The Social and Behavioral Development Lab investigates genetic and environmental factors that contribute to individual differences in the development of psychopathology, including depression, ADHD, and other externalizing disorders. Research in our lab combines advanced molecular genetic approaches (e.g., genome-wide association studies, polygenic risk scores, gene-pathways analyses) with rigorous measurements of environmental influences to uncover mechanisms of developmental outcomes. The goal of this research is to better understand how individual differences in child behavioral development and the development of psychiatric outcomes arise as a function of our DNA and our environments, and to ultimately create more effective and personalized mental health care. Studies in our lab have been funded by NICHD, the UW Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Recent News

  • Dr. Li Receives Tenure

    We are very pleased to announce that the Divisional Committee at UW-Madison voted to approve the promotion of Dr. Li to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations, Dr. Li!

  • Grace Accepted to Grad School

    Undergraduate RA Grace Albright has been accepted to the University of Denver’s Master of Social Work program and New York University’s Master of Social Work program. Congratulations, Grace!

  • ADHD Meta-Analysis Paper Accepted!

    Dr. Li and graduate student Quanfa (Frank) He’s recent meta-analysis manuscript has been published in Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. This new publication is the first meta-analysis of ADHD polygenic scores and aims to …

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