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Professor Nadja Reissland, BSc. MA. DPhil (Oxon)

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Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: 43287, 43278 (lab)
Room number: L75
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43287

Contact Professor Nadja Reissland (email at n.n.reissland@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

My research interests are in early mother-infant interaction starting prenatally from around 12 weeks of gestational age. I am currently working on the effect of maternal stress and depression on infant cognitive, emotional and social development.

Press Contacts

I am available for Press contact about
* Fetal development
*mother-infant interaction
* infant and child play
* infant and child emotional, social and cognitive development
* maternal postnatal depression and stress

Research Groups

Department of Psychology

Research Interests

  • Fetal development
  • Premature infant development
  • Maternal stress and depression
  • Mother-infant interaction

Teaching Areas

  • Child Health

    (44 hours/year.)
  • Developmental Psychology

    (22 hours/year.)
  • Classic papers (8 hours/year.)
  • Masters (5 hours/year.)
  • Tutorial (8 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Reissland, N & Kisilevsky, B (2016). Fetal Development. Springer.
  • Reissland, Nadja (2012). The Development of Emotional Intelligence. Routledge.

Chapter in book

  • Reissland, Nadja & Austen, Joe (2018). Goal Directed Behaviours: The Development of Pre-Natal Touch Behaviours. In Reach-to-Grasp Behavior: Brain, Behavior, and Modelling Across the Life Span. Corbetta, Daniela & Santello, Marco Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 3-17.
  • O’Donnell, K.J., Reissland, N. & Glover, V. (2017). New Insights into Prenatal Stress: Immediate- and Long-Term Effects on the Fetus and Their Timing. In Neonatal Pain - Suffering, Pain, and Risk of Brain Damage in the Fetus and Newborn. Buonocore, G. & Bellieni, C.V. Cham: Springer. 75-85.

