Lunch Workshops

CDS is pleased to offer the following lunch workshops to delegates.

Please note pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Lunch workshops can be added during conference registration or you can edit a current registration to add the lunch workshop by logging back in to your account.

Friday October 18th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

“Promoting Diversity in Cognitive Developmental Science”  
Open to all, pre-registration is required
$10 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 as it intersects with developmental science—in the communities we work with, our own identities, the members of our scientific teams, the places where we conduct our research, at CDS, etc. At each table, 1 or 2 faculty facilitators will lead a discussion on a particular theme. Attendees rate their preferred topics and are assigned to tables based on those preferences. Example themes are: Recruiting diverse samples, being a person of color in the academy, the job market from an LGBTQ perspective, promoting diversity in your department and the field, etc. Attendees 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 attendees, who are likely to be interested in multiple themes, to have some take-home points from each group.

Boxed Lunches will be provided.

Friday October 18th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

“Mind the Gap: Recommendations for bridging research, industry, and policy”
Open to all, pre-registration is required
$20 per person for Students, $35 per person for all others

The science of child development intersects with a wide range of applied sectors such as industry (e.g., toy and media companies), government, nonprofit organizations, museums, and classrooms. Strategic efforts to bridge the worlds of research, practice and policy bring multiple benefits. Insights from developmental science research can inform the development of products, environments, and policies for children and families. In addition, the experiences of those in applied sectors can catalyze new research topics and questions. The goal of this CDS lunch session is to explore a broad range of approaches to narrowing the gap between research, practice, and policy. An invited group of doctoral-level developmental psychologists with a variety of professional roles will showcase different forms of research-to-practice partnerships, explore effective approaches for translation of scientific knowledge, and discuss non-academic career options for those with expertise in developmental science. The format will consist of brief panel introductions followed by conversational roundtables to discuss specific research to practice efforts.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Asheley Landrum, Texas Tech University
  • Maureen Callanan, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Carissa Shafto, Brightfield Strategies
  • Heather Kirkorian, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Boxed lunches will be provided.

Saturday October 19th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

“Burning Questions for the Professoriate Luncheon”
Open to All but preference to Students
$10 per person for Students and Post Doctoral Members

CDS Student and Postdoc Members are invited to attend the “Burning Questions for the Professoriate” luncheon at the 2019 Cognitive Development Society meeting in Louisville, KY (October 17 – 19, 2019). 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: Meltem Yucel () and Danielle Labotka ().

Table Leaders to be confirmed closer to the conference dates


Boxed Lunches will be provided.