Bridgette Tonnsen

Degree: Ph.D., 2015, University of South Carolina

Bridgette Tonnsen is an Assistant Professsor of Psychological Science at Purdue University. She received her undergraduate degree from Furman University and her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Research Interests:

Dr. Tonnsen’s research examines early behavioral and biological markers of risk and resilience in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her primary work investigates infant precursors of clinical conditions such as autism, attention problems, and anxiety through cross-syndrome, longitudinal surveillance. She also studies the intersection of family factors (e.g. maternal psychopathology, genetic risk, parenting stress) and child clinical outcomes in genetic conditions such as fragile X syndrome. By integrating gold-standard clinical tools with both experimental and physiological methods, her work aims to inform developmental emergence of neurodevelopmental phenotypes and potential points of intervention.

Recent Publications:

Tonnsen, B.L., Scherr, J., Reisinger, D., Roberts, J.E. (in press). Behavioral markers of emergent stranger anxiety in infants and toddlers with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Lowell, E., Tonnsen, B.L., Bailey, D.B., & Roberts, J.E. (in press). The effects of optimism, religion, and hope on mood and anxiety disorders in women with the FMR1 premutation. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

Abel, E. & Tonnsen, B.L. (2017). Sleep phenotypes in infants and toddlers with neurogenetic syndromes. Sleep Medicine, 38, 130-134.

Guy, M.W., Richards, J.E., Tonnsen, B.L., Roberts, J.E. (2017). Neural correlates of face processing in etiologically-distinct 12-month-old infants at high-risk of autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.03.002

Tonnsen*, B. L., Boan, A. D., Bradley, C. C., Charles, J., Cohen, A., & Carpenter, L. A. (2016). Prevalence of autism spectrum disorders among children with intellectual disabilities. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121, 6, 487-500.

Roberts*, J. E., Tonnsen, B. L., McCary, L. M., Long, A., Golden, R. N., & Bailey, D. B. (2016). Trajectories and predictors of depression and anxiety disorders in women with the FMR1 premutation. Biological Psychiatry, 79, 850-7.

Roberts*, J. E., Tonnsen, B. L., McCary, L. M., Caravella, K., Shinkareva, S. (2016). Autism symptoms in infants with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 3830-3837.

Tonnsen*, B. L. & Roberts, J.E. (2016). Emergent anxiety through the lens of fragile X. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 51, 41-83.

Tonnsen, B. L., & Hahn, E. R. (2015). Middle school students’ attitudes toward a peer with autism: Effects of social acceptance and physical inclusion. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Tonnsen, B. L., Grefer, M. L., Hatton, D. D. & Roberts, J. E. (2015). Developmental trajectories of attentional control in preschool males with fragile X syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36, 62-71.

Tonnsen, B. L., Cornish, K. M., Wheeler, A. C., & Roberts, J. E. (2014). Maternal predictors of anxiety risk in young males with fragile X. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 164, 399-409.

Roberts, J. E., Tonnsen, B. L.,Robinson, M., McQuillin, S., & Hatton, D. D. (2014). Temperament factor structure in fragile X syndrome: The Child Behavior Questionnaire. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 563-571.

Tonnsen, B. L., Malone, P., Hatton, D., & Roberts, J. E. (2013). Early negative affect predicts anxiety, not autism, in young boys with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 267-80.

Tonnsen, B. L., Shinkareva, S., Deal, S., Hatton, D. & Roberts, J. E. (2013). Biobehavioral indicators of social fear in young children with fragile X syndrome. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 118, 447-459.

Tonnsen, B. L., Richards, J. E., & Roberts, J. E. (2012). Experimental and parent-reported self-regulation in infants at high and low risk for autism. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 54, 19.

Roberts, J. E., Tonnsen, B. L., Robinson, A. N., & Shinkareva, S. (2012). Heart activity and autistic behaviors in infants with fragile X syndrome. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85, 348-349.

McCary, L. M., Grefer, M., Mounts, M., Robinson, A., Tonnsen, B. L., & Roberts, J. E. (2012). The importance of differential diagnosis in neurodevelopmental disorders: Implications for IDEIA. The School Psychologist, 66, 19-24.

Roberts, J. E., Tonnsen, B. L., Robinson, A. R., & Shinkareva, S. (2012). Heart activity and autistic behavior in toddlers with fragile X syndrome. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 17, 90-102.

Roberts, J. E., Miranda, M., Boccia, M., Magruder, H., Tonnsen, B. L., & Hatton, D. D. (2011). Treatment effects of stimulant medication in young boys with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 3, 175-84.

Bridgette Tonnsen

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Psychological Sciences, Room 1150

E-mail: btonnsen@purdue.edu
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