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We are happy to present our three keynote speakers,
Prof. Dr. Tricia (Striano) Skoler (15/9), Prof. Dr. Tony Charman (16/9), Dr. James Trujillo (16/9) who will talk about career pathways in developmental psychology and mechanisms of ASD development.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Tricia Skoler


Prof. Dr. Tricia (Striano) Skoler is an award-winning researcher, professor, and founder of ZWIFLY®. She is author of Doing Developmental Research (Guilford Press).

Her research on early social cognition has been recognized with the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and supported with grants from the German Research Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Formerly, she served as Director of Research Group on Cultural Ontogeny at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Director of the Research Group on Neurocognition and Development at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

She teaches research methods, industrial-organizational psychology and cognitive development at CUNY. She serves on the Undergraduate Committee of the International Society for Infant Studies, Ph.D. Board of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology at the University of Rome, Emory University Alumni Interviewer and is Research Ambassador with the German Academic Exchange (DAAD).

She enjoys getting research out to the public in more creative ways, with A is for Banana®She enjoys paddle boarding, silkscreen printing and learning to ride the waves.

Keynote presentation: 

Riding the Waves through the “Oh, Rats!” of Research


Outline: Sometimes you will glide with the waves. Sometimes they will crash down over you. Be sure a lifeguard is watching. You will need trained support if you are daring enough to ride the unpredictable waves of academic research. Look out for predators and have a safety plan. Prepare for storms or you will drown. Join me in the shark infested waters as we learn to ride the waves of research.


Prof. Dr. Tony Charman


Prof. Dr. Tony Charman is a Professor Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. His main research interest is to better understand development in children with autism and the clinical application of this work via screening, diagnostic, intervention and family history studies.

He is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Consultant in a specialist service for children with autism and complex neurodevelopmental conditions at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and over 30 book chapters.

He has served on a number of expert panels for the Medical Research Council and NICE in the UK, NIH in the USA and the WHO.

Keynote Presentation:

What have we learned from infants with autism?


Outline: Until 20 years ago we knew next-to nothing about autism prior to a diagnosis at age 3 years or often much later. For the past 15 year many groups have studied infants with a family history of autism and followed them through childhood. There have been unexpected findings; confirmations of things we thought we knew but only really suspected; and doubts raised about whether we have been even asking the right questions (or using the right methods). Developmental change and individual differences (of course) are central to the picture that has emerged.

Dr. James Trujillo

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Dr James Trujillo holds a position as Post-Doc Researcher at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and at the Max Planck for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (Holland). He is currently investigating the neural systems supporting communicative language, gesture, and action: at a behavioural level, he wants to know how we produce and comprehend communicative cues in others. At the level of neural systems, he wants to know how the brain computes these cues, which cues are necessary, and how these cues help to differentiate communicative from non-communicative gestures or language. He is a brilliant and engaging speaker who mixes behavioural, neuroimage and artificial intelligence data to disentangle multimodal communication.

James is currently working on using corpus data of natural face-to-face conversation to look at how people coordinate conversation using their hands, body, and face, along with speech, as well as how we adapt our visual behaviors to the demands of the current communicative environment. This is done using novel motion tracking approaches, as well as virtual agents and task-based neuroimaging.

Keynote Presentation:

Using motion tracking and Neuroimaging to study multimodal communicative behavior


Outline: Investigating human communication  and social interaction requires us to measure the variety of multimodal communicative signals (e.g., linguistic, prosodic, and visual signals) that people produce. Quantifying these signals, their interactions with one another, and the way they are processed by others requires researchers to push the methodological boundaries of their fields. In this talk, I will discuss some of the cutting-edge methods and technologies that can be used to study communication and social interaction, both in naturalistic, conversational corpora, as well as ecologically motivated experiments and neuroimaging.

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