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The ISDP is an international organization founded in 1968 for the purpose of encouraging research on the development of behavior in all organisms including man, with special attention to the effects of biological factors operating at any level of organization.

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2021 Rovee-Collier Mentor Award Winner: Megan Gunnar, PhD

Dr. Gunnar embodies all the qualities this award represents. Her tireless dedication to all students,
throughout the decades, remains a model for faculty in the ISDP and beyond. Dr. Gunnar is no stranger to receiving recognition for her contributions to education and mentoring. She held the Rodney Wallace Professorship for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning from 2002-2005 and, in 2014, received the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association of Psychological Science (APS).

2021 Senior Investigator Award Winner, Regina Marie Sullivan, PhD

Regina M Sullivan, PhD, Professor, Nathan Kline Institute & the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York, USA. Her research focuses on the neurobehavioral development of fear and attachment and the impact of adversity within attachment initiating the pathway to pathology.

Two Endowed Faculty Positions Available at the Rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences invites applications to fill two endowed positions: the Ketchel Family Chair and the Ronnie Ketchel Professorship. Successful applicants for these positions will have productive, visible, and funded research programs that exemplify an integrative approach to the study of behavior. Both positions are open to associate and full professors who use behavioral, cognitive, neurobiological, developmental, clinical, social, biobehavioral, and/or computational approaches to understanding learning and behavioral change in humans or non-human species. Review of applications will begin on September 27, 2021, and will continue on a rolling basis until both positions are filled. The first position will begin as early as August 2022 and the second will begin as early as August 2023.

2021 David Kucharski Young Investigator Award, Maya Opendak, Ph.D.

Dr. Opendak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute. Research in the lab focuses on the developmental neurobiology of social behavior and the impact of experience, such as trauma, on infant circuits supporting complex behavior.

2021 David Kucharski Young Investigator Award, Kathryn Leigh Humphreys, Ph.D., Ed.M.

Dr. Kathryn Humphreys is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Peabody and an investigator in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. She is a member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, and holds a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Dr. Humphreys received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, completed a clinical predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship in Infant Mental Health at the Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed a research postdoctoral followship at Stanford University.

COVGEN Alliance Summit 2021 Update & Submission Extension!

Participants can submit an infographic virtual wall presentation and/or a lightning talk session abstract by September 1st, 2021.

Priority will be given to presentations with international and diverse representation, inclusion of trainees, and inclusion of psychobiological data.

Introducing the ISDP 2021 Hybrid Meeting-Wiley Distinguished Speaker: Seth David Pollak, PhD

Seth Pollak’s research focuses on children’s brain and behavioral development, with particular focus on emotions, learning, and children’s health. Dr. Pollak has been the recipient of the Boyd-McCandless Award for Distinguished Contributions to Child Development, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Early Career Award, the APS James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, as well as the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2020, Dr. Pollak was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was recently named a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow.

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