Judy Ungerer is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley, and her PhD from Harvard University. Subsequently she held research and/or clinical appointments at Tufts-New England Medical Centre, the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, and the Reiss-David Child Study Centre.
Judy joined the staff of Macquarie University in 1983. She has had a long-standing research interest in the development of children, which has included studies of typical children as well as a variety of clinical groups. She has published research on a range of topics, including the cognitive and social-emotional development of autistic children, studies of language and symbolic play in preterm and full term infants, adjustment in the transition to parenthood.
She is currently engaged in research on emotional development and attachment in normal at-risk groups, and on the impact of multiple and changeable childcare arrangements on children's early development. Her research has attracted strong external funding, and through her teaching she contributes to both undergraduate and postgraduate education at Macquarie.
She has had an ongoing interest in research ethics, having chaired the Ethics Review Committee at Macquarie for over eight years.