David Bridgett

Research Interests

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.

Representative Publications

  • Bridgett, D. J., Burt, N. M., Edwards, E. S., & Deater-Deckard, K. (In Press). Intergenerational transmission of self-regulation: A multidisciplinary review and integrative conceptual framework. Psychological Bulletin.
  • Rutherford, H. J. V., Booth, C. R., Luyten, P., Bridgett, D. J., & Mayes, L. C. (In Press). Investigating the association between parental reflective functioning and distress tolerance in motherhood. Infant Behavior and Development.
  • Lilly, M. M., London, M. J., & Bridgett, D. J. (2014). Using SEM to examine emotion regulation and revictimization in predicting PTSD symptoms among childhood abuse survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6, 644-651.
  • Laake, L. M., & Bridgett, D. J. (2014). Happy babies, chatty toddlers: Infant positive affect facilitates early expressive, but not receptive language. Infant Behavior and Development, 37, 29-32.
  • Bridgett, D. J., Burt, N., Laake, L. M., & Oddi, K. B. (2013). Maternal self-regulation, relationship adjustment, and home chaos: Contributions to infant negative emotionality. Infant Behavior & Development, 36, 534-547.
  • Leve, L. D., DeGarmo, D. S., Bridgett, D. J., Neiderhiser, J. M., Shaw, D. S., Harold, G.T., Natsuaki, M., & Reiss, D. (2013). Using an adoption design to separate genetic, prenatal and temperament influences on toddler executive function. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1045-1057.
  • Gartstein, M. A., Bridgett, D. J., Young, B. N., Pankseep, J., & Power, T. (2013). Origins ofeffortful control: Infant and parent contributions. Infancy, 18, 149-183.
  • 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.

External Grants

  • NICHD: R21HD072574 (2011-2014) - Principal Investigator
    Maternal Self-Regulation & Parenting: Contributions to Infant Self-Regulation


Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology

Director, Emotion Regulation & Temperament Laboratory

PM 308


Ph.D.: Washington State University, 2008