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Willcutt, Erik G Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Willcutt's research focuses on the identification of etiological factors that lead to the development of psychopathology, with a specific focus on childhood disruptive disorders and learning disabilities. His studies suggest that comorbidity between reading disability and ADHD is due primarily to common genetic influences that lead to slow and more variable cognitive processing speed. However, his recent results suggest that future advances using these methods may be constrained by the limitations of this methodology. Therefore, he recently initiated collaborative projects that employ techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and event-related potentials to identify the neural substrates that play a role in these disorders. By integrating these results with data from clinical studies, he works to develop comprehensive models that explain how genetic and environmental risk factors influence brain development and lead to the behavioral symptoms of these disorders.

keywords

  • adhd, learning disabilities, clinical psychology, behavior genetics, neuropsychology, neuroimaging

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • PSYC 3303 Abnormal Psychology (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 6911 Research Practicum (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 7703 Seminar: Clinical Psychology (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 5433 Adult Psychopathology (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 6603 Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 6911 Research Practicum (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • PSYC 3303 Abnormal Psychology (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 4011 Senior Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 4841 Independent Study (Upper Division) (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 6603 Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 6841 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 6911 Research Practicum (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 7703 Seminar: Clinical Psychology (Spring 2018)
  • PSYC 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)