International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development

15-19 July 2018
Gold Coast, Australia 

Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2017


Forthcoming articles published ahead of print

Current Issue: September 2017


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Society: Karina Weichold,
Membership: Tina Malti, 


ISSBD Developing Country Fellowships 

The ISSBD Executive Committee has approved a continuation of the successful Developing Country Fellowships (DCFs) scheme. The aim is to encourage sustainable development of activities congruent with the aims of ISSBD in developing countries, and assist the professional development of early career scholars in such countries. Each DCF provides freeç conference attendance at ISSBD (including economy air fare and a subsistence allowance), a support grant of $1,500 per annum for the duration of the Fellowship, starting in the September immediately following the ISSBD conference and support from a Mentor.

Fellows should be early career researchers (that is, normally within 10 years of their first or higher degree), and must be a member of ISSBD (at least once selected as a Fellow). They should have a post in a host country that is a developing country as defined by ISSBD membership criteria (so entitled to a reduced membership fee), and normally they should be a citizen of this host country.

The panel is chaired by Peter K Smith (Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K.;  Currently, the other panel members are: 
The full call for applications, and an application form, are available at They can also be obtained from the chair ( or other members of the selection panel, who can also be approached for further information or advice.

Applications should be sent to the Chair of the Selection Panel, preferably by email, or by post (Peter K Smith, Dept. of Psychology, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, U.K.). For this new round of DCFs, applications must be received by November 30th 2017. Decisions will be announced by January 2018. Presentations would then be made at the 25th Biennial ISSBD meeting, in Gold Coast, Australia, in July 2018.


ISSBD Awards

ISSBD is pleased to announce its biennial call for awards in an effort to recognize the distinguished contributions of Society members. You will find a description of the four awards to be made at the 2018 Biennial Meetings of ISSBD in Gold Coast, Australia here.

  • The ISSBD Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award
  • The ISSBD Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Behavioral Development Theory and Research
  • The ISSBD Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Research and Theory in Behavioral Development
  • The ISSBD Young Scientist Award

Nominations, as outlined in the call for nominations, should be sent to The deadline for receipt of nominations is January 12, 2018.


ISSBD 2018 Preconference Workshops and Travel Grants

Pre-conference Workshops for Early Career Scholars

The International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development is planning six Pre-Conference Workshops for early career scholars – participants, who received a graduate research degree (e.g., PhD) within the past seven years or who are in a graduate program leading to such a degree - to be held in Gold Coast on Sunday, July 15, 2018, the day before the main ISSBD 2018 sessions start. ISSBD anticipates providing travel support for a number of qualified early career scholars to attend one of these pre-conference workshops and the ISSBD 2018 conference. Applications from early career scholars from any country are welcome. Please note that travel grants will only be awarded to early career scholars who apply for and attend one of the pre-conference workshops AND who have at least one abstract accepted for the 2018 Biennial Meeting. 

How can your research make a difference? Working with partners to move your science into the world
Yvonne Skipper, Keele University, UK & Debra Pepler, York University, Canada

Loneliness across the lifespan: Current issues, challenges, and solutions
Luc Goossens, KU Leuven, Belgium

Introduction to longitudinal modeling
Kathryn Modecki, Griffith University, Australia

Revise and Resubmit: Publishing and Reviewing
Brett Laursen, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Cross-cultural research in human development
Sara Harkness & Charles M. Super, University of Connecticut, USA
Framing Immigrant Youth Adaptation within a Risk and Resilience Perspective: How Does Theory Guide Research?
Frosso Motti, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Travel Grants
Early Career Scholars, participants who have received a graduate research degree (e.g., PhD) within the past seven years or who are in a graduate program leading to such a degree, may be eligible to apply for travel grants to join the pre-conference workshops and attend the conference.

Please, visit for more details regarding the preconference workshops. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Julie Bowker (


To further promote and advance behavioural development research ISSBD is proud to announce the call for applications for the ISSBD Regional Workshop on the theme "Social competencies and interpersonal relationships: from the individual to the context" will be held between February 5 and 7, 2018, in Milan, Italy. This ISSBD sponsored event is organized by Professors Antonella Marchetti and Davide Massaro and will be hosted by the Department of Psychology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The deadline for submissions is 15 October, 2017. 

For more details regarding this workshop, visit If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Federico Manzi (


Deadline for abstract submissions: October 15, 2017

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