Journal Article

  • Reissland, Nadja, Makhmud, Akerke & Froggatt, Suzanne (2019). Comparing a fetus diagnosed with Prader-Willi-syndrome with non-affected foetuses during light and sound stimulation using 4D ultrasound. Acta Paediatrica 108(2): 375-376.
  • Reissland, N., Froggatt, S., Reames, E. & Girkin, J. (2018). Effects of maternal anxiety and depression on fetal neuro-development. Journal of Affective Disorders 241: 469-474.
  • Sangawi, Hoshiar, Adams, John & Reissland, Nadja (2018). Effects of parental intervention on behavioural and psychological outcomes for Kurdish parents and their children. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal 24(5): 459-468.
  • Sangawi, H.S., Adams, J. & Reissland, N. (2018). Individual Differences in Executive Function: The Role of Parental Monitoring as a Moderator. Journal of Attention Disorders
  • Soussignan, Robert, Dollion, Nicolas, Schaal, Benoist, Durand, Karine, Reissland, Nadja & Baudouin, Jean-Yves (2018). Mimicking emotions: how 3–12-month-old infants use the facial expressions and eyes of a model. Cognition and Emotion 32(4): 827-842.
  • Sangawi, Hoshiar, Adams, John & Reissland, Nadja (2018). The Impact of Parenting Styles on Children Developmental Outcome: The Role of Academic Self-Concept as a Mediator. International Journal of Psychology 53(5): 379-387.
  • Reid, Vincent M., Dunn, Kirsty, Young, Robert J., Amu, Johnson, Donovan, Tim & Reissland, Nadja (2017). The Human Fetus Preferentially Engages with Face-like Visual Stimuli. Current Biology 27(12): 1825-1828.
  • Reissland, N., Francis, B., Buttanshaw, L., Austen, J. M. & Reid, V. (2016). Do fetuses move their lips to the sound that they hear? An observational feasibility study on auditory stimulation in the womb. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2(1): 14.
  • Longfier, L., Soussignan, R., Reissland, N., Leconte, M., Marret, S., Schaal, B. & Mellier, D. (2016). Emotional expressiveness of 5–6 month-old infants born very premature versus full-term at initial exposure to weaning foods. Appetite 107: 494-500.
  • Reissland, N., Lewis, S., Lal, M. & Patterson, L. (2016). What is ‘successful feeding’ on the neonatal intensive care unit? A psychologist’s perspective. MIDRS Midwifery Digest 26(2): 231-235.
  • Harvey, H., Good, J., Mason, J. M. & Reissland, N. (2015). A Q-methodology study of parental understandings of infant immunisation: Implications for health-care advice. Journal of Health Psychology 20(11): 1451-1462.
  • Reissland, N., Aydin, E., Francis, B. & Exley, E. (2015). Laterality of foetal self-touch in relation to maternal stress. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition 20(1): 82-94.
  • Harvey, H., Reissland, N. & Mason, J. (2015). Parental reminder, recall and educational interventions to improve early childhood immunisation uptake: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Vaccine 33(29): 2862-2880.
  • Sangawi, Sadiq, Adams, John & Reissland, Nadja (2015). The Effects of Parenting Styles on Behavioral Problems in Primary School Children: A Cross-Cultural Review. Asian Social Science 11(22): 171-186.
  • Dunn, K., Reissland, N. & Reid, V. (2015). The functional foetal brain: A systematic preview of methodological factors in reporting foetal visual and auditory capacity. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 13: 43-52.
  • Reissland, N., Austen, J.M., Hanaoka, U., AboEllail, M.A.M., Uematsu, R. & Hata, T. (2015). The potential use of the fetal observable movement system in clinical practice. Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 4(October-December): 426-433.
  • Reissland, N., Francis, B., Kumarendran, K. & Mason, J. (2015). Ultrasound observations of subtle movements: a pilot study comparing fetuses of smoking and non-smoking mothers. Acta Paediatrica 104(6): 596-603.
  • Reissland, N., Francis, B., Aydin, E., Mason, J. & Exley, K. (2014). Development of prenatal lateralization: evidence from fetal mouth movements. Physiology & Behavior 131: 160-163.
  • Reissland, N., Francis, B., Aydin, E., Mason, J. & Schaal, B. (2014). The development of anticipation in the fetus: a longitudinal account of human fetal mouth movements in reaction to and anticipation of touch. Developmental psychobiology 56(5): 955-963.
  • Reissland, N. (2014). What the Fetal Face can tell Us: A Discussion of the Evidence, Implications and Potential for Further Research. Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 8(4): 336-343.
  • Reissland, N., Francis, B. & Mason, J. (2013). Can Healthy Fetuses Show Facial Expressions of “Pain” or “Distress”? PLOS ONE 8(6): e65530.
  • Reissland, N., Mason, C., Schaal, B. & Lincoln, K. (2012). "Prenatal Mouth Movements: Can We Identify Co-Ordinated Fetal Mouth and LIP Actions Necessary for Feeding?". International Journal of Pediatrics 2012: 848596.
  • Reissland, N., Francis, B. & Mason, J. (2012). Development of Fetal Yawn Compared with Non-Yawn Mouth Openings from 24-36 Weeks Gestation. PLOS ONE 7(11): e50569
  • Reissland, N., Harvey, H. & Mason. J. M. (2012). Effects of maternal parity, depression and stress on two-month-old infant expression of pain. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 30(4): 363-376.
  • Reissland, N., Francis, B., Mason, JM. & Lincoln, K. (2011). Do Facial Expressions Develop before Birth? PLoS One 6(8): e24081.
  • Reissland,N. & Burt, M. (2010). Bi-directional effects of depressed mood in the postnatal period on mother–infant non-verbal engagement with picture books. Infant Behavior and Development 33(4): 613-618.
  • Hopkins B. & Reissland, N. (2010). Epilogue. Infant and Child Development 19(1): 125-126.
  • Wilson,P., Puckering C., McConnachie, A., Marwick,H., Reissland, N. & Gillberg, C. (2010). Inexpensive video cameras used by parents to record social communication in epidemiological investigations in early childhood – a feasibility study. Infant Behavior and Development
  • Reissland, N. & Hopkins, B. (2010). Introduction: towards a fetal psychology. Infant and Child Development 19(1): 1-5.
  • Reissland, N. & Francis, B. (2010). The quality of fetal arm movements as indicators of fetal stress. Early Human Development 86(12): 813-816.
  • Reissland, N. Hopkins, B., Helms, P. & Williams, B. (2009). Maternal stress and depression and the lateralisation of infant cradling. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 50(3): 263-269.
