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Diana P. F. Montague, Ph.D.
Director, Emotion Development Project
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: Wister Hall 219
Phone: 215-951-1280

B.A., Psychology, Rider College; M.S., 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.

Research Interests:

  • Emotion development across the life span (infancy through late adulthood)
  • Dynamic expression of emotion
  • Infants' perception of emotion
  • Emotion and psychotherapy
  • Special needs (autism, Tourette syndrome, AD/HD, sensory processing deficits, learning disabilities)
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Cultural diversity

Opportunities for student research involvement:
I lead an emotion research group to develop research ideas and support the implementation of various studies in human development. I welcome involvement from both undergraduate and graduate students in all phases of research, including study design, data collection and analyses, and presentation/publication of results. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact me at to discuss possibilities for collaboration.


  • 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.


  • Montague, D. P. F., & Walker-Andrews, A. S. (1999). Modeling emotional facial/vocal expressions: A stimulus training tape [Motion picture]. (Available from Diana Montague, PhD., La Salle University, Psychology Department, 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141).

In the News:

  • "Life of brain," Discover, Special Issue: The Brain, An Owner's Manual. Spring 2007, pp. 4-8.
  • "All you need is some duct tape" The Times of Trenton, October 18, 2005.
  • "Reading your baby's mind" Newsweek, August 15, 2005, cover story, p. 32-39.
  • "First feelings" Child, January 2004, p. 78.
  • "Faculty and students team up for rewarding research." La Salle University Keynotes newsletter, Spring 2004, cover story, p. 1.
  • "Goo, gaa, grr?" APA Monitor on Psychology, March 2003, cover story, p. 50-51.

Professional Organizations:

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

Courses taught at La Salle University:

  • PSY 210 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 444 Independent Research
  • PSY 445 Research in Emotion
  • PSY 504 Human Behavior: A Developmental Perspective
  • PSY 607 Graduate Research I
  • PSY 677 Graduate Research II
  • PSY 708 Human Behavior I: Developmental Bases (doctoral)
  • PSY 771 Research Methodology (doctoral)
  • INST272 Search for Identity in Emerging Adulthood