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! 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.

    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.