Relevant Day: Saturday March 23, 2019

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8:00 am - 9:30 am   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Topic: Using cognitive science principles to improve children's learning

Location: TBA

Kelly S. Mix's research focuses on the development of number concepts and mathematical reasoning, with a particular interest in the use of cognitive science principles to improve children's learning.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1995 and held faculty positions in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University and the College of Education at Michigan State University prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2016.  She has published over 50 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and she has received research funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Spencer Foundation.  She received the Boyd McCandless Award (APA Division 7) in 2002.

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

Because developmental phenomena are complex, most investigative teams in developmental science include individuals from multiple disciplines and perspectives. Yet, collaborations can be challenging. Given that the U.S. will become a “majority-minority” country with no clear racial-ethnic group being a numerical majority by 2044; it is critical that developmental scientists attend to cultural and contextual diversity in their research. Further, given globalization and immigration and migration patterns, we must include international perspectives in our conversations about diversity.

Hosted by the Ethnic and Racial Issues and Equity and Justice Committees along with the Asian, Black, and Latino Caucuses, this invited salon serves as a companion to the preconference, Conceptualizing and measuring culture, context, race, and ethnicity: A focus on science, ethics, and collaboration in the Spirit of 2044. The invited salon highlights successful diverse, collaborative research teams that have: (1) identified processes unique to diverse populations and (2) executed their research projects with great attention to the ethics of doing the work with underserved and/or underrepresented populations.

Panelists Margaret Caughy, Suzanne Randolph Cunningham, Diane Hughes, and Catherine Tamis-Lemonda will share how they have successfully collaborated on research teams to advance developmental science in the Spirit of 2044. Specifically, they will address challenges and strategies to overcome them, grantsmanship, building interdisciplinary teams, and ethics as well as provide recommendations on ways that SRCD can support collaborative science with diverse teams. This interaction among panelists and attendees will offer practical strategies for building research teams prepared to carefully consider diversity in its’ many forms.

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Diane Hughes, New York University

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Margaret Caughy, University of Georgia

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Suzanne M. Randolph-Cunningham, The Maya Tech Corporation

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Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, New York University

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Gabriela Livas Stein is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology within the Department of Psychology at UNCG. Broadly, her research uses developmental psychopathology and cultural-ecological frameworks to investigate the impact of culturally relevant factors on the development of psychopathology for ethnic minority samples. Dr. Stein’s program of research revolves around three themes: (1) understanding the role of familial cultural values in Latinx families and their impact on the development of Latinx youth, (2) identifying individual risk and protective processes for Latinx and other ethnic minority youth when facing cultural stressors (e.g., discrimination, acculturative stress), and (3) improving mental health treatment access for Latinx families in community mental health. Twitter: @livas_stein

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Dawn P. Witherspoon is the McCourtney Family Early Career Professor in Psychology and Associate Director of PACT, a community-university partnership, at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on the ways in which families and youth are shaped by the contexts in which they are embedded, particularly focusing on how neighborhood, family, and cultural factors affect adolescents’ academic, psycho-social, and behavioral well-being. The crux of her research focuses on the neighborhood context and its relation to other proximal contexts for adolescents and identifies positive characteristics in multiple contexts that are related to adolescent well-being. Dr. Witherspoon is on the editorial board of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and Developmental Psychology, where she is co-editing a special issue, “Hidden Populations: Uncovering the Developmental Experiences of Communities of Color across Contexts”. Witherspoon has been a member of SRCD’s Ethnic and Racial Issues committee since 2011 and is now the chairperson.

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9:45 am - 11:15 am   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Title: Modern Modeling: Guidelines for Best Practice and Useful Innovations

Location: TBA

Todd D. Little Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and Policy at Texas Tech University. Little is widely recognized for his quantitative work on various aspects of applied SEM (e.g., modern missing data treatments, indicator selection, parceling, modeling developmental processes) as well as his substantive developmental research (e.g., action-control processes and motivation, coping, and self-regulation). In 2001, Little was elected to membership in the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and in 2009, he was elected President of APA’s Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics). He founded the internationally renowned ‘Stats Camps’. He is a fellow in APA, APS, and AAAS. He has received numerous awards including the Cohen award from Division 5 of APA for distinguished contributions to teaching and mentoring and the inaugural Distinguished Contributions Award for Mentoring Developmental Scientists from the Society for Research in Child Development.

