One Day Workshops

The Role of Developmental Scientists
in Child and Family Policy

November 2nd, 2018

The goal of child and family policy is to promote the optimal development of children and families. However, these policies can be in conflict with the research in developmental science. Developmental scientists have a unique opportunity to address this disconnect, as they can provide evidence about the development of children that could undergird policy investments in the health and well-being of the next generation.

Scientists face several challenges in this effort.  First, they must represent objective, empirical work as unbiased, even when the evidence may be perceived as partisan. Additionally, scientists often struggle to disseminate research in a way that is accessible to policymakers and a broader audience. Finally, the questions relevant to policymakers may not always easily align with the work of basic developmental scientists.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a discussion of these challenges and tools with which to address them. Additionally, we hope to provide students and community members with unique training that is becoming increasingly relevant in today ’s research and media landscape. This workshop is geared toward a multidisciplinary audience, as effective engagement in policy is relevant to all child and family scientists.

Click here to register! 

Flyer for Workshop

Graduate Student Organizers

Avery Hennigar
Laura Jimenez Parra
Kelsey Garcia
Human Development & Quantitative Methodology

Faculty Advisers

Dr. Brenda Jones Harden
Human Development & Quantitative Methodology

Dr. Adele Robinson
School of Public Policy & School of Public Health

To post an event, please contact Alex D’Esterre at

2018-2019 Sponsored Workshop Instructions and Application

The Graduate Field Committee in Developmental Science provides graduate students an opportunity to plan a workshop on a topic aligned with their interests. Funding will be awarded in order to offset the cost of the workshop. In order to submit a proposal for a funded workshop during the 2017-2018 academic year, please contact Alex D’Esterre at for submission instructions. To see examples of previously funded workshops see below.

Grad Field Committee in Developmental Science Final Report and Suggestions for How to do a Workshop

Previously Funded GFCDS Workshops

Ready for School? Perspectives from Child Development, Parenting, and Policy Experts: March 6th, 2017

This one-day workshop took place on March 3rd, 2017 and consisted of five invited talks followed by question and answer sessions and a student poster presentation.  The workshop generated great discussion and was very well attended.

Roots of Compassion: From Basic Science to Practice: March 4th, 2016

On March 4th, the Graduate Field Committee in Field Committee sponsored “Roots of Compassion: From Basic Science to Practice”.  The workshop was very well attended and fostered great conversation with some of the leaders in the field.

Introduction to the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study- Birth Cohort (ECLS-B): July 30th, 2012

On July 30, the Graduate Field Committee in Developmental Science sponsored a student-led workshop on the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort dataset. More than 40 students and faculty members from across campus joined together to learn about using this nationally representative dataset of U.S. children.

For more information about the workshop, click here for the flyer and the report

Morality: An Interdisciplinary Science Linking the Brain, Behavior, and Society: December 7th, 2012

This one-day workshop took place on December 7th, 2012. The program consisted of a series of invited talks followed by question and discussion periods, and a final panel discussion facilitated by the workshop organizers that incorporated questions collected from participants throughout the day (see link below for workshop flyer). Talks covered research in the areas of psychology, human development, public policy, neuroscience, law, and philosophy..

For more information about the workshop, click here for the flyer and the report

Center for Children, Relationships and Culture Colloquium

Wednesdays,12:15 to 2:00 PM, Benjamin Building Room 1121

Speakers, Dates, and Topics Fall 2017


University of Maryland Cognitive Science Colloquium

Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 Bioscience Research Building Room 1103



Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Colloquium

Fridays, 12:00-2:00 Biology-Psychology Building Room 1208


The Maryland Linguistics Colloquium Series

Fridays, 3:00-4:30 Marie Mount Hall Room 3416



Hearing and Speech Sciences Seminar Series

Wedensdays, 12:00-1:00 LeFrak Hall Room 2208