The Roots of SRCD

The field of child development received formal recognition in 1922-23 through the appointment of a subcommittee on Child Development of the National Research Council. In 1925, under the direction of Robert S. Woodworth, an eminent experimental psychologist, this group became the Committee in Child Development with offices and staff in the National Academy of Sciences. The purpose of the committee was to integrate research activities and to stimulate research in child development. The committee awarded fellowships, initiated conferences, and began publications. In 1927, 425 scientists were listed in the Directory of Research in Child Development and that same year the first volume of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography was published. In 1933 the Committee on Child Development disbanded and passed the torch to the newly organized Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).

Future Directions of SRCD

As research in human development expands, the need for coordination and integration among the disciplines grows. The Society is constantly working to facilitate such coordination and integration and to assist in the dissemination of research findings. The Society welcomes the increasing interest in child development research and seeks members who share this interest.

Current Opportunities for Society for Research in Child Development

Society for Research in Child Development Policy Fellowships

Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
Description: SRCD Fellows are members of the Science and Technology Fellowship Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which includes Fellows from a variety of scientific disciplines. Following a two-week science policy orientation program sponsored by AAAS, as well as a brief orientation to child development and public policy sponsored by SRCD, Fellows begin work as resident scholars within their Federal agency or Congressional office placements. The Fellowships are full-time immersion experiences and run from September 1st through August 31st.  Executive Branch Fellowships may be renewed for one year at the agency's discretion and, under rare circumstances, Congressional Fellowships may be extended four months to the end of the legislative session. Staff in the SRCD Office for Policy and Communications in Washington work to facilitate the Fellows' experience and are available as a resource throughout the year.

SRCD hosts monthly seminars for its Fellows, with diverse topics in child development and public policy, as well as career development. In addition, AAAS provides extensive career development programming (e.g., writing a resume, communicating science) and social events.

Contact Information

Society for Research in Child Development
2950 S. State Street, Suite 401
Ann Arbor, MI 48104