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Kirby Deater-Deckard

Psychological and Brain Sciences

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Research and Background

My colleagues and I conduct research on individual difference human factors that contribute to safer versus riskier behaviors. Our emphasis in this work is on adolescents, and we examine various neural, cognitive and social factors that contribute to this variation. Our research has implications for driver safety education and training as well as rehabilitation.

Contact Info

Kirby Deater-Deckard
413 Tobin Hall, University of Massachusetts, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

Research in Action


PhD (Psychology), 1994, University of Virginia MA (Psychology), 1992, University of Virginia BA (Psychology), 1988, Pennsylvania State University


Kim-Spoon, J., Kahn, R., Deater-Deckard, K., Chiu, P., Steinberg, L., & King-Casas, B. (2016). Risky decision making in a laboratory driving task is associated with health risk behaviors during late adolescence but not adulthood. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 40(1), 58-63. PMC4707653

Kim-Spoon, J., Holmes, C., & Deater-Deckard, K. (2015). Attention regulates anger and fear to predict changes in adolescent risk-taking behaviours. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56, 756-765. PMC4385006

Kim-Spoon, J., Deater-Deckard, K., Lauharatanahirun, N., Farley, J. P., Chiu, P. H., Bickel, W. K., & King‐Casas, B. (2017). Neural interaction between risk sensitivity and cognitive control predicting health risk behaviors among late adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jora.12295

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