How Can Child Development Research Impact Legislation?

May 5, 2021 (11:00 a.m.-Noon ET)


Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD


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The policy implications of developmental science research can be far-reaching, yet few researchers receive training on how research findings may relate to policy or have very limited understanding of the policymaking process. Researchers often are keenly aware of the developmental supports and structures needed to promote healthy child development and community health, but this work often does not reach legislatures and those responsible for developing child and family policy.

For this installment of the Advances in Child Development and Behavior Speaker Series, Parisa Parsafar, Ph.D. external link, will help bridge this knowledge gap as well as provide some insights into how developmental science can be used to inform policy. Her experiences as a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2019 congressional fellow will help illustrate a successful collaborative effort among researchers, advocacy groups, and policymakers to draft and pass evidence-based policy. 

In addition, Dr. Parsafar’s talk will cover some best practices for communicating the results of developmental research to policy-related audiences, the ways in which research may inform advocacy efforts, and how research implications are utilized and considered in drafting and advancing policy. 

Dr. Parsafar, currently an SRCD executive branch policy fellow at NICHD, is a developmental psychologist with expertise in emotional science. Her research focuses on improving contextualization and understanding of early negative emotional experiences and emotion-regulation skills and how they shape learning and health outcomes across childhood.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity should contact Lauren Lee at at least 5 days in advance.


Laureen Lee, CDBB, DER, NICHD
Phone: 301–496–5578

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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