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Willcutt, Erik G Professor

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Research

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  • 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

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Teaching

courses taught

  • PSYC 3303 - Abnormal Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Examines etiological, theoretical, clinical,diagnostic, and experimental perspectives of major mental health disorders, with an emphasis on the main symptoms and diagnostic criteria associated with these disorders.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    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 5433 - Adult Psychopathology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Intensively surveys major theories, research findings, and behavioral characteristics associated with deviant reaction patterns. Instructor consent required.
  • PSYC 6603 - Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Covers a range of topics important for professional development in clinical psychology, including preparation and delivery of research presentations, preparation of grant proposals/manuscripts and practicum experience (i.e., interviewing and assessment, treatment planning, intervention and documentation). Intended to prepare students for careers as research scientists and clinicians. May be repeated up to 10 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • PSYC 6911 - Research Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
  • PSYC 7703 - Seminar: Clinical Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Selected topics in the area of clinical psychology. May be repeated up to 21 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.

Background

International Activities

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