My research areas are the development and etiology of substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders, and the comorbidity among these disorders. I am working on a study examining early precursors of antisocial behavior, and I am an investigator on a center whose main goal is to examine the etiology of behavioral disinhibition, including conduct disorder and substance use disorders.
development and etiology of substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders, comorbidity among substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders
PSYC 3102 - Behavioral Genetics
Fall 2018 / 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
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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 4541 - Special Topics in Psychology- Social Science
Examines individual or social dimensions of human behavior. Students will develop expertise in basic theories, as well as in measurement techniques and data interpretation regarding issues of societal significance. Students will consider applications of that knowledge, ranging from the development of new theory to solving problems. Particular section content is determined by instructor. PSYC 4541 and/or PSYC 4551 may be taken 3 times with different topics, for a total of 9 credits
PSYC 5112 - Concepts in Behavioral Genetics
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
Examines selected topics in greater detail than is possible in the comprehensive undergraduate course in behavioral genetics (PSYC 3102). Topics covered may include inheritance of behavioral characteristics from perspectives of pharmacogenetics, transmission genetics, biochemical genetics, and evolutionary genetics. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
PSYC 6603 - Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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.