- Individual differences
- Gender and sexuality
- Behavior genetics
I am an interdisciplinary scientist, working at the intersection of personality psychology and molecular genetics. My dual expertise in genetic methods and psychological assessment has led to the development of a research program organized around understanding how people, for all the fundamental similarities across members of our species, display such remarkable diversity and flexibility of behavior.
I am recruiting new doctoral students to begin in Fall 2023. I am looking for students interested in either (a) gender and sexuality, or (b) neo-eugenics and genetic determinism beliefs, or (c) both! Successful applicants do not need to have any specific training history in these areas, but must have enthusiasm for learning and public engagement.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado
Psychology, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Psychology, B.S., Carnegie Mellon University
- Psyc 408: Human Behavior Genetics (offered every Fall)
Additional Campus Affiliations
Affiliate, Center for Social and Behavioral Science
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23andMe Research Team, Social Science Genetic Association Consortium, & LifeLines Cohort Study (2022). Polygenic prediction of educational attainment within and between families from genome-wide association analyses in 3 million individuals. Nature Genetics, 54(4), 437-449. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-022-01016-z
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Briley, D. A., Livengood, J., Derringer, J., Tucker-Drob, E. M., Fraley, R. C., & Roberts, B. W. (2019). Interpreting Behavior Genetic Models: Seven Developmental Processes to Understand. Behavior genetics, 49(2), 196-210. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-018-9939-6