Development 2022 aims to bring together leading experts, researchers, and students to network and communicate their research findings in Developmental Psychology. It provides an opportunity for researchers and professionals to learn about recent findings in Developmental Psychology, gain new ideas, and enhance their personal and professional development.

Development 2022 is sponsored by the Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development and presented in co-operation with the Canadian Psychological Association. The conference will take place on June 15th and 16th 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary (Alberta).

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Dr. Susan Graham: “When you’re happy and I know it: Preschoolers’ attention to emotion in speech”

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Susan Graham will be our first Keynote Speaker at Development 2022! Dr. Graham is the Director of the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Graham’s research investigates child development during infancy and preschool, with a focus on children’s early language development.

Dr. Marlene Moretti: “Adolescence from an attachment perspective: Implications for youth mental health and interventions”

At Development 2022, Dr. Marlene Moretti will receive the 2022 Pickering Award for Outstanding Contribution to Developmental Psychology in Canada and present her research at the Pickering Public Lecture. Dr. Moretti is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, previous Senior Research Chair with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2009-2014), and an Honorary Professor at the University of Orebro in Sweden. Dr. Moretti’s current research interests include the etiology and developmental course of pre-teen and teen mental health and behavioural problems, the importance of attachment relationships in buffering youth from adversity, and the development, dissemination and evaluation of interventions to promote health and reduce risk among youth.

Watch the Public Lecture live at 3:30 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, June 16th.


Posters: Each presenter will have a poster board with dimensions 4 feet high x 4 feet wide, compatible with push pins (provided) and velcro. Any size poster that will fit within the board is acceptable. We recommend a poster size of no larger than 36 inches tall and 42 inches wide.

Lightning talks: Sessions are 90 minutes in length and each presenter is allocated 5 minutes of speaking time plus two minutes for questions. A laptop will be provided at the speaker podium. A chairperson will be designated for each session who is responsible for assembling speakers’ slides and giving time limit warnings to each speaker. The chairperson will reach out to lightning talk presenters in the same session in advance of the conference.

Symposia: Chairs of symposia are responsible for organizing speakers’ materials and allocating/managing speaking time. A laptop will be provided at the speaker podium. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and we recommend that each presentation be limited to 15 minutes (for sessions with 4 speakers) or 12 minutes (for sessions with 5 speakers) to allow sufficient time for questions and discussion.

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Registration is now open. Registration is $90 for students and postdoctoral fellows, and $160 for other attendees.

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On each of the 2 days of the conference, student attendees will be eligible to participate in our complimentary Mentoring Lunch. The Development 2022 Mentoring Lunch is an opportunity for students to chat with senior scholars in the area of Developmental Psychology. Once registration is open, tickets to this event will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To learn more about this year’s mentors, click here.


Rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency Calgary hotel on a first-come, first-served basis at the CPA-negotiated conference rate of $212 per night. Click here to access the booking page.


Development 2022 will be followed by CPA’s Annual General Meeting on June 17th to 19th 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary, Alberta. Attendees at Development 2022 are entitled to a 10% discount on CPA registration if they wish to attend both conferences. Click here to learn more.


While there are no formal COVID-19 restrictions in place, conference attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated and boosted, wear a mask whenever possible, and remain home if they are feeling ill. Anyone whose submission has been accepted for inclusion in the program but who is no longer able to attend in-person for any reason should contact us as soon as possible to discuss alternate arrangements:


Local members of our organizing committee have compiled some tips for traveling, staying, and dining in Calgary. Click here for Calgary travel information.


Andrea Howard, Anne Bowker, Rob Coplan, Tina Daniels, Susan Graham, Kathleen Hughes, Deepthi Kamawar, Jo-Anne Lefevre, and Monique Sénéchal.