Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development (NICHD) Scientific Vision
Behavior Workshop
Growing Up Healthy: Developmental Theory to Models to Intervention
Bethesda, MD
February 17-18, 2011

Views expressed in the workshop presentations are those of the
presenters alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the NICHD.

This workshop addresses key issues in the domain of behavior that should be priorities for research over the next decade because of their impact on research and practice. The focus is on development, from conception through adulthood, which means that the dynamic nature of change during childhood has to be a cornerstone for any research program. It is conditioned on a view that optimizing developmental outcomes for children involves a range of research that begins with theory and mapping of typical developmental trajectories in multiple domains of inquiry; the use of this research to develop models of typical and atypical development that integrate mechanisms derived across domains involving genes, brain, and environment; and the testing of these theories and models through observational studies to rigorous intervention studies (i.e., theories to models to the real world to interventions). To facilitate the identification of key areas likely to have the greatest impact, the workshop will begin with a morning session involving eight short (15-minute) presentations on major issues that are ripe for investigation. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • In the scientific area of behavior, considering areas vital to the NICHD mission over the next 10 years:
  • What are compelling scientific research opportunities within the workshop thematic area that lie within the NICHD mission?
    1. To exploit these opportunities:
      • What basic, clinical, and translational research questions must be answered?
      • How would answering the questions affect public and global health?
      • What research tools, methods, or approaches should be developed to realize these scientific and public health opportunities?
    2. What innovative training and other workforce development activities should be pursued?
  • Day 1 Agenda
  • Day 2 Agenda


7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Welcome
Alan Guttmacher, M.D.
Director, NICHD
8:45 a.m. Overview
Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D.
University of Houston
Linda J. Waite, Ph.D.
University of Chicago
9:00 a.m. Plenary Theme 1
Normative Developmental Trajectories (PDF - 1.54 MB)
James Heckman, Ph.D.
Henry B. Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
University of Chicago
9:15 a.m. Discussion
9:25 a.m. Plenary Theme 2
Impact of Environmental Factors on Behavioral Development (PDF - 221 KB)
Jason Boardman, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Population Research Center
University of Colorado Population Center
9:40 a.m. Discussion
9:50 a.m. Plenary Theme 3
Comprehensive, Integrated Modeling of Neurobiological, Genetic, and Environmental Mechanisms Underlying Behavioral Development (PDF - 970 KB)
Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development
Co-Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
10:05 a.m. Discussion
10:15 a.m. Plenary Theme 4
Phenotypic Descriptions of Behaviors that Cut Across Typical and Atypical Development (PDF - 2.56 MB)
Bryan King,M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital
10:30 a.m. Discussion
10:40 a.m. Break
10:55 a.m. Plenary Theme 5
Promoting Healthy Development (PDF - 824 KB)
Lindsay Chase- Lansdale, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University
11:10 a.m. Discussion
11:20 a.m. Plenary Theme 6
Self regulation of Behavior (PDF - 1.18 MB)
Adele Diamond, Ph.D.
Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
University of British Columbia, Canada
11:35 a.m. Discussion
11:45 a.m. Plenary Theme 7
Understanding Dimensionality in Typical and Atypical Development
Robin Morris, Ph.D.
Regents Professor of Psychology and Vice President for Research
Georgia State University
12:00 p.m. Discussion
12:10 p.m. Plenary Theme 8
Understanding Behavior in Social, Economic, and Cultural Context (PDF - 615 KB)
Paula Braveman, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health
University of California, San Francisco
12:25 p.m. Discussion
12:35 p.m. Lunch and General Discussion
1:45 p.m. Charge to Work Groups
2:00 p.m. Work Group Sessions
  • Work Group 1: Plenary Theme 1
    Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D.
  • Work Group 2: Plenary Themes 2 and 8 Combined
    Paula Braveman, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Work Group 3: Plenary Theme 3
    Allan Reiss, M.D.
  • Work Group 4: Plenary Themes 4 and 7 Combined
    Jack Fletcher, Ph.D.
  • Work Group 5: Plenary Theme 5
    Linda Waite, Ph.D.
  • Work Group 6: Plenary Theme 6
    Adele Diamond, Ph.D.
7:00 p.m. Dinner
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8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Work Groups Report on Plenary Themes and Discussion
8:40 a.m. Work Group 1
9:20 a.m. Work Group 2
10:00 a.m. Work Group 5
10:40 a.m. Break
10:55 a.m. Work Group 3
11:35 a.m. Work Group 4
12:15 p.m. Work Group 6
12:55 p.m. Lunch and General Discussion
2:00 p.m. Adjourn

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Last Reviewed: 04/21/2011