Professor of Psychology
(on leave for the 2016-17 academic year)
82 Federal Street - 203
Professor Putnam specializes in social development. He teaches a survey course in child development, a lab in developmental research methods, introduction to psychology, and a seminar in social development. His research interests involve exploring interactions between nature and nurture in the development of sensation seeking, negative emotionality, and attentional control.
Dr. Putnam recently completed a study following a group of 100 local toddlers from 18 to 36 months to examine the roles played by early behavior and parenting in the development of personality. If you are interested in learning more about this study, and his research in general, please contact him via email.
Putnam, S. P., & Stifter, C. A. (2005). Behavioral approach-inhibition in toddlers: Prediction from infancy, positive and negative affective components, and relations with behavior problems. Child Development, 76 (1), 212-226.
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Putnam, S. P., & Stifter, C. A. (2002). Development of approach and inhibition in the first year: Parallel findings from motor behavior, temperament ratings, and directional cardiac response. Developmental Science, 5 441-451.
Putnam, S. P., Spritz, B., & Stifter, C. A. (2002). Mother-child co-regulation during delay of gratification at 30 months. Infancy, 3 (2), 209-225.
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Putnam, S. P., Sanson, A., & Rothbart, M. K. (2002). Child temperament and parenting. In M. Bornstein (Ed.) Handbook of Parenting, 2nd Edition (Volume 1, pp. 255-278). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Rothbart, M. K., & Putnam, S. P. (2002). Temperament and socialization. In L. Pulkkinen and A. Caspi (Eds.), Personality in the Life Course: Paths to Successful Development (pp. 19-45). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Putnam, S. P., Ellis, L. K., & Rothbart, M. K. (2001). The structure of temperament from infancy through adolescence. In A. Eliasz & A. Angleitner (Eds.) Advances/proceedings in research on temperament (pp. 165-182). Germany: Pabst Scientist Publisher.
Park, S. Y., Belsky, J., Putnam, S. P., & Crnic, K. (1997). Infant emotionality, parenting, and 3-year inhibition: Exploring stability and lawful discontinuity in a male sample. Developmental Psychology, 33, 218-227.
Belsky, J., Putnam, S. P., & Crnic, K. (1996). Coparenting, parenting, and early emotional development. New Directions in Child Development, 74, 45-56.
Kochanska, G., DeVet, K., Goldman, M., Murray, K., & Putnam, S. P. (1994). Maternal reports of conscience development and temperament in young children. Child Development, 65, 852-868.
Putnam, S. P. (2005, April). Born to bungee? Sensation seeking and inhibition in young children. Keynote address, Mount Holyoke Undergraduate Psychology Conference, South Hadley, MA.
Putnam, S. P. (2005, April). Reactivity and regulation: New directions in temperament research. Symposium chair, biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.
Stifter, C. A., & Putnam, S. P. (2005, April). Disinterested or conflicted? Exuberant or fearless? Heterogeneity in behavioral approach and inhibition. Symposium co-chair, biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.
Putnam, S. P., & Stifter, C. A. (2005, April). Behavioral approach-inhibition in 2-year-olds: Positive and negative affective components and prediction to 4-year behavior. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.
Ogata, A. K., Bridgett, D., Putnam, S. P., & Gartstein, M. A. (2005, April). Parental responses to temperament displays: Structure, stability through toddlerhood and relations with big 3 temperament factors. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.
Putnam, S. P., Rothbart, M. K., & Gartstein, M.A. (2004, May). Longitudinal Examination of Fine-grained Aspects of Temperament during Infancy, Toddlerhood, and Early Childhood. Poster presented at International Conference on Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.
Smith, N. A., & Putnam, S. P. (2004, May). Parental Warmth and Control as Predictors of Children's Shyness. Poster presented at International Conference on Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.
Putnam, S. P. (2003, April). Behavioral Surgency in 2-year-olds: Separate roles of Positive and Negative Emotion, Prediction from Infant Behavior and Cardiac Physiology. Poster presented at biennial meeting of Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.
Putnam, S. P. (2003, April). Development and Assessment of Short and Very Short Forms of the Children's Behavior Questionnaire. Poster presented at biennial meeting of Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.