|President||Lisa Oakes||University of California, Davis|
|President-Elect||Catherine Tamis-LeMonda||New York University|
|Past-President||Kathy Hirsh-Pasek||Temple University|
|Treasurer||Roberta Golinkoff||University of Delaware|
|Secretary||Rachel Barr||Georgetown University|
- PHILADELPHIA June 2018 – Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, President
- NEW ORLEANS May 2016 – Karen Adolph, President
- BERLIN July 2014 – Daphne Maurer, President
- MINNEAPOLIS June 2012 – Dick Aslin, President
- BALTIMORE March 2010 – David Lewkowicz, President
- VANCOUVER March 2008 – Les Cohen, President
- KYOTO July 2006 – Joe Campos, President
- CHICAGO May 2004
- TORONTO April 2002 – Arnold Sameroff, President
- BRIGHTON July 2000 – Rachel Keen, President
- ATLANTA April 1998 – Esther Thelen, President
- PROVIDENCE April 1996 – Carolyn Rovee-Collier, President
- PARIS June 1994 – Tiffany Field, President
- MIAMI May 1992
- MONTREAL April 1990
- WASHINGTON DC April 1988
- LOS ANGELES April 1986
- NEW YORK April 1984
- AUSTIN April 1982
- NEW HAVEN April 1980
- PROVIDENCE April 1978
|Scott Johnson (2014 – 2020)||University of California Los Angeles|
|Reiko Mazuka (2016 – 2020)||Riken Brain Institute|
|Thierry Nazzi (2016 – 2020)||Paris Descartes University|
|Jane Herbert (2016 – 2022)||University of Wollongong|
|Marianella Casasola (2018 – 2024)||Cornell University|
|Sandra Waxman (2018 – 2024)||Northwestern University|
2020 PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Chaired by Natasha Kirkham
Chaired by Past-President, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Chaired by Secretary, Rachel Barr
Editor of Infancy, Gavin Bremner
Chaired by Sam Putnam, Martha Arterbery
BY-LAWS & VISION COMMITTEE
Chaired by President, Lisa Oakes
Chaired by Scott Johnson
Chaired by Jane Herbert
Chaired by Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
Marischal De Armond
Jude Ross & Michelle Smith
Separation of Migrant Children
Scientific statement by ISDP and ICIS on U.S. government practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border
Isolating children from their caregivers and families leads to abnormal development by creating physiological and psychological trauma. The scientific study of child development suggests that the newly announced policy of the Trump administration of separating children from parents is likely to have both negative immediate physiological effects on the developing stress system and long-term effects both psychological and physiological as well. Decades of work on children separated from families and placed into institutions support this science.
On April 19, 2018 U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions announced a change in U.S. policy where all immigrants entering illegally would be held in detention centers, and in so doing, all children would be separated from parents because children cannot be held in adult detention centers. This change in policy is a response to discourage immigrants due to a stated 37% increase in illegal border crossings.
Separating children from caregivers and placing families in situations of extreme uncertainty with respect to reunification is a form of toxic stress. This is not only a psychological, but also a physiological response. An experience of chronic or prolonged stress may lead to the development of anxiety disorders or mood disorders, such as depression. Individuals suffering from stress may also experience an inability to sleep, a decreased or increased appetite, a propensity towards alcohol or drug consumption, and a decreased interest in social or physical activities.
Separating young children from their families also has significant effects on the developing brain, which is highly influenced by childhood experiences. There are specific regions of the brain that continue to mature throughout adolescence and that are affected more extremely by stress particularly in early life. It is intuitive that stressful experiences shape changing systems more than systems that are already developed. The critical role of nurturing relationships for children has been identified as fundamental to normal human development and resilience. Young children depend on stable, responsive caregiving from adults they know well. A strong caregiver relationship can prevent or lessen the activation of the stress response through a process known as social buffering. Without effective parental social buffering, the normal development of the brain can be altered, with enduring adverse effects on children’s cognitive and emotional development.
Placing children in detention centers will put children at very high risk for poor mental and physical health outcomes. As a developmental organization with a global scope, in order to enhance productive and adaptive lives of all global citizens, especially the youngest, we urge the cessation the current policy of separation.
Members of the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS) may wish to view and sign an open letter to US Secretary Nielsen at the Department of Homeland Security in regards to the separation of children from their parents at the US southern border.
A Take Action letter was created by members of the ICIS and other similar communities and can be found by clicking here
The link above will direct you to a Take Action page with information on how to continue to amplify the message and it will continue to be updated as things process.
ICIS Statement of Community
The International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS) provides a context for the dissemination of research methods and findings on psychological development during infancy and early childhood and supports open intellectual discussion about theory, research, and practice. The Congress is committed to serving the needs of all ICIS members, inclusive of career stage, theoretical orientation, methodological practice, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, ethnicity/race or country of origin, religion, and political views. ICIS expects all attendees at our meetings and events to treat each other with mutual respect.
Letter to NIH Regarding Clinical Trials
ICIS has written the following letter to NIH regarding Clinical Trials. Please read through the letter and let NIH know your thoughts regarding their change in policy. Special thank you to Lisa Oakes for drafting the response.
Kathy Hirsch-Pasek, President
Karen Adolph, Past President
Lisa Oakes, President Elect
Joint statement regarding President Trump’s executive order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”
We at the International Congress of Infant Studies, the Cognitive Development Society and the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology hold that the pursuit of knowledge embodied by science is best served by engagement and interaction with all serious scholars regardless of national origin or creed. We are dismayed by any attempt to restrict opportunities for scientists to fully participate in global academic dialogue. Such efforts are immoral and they undermine the scientific enterprise. Understanding the complexity of human behavior requires us to explain how behavior varies across and within cultures. Policy decisions aimed at helping all children thrive must therefore be based on science that is global and generalizable. We are committed to ensuring participation for scientists of all nations.
David Uttal, President
Amanda Woodward, Past President
Paul Lansley Harris, President Elect
David Sobel, Treasurer
Nathan Fox, President
April Ronca, Past President
Rachel Barr, President Elect