Daniel S. Messinger

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

Social, language and emotional development; modeling interaction using objectively measured big behavioral data; specific projects: autism, attachment, attention, preschool classrooms.

Selected Publications

Perry, L. K., Prince, E. B., Valtierra, A. M., Rivero-Fernandez, C., Ullery, M. A., Katz, L. F., . . . 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

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., Ibañez, 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

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.

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