Ph. D., University of Virginia
My research interests are focused on examining the development and prevention of antisocial behavior and pathways to substance use from early childhood through young adulthood, as well as exploring extensions of an intervention approach for children transitioning to adolescence in relation to health outcomes (e.g., sleep, emotion regulation, physical activity). I am fortunate enough to be able to examine these issues using multiple data sets. All of the projects involve longitudinal designs, most of which were initiated in early childhood; three use an experimental design to test an efficacy of a preventive intervention, and two projects use a genetically informed design to examine gene-environment interactions. The most recent project also incorporate a neuroscience perspective, examining how genes, environment, and GxE interactions affect brain function, which in turn is hypothesized to affect risk for antisocial behavior and drug use during the early 20s. The sample includes a cohort of 310 low-income boys followed prospectively from infancy, with 20 years of data on socioeconomic, family, and child risk factors, allowing us to combine qualitatively rich assessments of children’s early environments with both genetic and brain function data.