Abstract: Best practices in the field of developmental methods are themselves developing. I will review a number of important features of modern modeling in developmental research from design-related features, to measurement-related features as well as analytic approaches. I will focus on latent variable modeling in general covering related topics such as parceling, missing data treatments, and model testing.

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Topic: Digital media in the lives of children and adolescents

Location: TBA

Brendesha Tynes, University of Southern California

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11:30 am - 12:30 pm: TAD TALKS ON USING RESEARCH TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD (CONSECUTIVE)

Topic: Early childhood development with UNICEF

Location: TBA

Pia R. Britto, UNICEF

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Topic: Global Innovations for Character Development

Location: TBA

Andrew Serazin, Templeton World Charity Foundation

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Topic: Refugee children and children in conflict and post-conflict countries for the IRC

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Sarah Smith, International Rescue Committee: on refugee children and children in conflict and post-conflict countries for the IRC

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12:45 pm - 2:15 pm   SESSION

Title: Lighting Candles in Dark Rooms: Hidden Issues in Research on Primary Education

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Ruby Takanishi, New America

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2:30 pm - 4:00 pm   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Topic: Sexual orientation and gender identity

Location: TBA

Stephen Russell, University of Texas at Austin

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

Open Science entails applying the principles of openness to the entire research process, including hypothesis generation, data collection, data analysis, data storage, peer review, and manuscript publication and distribution. This panel will discuss why fully embracing an Open Science approach is an important goal for developmental science.  Moreover, when it comes to achieving this goal, the panel will highlight areas of progress and identify remaining challenges as well as potential solutions to these challenges.

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Karen E. Adolph is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at New York University. She leads the Databrary.org and PLAY (Play and Learning Across a Year) projects to enable open sharing and reuse of research video, and she maintains the Datavyu.org video-coding tool. Adolph received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and Ph.D. from Emory University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science and Past-President of the International Congress on Infant Studies. She received the Kurt Koffka Medal, a Cattell Sabbatical Award, the Fantz Memorial Award, the Boyd McCandless Award, the ICIS Young Investigator Award, FIRST and MERIT awards from NICHD, and five teaching awards from NYU. She chaired the MSFR NIH study section and serves on the McDonnell Foundation advisory board. Adolph has published 155+ articles and chapters on perceptual-motor development.

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John Colombo, University of Kansas

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Pamela E. Davis-Kean is Professor of Psychology and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan where she is the Director of the Population, Neurodevelopment, and Genetics Program. Her research focuses on the various pathways that the socio-economic status (SES) of parents relates to the cognitive/achievement development of their children through parenting behaviors in the home environment. Dr. Davis-Kean's broader research agenda examines how both the micro (brain and biology) and macro (family and socioeconomic conditions) aspects of development relate to cognitive changes in children across the lifespan. She is also a methodologist and an advocate for open and replicated science in psychology. Twitter: @pdakean

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Brian MacWhinney is Professor of Psychology, Computational Linguistics, and Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University. He has developed a model of first and second language processing and acquisition based on competition between item-based patterns. In 1984, he and Catherine Snow co-founded the CHILDES (Child Language Data Exchange System) Project for the computational study of child language transcript data. This system has extended to 13 additional research areas in the form of the TalkBank Project. MacWhinney’s recent work includes studies of online learning of second language vocabulary and grammar, neural network modeling of lexical development, fMRI studies of children with focal brain lesions, and ERP studies of between-language competition. He is also exploring the role of grammatical constructions in the marking of perspective shifting and the construction of mental models in scientific reasoning.

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Justin Jager is an Assistant Professor within the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.  He earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Jager’s research, which is supported by NIAAA, NIDA, and NIMHD, is primarily devoted to unpacking how complex person-context interactions inform substance use/abuse and mental health across developmental and historical time.  Dr. Jager serves on the editorial boards of American Psychologist, Developmental Psychology, and Parenting: Science and Practice, is the current chair of SRA’s Finance Committee, and was co-chair and co-organizer of SRCD’s 2018 special topic meeting DEVSEC: Conference on the Use of Secondary and Open Source Data in Developmental Science.

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