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 Elected as New HiTOP DEI Co-Chair

    Dr. Li has been elected as the new co-chair for the diversity, equity, and inclusion workgroup of the HiTOP consortium. He’ll be working to address goals and priorities within HiTOP that have to do with …

  • Grace Accepted to Grad School

    Undergraduate RA Grace Albright has been accepted to Master of Social Work programs at University of Denver, New York University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Boston University, Washington University, and Denver University program. She …

  • Sharon Accepted to Grad School

    Lab Manager Sharon Wang has been accepted to clinical psychology PhD programs at Georgia State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Washington. She will be attending University of Washington in the fall. Congratulations, Sharon!

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