Wiley Abstract Issue

The last ISDP meeting was held November 8-10, 2017, at the Westin City Center, Washington, DC, USA. The meeting offered an ideal opportunity to present new findings and exchange ideas in all areas of Developmental Psychobiology.  In addition, this year’s meeting was held as a satellite event immediately prior to the Society for Neuroscience 2017 conference, which provided participants a more convenient way to attend both conferences!

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center was the conference hotel, located  at 1400 M Street NW in the heart of the nation’s capital, just steps from local attractions like the White House and National Mall.

FINAL PROGRAM – now available.  

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Wiley Distinguished Speaker
Kimberly G. Noble, MD/PhD, Dept of Biobehavioral Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Socioeconomic Inequality and Children’s Cognitive and Brain Development


Presidential Symposium: Neurodevelopmental Processes in the Emergence of Psychiatric Disorders: Current Views on Anxiety, Irritability, and Depression

Daniel Pine, MD, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, USA.
Ellen Leibenluft, MD, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, USA.
Argyris Stringaris, MD, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, USA.

Sackler Symposium:  Early Life Stress, Parenting, and Epigenetic Modifications

Tanya Roth, PhD, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Delaware, USA.
Francis Champagne, PhD, Department of Psychology, Columbia University, USA.
Stacy Drury, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Tulane University School of Medicine, USA.
Julie Hoye, BA, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Delaware, USA.

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Successful Female Post-Docs Explore the Consequences of Early-Life Adversity in Males and Females

Susanne Brummelte, PhD, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University, USA.
Rachel Barr, PhD, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University, USA.
Jennifer Honeycutt, PhD, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University, USA.
Tamara Bodnar, PhD, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Jillian Vinall, PhD, Department of Anaesthesia, The University of Calgary, Canada.
Marion van den Heuvel, PhD, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University, USA.

Growing Minds and Microbes

Rebecca Knickmeyer, PhD, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.
Bridget Callaghan, PhD, Sackler Institute for Developmental Neuroscience, Columbia University Medical Center; Department of Psychology, Columbia University, USA.
Jessica Flannery, BS, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, USA.
Morgan Firestein, BA, Department of Psychology, Columbia University, USA.

Measurement and Implications of Psychophysiological and Perceived Stress in Early Development

Emily Merz, PhD, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University, USA.
Eric Finegood, BA, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University, USA.
Andrew Ribner, BA, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University, USA.
Kimberly Noble, PhD, Department of Biobehavioral Studies, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, USA.

Revisiting Neonatal Imitation: New Theoretical and Empirical Input from Studies on Human and Non-Human Infants

Mikael Heimann, PhD, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Sweden.
Lynne Murray, PhD, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Series, University of Reading, UK.
Elizabeth Simpson, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Miami, USA.
Kim Bard, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK.
Emese Nagy, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.

Lunch Workshop:  The Future of Science Communication

Jee Hyun Kim, PhD, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia.
Isabel Zbukvic, PhD, Black Dog Institute, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
Annabel Short, PhD, Department of Pediatrics and Anatomy/Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine, USA.
Lisa Chong, PhD, Editor, Science Magazine, AAAS. Washington, DC 20005, USA.


Wednesday, November 8
–  Arrivals
–  Afternoon Perinatal Pre-Conference
–  Evening Presidential Symposium
–  Reception & Student Social

Thursday, November 9 
– Full-day Sessions/Symposia
–  Evening Poster Session

Friday, November 10
Full-day Sessions/Symposia
–  Evening Poster Session

Saturday, November 11



April 3, 2017Symposia Proposal Deadline
June 2, 2017 June 9, 2017Award Application Deadline
June 2, 2017 June 9, 2017Abstract Submission Deadline
July 31, 2017Award Notification
July 31, 2017Abstract Acceptance Notification
October 1, 2017Early Registration Deadline
October 1, 2017Refund/Cancellation Deadline
October 1, 2017Hotel Reservation Deadline
November 8-10, 2017ISDP Annual Meeting Date


