Book Chapters

Oberwelland, E., Mattson, W.I., Ekas, N. & Messinger, D. S. (in press). Facial Expression Learning. In N. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. New York, NY: Springer.

Messinger, D., Mahoor, M., Chow, S., Haltigan, J. D., Cadavid, S., & Cohn, J. F. (in press). Early Emotional Communication: Novel Approaches to Interaction. In J. Gratch & S. Marsella (Eds.), Social emotions in nature and artifact: Emotions in human and human-computer interaction (Vol. 14).

McDonald, N., & Messinger, D. (in press). The development of empathy: How, when, and why. In A. Acerbi, J. A. Lombo, & J. J.Sanguineti (Eds), Free will, Emotions, and Moral Actions: Philosophy and Neuroscience in Dialogue. IF-Press.

Messinger, D. (2008). Smiling. In M. M. Haith & J. B. Benson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development, Vol. 3, pp. 186-198. Oxford: Elsevier. Republished in Social and Emotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood. 

Messinger, D. & Fogel, A. (2007). The interactive development of social smiling. In Robert Kail (ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 35, 327-366. Oxford: Elsevier.

Messinger, D. S. & Lester, B.M. (2007). Prenatal substance exposure and human development. In Fogel, A., King, B. J., & Shanker, S. (Eds.), Human Development in the 21st Century: Visionary Policy Ideas from Systems Scientists (pp. 225-232). Council on Human Development: Bethesda, MD.

Messinger, D. (2006). Smiling. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development (Vol. 3, pp. 1183-1185). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Messinger, D. S. (2005). A measure of early joy? Afterword to the re-publication of 'All smiles are positive, but some smiles are more positive than others' in P. Ekman & E. Rosenberg (Eds.), What the face reveals: Studies of spontaneous facial expression using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) (2nd Ed.) (pp. 350-353). Oxford University Press.

Lavelli, M., Pantoja, P. F., Hsu, H., Messinger, D. & Fogel, A. (2005). Using microgenetic designs to study change processes. In D. G. Teti (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Developmental Psychology (pp. 41-65). Blackwell.

Bolzani, L., Messinger, D. S., Yale, M. E., Dondi, M. (2002). Smiling in Infancy. In Millicent H. Abel (Ed.), An empirical reflection on the smile (pp. 111-135). New York: The Edwin Mellen Press. 

Dickson, K. L., Fogel, A., & Messinger, D. (1998). The development of emotion from a social process view. In M. F. Mascolo & S.Griffin (Eds.) What develops in emotional development? (pp. 253-271). New York: Plenum.

Fogel, A., Dickson, K. L., Hsu, H., Messinger, D., Nelson, C. M., Nwokah, E. (1997). Communication of smiling and laughter in mother-infant play: Research on emotion from a dynamic systems perspective. In K. C. Barrett (Ed.) The communication of emotion: Current research from diverse perspectives (pp. 5-24). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Messinger, D., Fogel, A., & Dickson, K. L. (1997). A dynamic systems approach to infant facial action. In J. A. Russell and F. M. Dols (Eds.) The psychology of facial expression (pp. 205-226). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Fogel, A., Stevenson, P., & Messinger, D. (1992). A comparison of the parent-child relationship in Japan and the United States. In J. L. Roopnarine & D. B. Carter (Eds.), Parent-child socialization in diverse cultural contexts (pp. 35-51). Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

Walker, H., Messinger, D., Fogel, A., & Karns, J. (1992). Social and communicative development in infancy. In V. B. Van Hasselt & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of social development: A lifespan perspective (pp. 157-181). New York: Plenum Press.


Refereed Articles 

McDonald, N. & Messinger, D. (in press). Empathic Responding in Toddlers at Risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Haltigan, J.D., Lambert, B.L., Seifer, R., Ekas, N.V., Bauer, C.R., & Messinger, D.S. (2011).  Security of attachment and quality of mother-toddler social interaction in a high-risk sample. Infant Behavior & Development.

Ozonoff, S., Young, G., Carter, A.S., Messinger, D. , Yirmiya, N., Zwaigenbaum, L., Bryson, S. E., Carver, L., Constantino, J., Dobkins, K., Hutman, T., Iverson, J., Landa, R., Rogers, S., Sigman, M., Stone, W. (2011). Recurrence Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A baby siblings research consortium study. Pediatrics.

Messinger, D., Ekas, N., Ruvolo, P., & Fogel, A. (2011). 'Are You Interested, Baby?’ Young Infants Exhibit Stable Patterns of Attention during Interaction. Infancy, 1-11.

