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Margaret Wolan Sullivan, Ph.D.SULLIVANProfessor                                                 
Institute for the Study of Child Development
Department of Pediatrics
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
89 French Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

                        Phone: (732) 235-7164
Fax: (732) 235-6189
E-mail: sullivan@sn.rutgers.edu

Margaret Wolan Sullivan is a Professor at the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is a long-time collaborator with Michael Lewis, the Institute’s Director Institute, on research in the field of social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood. Dr. Sullivan’s graduate training was at Rutgers—State University of New Jersey where she did her thesis on infant learning, emotion, and memory, under the direction of Carolyn Rovee-Collier.  Dr. Sullivan’s research interests have focused on the relation between emotion and cognition in infants and preschoolers. In infants, her work is focused on the origins, organization, and development of emotion, and its relation to self-efficacy and intentionality. She is also interested in the application of behavioral methods and assistive technology in early intervention of developmentally disabled, and physically challenged infants and young children. She and Dr. Lewis have collaborated most recently on the measurement of self-conscious emotions in young children, and on the application of these to understanding the development of emotional and behavioral problems in children with a maltreatment history.  Dr. Sullivan is a member of American Psychological Society, the International Society on Infancy Research, and the Society for Research on Child Development.  She is a former consulting editor for Infants and Young Children: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Special Care Practices, and a consulting editor for Social Development and Child Maltreatment.  She also reviews regularly for a number of developmental science journals and has served on national grant panels at the National Institute of Mental Health and the AAUW Educational Foundation.

Dr. Sullivan also has an appointment as Professor and Associate Dean for Reearch Services, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences--School of Nursing, in Newark, NJ.

 

Current Research Projects:

National Institute of Mental Health: Emotions and Risk to Psychopathology in Infants and Young Children. (Principal Investigator). 
This project examines individual differences in the early organization of emotion expression, physiology, and behavior in young infants and traces their relation to later risk for behavioral problems.

National Institute of Mental Health: Continuation of Maltreated Children’s Emotions and Self-Beliefs-- A Longitudinal Study. (Project Co-Director with M. Lewis). 
This project has followed a group of children who were identified by child protective agencies as having experienced abuse and neglect at or prior to school entry for more than 5 years.  The study focuses on the development of self-conscious emotions in these children and how they interpret minor stresses and difficulties in life as a potential mediator of their increased vulnerability to maladjustment.