  • Reissland, N. & Shepherd, J. (2006). The effect of maternal depressed mood on infant emotional reaction in a surprise-eliciting situation. Infant Mental Health Journal 27(2): 173-187.
  • Herrera,E., Reissland,N. & Shepherd,J. (2004). Maternal touch and maternal child-directed speech: effects of depressed mood in the postnatal period. Journal of Affective Disorders 81(1): 29-39.
  • Herrera, E & Reissland, N (2003). Maternal depressed mood and speech in face to face interaction with6-and-10-month-old infants. Journal Of Reproductive And Infant Psychology 21(3): 245-245.
  • Reissland, N & Herrera, E (2003). Teasing and bullying: comparing mothers with and without depressed moodduring play with their babies. Journal Of Reproductive And Infant Psychology 21(3): 248-249.
  • Reissland, N., Shepherd, J. & Herrera, E. (2003). The pitch of maternal voice: a comparison of mothers suffering from depressed mood and non-depressed mothers reading books to their infants. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 44(2): 255-261.
  • Reissland, N & Shepherd, J (2002). Gaze direction and maternal pitch in surprise-eliciting situations. Infant Behavior & Development 24(4): 408-417.
  • Herrera, E & Reissland, N (2002). Maternal speech to 6 and 10 months old infants: a comparison of motherssuffering from depressed and non-depressed mood states. Journal Of Reproductive And Infant Psychology 20(3): 176-177.
  • Reissland, N., Shepherd, J. & Cowie, L. (2002). The melody of surprise: maternal surprise vocalizations during play with her infant. Infant and Child Development 11(3): 271-278.
  • Reissland, N (2001). Maternal sub clinical postnatal depression and infant expression ofsurprise. Journal Of Reproductive And Infant Psychology 19(3): 273-273.
  • Reissland, N (2001). The emergence of the speech capacity. Journal Of Language And Social Psychology 20(3): 382-384.
  • Reissland, N (2000). Expressing surprise: 2-10 month old infants' social referencing insurprise eliciting situations. Infant Mental Health Journal 21(4-5): 356-356.
  • Reissland, N (2000). The cradling bias in relation to pitch of maternal child-directedlanguage. British Journal Of Developmental Psychology 18: 179-186.
  • Reissland, N, Shepherd, J & Stephenson, T (1999). Maternal verbal interaction in different situations with infants bornprematurely or at term. Infant And Child Development 8(1): 39-48.
  • Reissland, N & Stephenson, T (1999). Turn-taking in early vocal interaction: a comparison of premature andterm infants' vocal interaction with their mothers. Child Care Health And Development 25(6): 447-456.
  • Reissland, N (1998). Context dependency in parental speech. British Journal Of Developmental Psychology 16: 365-373.
  • Reissland, N (1998). The pitch of "real" and "rhetorical" questions directed by a father tohis daughter: A longitudinal case study. Infant Behavior & Development 21(4): 793-798.
  • Reissland, N (1997). Emotional development - Sroufe,LA. British Journal Of Developmental Psychology 15: 248-249.
  • Reissland, N (1996). Exploring affect - Demos,EV. British Journal Of Developmental Psychology 14: 369-370.
  • Reissland, N (1996). Mastery motivation in early childhood - Messer,DJ. British Journal Of Developmental Psychology 14: 255-256.
  • Reissland, N & Snow, D (1996). Maternal pitch height in ordinary and play situations. Journal Of Child Language 23(2): 269-278.
  • Reissland, N (1994). The Socialisation of Pride in Young Children. International Journal of Behavioral Development 17(3): 541-552.
  • REISSLAND, N & HARRIS, P (1991). CHILDRENS USE OF DISPLAY RULES IN PRIDE-ELICITING SITUATIONS. British Journal Of Developmental Psychology 9: 431-435.
  • REISSLAND, N (1990). PARENTAL FRAMEWORKS OF PLEASURE AND PRIDE. Infant Behavior & Development 13(2): 249-256.
  • REISSLAND, N & BURGHART, R (1989). ACTIVE PATIENTS - THE INTEGRATION OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL OBSTETRICPRACTICES IN NEPAL. Social Science & Medicine 29(1): 43-52.
  • REISSLAND, N (1989). CHILDREN IN THE FIELD - ANTHROPOLOGICAL EXPERIENCES - CASSELL,J. Man 24(1): 174-175.
  • REISSLAND, N (1988). NEONATAL IMITATION IN THE 1ST HOUR OF LIFE - OBSERVATIONS IN RURAL NEPAL. Developmental Psychology 24(4): 464-469.
  • REISSLAND, N & BURGHART, R (1988). THE QUALITY OF A MOTHERS MILK AND THE HEALTH OF HER CHILD - BELIEFS ANDPRACTICES OF THE WOMEN OF MITHILA. Social Science & Medicine 27(5): 461-469.
  • REISSLAND, N & BURGHART, R (1987). THE ROLE OF MASSAGE IN SOUTH-ASIA - CHILD HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT. Social Science & Medicine 25(3): 231-239.
  • REISSLAND, N (1986). PARENTAL PRAISE OF TODDLERS TASK-PERFORMANCE - A CROSS-SECTIONAL ANDLONGITUDINAL-STUDY. Bulletin Of The British Psychological Society 39: A143-A144.
  • REISSLAND, N (1985). THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDRENS PLEASURE REACTION IN SIBLINGS PLAY - WORKIN PROGRESS. Bulletin Of The British Psychological Society 38(FEB): A24-A24.
  • Reissland, N. (1985). The development of concepts of simultaneity in childrens understanding of emotions. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 26(5): 811-824.
  • REISSLAND, N (1985). THE DEVELOPMENT OF TODDLERS PRIDE AND PLEASURE REACTIONS. Cahiers De Psychologie Cognitive-current Psychology Of Cognition 5(3-4): 293-293.
  • JASPARS, J, REISSLAND, N & EGERTON, M (1984). SCHERER DYNAMIC CHEMISTRY OF EMOTIONS. Cahiers De Psychologie Cognitive-current Psychology Of Cognition 4(6): 607-613.
  • Reissland, N. (1983). Cognitive maturity and the experience of fear and pain in hospital. Social Science & Medicine 17(18): 1389-1395.

Edited Journal

  • Reissland, N. & Hopkins, B. (2010). Towards a fetal psychology. Infant and Child Development, 19 John Wiley Blackwell.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Reissland, N. (2006). Teaching a baby the language of emotions: a father's experience. Zero-to-Three 27: 42-47.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Child health:
  • Stress:
  • Human biology and development: Fetal development
  • Psychology: Fetal development
  • Child health: Fetal development
  • Human biology and development: child health prenatal development maternal depression
  • Medical and health research topics: child health prenatal development maternal depression
  • Child health: child health prenatal development maternal depression
  • Stress: child health prenatal development maternal depression

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