COVID-19 Updates

Visit UC San Diego's Coronavirus portal for the latest information for the campus community.

Margaret Dyson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar
UC San Diego, Department of Psychiatry

Contact Information

UC San Diego
Department of Psychiatry
9500 Gilman Drive (MC 0812)
La Jolla, CA 92093-0812
T: (858) 966-7703 x3597
F: (858) 966-7704


Margaret Dyson, Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree at Stony Brook University in Clinical Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego/Veteran’s Affairs Psychology Internship. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Lauren Brookman-Frazee on the NIH-funded AIM HI Study.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Dyson conducted her pre-doctoral training with Dr. Daniel Klein on the Stony Brook Temperament study, a NIMH-funded longitudinal study of temperament as a precursor for later depressive and anxiety disorders in a community sample of children. In this context, her particular area of research focused on: (1) specific facets of temperament that represent risk for psychological disorders, and (2) the examination of the structure and stability of temperament in early childhood. Dr. Dyson is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship on the AIM HI study, a NIH funded randomized clinical trial examining the effectiveness and implementation of the AIM HI (An Individualized Mental Health Intervention for Children with ASD) intervention in community mental health settings. Her research interests include the examination of community mental therapists’ perspectives on training and delivery of evidence-based practices.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Dyson has clinical experience delivering empirically supported interventions and conducting psychological assessments with children and adolescents with a variety of mental health disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


  • Bufferd, S. J., Dyson, M. W., Hernandez, I. G., & Wakschlag, L. S. (In press). Explicating the “developmental” in preschool psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental Psychopathology, Third Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 
  • Dyson, M. W., Olino, T. M., Durbin, C. E., Goldsmith, H. H., Bufferd, S. J., Miller, A. R., & Klein, D. N. (2015). The structural and rank-order stability of temperament in young children based on a laboratory-observational measure. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. 
  • Bufferd, S. J., Dougherty, L. R., Olino, T. M., Dyson, M.W., Laptook, R. S., Carlson, G. A., & Klein, D. N. (2014). Predictors of the onset of depression diagnoses in young children: A multi-method, multi-informant longitudinal study from ages 3 to 6. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55, 1279-1287. 
  • Dyson, M. W., Olino, T. M., Durbin, C. E., Goldsmith, H. H., & Klein, D. N. (2012). The structure of temperament in preschoolers: a two-stage factor analytic approach. Emotion, 12(1), 44. 
  • Dyson, M. W., Klein, D. N., Olino, T. M., Dougherty, L. R., & Durbin, C. E. (2011). Social and non-social behavioral inhibition in preschool-age children: differential associations with parent-reports of temperament and anxiety. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 42(4), 390-405.