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

Director,  Early Play and Development Lab

Research Director,  Linda Ray Intervention Center 

Director Child Division 

Coordinator, Psychological Sciences Program 

Salt Lake City, University of Utah, 1994

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

Selected Publications

Ahn YA, Önal Ertuğrul I, Chow S-M, Cohn JF, Messinger DS (2023).  Automated measurement of infant and mother Duchenne facial expressions in the Face-to-Face/Still-Face. Infancy n/a.  https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12556. 

Banarjee, C., Tao, Y., Fasano, R. M., Song, C., Vitale, L., Wang, J., Shyu, M.-L., Perry, L. K., & Messinger, D. S. (2023)  Objective quantification of homophily in children with and without disabilities in naturalistic contexts. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 903. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-27819-6

Messinger*, D. S., Perry*, L. K., Mitsven, S. G., Tao, Y., Moffitt, J., Fasano, R. M., Custode, S. A., & Jerry, C. M. (2022). *Joint first authorship.  Computational Approaches to Understanding Interaction and Development. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 62, 191-230. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.acdb.2021.12.002  

Perry, L. K., Mitsven, S. G., Custode, S., Vitale, L., Laursen, B., Song, C., & Messinger, D. S. (2022).  Reciprocal patterns of peer speech in preschoolers with and without hearing loss.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 60, 201-213. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2022.02.003

Mitsven, S. G., Perry, L. K., Tao, Y., Elbaum, B. E., Johnson, N. F., & Messinger, D. S. (2021).  Objectively measured teacher and preschooler vocalizations: Phonemic diversity is associated with language abilities.  Developmental Science, n/a(n/a), https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.13177

Fasano, R. M., Perry, L. K., Zhang, Y., Vitale, L., Wang, J., Song, C., & Messinger, D. S. (2021).   A granular perspective on inclusion: Objectively measured interactions of preschoolers with and without autism.  Autism Research.


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