P. F. Montague, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Office: Holroyd Hall 116B
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.
My research interests focus primarily on young children's emotional development, particularly their understanding of emotion in ecologically valid contexts. My projects include work with infants, preschoolers, and their parents, as well as college students. My newest research examines the ability of ethnically diverse children with and without ADHD to understand emotion in play situations. I also have interests in individual differences in family dynamics (e.g., parent-child involvement patterns, adult attachment styles, marital satisfaction) and ethnic differences in the perception and expression of emotion.
for student research involvement:
I welcome involvement from both undergraduate
and graduate students. Research assistants may gain experience with various phases
of the research process (research design, participant recruitment, creating and
editing videotapes to be used in experimental sessions, assistance in conducting
studies with infants and their families, coding, analysis, interpretation, presentation
at professional conferences, and publication). Students in the undergraduate
and M.A. programs may sign up for course credits--a minimum two-semester commitment
of 8-10 hours per week is required. Dissertation students interested in the above
research are also welcome to work with me.
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),
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.
D.P.F., & Walker-Andrews, A.S. (2001). Peekaboo: A new look at infants'
perception of emotion expressions. Developmental Psychology, 37,
In the News:
“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.
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 7 – Developmental Psychology
International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE)
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
taught at La Salle University:
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology
444 Emotion Perception: Independent Study
445 Research in Infant Perception
PSY 504 Human Behavior: A Developmental Perspective
607 Graduate Research
PSY 708 Human Behavior I: Developmental Bases
PSY 771 Research Methodology
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