Fox, Nathan

Nathan Fox
Distinguished University Professor
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
College of Education
3404 Benjamin Building

Nathan A. Fox is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He has completed research on the biological bases of social and emotional behavior developing methods for assessing brain activity in infants and young children during tasks designed to elicit a range of emotions. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health where he was awarded a MERIT award for excellence of his research program. He is an elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions award from the Society for Research in Child Development and the Distinguished Mentor Award from Division 7 of the American Psychological Association. He is a member of the National Scientific Council for the Developing Child and one of three Principal Investigators on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project.

General Research Interests: 
  • Infant and Child Temperament
  • Development of emotion and emotion regulation
  • Human Developmental Neuroscience
  • Development of social cognition
  • Infant social cognition
  • Infant cognitive/social development
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Human Developmental Neuroscience


Ph.D. Psychology and Social Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975.
A.B. With Honors in Political Science, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1970.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Cross-Cultural Child Development, Harvard University, 1976-1977