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Dr. Tricia (Striano) Skoler is an award-winning scientist and cognitive development consultant. Author of over 120 research papers on infant social cognitive neuroscience, she is frequently called upon to lecture around the world. She is author of Doing Developmental Research (Guilford Press) and Editor of Social Cognition: Development, Neuroscience and Autism (Wiley Press). Skoler obtained her Ph.D. from Emory University (Psychology-Cognition & Development) and BA from the College of the Holy Cross. In 2004, The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named (Striano) Skoler a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under the age of 40. She founded the Cultural Ontogeny Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Neuro-cognition and Development Group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. In 2010, Tricia (Striano) Skoler received the Sanctae Crusis Award, the highest non-degree accolade that the College of the Holy Cross bestows on alumni. She serves on the Editorial Board of Infant Behavior and Development (Elsevier) and as a Research Ambassador for Germany though the German Academic Exchange.

Dr. Roberta Fadda is a Professor in Developmental Psychology and Education Psychology at the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Philosophy at the University of Cagliari (Italy).  She is widely published in the field of autism and language development. Fadda is a member of the Italian Association of Psychology (A.I.P., Developmental Section), of the European Society of Developmental Psychology (E.S.D.P.) and of the International Society for Autism Research (I.M.F.A.R.). Fadda’s focus areas include socio-communicative development in typically developing children and with Autism Spectrum Disorders; psychological processing involved in decision making (moral judgment, empathy, theory of mind); the development of biological concepts in children; bilingualism in minority languages; school inclusion. She’s an expert in education in typical and atypical development. Dr. Fadda is located in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.