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The mission of the Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) is to bring together researchers studying child and adolescent development in American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the U.S. and Canada. We gather annually to share in an open exchange of information and ideas, build collaborative relationships, mentor new scholars, and disseminate knowledge about Native child and adolescent development.

NCRE 2022 Conference

Conference Theme

Lifting up Solutions Grounded in Indigenous Culture and Wisdom to Address Substance Misuse and Disorder and Support Indigenous Children’s Development in the Face of the Intersecting Challenges of our Time


Thursday and Friday, September 15-16, 2022

*Opening reception Wednesday evening September 14 in Denver, CO


The conference will be held at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health:

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building

13055 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045


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About NCRE

NCRE was founded in 2008 with funding from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). With SRCD support, the first conference was held in 2008 and a second in 2009. In 2010, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded five additional years of funding to support annual conferences from 2010 to 2014, with a specific focus on understanding Native children’s development within the context of substance use (R13DA029391).

Starting in 2015, NCRE was supported by the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC), which is funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (90PH0017; 90PH0027). With TRC support, NCRE expanded to include an additional focus on early childhood in Native communities and a broader network of participants from the fields of tribal Head Start, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting, and Child Care.

In 2020, NCRE received an R13 Conference Grant from NIDA to fund the NCRE National Conferences in 2021 and 2023, and a smaller emphasis meeting in 2022.

Collectively, NCRE members work to address the following priorities:

  • Development of scientifically- and culturally-grounded theories and methodologies for Native child development research prenatally through emerging adulthood.
  • Critical evaluation of measurements, assessments, and diagnoses for Native youth.
  • Development of culturally-adapted and culturally-based interventions effective for Native youth.
  • Training and mentorship of scholars whose work focuses on Native child and adolescent development.
  • Education of funders and the research community about the unique context of research in Native communities and the critical importance of community-based participatory research methods.
  • Building collaboration among all scholars and practitioners interested in Native child and adolescent development.

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