Program Director

Amy Learmonth, William Paterson University

Peter Gerhardstein, Binghamton University-SUNY

Conference Coordinator
Julie Campbell, Psychology Department, Illinois State University

Perinatal Pre-Conference Symposium Program Director
Marion I. van den Heuvel
Sponsored by the International Perinatal Brain and Behavior Network (IPBBN)

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with our online membership and conference managing software provider, X-CD, to host our virtual conference. The Virtual Meeting platform will provide a mix of live presentations and professional produced recorded presentations followed by live Q&A discussions, and on-demand paper and ePoster sessions. For all sessions, you’ll be able to post questions for the presenters to respond to either synchronously if you are watching while the presentation goes live or asynchronously if watching the presentation on-demand. While all the invited speakers, symposia speakers, panel discussions and oral presentation sessions will be live-streamed during the program schedule, they will also be available on an on-demand basis beginning 24 hours after their live-streamed presentation and for a minimum of one month following the conclusion of the conference. With your registration, you’ll be able to consume content both during and after the conference. All ePosters will be available on-demand from a few days before the live-streamed conference dates. ePoster presenters will have the option to also include a short video presentation of their ePosters, as well as using the platform’s  pan and zoom technology to clearly present the ePoster. All Sessions (Oral and Poster) will include embedded discussion boards for Q&A and ongoing discussions.

While all content will be made available on-demand, we encourage attendees to be present when the recorded presentations go live as they’ll be able to interact with the presenters synchronously using the chat function that is specific to each presentation and to network with other attendees from around the world as well as to virtually visit our sponsors and exhibitors.

Doing better – a panel discussion on how best to improve scientific practices with respect to inclusivity and equality

In this live panel, three members of the society board: Dima Amso, Natalie Brito, and Bridget Callaghan will facilitate a discussion on diversity and social justice in academia, the laboratory, and the ‘work-from-home’ environment. We hope to address two key issues. First, we will facilitate a discussion on why it is valuable to increase diversity in the lab, and the ways in which we, as researchers, can become better engaged with the communities we serve. Second, we will discuss the critical issues of best practices in science, as they pertain to generalizability of data across cultures and populations, and the limitations of what can be inferred about the human condition when scientists sample from only white or WEIRD, middle class populations of infants/children/teens and parents. Coming from a place of active learning, we will solicit questions from the audience, and crowdsource ideas for  plans to address systemic racism/discrimination within our society, universities, and lab cultures.

Announcing the Symposium Sessions:

Please click on the Symposium Titles Below for full details:

Columbia University in the City of New York Sponsored Symposium:

Young Investigator Symposium: 

ISDP STUDENT & POSTDOC MEMBER ABSTRACT AWARDS, thanks to our sponsors & virtual exhibitors:

Thank you to all of our sponsors, who have generously supported ISDP Student & Postdoc Member Travel Awards as well as selected Symposium Speaker’s travel.  Funding for these awards was generously provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, John Wiley and Sons Publishing, (publishers of the ISDP’s official journal, Developmental Psychobiology, the Division of Developmental Neuroscience in Psychiatry at Columbia University,  MagstimEGI, Brain Vision, LLC, The Trust Insurance Programs, ANT Neuro, Zero to Three and the members of the ISDP. Thanks to all our generous sponsors and exhibitors!

Thanks to our Confirmed 2020 Sponsors:


After careful consideration, the ISDP board has decided to make our 2020 meeting completely virtual. This difficult decision is based upon uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 risks related to holding an in-person gathering of any size in Washington DC/Bethesda. We are moving ahead with a virtual meeting so that we can share our science. We have learned a lot from other colleagues who have prepared virtual conferences and are working on creating a meeting that will allow for interactions and discussion, which is the hallmark of ISDP. Please note the reduced registration fees, and FREE ISDP Student/Postdoc member registration for first author abstract presenters with accepted abstracts , ISDP Student/Postdoc Members only.

We look forward to your virtual participation and to the day we can meet up again safely in person!

We have been examining various ways of making the meeting an interactive and engaging virtual meeting. Our goal is to make the Virtual Meeting at least as interactive as our in person meetings have been, with the content from the sessions becoming available a week in advance so people can plan their participation and discussing them even before, during and after the actual dates. We can keep the content alive and moving even after the meeting, and most importantly, expand access to the content to more people, those who are very far away, or have other reasons that keep them from attending the in person meeting annually.

We hope you are planning on joining us virtually at ISDP 2020. 


May 1, 2020 Symposium Proposal Submission Deadline
August 15, 2020 Student/Postdoc Travel Award Application Deadline
August 15, 2020 Abstract Submission Deadline
August 31, 2020 Abstract Acceptance Notification
August 31, 2020 Abstract Award Notification
September 15, 2020 Early-Bird Registration Deadline

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 – 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Perinatal Pre-Conference Symposium
Sponsored by the International Perinatal Brain and Behavior Network (IPBBN)

All are welcome, included in ISDP 2020 registration.
Contact: Marion van den Heuvel, Tilburg University E-mail