Nathan A. Fox is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He conducts research on the effects of early experience on brain and behavioral development in infants and children. He has studied the biological bases of social and emotional behavior developing methods for assessing brain activity in infants and young children during tasks designed to elicit a range of emotions. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health where he was awarded a MERIT award for excellence of his research program. He is one of three Principal Investigators on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Dr. Fox was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Investigator Award from the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was editor of Infant Behavior and Development and served as Associate Editor of Psychophysiology, Developmental Psychology and the International Journal of Behavioral Development. He is a founding member of the National Scientific Council for the Developing Child.


  • PhD
Research Methods
Research Interests
Cognitive Development
Fear and Anxiety
  • National
    President-Elect International Society for Developmental Psychobiology

Current Students

Former Students

  • Student Name
    Sarah Helfinstein
    Current Position
    Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Nathan Fox
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