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I am Professor of Comparative Developmental Psychology, and study the social cognition of human and great ape infants.  I have published 97 peer-reviewed journal articles and 44 book chapters, authored a book, Responsive Care: Behavioral Intervention for Nursery-Reared Chimpanzees and a co-edited (with Heidi Keller) a 2017 book entitled, The Cultural Nature of Attachment: Contextualizing Relationships and Development.


My research concerns understanding the process of early development, by studying non-verbal communication, emotion, cognition, and joint attention across species.  I am particularly interested in how environmental variables influence the diversity in social cognition outcomes of humans and chimpanzees. The study across species leads to better understanding of the precursors, contexts, and sequelae of social cognition in human development, as exemplified in the following studies:

1. Bard, Keller, Ross, Hewlett, Butler, Boysen & Matsuzawa (2021).  Joint attention in human and chimpanzee infants in varied socio-ecological contexts.  Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 86(4).  with short videos, teaching resources, and commentaries on the Monograph Matters website

2. Leavens, D.A., Bard, K.A., & Hopkins, W.D. (2019).  The mismeasure of ape social cognition.  Animal Cognition.  DOI 10.1007/s10071-017-1119-1

3. Bard, K.A. & Hopkins, W.D. (2018). Early socio-emotional intervention mediates long-term effects of atypical rearing on structural co-variation in gray matter in adult chimpanzees.  Psychological Science, 29, 594-603.

4.  Morelli, G., Bard, K.A., Chaudhary, N., Gottlieb, A., Keller, H., Murray, M., Quinn, N., Rosabal-Coto, M., Scheidecker, G., Takada, A., & Vicedo, M. (2018).  Bringing the real world into developmental science:  A Commentary on Weber, Fernald, & Diop (2017).  Child Development, 89(6), e594-e603.

5.  Keller, H., Bard, K.A., Morelli, G., Chaudhary, N., Vicedo, M., Rosabal-Coto, M., Scheidecker, G., Murray, M., & Gottlieb, A. (2018).  The myth of universal sensitive responsiveness: Comment on Mesman et al., (2017). Child Development, 89(5), 1921-1928.  

6.  Bard, K.A. & Leavens, D.A. (2014).  The importance of development for comparative primatology.  Annual Review of Anthropology, 43, 183-200.

7.  Bard, K.A., Bakeman, R., Boysen, S.T. & Leavens, D.A. (2014). Emotional engagements enhance and predict social cognition in young chimpanzees. Developmental Science, 17:5, 682-696.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am Unit Cordinator of the Social and Developmental Psychology module, in which I deliver developmental lectures on infancy, self-awareness, and culture. 

I am also the University of Portsmouth Coordinator for the Learning, Knowledge, & Behaviour (LKB) Thematic Cluster Pathway of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership.  I teach on an interdiscplinary unit for the MSc students, and co-lead (with LKB coordinators from University of Brighton and University of Southampton) the LKB cohort activities.


Prior to arriving at Portsmouth in 1999, I was a  Research Scientist at Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University, where I investigated the roles of emotion and socialization in early development, and designed a Responsive Care Nursery for chimpanzees to enhance their species-typical development.  

Currently, I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society- Developmental section, and a member of several societies, including International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Society for Cross Cultural Research, International Society for Research on Emotion, Primate Society of Great Britain, and International Primatological Society. I served as President of the Primate Society of Great Britain and President of the European Federation for Primatology. 

I sit on the Advisory Board of Primates, am Associate Editor for Animal Cognition, Section Editor for PLOS ONE, and on the Editorial Boards for American Journal of Primatology, Emotion Review, and Child Development Perspectives.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Associate Editor, Primates

1 Jan 2020 → …

Associate Editor, Animals

2020 → …

Editorial Board - American Journal of Primatology

2018 → …

Editorial Board - Child Development Perspectives

2018 → …

Associate Editor-Animal Cognition

1 Jan 2017 → …

Editorial Board-Emotion Review

2015 → …

President, EFP, European Federation for Primatology

1 Jan 201431 Dec 2017

Academic Editor, PLOS ONE


President, Primate Society of Great Britain


Associate Editor, British Journal of Psychology


Editorial Board, Infancy


Advisory Board, Primates



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