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

  • Penny’s Poster Accepted by Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)!

    Congratulations to Penny Peng for her poster being accepted for presentation at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) in Salt Lake City, UT! She will present her work, Use …

  • Frank and Brooke Awarded Student Research Grant

    Congratulations to graduate students Frank and Brooke for both being awarded the Student Research Grant! These funds will support travel for presenting their research at conferences.

  • Qi’s Paper Published!

    Graduate Student Qi Zhang’s manuscript “Explaining the Prospective Association of Positive and Negative Parenting Behaviors and Child ADHD Symptoms: Pathways Through Child Executive Function and Reward Responsivity” was recently accepted for publication in the highly …

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