Glenn I Roisman

Ph.D., 2002, University of Minnesota

Institute of Child Development
Room 104A
51 E River Rd

Early experience, social development, close relationships, biologically informed studies of development.

Relationships Research Lab

Dr. Roisman's interests concern the legacy of early relationship experiences as an organizing force in social, cognitive, and biological development across the lifespan. As such, his program of research focuses on the childhood antecedents of adaptation within the developmentally salient contexts of adolescence and adulthood. This work is multi-method and multi-informant, employing self-report, observational, psychophysiological, and interview-based methods with individuals and couples. In spanning multiple levels of a developmental analysis of individual and dyadic trajectories, his laboratory's goal is to provide insight into the childhood experiences and resources that scaffold healthy adjustment in the years of maturity.

Dr. Roisman is currently pursuing this research agenda through (a) prospective investigations of the fate of early experience as a Co-PI on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a longitudinal investigation of over 1,000 youth tracked from infancy to age 15 (a 17.5 year assessment is ongoing), (b) a programmatic set of observational laboratory analogue studies involving administering in-depth Adult Attachment Interviews to college students, stranger dyads, siblings, parents, and romantically involved couples (dating, engaged, married, gay male, and lesbian) about their childhood experiences, (c) experiments designed to better understand the ways in which interpersonal experiences are embodied in fMRI, electrophysiological, and autonomic activation, and (d) secondary analyses of large datasets that provide opportunities to demonstrate the utility of behavior-genetic, taxometric, and meta-analytic approaches for simultaneously resolving questions at the heart of social developmental theory while improving methodology in the study of the legacy of early experience.

Selected Publications

  1. Books

    Cicchetti, D., & Roisman, G.I. (Eds). (2011). The Origins and Organization of Adaptation and Maladaptation: Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology (Vol. 36). New York: Wiley.

    Journal Articles

    In press

    Haltigan, J.D., Leerkes, E.M., Wong, M.S., Fortuna, K., Roisman, G.I., Supple, A.J., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., & Plamondon, A. (in press). Adult attachment states of mind: Measurement invariance across ethnicity and associations with maternal sensitivity. Child Development.

    Mesquita, A.R., Soares, I., Roisman, G.I., van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., Luijk, P.C.M., Tiemeier, H., & Belsky, J. (in press). Predicting children’s attachment behaviors from the interaction between oxytocin receptor and glucocorticoid polymorphisms. Psychiatry Research.


    Roisman, G.I., & Fraley, R.C. (2013). Developmental mechanisms underlying the legacy of childhood experiences.  Child Development Perspectives, 7(3), 149-154.

    Roisman, G.I., Booth-LaForce, C., Belsky, J., Burt, K.B., & Groh, A.M. (2013). Molecular-genetic correlates of infant attachment: A cautionary tale. Attachment & Human Development. 15(4), 384-406.

    Fraley, R.C., Roisman, G.I., Booth-LaForce, C., Owen, M.T., & Holland, A.S. (2013). Interpersonal and genetic origins of adult attachment styles: A longitudinal study from infancy to early adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104(5), 817-838.  

    Haltigan, J.D., Roisman, G.I., & Fraley, R.C. (2013). The predictive significance of early caregiving experiences for symptoms of psychopathology through mid-adolescence: Enduring or transient effects? Development and Psychopathology, 25(1), 209-221.  

    Fraley, R.C., Roisman, G.I., & Haltigan, J.D. (2013). The legacy of early experiences in development: Formalizing alternative models of how early experiences are carried forward over time. Developmental Psychology, 49(1), 109-126.  


    Llewellyn, N., Rudolph, K.D., & Roisman, G.I. (2012). Other-sex relationship stress and sex differences in the contribution of puberty to depression. Journal of Early Adolescence, 32(6), 824-850.

    Fraley, R.C., Griffin, B.N., Belsky, J., & Roisman, G.I. (2012). Developmental antecedents of political ideology: A longitudinal investigation from birth to age 18 years. Psychological Science, 23(11), 1425-1431.

    Haydon, K.C., Collins, W.A., Salvatore, J.E., Simpson, J.A., & Roisman, G.I. (2012). Shared and distinctive origins and correlates of adult attachment representations: The developmental organization of romantic functioning. Child Development, 83(5), 1689-1702.

    Holland, A.S., Fraley, R.C., & Roisman, G.I. (2012). Attachment styles in dating couples: Predicting relationship functioning over time. Personal Relationships, 19(2), 234–246.

    Murray-Close, D., Holland, A.S., & Roisman, G.I. (2012). Autonomic arousal and relational aggression in heterosexual dating couples. Personal Relationships, 19(2), 203-218.

    Spieker, S.J., Campbell, S.B., Vandergraft, N., Pierce, K.M., Cauffman, E., Susman, E.J., Roisman, G.I., & the NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (2012). Relational aggression in middle childhood: Predictors and adolescent outcomes. Social Development, 21(2), 354-375.

    Haydon, K.C., Roisman, G.I., & Burt, K.B. (2012). In search of security: The latent structure of the Adult Attachment Interview revisited. Development and Psychopathology, 24(2),589-606.

    Roisman, G.I., Newman, D.A., Fraley, R.C., Haltigan, J.D., Groh, A.M., & Haydon, K.C. (2012). Distinguishing differential susceptibility from diathesis-stress: Recommendations for evaluating interaction effects. Development and Psychopathology, 24(2), 389-409.

    Roisman, G.I., & Fraley, R.C. (2012). A behavior-genetic study of the legacy of early caregiving experiences: Academic skills, social competence, and externalizing behavior in kindergarten. Child Development, 83(2), 728-742.

    Groh, A.M., Roisman, G.I., van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Fearon, R.P. (2012). The significance of insecure and disorganized attachment in the development of children’s internalizing symptoms: A meta-analytic study. Child Development, 83(2), 591-610.