ICIS History & Leadership

Dues paying members of the International Congress of Infant Studies elect the society’s Officers and Members-at-Large who are responsible for running the society according to the society’s bylaws

The origins of the International Congress of Infant Studies can be traced back to the early 1960s, when, as described by ICIS historians B.Z. Karmel and J.M. Gardner, a small group of psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists and neurologists studying infant development decided to hold a meeting to discuss the latest research. Because most of the participants also belonged to the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the infant-focused meeting was planned so as to meet in the off-year from the SRCD biennial meeting. The Committee met biannually in this way for about the next decade and a half, inviting a few new members each year to address the group. By the late 1970s, at a time when the field of infancy research was enjoying a popularity explosion, the number of researchers interested in attending the biennial CRI meetings outpaced the CRI’s capacity to handle them. Thus, the first meeting of the International Congress of Infants Studies was held in Providence, RI in 1978. From its very beginnings, ICIS has reflected an interdisciplinary approach to basic and applied studies of infant development. And importantly, it has always encouraged student participation – most members started as students. ICIS has also attempted to maintain a strong international orientation as international members were among the originals, and have meetings at international locations at least every 6 years.

The ICIS leadership have recently completed a strategic planning session for the future of the Society and are pleased to share the vision with the community.

Executive Committee

President Catherine Tamis-LeMonda New York University
President-Elect Rachel Barr Georgetown University
Past-President Lisa Oakes University of California, Davis
Treasurer Roberta Golinkoff University of Delaware
Secretary Vanessa LoBue Rutgers University


Past Presidents

  1. VirtualVIRTUAL June 2020 – Lisa Oakes, University of California, Davis, President
  2. USAPHILADELPHIA June 2018 – Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, President
  3. USANEW ORLEANS May 2016 – Karen Adolph, President
  4. GermanyBERLIN July 2014 – Daphne Maurer, President
  5. USAMINNEAPOLIS June 2012 – Dick Aslin, President
  6. USABALTIMORE March 2010 – David Lewkowicz, President
  7. CanadaVANCOUVER March 2008 – Les Cohen, President
  8. JapanKYOTO July 2006 – Joseph Campos, President
  9. USACHICAGO May 2004 – Arnold Sameroff, President
  10. CanadaTORONTO April 2002 – Arnold Sameroff, Acting President; Hanus Papousek, Elected President
  11. UKBRIGHTON July 2000 – Rachel Keen, President
  12. USAATLANTA April 1998 – Esther Thelen, President
  13. USAPROVIDENCE April 1996 – Carolyn Rovee-Collier, President
  14. FrancePARIS June 1994 – Tiffany Field, President
  15. USAMIAMI May 1992 – Gerald Turkewitz, President
  16. CanadaMONTREAL April 1990 – Nathan Fox, President
  17. USAWASHINGTON DC April 1988 – Nathan Fox, Program Chair; Anita Sostek, Local Arrangements Chair
  18. USALOS ANGELES April 1986 – Marian Sigman, Program Chair; Allen Gottfried, Local Arrangements Chair
  19. USANEW YORK April 1984 – Bernard Karmel, Program Chair; Gerald Turkewitz, Local Arrangements Chair
  20. USAAUSTIN April 1982 – Tiffany Field, Program Chair; Les Cohen, Local Arrangements Chair
  21. USANEW HAVEN April 1980 – Stephen Porges, Program Chair; William Kessen, Local Arrangements Chair
  22. USAPROVIDENCE April 1978 – Lew Lipsitt, Chair/Organizer


Reiko Mazuka (2016 – 2022) Riken Brain Institute
Thierry Nazzi (2016 – 2022) Paris Descartes University
Jane Herbert (2016 – 2022) University of Wollongong
Marianella Casasola (2018 – 2024) Cornell University
Sandra Waxman (2018 – 2024) Northwestern University
Kiley Hamlin (2020 – 2026) University of British Columbia
Natasha Kirkham (2020 – 2026) Birkbeck, University of London
Koraly Perez-Edger (2020 – 2026) Penn State


ICIS Committees

Chaired by Amy Needham

Chaired by Past-President, Lisa Oakes

Chaired by Secretary, Vanessa LoBue
Editor of Infancy, Gavin Bremner

Chaired by Sam Putnam & Martha Arterbery

Chaired by President, Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

Chaired by Marianella Casasola

Chaired by Jane Herbert

Chaired by Kiley Hamlin

Chaired by Koraly Perez-Edgar


Marischal De Armond

Jude Ross & Michelle Smith