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Executive Function in Preschool Children: Current Knowledge & Research Opportunities - Agenda

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June 8-9, 2010


Day 1: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Day 2: Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day 1: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

7:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Alan Guttmacher, M.D.

Acting Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Peggy McCardle, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Child Development & Behavior Branch (CDBB), Center for Research on Mothers and Children (CRMC), NICHD

Rebecca DelCarmen Wiggins, Ph.D.

Session I: Conceptualization and Measurement (PDF - 25 KB)

Session Chair: Peggy McCardle, Ph.D., M.P.H.

8:30 a.m.

Executive Functioning and Children's Regulation: Conceptual Issues
Nancy Eisenberg, Ph.D., Arizona State University

8:45 a.m.

Measurement: Developmentally Sensitive Approaches to Measuring Executive Functions in Preschoolers
Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

9:00 a.m.

Executive Functions in Early Childhood: An Integrative Systems Perspective
Clancy Blair, Ph.D., New York University

9:15 a.m.

Measuring Cognitive Self Regulation in Relation to School Readiness: Illustrative Example
Mark Lipsey, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


9:30 a.m.

Fred Morrison, Ph.D.   (PDF - 656 KB), University of Michigan

9:45 a.m.

Susan Calkins, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

10:00 a.m.

Session I Open Discussion

10:15 a.m.


Session II: Developmental Trajectories

Session Chair: Valerie Maholmes, Ph.D.

10:30 a.m.

Infant Roots of Later Cognition/Executive Functioning
Susan Rose, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University

10:45 a.m.

Development of Sustained Selective Attention During the Preschool Years: Evidence from a New Object Tracking Task
Anna Fisher, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

11:00 a.m.

Structure, Measurement and Development of Preschool Executive Control
Kimberly Andrews Espy, Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln

11:15 a.m.

Assessing Development Trajectories of Executive Function in Low-Income, Ethnic Minority Preschoolers: Opportunities and Challenges  
Margaret Caughy, Sc.D., The University of Texas School of Public Health

11:30 a.m.

Longitudinal Measurement of Executive Functions in the Family Life Project
Michael Willoughby, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


11:45 a.m.

Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D.   (PDF - 2 MB), University of Washington

12:00 p.m.

Session II Open Discussion

12:15 p.m.


Session III: Neurodevelopment and Underlying Neurocircuitry of Higher Cognitive and Executive Function  (PDF - 260 KB)

Session Chair: Lisa Freund, Ph.D.

1:00 p.m.

Neuroimaging and Mechanisms Underlying the Early Development of Executive Functions (Prenatal to Age 4)
John Gilmore, M.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1:15 p.m.

Neural Network Models and Mechanisms of Cognitive Control in Preschoolers
Yuko Munakata, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

1:30 p.m.

Socioeconomic Status and Early Experience: Interrelations with Stress Physiology and Executive Function
Daniel Hackman, M.A., University of Pennsylvania

1:45 p.m.

Psychobiology of Executive Functions in Early Development
Martha Ann Bell, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


2:00 p.m. Monique Ernst, Ph.D.   (PDF - 835 KB), Division of Intramural Research Programs, National Institute of Mental Health
2:15 p.m. Lisa Freund, Ph.D., NICHD
2:30 p.m. Session III Open Discussion
2:45 p.m. Break

Session IV: Executive Functions, Risk and Resilience

Session Chair: Rebecca DelCarmen-Wiggins, Ph.D.

3:00 p.m. Executive Functions and Risk for Developmental Psychopathology
Joel Nigg, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University
3:15 p.m. Environmental and Genetic Influences as Risk and Protective Factors on Executive Functions during Early Childhood
Leslie Leve, Ph.D., Oregon Social Learning Center
3:30 p.m. Preschool Executive Functions in the Context of Risk
Megan McClelland, Ph.D., Oregon State University


3:45 p.m. Clancy Blair, Ph.D.   (PDF - 200 KB), New York University
4:00 p.m. Session IV Open Discussion
4:15 p.m. General Discussion: Summation and Highlights from Day 1
4:30 p.m. NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Project   (PDF - 310 KB)
Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
5:30 p.m. Reception

Day 2: Wednesday, June 9, 2010

8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Session V: Translational Implications: Innovative Programs to Improve Executive Functions  (PDF - 323 KB)

Session Chair: Jim Griffin, Ph.D.

9:00 a.m.

The Headstart/REDI Program: Promoting Executive Functions Through Prevention Programs
Karen Bierman, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

9:15 a.m.

The Kids in Transition to School Program: Increasing Self Regulation and School Readiness in At-Risk Children
Katherine Pears, Ph.D., Oregon Social Learning Center

9:30 a.m.

Exercise and Executive Functions in Early Childhood
Betsy Hoza, Ph.D., University of Vermont

9:45 a.m.

Ways to Improve Executive Functions in Preschool Children and Why That Is Important to Do
Adele Diamond, Ph.D., University of British Columbia


10:00 a.m.

Rick Wagner, Ph.D.   (PDF - 125 KB), Florida State University (member of the NICHD Advisory Council)

10:15 a.m. Jim Griffin, Ph.D., Child Development and Behavior Branch, NICHD
10:30 a.m. Open Discussion
10:45 a.m. Break

Summation and Final Recommendations: Building a Research Agenda on Executive Functions in Preschool Children

11:10 a.m.

Break Out Sessions and Working Lunch

1:00 p.m.


1:15 p.m.

Session I Recommendations for Future Research

1:30 p.m.

Session II Recommendations for Future Research

1:45 p.m.

Session III Recommendations for Future Research

2:00 p.m.

Session IV Recommendations for Future Research

2:15 p.m.

Session V Recommendations for Future Research

2:30 p.m.

General Discussion/Products of the Meeting

3:00 p.m.


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