Kathy Lemery Chalfant

1st Keynote:

Richard M. Lerner, Ph.D.

Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science
Tufts University

Richard M. Lerner is the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and the Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. He went from kindergarten through Ph.D. within the New York City public schools, completing his doctorate at the City University of New York in 1971 in developmental psychology. Lerner has more than 650 scholarly publications, including more than 75 authored or edited books. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence and of Applied Developmental Science, which he continues to edit.

He was a 1980-81 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and is a fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Prior to joining Tufts University, he was on the faculty and held administrative posts at The Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University, and Boston College, where he was the Anita L. Brennan Professor of Education and the Director of the Center for Child, Family, and Community Partnerships. During the 1994-95 academic year, Lerner held the Tyner Eminent Scholar Chair in the Human Sciences at Florida State University.

David P MacKinnon

2nd Keynote:

Keith Widaman, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Education
University of California Riverside

Keith Widaman is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education. He received his Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University in 1982, majoring in developmental psychology and minoring in quantitative psychology. Dr. Widaman has received multiple NIH grants to study the growth and development of adaptive behaviors across the life span, family influences on the development of children and adolescents with and without intellectual disabilities, and gene X environment (GxE) interactions in determining developmental outcomes. He is a member of the team developing the Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale (or DABS), a new measure of adaptive behavior that is designed to be of special utility in diagnosis of intellectual disability. Dr. Widaman is on the Editorial Boards of several journals, was Associate Editor of Psychological Methods, and is the current Editor of Multivariate Behavioral Research. He is a Past President of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP) and of Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Widaman is a Fellow of APA (Divisions 5, 7, and 33) and of the Association for Psychological Science. Among other honors, he received the Cattell Award for early career contributions by SMEP and two Tanaka Awards (1994 & 2002) from SMEP for best article of the year in Multivariate Behavioral Research.