Daniel S. Messinger

"The true mystery of the world
is the visible, not the invisible." Oscar Wilde.

Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Music Engineering

Associate Director, Child Division (Developmental Program)

Director, UM Sib Smile 

Salt Lake City, University of Utah, 1994

I model interaction from objectively measured big behavioral data to understand social, language and emotional development. Current projects include preschool classrooms, autism, and attachment.

Selected Publications

Martin, K. B., Haltigan, J. D., Ekas, N., Prince, E. B., & Messinger, D. S.   Attachment security differs by later autism spectrum disorder: A prospective study.  Developmental Science, n/a(n/a), e12953. doi:10.1111/desc.12953

Messinger, D. S., E. B. Prince, M. Zheng, K. Martin, S. G. Mitsven, S. Huang, T. Stölzel, C. Rivero-Fernandez, N. Johnson, U. Rudolph, L. K. Perry, B. Laursen & C. Song (2019)  Continuous measurement of dynamic classroom social interactions.  International Journal of Behavioral Development. 0165025418820708. 

Perry, L. K., Prince, E. B., Valtierra, A. M., Rivero-Fernandez, C., Ullery, M. A., Katz, L. F., Laursen, B., Messinger, D. S. (2018). A year in words: The dynamics and consequences of language experiences in an intervention classroom. PLoS ONE, 13(7), e0199893. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0199893

Martin, K. B., Hammal, Z., Ren, G., Cohn, J., Cassell, J., Ogihara, M., Ph.D. Britton, J.C., Gutierrez, A., Messinger, D. S. (2018). Objective measurement of head movement differences in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Molecular Autism 9:14, 10.1186/s13229-018-0198-4.

Messinger, D. S., Mattson, W. I., Todd, J. T., Gangi, D. N., Myers, N. D., & Bahrick L. E. (2017). Temporal dependency and the structure of early looking. PLoS ONE, 12(1), e0169458. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0169458

Selected Courses

PSY 620 Advanced Developmental Psychology

PSY 624 Social (& Emotional) Development


I am actively recruiting developmental graduate students. Contact me at dmessinger@miami.edu