Psychology Prof In Line to Lead Infant Studies Organization

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Lisa Oakes

Lisa Oakes, a professor in the Department of Psychology and researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain, is the new president-elect of the International Congress on Infant Studies.

Oakes, who studies the origins and early development of mental abilities in infancy, was elected by members in the society, which comprises more than 800 infant development scholars.

After two years as president-elect, she will begin a two-year term as president in June 2018.

Oakes has been active in the organization since her days as a graduate student. A member-at-large to its governing board since 2014, she oversaw the program for a May 26-28 ICIS annual meeting in New Orleans, where her selection as president-elect was announced before about 1,200 scholars from around the world. 

Oakes said the 40-year-old society is growing and changing — focusing on promoting good science through its journal, Infancy, and using the internet and social media to share research findings with the public.

“This is something I care deeply about,” said Oakes, whose research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health for 20 years. “I have a strong desire to disseminate the results of science about infant development to the broader community.”

— Kathleen Holder, content strategist in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science