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Ginger Moore

Ginger Moore

Associate Professor of Psychology

Director of Clinical Training

222 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-7045


  1. Ph. D., University of Pittsburgh, 2000


Research Interests

Ginger Moore is a clinical psychologist who studies ways in which individuals embody their experiences, that is, how early experiences affect developing bio-behavioral systems. Her work emphasizes the role of early parent-child relationships in shaping development of emotion reactivity and regulation, with a specific focus on the role of depression and anger. Her current research interests include: how conflict between parents affects infants’ and mothers’ vagal tone reactivity; innovative methods for quantifying dyadic regulation; and gene-environment interplay in early childhood emotion development.

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

Selected Recent Publications

Pauley, A. M., Moore, G. A., Mama, S. K., Molenaar, P., & Downs, D. S. (2020). Associations between prenatal sleep and psychological health: a systematic review. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, jcsm-8248.

Busuito, A., Quigley, K. M., Moore, G. A., Voegtline, K. M., & DiPietro, J. A. (2019). In sync: Physiological correlates of behavioral synchrony in infants and mothers. Developmental Psychology, 55(5), 1034–1045.

Liu, C., Moore, G. A., Beekman, C., Pérez-Edgar, K. E., Leve, L. D., Shaw, D. S., Ganiban, J. M., Natsuaki, M. N., Reiss, D., & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2018). Developmental patterns of anger from infancy to middle childhood predict problem behaviors at age 8. Developmental Psychology, 54, 2090-2100.

Quigley, K. M., & Moore, G. A.  (2018). Development of cardiac autonomic balance: A theoretical review. Developmental Review, 49, 41-61.

Sekhar D. L., Kraschnewski, J. L., Stuckey, H. L., Witt, P. D., Francis, E. B., Moore, G. A., Morgan, P. L., Noll, J. G. (2018). Opportunities and challenges in screening for childhood sexual abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 85, 156-163.

Hutt, R. L., Moore, G. A., Downs, D. S., *Mammen, M. A. (2017). Postpartum mothers’ leisure-time exercise behavior and positive emotion during partner discussions. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 88, 447-454.

Mammen, M. A., Busuito, A., Moore, G. A., Quigley, K. M., & Doheny, K. K. (2017). Physiological functioning moderates infants’ sensory sensitivity in higher conflict families. Developmental Psychobiology, 59, 626-638.

Busuito, A. Q., & Moore, G. A. (2017). Dyadic flexibility mediates the relation between parent conflict and infants’ vagal reactivity.  Developmental Psychobiology, 59, 449-459.

Quigley, K. M., Moore, G. A., Propper, C. B., Goldman, B. D., & Cox, M. J. (2017). Vagal regulation in breastfeeding infants and their mothers. Child Development, 88, 919-933.

Moore, G. A., Quigley, K. M., Voegtline, K., & DiPietro, J. A. (2016). Don’t worry, be (moderately) happy: Mothers’ anxiety and positivity during pregnancy independently predict lower mother-infant synchrony. Infant Behavior and Development, 42, 60-68.

Mammen, M. A., Moore, G. A., Scaramella, L. V., Reiss, D., Shaw, D. S., Leve, L. D., & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2016). Infant avoidance during a tactile task predicts autism spectrum behaviors in toddlerhood. Infant Mental Health Journal, 44, 121-132.

Roben, C. K. P., Moore, G. A., Cole, P. M., Molenaar, P., Leve, L. D., Shaw, D. S., Reiss, D., & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2015). Transactional patterns of maternal depressive symptoms and mother-child interactions in an adoption sample. Infant and Child Development, 24, 322–342.

Cole, P. M., & Moore, G. A. (2015). About face! Infant facial expression of emotion. Emotion Review, 7, 116-120.

Hajal, N., Neiderhiser, J. M., Moore, G. A., Leve, L. D., Shaw, D. S., Scaramella, L. V., Ganiban, J. M., & Reiss, D. (2015). Angry responses to infant challenges: Parent, marital, and child genetic factors associated with harsh parenting. Child Development, 86, 80-93.

Holochwost, S. J., Gariepy, J. L., Propper, C. B., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Moore, G. A. (2014). Parenting behaviors and vagal tone at six months predict attachment disorganization at twelve months.  Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1423-1430.

Moore, G. A., & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2014). Behavioral genetic approaches and family theory. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 6, 19-30.

Moore, G.A., Powers, C. J., Cohn, J. F., Propper, C. B., Allen, N. B., Lewinsohn, P.M., & Calkins, S. D. (2013). Measuring dyadic interaction: Greater than the sum of its parts. Infancy, 18, 490-515.

Bicking, C., & Moore, G. A. (2012). Perinatal maternal depression in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: The role of the neonatal nurse. Neonatal Network, 31, 295-304.

Pemberton Roben, C.K., *Bass, A.J., Moore, G.A., Murray-Kolb, L., Tan, P., Gilmore, R.O., Buss, K.A., Cole, P.M., & Teti, L.O. (2012). Let me go: The influences of crawling experience and temperament on the development of anger expression. Infancy, 17, 558–577.

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

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

Research Interests:

Clinical (Adult and Child):
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