Professor Sullivan has more than twenty-five years of experience as a researcher in child development and pediatric psychology. Her specialty is infancy and early childhood with an emphasis on the interaction between early cognitive and social-emotional development in typical children and those with developmental disabilities. She has been PI or Co-PI on several NIMH, NICHD, and NSF funded longitudinal research projects related to young children’s emotional development. Her work examines how individual differences in attention, physiology and stress responses influence infants’ emotional behavior to everyday frustration. She is currently analyzing data from two NIMH-funded studies of how early emotional styles develop and may act as risk-factors for behavioral difficulties in the preschool and early school years.
Dr. Sullivan’s graduate training was at Rutgers University where she did her thesis on infant learning, emotion, and memory under the direction of Carolyn Rovee-Collier, Ph. D. She also has actively worked to promote the use of technology as a rehabilitation tool in early intervention. In collaboration with Drs. Michael Lewis at RWJMS, and Dr. Dave Bennett at Drexel University, she has more recently been involved in developing methods and measures of studying emotion in young children, and on their application to children with a history of maltreatment.
- Margaret Wolan Sullivan (2014): Infant Expressions in an Approach/Withdrawal
Framework, The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, DOI:
Her recent articles may be access on Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers: soar.rutgers.edu. Full vita on request