Daniel S. Messinger

Professor of Psychology, 

Director, UM Sib Smile 

Salt Lake City, University of Utah, 1994

Social and emotional development; autism; temporal dynamics; automated measurement.

Selected Publications

    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.


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

Research Interests

Emotional interaction in typical development and the development of autism. Utilizing technology for the automated measurement of expression and for modeling communication. Dynamic systems investigations of the impact of real-time processes (sharing a smile) on developmental processes (secure attachment).