David BridgettDavid Bridgett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Phone: (815) 753-0774
Fax: (815) 753-8088
Email: dbridgett1@niu.edu
Homepage: http://www.niu.edu/emotionreg/
Office: PM 308


Ph.D.: Washington State University, 2008


Consistent with my interests and program of investigation, research within the Emotion Regulation & Temperament Laboratory at NIU focuses on identifying contributors to infant/toddler emotion regulation, such as aspects of parent emotion regulation and parenting, how parent emotion regulation affects parenting of young children, and how early individual differences in emotion regulation contribute to risk for early emerging symptoms of internalizing and externalizing problems. Furthermore, the research within the lab takes a longitudinal approach so that we are able to model how early emotion regulation changes over time as a result of parent, child, and other environmental factors.


  • Leve, L. D., DeGarmo, D. S., Bridgett, D. J., Neiderhiser, J. M., Shaw, D. S., Harold, G. T., Natsuaki, M., & Reiss, D. (In Press). Using an Adoption Design to Separate Genetic, Prenatal and Temperament Influences on Toddler Executive Function. Developmental Psychology.
  • Gartstein, M. A., Bridgett, D. J., Young, B. N., Pankseep, J., & Power, T. (In Press). Origins of effortful control: Infant and Parent Contributions. Infancy.
  • Bridgett, D. J., Oddi, K. B., Laake, L. M., Murdock, K. W., & Bachmann, M. N. (2013). Integrating and Differentiating Aspects of Self-Regulation: Effortful control, Executive Functioning, and Links to Negative Affectivity. Emotion, 13, 47-63.
  • Bridgett, D. J., Valentino, K., & Hayden, L. C. (2012). The Contribution of Children’s Temperamental Fear and Effortful Control to Behavior Resulting in Acute Crisis Intervention during Inpatient Treatment in a Psychiatric Hospital. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 43, 821-836.
  • Bridgett, D. J., Gartstein, M. A., Putnam, S. P., Lance (Oddi), K. B., Iddins, E., Waits, R., VanVleet, J., & Lee, L. (2011). Emerging Effortful Control in Toddlerhood: The role of Infant Orienting/Regulation, Maternal Effortful Control, and Maternal Time in Caregiving Activities. Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 189-199.
  • Bridgett, D. J., & Mayes, L. C. (2011). Development of Inhibitory Control Among Prenatally Cocaine Exposed and Non-Cocaine Exposed Youths from Late Childhood to Early Adolescence: The Effects of Gender and Risk and Subsequent Aggressive Behavior. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 33, 47-60.
  • Gartstein, M. A., Bridgett, D. J., Rothbart, M. K., Robertson, C., Iddins, E., & Ramsay, K. & Schlect, S. (2010).  A Latent Growth Examination of Fear Development in Infancy: Contributions of Maternal Depression and the Risk for Toddler Anxiety. Developmental Psychology, 46(3), 651-668.
  • Gartstein, M. A., Bridgett, D. J., Dishion, T. J., & Kaufman, N. K., (2009). Depressed mood and parental report of child behavior problems: Another look at the depression-distortion hypothesis. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30(2), 149-160.
  • Bridgett, D. J., Gartstein, M. A., Putnam, S., McKay, T., Iddins, E., Robertson, C., Ramsay, K., & Rittmueller, A.  (2009). Maternal and contextual influences and the effect of temperament development during infancy on parenting in toddlerhood.  Infant Behavior & Development, 32, 103-116.
  • Bridgett, D. J., & Walker, M. E.  (2006). Intellectual functioning in adults with ADHD: A meta-analytic examination of full scale IQ differences between adults with and without ADHD.  Psychological Assessment, 18(1), 1-14.


  • NICHD: R21HD072574 (2011-2013)
    Maternal Self-Regulation & Parenting: Contributions to Infant Self-Regulation