Jeffrey W. Fagen

Dean EmeritusProfessor 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 Child Development Research. He is a fellow of the of the General Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Divisions of the American Psychological Association. He serves as a frequent accreditation site visitor for the American Psychological Association and has served on the Association’s Accreditation Appeals Panel. He is also a licensed psychologist in the State of New York.

Research Interests
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 infants.

Patel, S., Gaylord, S., & Fagen, J. (2013). Generalization of deferred imitation in 6-, 9-, and 12-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 25-31.

Suss, C., Gaylord, S., & Fagen, J. (2012). Odor as a contextual cue in memory reactivation in young infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 35, 580-583.

Schroers, M. C., Prigot, J., & Fagen, J. (2007). The effect of salient odor context on memory in 3-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development30, 685-689.

Daman-Wasserman, M., Brennan, B., Radcliffe, F., Prigot, J., & Fagen, J. (2006). Auditory/visual context and memory retrieval in 3-month-old infants. Infancy10, 201-220.

Ohr, P.S., Feingold, J., & Fagen, J. (2006) Predicting adolescent anxiety ratings from infant behavioral style in response to expectancy violation. Applied Developmental Science10, 147-156.

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 Psychology163, 340-359.

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 Development21, 299-313.

Rubin, G., Fagen, J., & Carroll, M. (1998). Olfactory context and memory retrieval in 3-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development21, 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.

Ohr, P. S., & Fagen, J. W. (1994). Contingency learning in 9-month-old infants with Down syndrome. American Journal of Mental Retardation99, 74-84.

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: Ablex.

Ohr, P. S., & Fagen, J. W. (1993). Temperament, conditioning, and memory in 3-month-old infants with Down syndrome. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology14,175-190.

Singer, J. M., & Fagen, J. W. (1992). Negative affect, emotional expression, and forgetting in young infants. Developmental Psychology28, 48-57.

Colombo, J., & Fagen, J.W. (Eds.). (1990). Individual differences in infancy: Reliability, stability, and prediction. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbau