Elizabeth A. Simpson, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor
Director, Social Cognition Laboratory

(602) 571-9697
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2011Ph.D. Behavioral & Brain Sciences Program, Psychology, University of Georgia
2008M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior Program, Psychology, University of Georgia
2005B.A. Psychology, University of Arizona

Professional Experience

2020 - Associate Professor, University of Miami
2015 - 2020Assistant Professor , University of Miami
2011 - 2015Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Parma, Italy

Honors & Acknowledgements

James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, 2021-2022
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2017-2023
Scholarly and Creative Activities Recognition Award, University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, 2017
Provost Research Award, University of Miami, 2017
Association for Psychological Science Rising Star, 2015
National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research Grant, Phase 1, 2019-2020
Provost Research Award, 2019-2020
University of Miami Student Supervisor of the Year 2019
  • Dr. Simpson's current research projects focus on understanding human infants' early social skills, including neonatal imitation, face perception, and gaze following. She primarily uses behavioral measures, including eye-tracking and face-to-face interaction tasks. 
  • In her Social Cognition Laboratory she is currently collecting data from human infants. Her research with nonhuman primate infants is done through collaborations.
  • For an updated list of publications, please see Dr. Simpson's Google Scholar.

Selected Publications

Zeng, G., Maylott, S. E., Leung, T. S., Messinger, D., Wang, J., & Simpson, E. A. (2022). Infant temperamental fear, pupil dilation, and gaze aversion from smiling strangers. Developmental Psychobiology, 64(7), e22324. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.22324

Simpson, E. A., Maylott, S. E., Mitsven, S. G., Zeng, G., & Jakobsen, K. V. (2020). Face detection in 2-to 6-month-old infants is influenced by gaze direction and species. Developmental Science, 23(2), e12902.

Simpson, E. A., Robinson, L. M., & Paukner, A. (2019). Infant rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) personality and subjective well-being. PLoS ONE, 14(12), e0226747.