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

    Ruvolo, P., Messinger, D., & Movellan, J. (2015). Infants Time Their Smiles to Make Their Moms Smile. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0136492. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136492


 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., Ibaņez, 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

    Gangi, D. N., Ibanez, 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.

Selected Courses

PSY 620 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSY 624 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.