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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Maria (Masha) Gartstein

Department Chair, Former Director of Clinical Training

Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 1997

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 233E
Phone: (509) 335-4651
Website: Infant Temperament Lab

Curriculum Vita

Classes Taught

  • Psychology 333: Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 361: Principals of Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology 440: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology 464: Behavior Disorders of Children and Adolescents
  • Psychology 530: Ethics & Professional Issues
  • Psychology 538: Clinical Supervision
  • Psychology 542: Evidence-Based Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Research Interests

  • Child Temperament
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Biological Underpinnings of Temperament
  • Cross-cultural Differences

Selected Publications

Gartstein, M.A., Seamon, E., Mattera, J.A., Bosquet Enlow M., Wright, R.J., Perez-Edgar, K., Buss, K.A., LoBue, V., Bell, M.A., Goodman, S.H., Spieker, S., Bridgett, D.J., Salisbury, A.L., Gunnar, M.R., Milner, S.B., Muzik, M., Stifter, C.A., Planalp, E.M., Mehr, S.A., Spelke, S.E., Lukowski, A.F., Groh, A.M., Lickenbrock, D.M., Santelli, R., DuRocher Schudlich, T., Anzman-Frasca, S., Thrasher, C., Diaz, A., Dayton, C., Moding, K.J., & Jordan, E.M. (2022). Using machine learning to understand age and gender classification based on infant temperament. PLoS ONE, 17, e0266026.

Gartstein, M.A., *Warwick, H., & *Campagna, A.X. (2021). Electroencephalogram (EEG) frontal asymmetry changes during emotion-eliciting tasks and parent-child interaction dynamics. Social Development, 30, 496–514.

*Desmarais, E. E., *Brown, K, *Campbell, K., French, B., Putnam, S., Casalin, S., Linhares, B., Lecannelier, F., Wang, Z., Raikkonen, K., Heinonen, K., Tuovinen, S., Montirosso, R., Provenzi, L., Park, H., Han, S., Lee, E., Huitron, B., de Weerth, C., Beijers, R., Majdandžić, M., Benga, O., Slobodskaya, H., Kozlova, E., Gonzalez-Salinas, C., Acar, I., Ahmetoglu, E., Gartstein, M. A. (2021). Links between television exposure and toddler dysregulation: Does culture matter? Infant Behavior and Development, 63, e101557.

Gartstein, M.A., Hancock, G.R., *Potapova, N.V., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (2020). Modeling development of frontal electroencephalogram (EEG) asymmetry: Sex differences and links with temperament. Developmental Science, 23, e12891.

*Iverson, S.L., *Desmarais, E.E., *Neumann, A.A., & Gartstein, M.A. (2020). Brief temperament guidance program for parents of infants: A pilot evaluation. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 33, 38-48.

Kozlova, E.A., Slobodskaya, H.R., & Gartstein, M.A. (2020). Early temperament as a predictor of child mental health. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 18, 1493-1506.

*Neumann, A.A., *Desmarais, E.E., *Iverson, S.L., & Gartstein, M.A. (2020). Ecological contributions to maternal-infant functioning: Differences between rural and urban family contexts. Journal of Community Psychology.

Sánchez-Pérez, N., Putnam, S.P., Gartstein, M.A. & González-Salinas, C. (2020). ADHD and ODD symptoms in toddlers: Common and specific associations with temperament dimensions. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 51, 310-320.

*Underwood, J., *Kirchhoff, C., *Warwick, H. & Gartstein, M.A. (2020). Leveraging Python to process cross-cultural temperament interviews: A novel platform for text analysis. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 51, 168-181.

*Erickson, N.L., Hancock, G.R., Oberlander, T.F., Brain, U., Grunau, R.E., & Gartstein, M.A. (2019). Prenatal SSRI antidepressant use and maternal internalizing symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum: Exploring effects on infant temperament trajectories for boys and girls. Journal of Affective Disorders, 258, 179–194.

Gartstein, M.A. (2019). Frontal electroencephalogram (EEG) asymmetry: Exploring contributors to the Still Face procedure response. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 44, 193–204.

Gartstein, M.A. & Hancock, G.R. (2019). Temperamental growth in infancy: demographic, maternal symptom, and stress contributions to over-arching and fine-grained dimensions. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 65, 121-157.

Gartstein, M.A. & Skinner, M.K. (2018). Prenatal influences on temperament development: The role of environmental epigenetics. Development and Psychopathology, 30, 1269-1303.

Gartstein, M.A., Seamon, E., Lengua, L.J., & Thompson, S.F. (2018). Community Crime Exposure and Risk for Obesity in Preschool Children: Moderation by the Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal (HPA)-Axis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43, 353–365.

Gartstein, M.A., Hancock, G.R., & Iverson*, S.L. (2018). Positive affectivity and fear trajectories in infancy: Contributions of mother-child interaction factors. Child Development, 89, 1519-1534

*Desmarais, E., Majdandzic, M., Gartstein, M.A. *Bridgett, D.J., French, B. (2017). Cross-cultural differences in temperament: Comparing paternal ratings of US and Dutch infants. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, doi: 10.1080/17405629.2017.1356713

*Erickson, N. L., Gartstein, M. A. & Beauchaine, T. P. (2017) Infant predictors of toddler effortful control: A multi-method developmentally sensitive approach. Infant and Child Development, 26, e1971. doi: 10.1002/icd.1971.

Gartstein, M.A., Hookenson, K.V., Brain, U., Devlin, A.M., Grunau, R.E., & Oberlander, T.F. (2016). Sculpting infant soothability: The role of prenatal SSRI antidepressant exposure and neonatal SLC6A4 methylation status. Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 745-758.

Gartstein, M.A., Putnam, S.P., & *Kliewer, R. (2016). Do infant temperament characteristics predict core academic abilities in preschool-aged children? Learning and Individual Differences, 45, 299–306.

*LowKapalu, C. & Gartstein, M.A. (2016). Boys with Fragile X Syndrome: Investigating temperament in early childhood. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, 891-900.

Bornstein, M.H., Putnick, D.L., Gartstein, M.A., Hahn, C., Kwak, K., Auestad, N., & O’Connor, D.L. (2015). Infant Temperament across the First Years of Postnatal Life: Stability by Age, Gender, Birth Order, Term Status, and SES. Child Development, 86, 844–863.

Gartstein, M.A., Putnick, D.L., Kwak, K., Hahn, C., Bornstein, M.H. (2015). Stability of Temperament in South Korean Infants from 6 to 12 to 18 Months: Moderation by Age, Sex, and Birth Order. Infant Behavior and Development, 40, 103-107.

Gartstein, M.A., Bell, M.A., & Calkins, S.D. (2014). EEG Asymmetry at 10 Months of Age: Are Temperament Trait Predictors Different for Boys and Girls? Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1327–1340.

Gartstein, M.A., Seamon, D.E., & Dishion, T.J. (2014). The Geospatial Ecology of Adolescent Problem Behavior and Alcohol Use: Proximal Effects of Peers and Parent Monitoring. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 299–315.

Gartstein, M.A., *Bridgett, D.J., *Young, B.N., Panksepp, J., & Power, T. (2013). Origins of Effortful Control: Infant and Parent Contributions. Infancy, 18(2), 149-183.

Gartstein, M.A., *Bridgett, D.J., Rothbart, M.K., *Robertson, C., *Iddins, E., *Ramsay, K., & *Schlect, S. (2010). A Latent Growth Examination of Fear Development in Infancy: Contributions of Maternal Depression and the Risk for Toddler Anxiety. Developmental Psychology, 46, 651-668.


* indicates student or former student co-author