I use multivariate genetic models to analyze data on antisocial behavior and its correlates, especially alcohol and drug abuse. I also develop theoretical models to explain the genetic influences on these behaviors. For example, I examine the degree to which genetic influences on personality contribute to the genetics of antisocial behavior. I also develop quantitative methods for data analysis in behavioral genetics.
behavioral genetic, genetics of antisocial behavior, quantitative methodology, statistical data analysis, theoretical behavioral genetics
PSYC 3102 - Behavioral Genetics
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Introduces the basic principles of genetics, covers how these principles can be used in the study of behavior, and evaluates the evidence for genetic influences on behavioral characteristics.
PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
PSYC 5102 - Introduction to Behavioral Genetics
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Provides introduction to basic principles of genetics in the study of behavior, methods used to examine the influences of genes and environment on behavior and interpretation of studies using these methods.