We are delighted to announce the currently confirmed keynote speakers. More to follow soon.
Angeline Lillard (PhD Stanford University, 1991), Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science whose main research interests include children’s pretend play and Montessori education. She received the American Psychological Association’s Boyd McCandless Award for early career contributions to developmental psychology, she has been a Cattell Fellow and a Visiting Fellow of the British Psychology Society, and her Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition) received the Cognitive Development Society Book Award. She was formerly editor of the Journal of Cognition and Development.
Michael C. Frank
Michael C. Frank is David and Lucile Packard Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University. He received his PhD from MIT in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 2010. He studies language use and language learning, and how these interact with social cognition, focusing especially on early childhood. He is the organizer of the ManyBabies Consortium, a collaborative replication network for infancy research, and has led open-data projects including Wordbank and MetaLab. He has been recognized as a “rising star” by the Association for Psychological Science. His dissertation received the Glushko Prize from the Cognitive Science Society, and he is recipient of the FABBS Early Career Impact award and a Jacobs Advanced Research Fellowship. He has served as Associate Editor for the journal Cognition, member and chair of the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society, and was a founding Executive Committee member of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.
Ulman Lindenberger is the Director of the Center for Lifespan Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Together with Ray Dolan, he also directs the Max Planck University College London Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, located in London and Berlin. Ulman Lindenberger studied psychology and biology in Berlin and Berkeley. He completed his doctoral degree and habilitation in psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin, and then held a professorship at Saarland University. Currently, he holds honorary professorships with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Saarland University. His research interests include behavioral and neural aspects of plasticity across the lifespan, age changes in brain-behavior relations, lifespan developmental theory, and multivariate developmental methodology. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2010 of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Florian Schmiedek is professor for Methods of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information and Education and Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He did his PhD and postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and had a Junior Professor Position for Cognitive Developmental Psychology at Humboldt University Berlin. His research interests are cognitive development across the lifespan and the analysis of within-person processes of cognition, affect, and other psychological constructs in the everyday lives of adults and school children. He has received the Gustav A. Lienert Award of the German Psychological Association’s Method Section for his dissertation and the Science Award of the Wilhelm Wundt Society. He currently serves as member of the Scientific Board of the Center for Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk (IDeA), of the Steering Committee of the College for Interdisciplinary Research in Education (CIDER), and of the International Max Planck Research School on the LIFE Course (LIFE) faculty.
Dr. Almeida is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and a faculty member of the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State University. Dr. Almeida’s research examines the effects of biological and self-reported indicators of stress on health. His primary interest has been the role of daily stress on healthy aging but has also examined stress processes in specific populations and contexts, such as the workplace and family interactions, parents of children with developmental disabilities, and family caregivers. His research has shown that minor yet frequent daily stressors are often better predictors of important health outcomes than major life events, which have been the focus of research for decades. Dr. Almeida has leadership roles in three current National Institutes of Health Research Initiatives including: the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Study; the Work, Family & Health Research Network; and the Science of Behavior Change Network. He is also the Director of a National Institute of Aging training program on Psychosocial and Biological Pathways to Healthy Aging.
Dr. Robert Siegler is Schiff Foundations Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University-Teachers College. Dr. Siegler has written 9 books, edited 6 others, and authored more than 250 articles, monographs, and book chapters. His research focuses on how children learn mathematics and how theoretical understanding of mathematical development can be applied to improving that learning. His research led to the prediction, confirmed by subsequent research, that playing certain numerical board games yields broad, rapid, and enduring gains in preschoolers’ and elementary school children’s numerical understanding, particularly for children from low-income backgrounds. Dr. Siegler’s contributions have been honored in many ways, including being awarded the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 2005, serving on the U.S. National Mathematics Advisory Panel from 2006-2008, election to the National Academy of Education in 2010, heading the development of a Practice Guide on fractions learning for the U. S. Department of Education in 2010, being appointed Director of the Siegler Center for Innovative Learning at Beijing Normal University in 2012, election to the Society of Experimental Psychologists in 2015, and being chosen for the “in honor of” groupof the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) in 2017.