New Mid-Career Awards

Div. 7 announces the creation of two new awards: the Mavis Hetherington Award and the Mary Ainsworth Award. Both awards recognize accomplishments of mid-career developmental scientists who are between 15-30 years from having received their doctoral degrees.

APA President Statement on Trauma of Separating Immigrant Families

Following is the statement of APA 2018 President Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD:

“The administration’s policy of separating children from their families as they attempt to cross into the United States without documentation is not only needless and cruel, it threatens the mental and physical health of both the children and their caregivers. Psychological research shows that immigrants experience unique stressors related to the conditions that led them to flee their home countries in the first place. The longer that children and parents are separated, the greater the reported symptoms of anxiety and depression for the children. Negative outcomes for children include psychological distress, academic difficulties and disruptions in their development

"The American Psychological Association calls on the administration to rescind this policy and keep immigrant families intact. We support practical, humane immigration policies that consider the needs of immigrants, and particularly immigrant families."

Opinion: What Will Indefinite Detention Do to Migrant Kids?

Div. 7 shares the following opinion piece from the New York Times, of interest to Div. 7 members:

The Trump administration announced a new regulation that would allow the government to indefinitely detain migrant families who cross the border. If it goes into effect, it would terminate an agreement know as the Flores settlement that has been in place since 1997 to ensure that children are kept in the least restrictive setting possible, receive certain standards of care, have access to lawyers and are generally released within 20 days. The effect would be to extend the well-documented suffering of migrant children in detention centers.


Past Events

Div. 7 has provided information about its Executive Committee Meeting (PDF, 332KB) and its Business Meeting (PDF, 164KB), both of which took place at APA's 2019 Annual Convention in Chicago. The division also includes featured sessions on developmental science (PDF, 266KB) from convention and the agenda for the Div. 7 Business Meeting at APA 2019 (PDF, 329KB), which took place on Aug. 9, 2019.

Upcoming Events

128th APA Annual Convention
Aug. 6-9, 2020
Washington, D.C.