Spring 2022 Colloquium Series

The Cultural Construction of Infant Motor Development among Dutch, Israeli, and Druze-Israeli Infants.

(From left to right: Dr. Osnat Atun-Einy, Dr. Saskia van Schaik, & Dr. Ora Oudgenoeg)

During the past years, in various collaborations, we have studied the cultural construction of infant motor development in the Netherlands and in Israel as well as among Druze-Israeli infants. We will discuss the developmental niches of motor development within these cultural contexts as well as cross-cultural similarities and differences in children's actual motor skills.


Please see the recording here:  Colloquium Archive

Fall 2021 Colloquium

Dr. Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut


Hablo Inglés y Español: The Bilingual Brain as a Function of Culture and

A review of Dr. Ramírez-Esparza's tenure studies on bilingual/bicultural language and personality switching.

Please see the recording here:  Colloquium Archive

Avoiding Ethnocentrism

How can an understanding of culture and human development help the behavioral sciences avoid ethnocentrism? In this webinar, presented as a conversation hour at the 2021 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, four scholars from around the globe - Botswana, Brazil, Ghana, and Hong Kong - share their views on this topic.

Moderated by researchers from the Netherlands and the USA, the webinar addresses the challenge of constructing a pluralistic developmental science that works for humanity in all its global complexity.

Click below to watch the conversation.

Avoiding Ethnocentrism

Making Voices Heard

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Making Voices Heard: Diversity, Disadvantage, and Discrimination in Educational Settings features diverse UConn undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals in conversations about their experiences of racism and how we can respond positively to current challenges. The project was funded by an award from the President’s Commitment to Community Initiative.

An official launch of the video took place on April 22, 2021, introduced by Vice President Franklin Tuitt, and President Thomas Katsouleas.

CLICK on the link below to see a recording of the event and conversation highlights, or to choose full-length versions of the videos.
Making Voices Heard

The Graduate Certificate in Culture, Health, and Human Development – watch the videos below:


  • Baby’s sleep
    Super, C. M., Blom, M. J. M., Harkness, S., Ranade, N., & Londhe, L. (2021). Culture and the organization of infant sleep: A study in the Netherlands and the U.S.A. Infant Behavior and Development, 64. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2021.101620.
  • The Development of Prejudice (>35,000 downloads!)
    New publication:  Brenick, A., Schachner, M. K., Carvalheiro, D., & Karr, E. (2020). (No) space for prejudice! Varied forms of negative outgroup attitudes and ethnic discrimination and how they develop or can be prevented in the classroom. In H. E. Fitzgerald, D. J. Johnson, D. B. Qin, F. A. Villarruel, & J. Norder, Handbook of […]
  • Parents Here and There
    New publication: Harkness, S., & Super, C. M. (Eds.) (2020). Cross-cultural research on parents: Applications to the care and development of children. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 170. DOI:10.1002/cad.20341
  • Stress and Self-Care
    New publication: Mavridis, C., Harkness, S., Super, C. M., & Liu, J. L. (2019). Family workers, stress, and the limits of self-care. Children and Youth Services Review, 103, 236–246. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.06.011 stress practice graph.2