Carter, A. S., Messinger, D. S., Stone, W. L., Celimli, S., Nahmias, A. S., Yoder, P. (2011). A Randomized Control Trial of Hanen’s “More Than Words” in Toddlers With Early Autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(7), 741-52.                                            

Haltigan JD, Ekas NV, Seifer R, Messinger DS. (2010). Brief Report: Attachment Security in Infants At-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Messinger, D., Ruvolo, P., Ekas, N., & Fogel, A. (2010). Applying Machine Learning to Infant Interaction: The Development is in the Details. Neural Networks, Special Issue on Social Cognition: From Babies to Robots, 23(10), 1004–1016.NIHMS 234401.

Baker, J. Messinger,  D., Ekas, N., Lindahl, K. & Brewster, R. (2010). Brief Report: Non-expert Ratings of Family and Parent-Child Interaction. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(6), 775-778.

Messinger, D., Lambert, B. Bauer, C., Bann, C., Hamlin-Smith, K., Das, A. (2010). The Relationship between Behavior Ratings and Concurrent and Subsequent Mental and Motor Performance in Toddlers Born at Extremely Low Birth Weight. Journal of Early Intervention, 32(3), 214-233. NIHMS234916.

Baker J. K., Messinger, D.S., Lyons K.K., & Grantz, C.J. (2010). A Pilot Study of Maternal Sensitivity in the Context of Emergent Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(8):988-999. NIHMS194102.                            

Baker, J., Haltigan, J.D., Brewster, R., Jaccard, J. & Messinger, D.S. (2010). Non-Expert Ratings of Infant and Parent Emotion: Concordance with Expert Coding and Relevance to Early Autism Risk. International Journal of Behavioral Development., 34, 88–95.

Chow, S., Haltigan, J.D., Messinger, D.S. (2010). Dynamic Infant-Parent Affect Coupling during the Face-to-Face/Still-Face. Emotion, 10, 101-114. NIHMS192758.

Parlade, M. V., Messinger, D. S., van Hecke, A., Kaiser, M., Delgado, C., & Mundy, P. (2009). Anticipatory Smiling: Linking Early Affective Communication and Social Outcome. Infant Behavior & Development, 32, 33-43. PMC2650826.

Zwaigenbaum, L., Bryson, S., Lord, C., Rogers, S., Carter, A., Carver, L., Chawarska, K., Constantino, J., Dawson, G., Dobkins, K., Fein, D., Iverson, J., Klin, A., Landa, R., Messinger, D., Ozonoff, S., Sigman, M., Stone, W., Tager-Flusberg, H., & Yirmiya, N. (2009). Clinical Assessment and Management of Toddlers in Suspected ASD: Insights from Studies of High-Risk Infants. Pediatrics, 123, 1383-1391. PMC2833286,

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.

Ibanez, L., Messinger, D. Newell, L., Sheskin, M. Lambert, B. (2008). Visual disengagement in the infant siblings of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 12, 523–535. NIHMS193716.

Messinger, D.S. Cassel, T. Acosta, S., Ambadar, Z. Cohn, J. F. (2008). Infant Smiling Dynamics and Perceived Positive Emotion. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 32, 133-155. PMC2676856.

Dondi, M., Messinger, D., Colle, M., Tabasso, A., Simion, F., Dalla Barba, B., & Fogel, A. (2007). A new perspective on neonatal smiling: Differences between the judgments of expert coders and naďve observers. Infancy, 12, 1-21.

Cassel, T., Messinger, D. S., Ibanez, L., Haltigan, J.D., Acosta, S., Buchman, A. (2007). Early social and emotional communication in the infant siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An examination of the broad phenotype. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 122–132.

Bolzani-Dinehart, L., Messinger, D. S., Acosta, S., Cassel, T., Ambadar, Z., & Cohn, J. (2005). Adult Perceptions of Positive and Negative Infant Emotional Expressions. Infancy, 8, 279-303.

Tronick, E. Z., Messinger, D. S., Weinberg, K. Lester, B. M., LaGasse, L. & Seifer, Bauer, R. C., Shankaran, S., Bada, H., Wright, L. L., Smeriglio, V. L., Poole, K., Liu, J. (2005). Cocaine Exposure Is Associated with Subtle Compromises of Infants’ and Mothers’ Social Emotional Behavior and Dyadic Features of their Interaction in the Face-to-Face Still-Face Paradigm. Developmental Psychology, 41, 711-722.

Uhlhorn, S. B., Messinger, D. S., & Bauer, C. (2005). Cocaine exposure and mother–toddler social play Infant Behavior and Development, 28, 62-73.

Venezia, M., Messinger, D. S., Thorp, D., & Mundy, P. (2004). The Development of Anticipatory Smiling. Infancy, 6(3), 397–406.

