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Diana P.F. Montague
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Contact Information
Office: Wister 219
Phone: 215-951-1280
Fax: 215-951-5140

Dr. Diana Montague is an Associate Professor of Psychology at La Salle University. She received her B. A. degree in Psychology from Rider College (now Rider University) in 1991 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental and Social Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her dissertation focused on infants’ understanding of their parents’ and others’ emotion expressions. Dr. Montague is a lifespan developmentalist, and for her post-doctoral fellowship at Long Island University, she studied emotion development in older adults (70+ years) from ethnically and economically diverse communities. At La Salle, she leads an emotion research group to develop research ideas and support the implementation of various studies in emotion and empathy in children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Montague welcomes involvement from both graduate and undergraduate students. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact her at to discuss possibilities for collaboration

Professionally, she is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Research in Emotion. She was inducted into the Rider University Science Stairway of Fame in 2010. She is active as a community volunteer and as an invited speaker-educator for parent groups and teachers.

Dr. Montague loves to spend time with her husband, three children, daughter-in-law, and little grandson. She resides in central New Jersey, not far from her Italian-American parents and 8 siblings.


Areas of Expertise
Empathy in children; Emotion expression across the life span (infancy through late adulthood); Intergenerational relationships and cultural diversity



  • B.A., Psychology, Rider College (now Rider University)
  • M.S., Interdisciplinary Developmental/Social Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Developmental/Social Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Human Development, Long Island University

PCMF504 - Human Behavior I: A Developmental Perspective (M.A.)
PSY210 - Developmental Psychology
PSY331 - Research Design II
PSY444/445 - Independent Research I and II
PSY607/677 - Graduate Research Seminar I and II
PSY708 - Human Behavior I: Developmental Bases (Psy.D.)
PSY771 - Research Methodology (Psy.D.)
INST272 - Search for Identity in Emerging Adulthood

Representative Publications
Montague, D, P. F, Magai, C., & Consedine, N. S. (2003). Attachment in African American and European American older adults: The roles of early life socialization and religiosity. Attachment and Human Development, 5(2), 188-214.

Montague, D. P. F., & Walker-Andrews, A. S. (2002). Mothers, fathers, and infants: The role of person familiarity and parental involvement in infants' perception of emotion expressions. Child Development, 73, 1339-1352.

Montague, D. P. F., & Walker-Andrews, A. S. (2001). Peekaboo: A new look at infants' perception of emotion expressions. Developmental Psychology, 37, 826-838.

Representative Presentations
Montague, D. P. F. (2013, August). Development of ecologically valid videos for the assessment of empathy in children. Submitted for presentation at the Conference for the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), Berkeley, CA.

Montague, D. P. F. (2010, May). Relational aggression in girls: How to help your sisters. Invited talk, given at the Delaware-Raritan Girl Scout session, Trenton, NJ.

Wilson, P., Montague, D.P.F., Samulewicz, S., Turk, J., & McManus, M. (2008, May). Teaching Identity from a Multidisciplinary Perspective: The SENCER Approach. Poster presented at the 2008 Conference of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, IL.

Professional Memberships
International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE); (Membership Secretary)
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

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Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
La Salle University
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Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1350
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