Daniel S Messinger

Coordinator, Developmental Psychology Program
Associate Director, Child Division (Developmental Program)
Director, Social Systems Informatics, Center for Computational Science
Director, UM Sib Smile
Cooper Fellow, University of Miami

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1985B.A. Independent (Psychology) Haverford College, Haverford, PA
1988 Human Development University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1994 Ph.D. Developmental Psychology University of Utah
Social, language and emotional development; modeling interaction using objectively measured big behavioral data; specific projects: autism, attachment, attention, preschool classrooms.  In addition to basic research on emotional and social development much of my current work focuses on children with communication disorders, both those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and children who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH). I employ computational modeling to understand social interaction and to foster pathways to healthy development. My computational work includes the development and validation of objective approaches to measuring behavior such as computer vision, as well as automated tracking of children’s movement to inform the current project’s social network analyses. As an expert in social and communicative development, I have specific expertise in the temporal dynamics of communication in developing social relationships.

Selected Publications

Perry, L. K., Prince, E. B., Valtierra, A. M., Rivero-Fernandez, C., Ullery, M. A., Katz, L. F., Messinger, D. S. (2018). A year in words: The dynamics and consequences of language experiences in an intervention classroom. PLoS ONE, 13(7), e0199893. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0199893

Martin, K. B., Hammal, Z., Ren, G., Cohn, J., Cassell, J., Ogihara, M., Ph.D. Britton, J.C., Gutierrez, A., Messinger, D. S. (2018). Objective measurement of head movement differences in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Molecular Autism 9:14, 10.1186/s13229-018-0198-4.

Messinger, D. S., Mattson, W. I., Todd, J. T., Gangi, D. N., Myers, N. D., & Bahrick, L. E. (2017). Temporal dependency and the structure of early looking. PLoS ONE, 12(1), e0169458. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169458

Messinger, D. S., Young, G. S., Webb, S. J., Ozonoff, S., Bryson, S. E., Carter, A., Carver, L., Charman, T., Chawarska, K., Curtin, S., Dobkins, K., Hertz-Picciotto, I., Hutman, T., Iverson, J. M., Landa, R., Nelson, C. A., Stone, W. L., Tager-Flusberg, H., & Zwaigenbaum, L. (2015). Early sex differences are not autism-specific: A Baby Siblings Research Consortium (BSRC) study. Mol Autism, 6, 32. doi: 10.1186/s13229-015-0027-y

Lambert-Brown, B. L., McDonald, N. M., Mattson, W. I., Martin, K. B., Ibanez, L. V., Stone, W. L., & Messinger, D.S. (2015). Positive emotional engagement and autism risk. Developmental Psychology, 51(6), 848-855. doi: 10.1037/a0039182  NIHMSID  674905 PMID:25938555

Mattson, W. I., Cohn, J. F., Mahoor, M. H., Gangi, D. N., & Messinger, D. S. (2013). Darwin’s Duchenne: Eye constriction during infant joy and distress. PLoS ONE, 8(11). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080161.