia García Coll Announced as Interim Editor of Child Development


The Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Cynthia García Coll as Interim Editor of Child Development as we prepare to transition to Interim Editor(s) beginning in January 2023. Dr. García Coll is the Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor Emerita at Brown University, as well as Professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. García Coll served as the Editor-in-Chief of Child Development from 2013 – 2019. Her work has had far reaching research, policy and practice relevant impacts, consistent with the vision of Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner.  At its essence, her career has given life to a movement in the field of developmental psychology: the championing of ethnic and racial minority youth development, with an emphasis on de‐pathologizing children’s lives and holding accountable the academy to understand their development in contextualized, resilient ways.

“I am thrilled that Cynthia García Coll has agreed to take the helm of Child Development in these next several month. She brings a wealth of experience in editing Child Development and brings an inclusive and interdisciplinary vision to the journal. In her prior role as Editor-in-Chief, she led Child Development to its highest impact ratings. Our flagship journal is in good hands. I wish to thank the Publications Committee co-chairs, along with the entire committee, for their diligence and hard work in leading SRCD’s publications, identifying interim editors, and envisioning the future of SRCD’s publications,” said SRCD President, Dr. Nancy E. Hill.

 “We are pleased to have Dr. Cynthia García Coll serve as the Interim Editor of Child Development. Dr. García Coll brings her substantive expertise and years of experience with the inner workings of Child Development to this role. We appreciate her continued service to help sustain the overall health of Child Development during this transition period. We also thank Dr. Glenn Roisman for his leadership of Child Development," said SRCD Publications Committee Co-Chairs, Drs. Michael Cunningham, and Dawn Witherspoon.

The Governing Council is grateful for the service of outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Glenn I. Roisman. Dr. Roisman is the Robert Holmes Beck Chair of Ideas in Education and Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota. Dr. Roisman’s scholarly interests concern the legacy of early relationship experiences as a foundation for psychological, interpersonal, physical, and cognitive health across the lifespan. Dr. Roisman furthered Dr. García Coll’s work on sociocultural policy, and sought to decrease impediments to reproducible, replicable, and robust research through his Registered Report Initiative.

Dr. Roisman will continue handling review of manuscripts submitted prior to November 11, 2022 and solicited special sections and articles until the end of his term on May 4, 2023.

Dr. García Coll has begun handling incoming manuscripts as of November 12, 2022 and can be reached at cdev@srcd.org. All submissions must be submitted via ScholarOne for consideration.