Susan B. Campbell, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology


Pittsburgh Early Autism Study

We are studying infants who have an older sibling diagnosed with an austism spectrum disorder (ASD) to look for infant behaviors that may predict a later ASD diagnosis. Family home videos of children later diagnosed with ASD suggest that diagnostic signs of ASD may emerge within the first year of life.

Our Team:

Susan Campbell, PhD

Jana Iverson, PhD

Mark Strauss, PhD

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Education & Training

  • PhD, McGill University

Research Interest Summary

Socio-emotional development; parent-child relationships; risk and behavior problems in young children.

Research Interests

My research interests emphasize social and emotional development in infants and young children. My current work focuses on early social-emotional development in infants and toddlers at high genetic risk to develop an autism spectrum disorder because they have an older sibling with autism. This work is funded by NIMH and is being conducted as part of a larger study of high risk infants and toddlers, the Pitt Early Autism Study, in collaboration with other faculty in Psychology and Psychiatry. Other interests include parent-child relationships and family risk factors; the emergence of behavior problems in young children; maternal depression and child adjustment; and the effects of early child care on children's development

Accepting Graduate Students


Representative Publications

Campbell, S. B. (2016).  A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective on Externalizing Problems in Young Children. Invited paper for special issue of Enfance, 68, 35-50.

Campbell, S.B., Leezenbaum, N.B., Mahoney, A.S., Moore, E. L., and Brownell, C. A. (2016).  Pretend play and social engagement in toddlers at high and low genetic risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 2305-2316.

Campbell, S.B., Leezenbaum, N.B., Schmidt, E.N., Day, T.N., and Brownell, C. A. (2015). Concern for another's distress in toddlers at high and low genetic risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 3594-3605

Campbell, S.B., Leezenbaum, N., Mahoney, A., Day, T., and Schmidt, E. (2015) Social engagement with parents in 11-month-old siblings at high and low genetic risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism, 19, 915-924.

Campbell, S.B., Halperin, J.M., & Sonuga-Barke, E.J. (2014).  A developmental psychopathology perspective on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  In M. Lewis and K. Rudolph (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology., 3rd edition.  New York: Springer.

Campbell, S. B. (in press).  The State of Young Children in the United States: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective on the Mental Health of Preschool Children.  Chapter to appear in Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal & Eric Dearing (Editors).Handbook of Early Childhood Development Programs, Practices, and Policies.  New York: Wiley.

Accepting Graduate Students