Directors of the DSCN

Stephanie M. Carlson is Associate Professor in the Institute of Child Development and the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, University of Minnesota. She received her BA from Bucknell University and PhD from the University of Oregon, and was previously a professor at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the development of executive function (self-control of thought and action) in early childhood using multiple levels of analysis, including behavioral, brain, and cross-cultural studies (in Japan, Singapore, Korea, China, West Africa, and subcultures of the U.S.). Her work on executive function is funded in part by foundations devoted to youth development (Templeton Foundation) and child health (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). She is currently directing a NICHD-funded project designed to validate and norm a brief executive function measure for preschool children. She is also co-PI on a formative research project to develop measures of executive function for the National Children’s Study, and co-PI on an IES-funded project to develop intervention tools for executive function in highly disadvantaged preschoolers. Other research interests include affective and economic decision-making, theory of mind, and pretend play in children from diverse populations. Dr. Carlson is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 7) and the Association for Psychological Science, is Vice President of the Jean Piaget Society, and serves on several editorial boards including Child Development and the Journal of Cognition and Development.

Philip David Zelazo (Honors BA, McGill ’88; PhD (with distinction), Yale ’93) is currently the Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, and the Co-Director of the Sino-Canadian Centre for Research in Child Development, at Southwest University, China. From 1992-2007, he taught at the University of Toronto, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroscience. Professor Zelazo’s research on the development and neural bases of executive function (the control of thought, action, and emotion) has been honored by numerous awards, including a Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), and a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. He is a Fellow of the APA, the American Psychological Society (APS), and the Mind and Life Institute, President of the Jean Piaget Society, a member of the Advisory Board of the Baumann Institute, and he is a member of several editorial boards (e.g., Child Development; Emotion, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Development and Psychopathology; Monographs of the SRCD, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience). He is also the co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness (Zelazo, Moscovitch, & Thompson, 2007), and the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Developmental Psychology.