Dr. Friedman's research is focused on specifying the mechanisms (both neural and genetic) underlying individual differences in executive functions –– the higher-level cognitive processes that regulate lower-level processes and thereby enable control over thoughts and actions –– and their relations to everyday self-regulation as well as various forms of psychopathology. She uses a variety of approaches, including twin studies, neuroimaging, and computational modeling.
PSYC 3102 - Behavioral Genetics
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 5761 - Structural Equation Modeling
Provides training in the use of structural equation modeling, a class of analytic techniques that include the estimation of unobserved, or latent, constructs and an estimation of relationships among latent constructs. Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of graduate level statistics.
PSYC 6761 - Topics in Advanced Structural Equations Modeling
Covers topics in advanced structural equation modeling, including modeling with nonlinear observed variables, latent variable interactions, longitudinal models, mixture models and transition analysis. Other topics will be covered by request. Recommended prerequisite: PSYC 5761.