Developmental Primary Faculty

Dr. Britton

Jennifer C. Britton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, is a neuroscientist whose work focuses on understanding the intersection of anxiety, development and treatment.

  • Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders (e.g., approach-avoidance, threat processing)
  • Developmental and neural correlates of emotional flexibility
  • Translational neuroscience research (e.g., fear and extinction learning, attention bias modification)
Dr. Britton
Dr. Greenfield

Daryl B. Greenfield, Ph.D.

Professor, conducts community-based collaborative research to better understand the development of scientific thinking in early childhood, focusing on low-income minority children.

  • Development of scientific thinking in infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • STEM as foundational focus for improving multiple areas of school readiness
  • Technology in early childhood assessment
Dr. Greenfield
Dr. Daniel S. Messinger

Daniel S. Messinger, Ph.D.

Professor, investigates emotion and early interaction (e.g., attachment) to better understand healthy and disturbed (e.g., autistic) development.

  • Modeling real-time interaction and development
  • Emotional, social, and language development
  • Autism, hearing loss, and poverty
Dr. Daniel S. Messinger
Dr. Lynn K. Perry

Lynn K. Perry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, investigates language, categorization, and social interaction in children and adults from typical and atypical populations in the laboratory, home, and preschool

  • Automated measurement of language and movement
  • Communication disorders (hearing loss, late talkers, autism)
  • Language and thought
Dr. Lynn K. Perry
Dr. Shearer

Rebecca Bulotsky Shearer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, conducts partnership-based research with early childhood programs to promote social-emotional skills, early learning, and school readiness.

  • Preschool social-emotional adjustment
  • School readiness and early school achievement
  • Classroom interventions
Dr. Shearer
Dr. Elizabeth Simpson

Elizabeth A. Simpson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, studies infant social cognitive development by examining individual differences in social perception in humans and nonhuman primates.

  • Evolutionary developmental psychology
  • Face perception & imitation
  • Eye-tracking
Dr. Elizabeth Simpson

Associated Faculty

Associated Faculty

Executive Director, UM Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (UM-CARD)
Director, Children's Registry and Information System (CHRIS)

Director, Linda Ray Intervention Center (LRIC)

Director, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Division (CBN)