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Kristin Buss

Kristin Buss

Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies

258 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-1715


  1. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000


Research Interests

Kristin Buss is interested in emotional development and temperamental variation from birth through early childhood. Her work spans multiple areas of research within social development, psychobiology, and neuroscience. Her current work is focused on the development of risk for adjustment problems, such as anxiety symptoms in toddlers with fearful temperaments. This work has demonstrated significant effects for types of situations where children show fear as well as their physiological stress reactivity.

Recent Publications

Morales, S., Perez-Edgar, K., & Buss. K. A. (in press). Longitudinal relations among exuberance, externalizing, and attention bias to reward: The mediating role of effortful control. Developmental Science.


Morales, S., Perez-Edgar, K. & Buss, K. A. (in press). Attention biases towards and away from threat mark the relation between early dysregulated fear and the later emergence of social withdrawal. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.


Morales, S., Beekman, C., Blandon, A. Y., Stifter, C., & Buss, K. A. (2015). Longitudinal associations between temperament and socioemotional outcomes in young children: The moderating role of RSA and gender. Developmental Psychobiology,57, 105-119. DOI 10.1002/dev.21267


Kiel, E. J., & Buss, K. A. (2014). Dysregulated fear in toddlerhood predicts kindergarten social withdrawal through protective parenting. Infant and Child Development, 23, 304-313. doi: DOI: 10.1002/icd.1855

Blandon, A.Y., Scrimgeour, M.B., Stifter, C.A., & Buss, K. A. (2014). Within- and between-family differences in cooperative and competitive coparenting. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 106-111. doi: 10.1037/a0035266

Brooker, R. J. & Buss, K. A. (2014). Harsh parenting and fearfulness in toddlerhood interact to predict amplitudes of preschool error-related negativity. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 9, 148-159. doi


Buss, K. A., Kiel, E. J., Morales, S. & Robinson, E. (2014). Toddler inhibitory control, bold response to novelty, and positive affect predict externalizing symptoms in kindergarten. Social Development, 23, 232-249. DOI: 10.1111/sode.12058


Buss, K. A., Davis, E. L., Kiel, E. J., Brooker, R. J., Beekman, C., & Early, Martha C. (2013). Dysregulated Fear Predicts Social Wariness and Social Anxiety Symptoms during Kindergarten. Journal of Child Clinical and Adolescent Psychology. 1-14. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2013.769170


Dennis, T. A., Buss, K. A., & Hastings, P. D. (2012). Physiological measures of emotion from a developmental perspective: State of the science. Monographs for the Society for Research in Child Development, 77(2).

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