Emerging Results in Human Perinatal Development
Pre-Conference Schedule
2:00-4:30 pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The National Ballroom
Westin Hotel

2:00  Physiological markers of perinatal brain development
Bill Fifer, Columbia University

2:40  From fetus to child: prenatal origins of child temperament and behavior
Janet DiPietro, Johns Hopkins University

3:25  Connecting together the developing brain with advanced MR techniques
Tomoki Arichi, Kings College, London

4:00 – Fetal neurodevelopmental assessment using magnetoencephalography in fetuses exposed to buprenorphine
Hari Eswaran, University of Arkansas

All are welcome, no pre-registration
Contact: Christine Moon, [email protected]


Abstract Submissions for presentation at the 2017 ISDP Annual Meeting will be accepted through June 2, 2017 June 9, 2017.  View the Call for Abstracts and then complete the ISDP 2017 Abstract Submission form.

ISDP Abstract and travel award deadlines have been extended until June 9. 

It is recommended that new members submit their membership application at least 2-3 business days prior to the abstract deadline.  You will not have access to submit your abstract until your application is approved.  Membership applications may take 2-3 business days for approval. STUDENTS: A brief email from your advisor to [email protected]  and [email protected] confirming your student status is required for membership approval.


ISDP will provide travel awards this year to assist with the cost of attending ISDP 2017!  The Travel Awards are meant to help defray the costs of attending the meeting but will not likely cover all the costs. Students and postdoctoral fellows who wish to be considered for a Travel Award are required to check the appropriate box when they submit their abstract via the ISDP webpage. Students and postdoctoral fellows must be members of ISDP to be eligible.Applications must be made by filling out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/8VPSb6hVGBLCXd8u1. Travel awardees may be asked to give a 5-minute oral presentation.

We also invite nominations for the Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award, the David Kucharski Young Investigator Award, the Dissertation Award, the Senior Investigator Award, the Distinguished Service Award, the Hennessy-Smotherman Best Student Paper Award and the Rovee-Collier Mentor Award. Information on how to apply for or nominate someone for these awards can be found online at http://www.isdp.org/awards. Documents associated with these awards must be emailed to [email protected]. Application deadline for all awards is due June 2, 2017.For more information, please visit ISDP Awards.


Symposia for the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held November 8-10, 2017, at the Westin City Center, Washington, DC are due April 3, 2017.

Proposal applications should include the following information:
1. Symposium title
2. A short (250 words), integrative abstract outlining the theme of the symposium (see criteria below)
3. Speakers’ names and affiliations
4. A brief summary of each speaker’s presentation and a tentative title (250 words max)

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Interest to ISDP members
2. Innovation and novelty, including cross-disciplinary topics
3. Reputation, country and diversity of speakers
4. Likelihood that the symposium will generate discussion and/or stimulate fruitful interactions

We are particularly interested in proposals that are likely to stimulate formal and informal discussion. Although the inclusion of a discussant is not a requirement, there should be integration of topics across the individual speakers.  Symposia will have an additional time period at the end for discussion and questions to allow the audience and speakers to engage deeply in the symposium topic. At least one speaker must be an ISDP member and speakers must represent different laboratories and locations. Symposium speakers may be asked to help judge poster sessions. One symposium will be awarded a Sackler Award to defray costs of attendance of symposium speakers. Symposium proposals should be submitted by April 3, 2017.

Please submit symposium proposal through the ISDP 2017 Symposia Proposal Form and visit http://www.isdp.org/ for more information on the ISDP 2017 Annual Meeting. Email the Program Director, Bethany Reeb-Sutherland, at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Thank you to all of our sponsors, who have generously supported the ISDP.  Funding for these awards was generously provided by the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Wiley, Nurture Science Program Columbia University Medical Center, The Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology.