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Ginger Moore
Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph. D., University of Pittsburgh, 2000


Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
162 University Support Building I (Child Study Center)
141 Moore Bldg (Mail)
University Park, PA 16802-3106


814 865-7045


814 863-7002

Research Interests

Ginger Moore is a clinical child psychologist who studies ways in which early experiences affect developing bio-behavioral systems, including behavioral and physiological systems of emotion regulation, and how these systems may lead to risk for psychological disorders. Her current research examines how conflict between parents affects infants’ and mothers’ vagal tone reactivity and how genes interact with parenting in early childhood to affect toddlers’ risk for problems with self-control.

Dr. Moore’s clinical interests include trauma-focused intervention for young children and treatment of maternal depression.

Recent Publications

Pemberton, C., Bass, A.J., Moore, G.A., Cole, P.M., & Gilmore, R.O. (in press). Let me go: The influences of crawling experience and temperament on the development of anger expression. Infancy.

Willoughby, M.T., Waschbusch, D.A., Propper, C.B., & Moore, G.A. (2011). Using the ASEBA to screen for callous unemotional traits in early childhood: factor structure, temporal stability, and utility. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 19-30.

Moore, G.A. (2010). Parent conflict predicts infants’ vagal regulation in social interaction. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 23-33.

Propper, C.B., & Moore, G.A., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2010). Gene-parenting interplay in the development of infant emotionality. In K. Hood, C. Halpern, G. Greenberg, & R. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics (pp. 529-625). West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Moore, G. A. (2009). Infants’ and mothers’ vagal reactivity in response to anger. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 1392–1400.

Moore, G.A., Hill, A.L., Propper, C.B., Calkins, S.D., Mills-Koonce, W.R., Cox, M.J. (2009.)Mother-infant vagal regulation in the face-to-face still-face paradigm is moderated by maternal sensitivity. Child Development, 80, 209-223.

Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C. B., Gariepy, J., Barnett, M., Moore, G. A., Calkins, S. D., & Cox, M. J. (2009). Psychophysiological correlates of parenting behavior in mothers of young children. Developmental Psychobiology, 51, 650-661.

Moore, G.A.(2009). When negative is positive. In El-Sheikh, Kouros, Erath, Cummings, Keller, & Staton, Marital conflict and children’s externalizing behavior: Interactions between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system activity, (pp. 89-97). Monograph of the Society for Research in Child Development, 74(1, Serial No. 292).