Lunch Workshops

CDS is pleased to offer the following lunch workshops to CDS delegates. Please note pre-registration is required as space is limited. Lunch workshops can be added during conference registration.

Friday October 13th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

“Burning Questions for the Professoriate Luncheon” Open to All but preference to Students $25 Per Person for Students $35 Per Person for all others

CDS Student and Postdoc Members are invited to attend the “Burning Questions for the Professoriate” luncheon at the 2017 Cognitive Development Society meeting in Portland, OR (October 12 – 14, 2017). The lunch workshop provides an opportunity to network with new and established scientists and ask them your burning questions about the field, the job market, research practices, obtaining funding, and related topics. We hope that you will take advantage of it! Each table will include 4-6 interested students/postdocs and two invited faculty members, grouped by professional topic of interest. Registration for the workshop will be limited to approximately 60 students and/or postdocs. Preference will be given to senior graduate students and postdocs. In the past, nearly everyone who was interested in attending lunch was able to attend. If you have any questions or suggestions for topics you would like to discuss, please contact your graduate student board members: Angie Johnston ( and Steven Roberts (

Table Leaders

Non-Academic jobs
1. Neon Brooks, Data analyst, freelance writer, editor
2. Laura Namy, SRCD

Succeeding in Job Market (Research Focused)
1. Henry Wellman, University of Michigan
2. Yarrow Dunham, Yale University

Succeeding in Job Market (Liberal Arts College Focused)
1. Joshua Rottman, Franklin & Marshall
2. Hilary Barth, Wesleyan University

Writing for academics and for the public
1. Andrew Shtulman, Occidental College
2. Paul Harris, Harvard University

Crafting a program of research
1. Kylie Hamlin, University of British Columbia
2. Melissa Koenig, University of Minnesota

Post-docs: How to get one and what to do in one
1. Jasmine DeJesus, University of Michigan
2. John Coley, Northeastern University

Grant Writing
1. Kristina Olson, University of Washington
2. Laurie Santos, Yale University

Effective Collaboration
1. Tamar Kushnir, Cornell University
2. Susan Gelman, University of Michigan

Transitioning from student/postdoc to professor
1. Zoe Liberman, UC Santa Barbara
2. Caren Walker, UC San Diego

New frontiers: Reproducibility, online data collection, and museums
1. Mike Frank, Stanford
2. Laura Schulz, MIT

Boxed Lunches will be provided.

Friday October 13th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

“Coding, Sharing, and Reusing Video Data with Databrary and Datavyu” Complimentary but Pre-Registration is required

Across age, context, and culture, children produce an extraordinary array of behaviors—speech, gestures, visual exploration, facial expressions, motor actions, and social interactions. Video captures much of the richness and complexity of children’s behavior. Databrary ( capitalizes on the potential of video to accelerate the pace of discovery in developmental science. Databrary provides the software, infrastructure, and policy framework to enable sharing and reuse of developmental research videos. With Databrary, researchers can find and reuse videos to ask new questions, perform integrative analyses, illustrate phenomena for teaching, verify coding rules, see procedures and methods, browse colleagues’ work, and get inspired. Databrary can serve as a researcher’s video file manager, lab server, and secure off-site backup facility. It can enable collaborations with students and colleagues down the hall or across a continent. This luncheon will teach researchers at all levels—from principal investigators to undergraduates—how to maximize the scientific value of video recordings. We will describe Databrary’s policy framework for securely sharing video with participants’ permission. Attendees will learn how to use Databrary to manage their ongoing studies and to monitor progress in data collection and coding.  They will learn about how using Datavyu (, a free video-coding tool, can efficiently and powerfully reveal patterns of behavior other measures overlook or obscure. Finally, we will show how shared videos can be reused to address new research questions beyond the scope of the original study, and how video can faithfully document research procedures and computer task displays, thereby enhancing transparency and reproducibility. Lunch and beverages will be provided. The workshop is free, but registration is required. For questions about the workshop, please contact

Saturday October 14th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

“The Life-Cycle of a Developmental Study in an Open Science World”   Open to All and pre-registration is required $25 Per Person for Students $35 Per Person for all others

How do we ensure the robustness, reproducibility, and replicability of scientific findings? The open science movement promotes using transparency at all stages of the research process to strengthen our confidence in our findings. This lunch will provide an introduction to how tools and ideas from open science can help with every stage of the research process, from pre-registration and project management through reproducible data analysis and open-access dissemination of findings. We’ll examine the impact of each of these steps on a hypothetical developmental study, and end with a Q&A and open discussion. Boxed lunches will be provided for this workshop.

Saturday October 14th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

“Promoting Diversity in Cognitive Developmental Science”   Open to All and pre-registration is required $25 Per Person for Students $35 Per Person for all others

This lunch workshop will feature small-group discussions on a range of topics focused on the challenges and opportunities regarding diversity in cognitive developmental research. Topics will cover diversity in all the ways it intersects with developmental science—in the communities we work with, the members of our scientific teams, the places where we conduct our research, the ways we interpret our findings, etc. At each table, 1 or 2 faculty facilitators will start engage in discussion with a group of students and/or postdoctoral fellows on a particular theme. Themes might include topics such as: Recruiting Second Language Learners, Being Black in the Academy, Researching Neurodiversity, The Job Market from an LGBTQ Perspective, Avoiding Deficit Approaches to Diversity, etc. Students and faculty will have about 40 minutes to discuss their table’s theme and then the full workshop will come together to hear representatives from each table report back on these discussions. This will allow students, who are likely to be interested in multiple themes, to have some take-home points from each group.

Table Themes:

  • Studying Difference

  • LGBTQ in Academia

  • Gender and STEM

  • The Job Market from a Racial Minority Perspective

  • Advocating for Diversity

  • Academia in Europe

  • Research in Culturally Diverse Communities

  • Being a Person of Color in the Academy

Boxed Lunches will be provided.