Dr. Sigelman is a developmental psychologist with broad interests in life-span development and particular interests in the development of social cognition, stigmatization, and understanding of health issues in childhood and adolescence. She has conducted research on the development of negative perceptions of anyone who is different and on children's intuitive theories of diseases, disorders, and substance use and the implications of their theories for perceptions and social acceptance of individuals with various conditions; She also studies parent-child communication —e.g., parents’ messages about emerging disease threats like COVID, and long-distance communication in military families separated by deployment and its implications for relationship quality and adjustment.
Undergraduate: B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Carleton College, l967;
major in English; graduated with distinction.
Graduate: M.A., George Peabody College, 1968; Ph.D., George Peabody College,
double major in psychology and English, 1972.