Messinger, D. S., Bauer, C. R., Das, A., Seifer, R., Lester, B. M., LaGasse, L. L., Wright, L. L.,  Shankaran, S., Bada, H., Smeriglio, V., Langer, J. C., Beeghly, M. & Poole, K. (2004). The Maternal Lifestyle Study (MLS): Cognitive, motor, and behavioral outcomes of cocaine exposed and opiate exposed infants through three years of age. Pediatrics, 6, 1677-1685.

LaGasse, L. L., Messinger, D. S., Lester, B. M., Seifer, R., Tronick, E. Z., Bauer, C. R., Shankaran, S., Bada, H., Wright, L. L., Smeriglio, V., Finnegan, L. P. & Maza, P. (2003). Prenatal drug exposure and maternal and infant feeding behavior. Archives of Disease in Childhood  Fetal Neonatal Edition, 88, F391–F399.

Yale, M. E., Messinger, D. S., Cobo-Lewis, A. B. (2003). The temporal coordination of early infant communication. Developmental Psychology, 39(5), 815-824.

Delgado, E. F. Messinger, D. S. & Yale., M. E. (2002). Infant responses to direction of parental gaze:  A comparison of two still-face conditions. Infant Behavior and Development, 25(2), 188-195.

Messinger, D. S. (2002). Positive and negative: Infant facial expressions and emotions. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11(1) 1-6.

Messinger, D. Dondi, M. G. Nelson-Goens, C., Beghi, A., Fogel, A., & Simion, F. (2002). How sleeping neonates smile. Developmental Science, 5(1), 49-55.

Messinger, D., Fogel, A., & Dickson, K. L. (2001). All smiles are positive, but some smiles are more positive than others. Developmental Psychology, 37(5), 642-653.

Hsu, H., Fogel, A. & Messinger, D. (2001). Infant non-distress vocalizations during mother-infant face-to-face interaction: Factors associated with quantitative and qualitative differences. Infant Behavior and Development, 24, 107-128.

Morales, M., Mundy, P., Fullmer, C., Yale, M., Messinger, D., Neal, R., & Schwartz, H. (2000). Responding to joint attention across the 6- to 24-month age period and early language acquisition. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 21(3), 283-298.

Messinger, D., Fogel, A., & Dickson, K. L. (1999). What's in a smile? Developmental Psychology, 35(3), 701-708.

Gauthier, S., Bauer, C., Messinger, D., & Closius, J. (1999). Bayley Scales Of Infant Development II – Where to start? The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 20(2), 75-79.

Yale, M., Messinger, D., Cobo-Lewis, A., Oller, D. K., & Eilers, R., (1999). An event-based analysis of the coordination of early infant vocalizations and facial actions. Developmental Psychology, 35(2), 505–513.

Fogel, A., Messinger, D. S. Dickson, K. L., & Hsu, Hui-chin, H. (1999). Posture and gaze in early mother-infant communication: Synchronization of developmental trajectories. Developmental Science, 2(3), 325-332.

Messinger, D. & Fogel, A. (1998). Give and take: The development of conventional infant gestures. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 44(4), 566-590.

Messinger, D. Dolcourt, J., King, J., Bodnar, A., & Beck, D. (1996). The survival and developmental outcome of extremely low birthweight infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 17(4), 375-385.

Franco, F., Fogel, A., Messinger, D. S., & Frazier, C. A. (1996). Cultural differences in physical contact between Hispanic and Anglo mother-infant dyads living in the United States. Early Development and Parenting 5(3), 119-127.

Martinez, A., Malphur, J., Field, T., Pickens, J., Yando, R., Bendell, D., Valle, C., & Messinger, D. (1996). Depressed mothers’ and their infants’ interactions with nondepressed parents. Infant Mental Health Journal, 17(1), 74-80.

Teti, D. M., Gelfand, D. M., Messinger, D. S., & Isabella, R. (1995). Maternal depression and the quality of early attachment: An examination of infants, preschoolers, and their mothers. Developmental Psychology 31(3), 364-376.

Messinger, D. & Freedman, D. (1992). Autonomy and interdependence in Japanese and American mother-toddler dyads. Early Development and Parenting, 1(1) 33-38.

Fogel, A., Nwokah, E., Dedo, J. Y., Messinger, D., Dickson, K. L., Matusov, E., & Holt, S. A. (1992). Social process theory of emotion: A dynamic systems approach. Social Development, 1(2) 122-142.

Fogel, A., Nwokah, E., Dedo, J. Y., Messinger, D., Dickson, K. L., Matusov, E., & Holt, S. A. (1992). The social process theory of emotion: A radical contextualist perspective. Social Development, 1(2) 147-150.


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