February 2, 2017
Call for Applications 2017: Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program
Deadline for submission: March 31, 2017
The Jacobs Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 call for applications for its Research Fellowship Program.
The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is an internationally open, competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers focusing on child and youth development.
Fellowships are awarded to the most highly talented and innovative early- and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development. Funds are awarded directly to the fellow’s institution and may be used over a three-year period to partially cover the fellow’s salary and for any activity supporting the fellow’s research, such as assistant salaries, equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support.
Scholars who engage in interdisciplinary work on individual development and learning of children and youth, and who seek to combine genetic, epigenetic, neurobiological, behavioral and social levels of analysis, are particularly encouraged to apply.
For further information and to submit an online application, please visit: Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships
February 1, 2017
Joint Statement regarding President Trump's executive order "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States"
We at the International Congress for Infant Studies, the Cognitive Development Society and the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology hold that the pursuit of knowledge embodied by science is best served by engagement and interaction with all serious scholars regardless of national origin or creed. We are dismayed by any attempt to restrict opportunities for scientists to fully participate in global academic dialogue. Such efforts are immoral and they undermine the scientific enterprise. Understanding the complexity of human behavior, for example, requires us to explain how behavior varies across and within cultures. Policy decisions aimed at helping all children thrive must therefore be based on science that is global and generalizable. We are committed to ensuring participation for scientists of all nations.
January 19, 2017
ISDP member, Bethany Reeb-Sutherland, PhD, was honored with the FABBS Foundation 2017 Early Career Impact Award! Per the FABBS Foundation website, this award is presented to early career scientists of FABBS member societies during the first 10 years post-PhD and recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. The goal is to enhance public visibility of these sciences and the particular research through the dissemination efforts of the FABBS Foundation in collaboration with the member societies and award winners.
The FABBS Foundation article goes on to say that Dr. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland’s research examines individual differences in socio-emotional behavior and the biological and environmental factors that influence such development. She has made major contributions to our understanding of the development of anxiety and various behavioral and neural mechanisms which contribute to this disorder as well as furthering our understanding of the mechanisms involved in the development of heterogeneity in social behavior during infancy and toddlerhood.
One area of Dr. Reeb-Sutherland’s research focuses on risk factors associated with the development of anxiety and the moderating role of attention processes. To address this issue, she examined measures of attention both at the neurophysiological (i.e., EEG, ERP) and behavioral levels and found that attention processes are heightened only in behaviorally inhibited adolescents with a history of anxiety when stimuli are either novel or threatening. These biases in attention are apparent earlier during both childhood and even infancy long before the manifestation of anxiety suggesting that attention processes especially those related to the processing of novel or threatening stimuli may provide insight into the etiology of anxiety.
Dr. Reeb-Sutherland’s most recent line of research focuses on furthering our understanding of underlying mechanisms of heterogeneity in infant social behavior and associated neural correlates. To better understand the underlying mechanisms involved in these associative learning processes, she examined the modulatory effect of social stimuli on learning processes in human infants during the first months of life as well as the relation between heterogeneity in early associative learning and the development of later social behavior. Results suggest that infants who more readily detect contingencies and learn the relations between stimuli in their environment display higher levels of social skill across the first year of life. Preliminary findings also suggest that this measure continues to predict language abilities into the second year of life and that these measures are moderated by mother-infant relations. Understanding more about the role of social context on learning and memory processes during early infancy may be useful in developing biomarkers for neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly those associated with social deficits such as autism spectrum disorder and Fragile X.
Dr. Reeb-Sutherland’s research has been featured in Science News and in her university’s news magazine. She has also made a number of community presentations, including to the Children’s Trust Family Expo. She also engages and trains many under-represented individuals in the STEM fields at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Currently 90% of her undergraduate research assistants are Hispanic females, and two of three graduate students are Hispanic females.
Dr. Reeb-Sutherland is an assistant professor of psychology at Florida International University. She completed a fellowship at the Child Development Laboratory at the University of Maryland after earning her doctorate in psychology at the University of New Mexico.
To review all of the FABBS Foundation 2015 Early Career Impact Award winners, visit http://www.fabbs.org/honoring-our-scientists/impact-award-winners/
December 12, 2016
A new collection of articles that will be of interest to many ISDP members has just been published by WIREs Cognitive Science. The collection, entitled "How We Develop — Developmental Systems and the Emergence of Complex Behaviors,” is co-edited by Mark Blumberg, John Spencer, and David Shenk. It comprises 25 highly readable essays on a variety of topics organized around the broad theme of developmental systems theory. The contributors include Bob Lickliter, Joan Stiles, Karen Adolph, David Moore, Patrick Bateson, Terry Jernigan, Scott Gilbert, Charles Nelson, Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Richard Aslin, Jana Iverson, Clancy Blair, and Susan Goldin-Meadow. The entire collection is freely available for download here.
December 4, 2016
A Special Issue on the Adolescent Brain was published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. In addition to several reviews on emerging areas and a series of commentaries, there are separate reviews of the human and laboratory animal literatures for each of 12 topics within the broad field of adolescent neurodevelopment. Here is the link: