Stephen J. Suomi, Ph.D. is Chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. He also holds research professorships at the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, College Park, the Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Suomi earned his B.A. in psychology at Stanford University in 1968, and his M.A. and Ph.D.
Psychologist graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1993. Specialist in Perinatal Health, Early Childhood Education and Development. Master Degree on Psychology, with focus on early childhood development community-based programs. Training in Management and Designing of Social Programs and Policies at the Interamerican Institute for Social Development, in Washington-DC; and in Child Development and Interventions at the International Centre of Child Health, University of London, England.
In 1997 Degree in Psychology (Diploma) at University of Bremen, Germany; Post-Graduate PhD scholarship by "Kommission für Forschungsplanung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs (FNK)" at University of Bremen. 1999-2004 Research Fellow at "Zentrum für Klinische Psychologie und Rehabilitation" (ZKPR), University of Bremen. Until February 2001 Staff Member at "Kinderschutzzentrum des Deutschen Kinderschutzbundes e.V. (Landesverband Bremen) ". In 2003 PhD in Psychology at University of Bremen.
Diana Mendley Rauner is President of Start Early (formerly the Ounce of Prevention Fund), a public-private partnership serving at-risk children and their families from before birth to age five. Start Early advocates for programs and policies that benefit young children and families; provides training to early childhood professionals in Illinois; and engages in rigorous research and evaluation projects that contribute to best practices throughout the early childhood field.
Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley in 1994 in personality psychology and worked at the University of Tulsa until 1999 when he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, where he is a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar.
William Revelle has been a professor of psychology at Northwestern University since 1973 where he directs the graduate program in personality psychology. He has been chairman of the department of psychology for 9 years. His teaching and research emphasizes that personality is the last refuge of the generalist in psychology and that personality theorists need to collaborate with cognitive, social, clinical and biologically oriented psychologists as well as economists, political scientists and statisticians.
Sharon Landesman Ramey, Ph.D., currently holds the positions of Distinguished Research Scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and Adjunct Professor of Human Science at Georgetown University. She is a developmental scientist who studies the multiple biosocial and environmental influences on prenatal and early child development, the transition to school and academic achievement, family dynamics, and inter-generational vitality and competence.
Elizabeth Pungello, Ph.D., is a Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, a Research Associate Professor in the Developmental Psychology Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Mentor Faculty member at the Center for Developmental Science. Her current research focuses on early care and education environments and school readiness skills of at-risk children.
Amélie Petitclerc is an Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University. She was previously a postdoctoral research scholar at the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), Teachers College, Columbia University. She received support from a postdoctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She completed a MA in forensic psychology at the University of British Columbia and a PhD in clinical psychology at l'Université Laval, in Quebec City.