Daniel S. Messinger

Professor of Psychology, 

Director, UM Sib Smile 

Salt Lake City, University of Utah, 1994

Social and emotional development; autism; temporal dynamics of affect and attention; modeling communication using big behavioral data.

Selected Publications

    NEW! Gangi, D. N., Ibañez, L. V., & Messinger, D. S. (2014). Joint attention initiation with and without positive affect: Risk group differences and associations with ASD symptoms. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(6), 1414-1424. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-2002-9 

    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.

    Messinger, D., Young, G. S., Ozonoff, S., Dobkins, K., Carter, A., Zwaigenbaum, L., Landa, R. J., Charman, T., Stone, W. L., Constantino, J. N., Hutman, T., Carver, L. J., Bryson, S., Iverson, J. M., Strauss, M. S., Rogers, S. J., & Sigman, M. (2013).  Beyond Autism: A Baby Sibling Research Consortium Study of High-Risk Children at Three Years of Age. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52(3), 300-308. NIHMS 431543. PubMed 23452686.

    Messinger, D.S., Mattson, W.I., Mahoor, M.H., & Cohn, J.F. (2012). The eyes have it: Making positive expressions more positive and negative expressions more negative.Emotion, 12(3), 430-436. PMID22148997.

    Messinger, D., Ekas, N., Ruvolo, P., & Fogel, A. (2011). 'Are You Interested, Baby?’ Young Infants Exhibit Stable Patterns of Attention during Interaction. Infancy, 17 (2), 233-244. NIHMS277519.

    Messinger, D. S., Mahoor, M., Chow, S., & Cohn, J. F. (2009). Automated Measurement of Facial Expression in Infant-Mother Interaction: A Pilot Study. Infancy, 14, 285–305. PMC2746084.

Selected Courses

PSY 620 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSY 624 (A) typical Social (& Emotional) Development


I plan to accept a developmental graduate student for Fall 2016. Extremely qualified joint developmental child-clincial applicants will also be considered.