B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Dean, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Dr. Fagen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 from the
City College of New York with a major in psychology and a minor in
sociology. He received his Master of Science (1974) and Doctor of
Philosophy (1976) degrees in developmental psychology from Rutgers
University. He was an assistant professor of psychology at Northern
Illinois University from 1976-1979 after which he returned to
Rutgers University to assume the position of Research Associate in
the laboratory of Dr. Carolyn Rovee-Collier. Dr. Fagen joined the
faculty of St. John’s University as an associate professor of
psychology in 1981 and was promoted to professor in 1990. He
chaired the Department of Psychology at St. John’s from 1990-2000
when he became the Dean of St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences at St. John’s University. Dr. Fagen currently serves on
the editorial boards of Infant Behavior and Development and Applied
Developmental Science. He is a fellow of the of the General,
Experimental, and Developmental Divisions of the American
Psychological Association. He is also a licensed psychologist in
the State of New York.
Dr. Fagen’s research interests are in developmental psychology and
developmental psychobiology with special emphasis on infant
behavior and development. His infant research has focused on
learning and memory in human and nonhuman infants, the effects of
early experience on later behavior, the predictability of infant
behaviors to behaviors in later childhood, the influence of
temperament on infant behavior, and the determinants of learning,
attention, and retention in normal, high-risk, and handicapped
Daman-Wasserman, M., Brennan, B., Radcliff, F., Prigot, J., &
Fagen, J. (under review). Auditory-visual context and memory
retrieval in 3-month-old infants. Infancy.
Ohr, P. S., & Fagen, J. (in press). Predicting adolescent
anxiety ratings from infant behavioral style in response to
expectancy violation. Applied Developmental Science.
Hayne, H., & Fagen, J. (Eds.). (2003). Progress in
infancy research (Vol. 3). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Fagen, J., & Hayne, H. (Eds.). (2002). Progress in infancy
research (Vol. 2). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Ullrich, A., Carroll, M., Prigot, J., & Fagen, J. (2002).
Toddlers’ inhibition in their homes and its relation to
temperament. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 163,
Fagen, J. W., & Ohr, P. S. (2001). Biobehavioral perspectives
on the assessment of infant learning and memory. In P. S. Zeskind
& L. T. Singer (Eds.), Assessment of the newborn and young
infant (pp. 233-273). New York: Guilford.
Shapiro, B., Fagen, J., Prigot, J., Carroll, M., & Shalan, J.
(1998). Infants' emotional and regulatory behaviors in response to
violations of expectancies. Infant Behavior and
Development, 21, 299-313.
Rubin, G., Fagen, J., & Carroll, M. (1998). Olfactory context
and memory retrieval in 3-month-old infants. Infant Behavior
and Development, 21, 641-658.
Fagen, J., Prigot, J., Carroll, M., Pioli, L., Stein, A., &
Franco, A. (1997). Auditory context and memory retrieval in young
infants. Child Development, 68, 1057-1066.
Fagen, J. W., & Prigot, J. A. (1993). Negative affect and
infant memory. In C. Rovee-Collier & L. P. Lipsitt (Eds.),
Advances in infancy research (Vol. 8, pp. 169-216). Norwood, NJ:
Colombo, J., & Fagen, J.W. (Eds.). (1990). Individual
differences in infancy: Reliability, stability, and prediction.
Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Ohr, P. S., & Fagen, J. W. (1994). Contingency learning in
9-month-old infants with Down syndrome. American Journal of
Mental Retardation, 99, 74-84.
Fleckenstein, L. K., & Fagen, J. W. (1994). Reactivation of
infant memory following crying-produced forgetting. Infant
Behavior and Development, 17, 215-220.
Ohr, P. S., & Fagen, J. W. (1993). Temperament, conditioning,
and memory in 3-month-old infants with Down syndrome. Journal
of Applied Developmental Psychology, 14, 175-190.
Singer, J. M., & Fagen, J. W. (1992). Negative affect,
emotional expression, and forgetting in young infants.
Developmental Psychology, 28, 48-57.