Elise Masur Elise Frank Masur, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Phone: (815)753-7081
(815) 753-8088
Office: PM 367


Ph.D.: Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 1976
Illinois State Certification in School Psychology, 1990


Acquisition and development of cognitive, language, and communication skills in infants and preschool-aged children within the context of parent-child interaction; social and cognitive prerequisites for language acquisition; mother-child interaction; mother-child imitation; school psychology.


  • PSYC 675, Developmental Psychology of Language Acquisition
  • PSYC 653, School Psychology First Year Practicum
  • PSYC 639, Professional School Psychology
  • PSYC 465, Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 464, Developmental Psychology Laboratory
  • PSYC 424, Adolescent Development


  • Olson, J., & Masur, E. F. (in press). Infants' gestural forms and communicative contexts influence mothers' provision of object, action, and mental state labels.  Journal of Child Language.
  • Masur, E. F., & Olson, J. (2008). Mothers’ and infants’ responses to their partners’ spontaneous action and vocal/verbal imitation. Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 704-715. 
  • Masur, E. F., & Flynn, V. (2008). Infant and mother-infant play and the presence of the television. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 76-83.
  • Flynn, V., & Masur, E. F. (2007). Characteristics of maternal verbal style: Responsiveness and directiveness in two natural contexts. Journal of Child Language, 34, 519-543.
  • Masur, E. F. (2006). Vocal and action imitation by infants and toddlers during dyadic interactions: Development, causes, and consequences. In S. J. Rogers and J. Williams (Eds.), Imitation and the development of the social mind: Lessons from typical development and autism. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Masur, E. F., Flynn, V., & Eichorst, D. (2005). Maternal responsive and directive behaviours and utterances as predictors of children’s lexical development. Journal of Child Language, 32, 63-91.
  • Masur, E. F., Flynn, V., & Eichorst, D. L. (2004). Maternal verbal and behavioral responsiveness and directiveness as predictors of infants’ lexical development. Journal of Child Language, 31, 1-29.
  • Masur, E. F., & Eichorst, D. L. (2002). Infants’ spontaneous imitation of novel vs. familiar words: Relations to observational and maternal report measures of their lexicons. Merrill- Palmer Quarterly, 48, 405-426.


  • 2006-2009 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Research Grant (#HD51607), "Infants’ and Mothers ’ Responses to Being Imitated"
  • 2003 Northern Illinois University Summer Research and Artistry Grant, "Promoting Maternal Imitation: Influences on Children's Imitation and Language Development"
  • 1999-2002 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Research Grant (#HD37587), "Mothers' and Infants' Imitation: Causes and Consequences"