Daniel Andrew Briley

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Individual Differences
  • Personality Development
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Socioecological Contexts of Development
  • Quantitative Methods

Research Description

My research examines how individuals’ unique genetic dispositions dynamically shape and interact with their environments to influence personality and cognitive ability, and how these characteristics in turn affect meaningful life outcomes, including academic achievement, fertility, and social mobility. My research draws on behavioral genetic theory and methodology, with a particular focus on charting the pathways from genotype to behavior over development and across environmental contexts. Currently, I work with a variety of data types, such as genetically informative twin and family data, nationally representative longitudinal data, and cross-cultural data.

Dr. Briley will be accepting graduate students for the Fall 2020 semester.

Education

Psychology (Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology), Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D., Psychology (Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology), University of Texas at Austin

Courses Taught

  • Psyc 250: Psychology of Personality
  • Psyc 501: Applied Structural Equation Modeling

Creative/Performing Interests

  • Individual Differences
  • Personality Development
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Socioecological Contexts of Development
  • Quantitative Methods

Recent Publications

Mõttus, R., Briley, D. A., Zheng, A., Mann, F. D., Engelhardt, L. E., Tackett, J. L., ... Tucker-Drob, E. M. (2019). Kids becoming less alike: A behavioral genetic analysis of developmental increases in personality variance from childhood to adolescence. Journal of personality and social psychology, 117(3), 635-658. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000194

Ayoub, M., Briley, D. A., Grotzinger, A., Patterson, M. W., Engelhardt, L. E., Tackett, J. L., ... Tucker-Drob, E. M. (2019). Genetic and Environmental Associations Between Child Personality and Parenting. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10(6), 711-721. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618784890

Wood, A. C., Vainik, U., Engelhardt, L. E., Briley, D. A., Grotzinger, A. D., Church, J. A., ... Tucker-drob, E. M. (2019). Genetic overlap between executive functions and BMI in childhood. The American journal of clinical nutrition, [nqz109]. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqz109

Zheng, A., Briley, D. A., Malanchini, M., Tackett, J. L., Harden, K. P., & Tucker-Drob, E. M. (2019). Genetic and Environmental Influences on Achievement Goal Orientations Shift with Age. European Journal of Personality, 33(3), 317-336. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2202

Zheng, A., Tucker-Drob, E. M., & Briley, D. A. (2019). National Gross Domestic Product, Science Interest, and Science Achievement: A Direct Replication and Extension of the Tucker-Drob, Cheung, and Briley (2014) Study. Psychological Science, 30(5), 776-788. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797619835768

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