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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


Child/Adolescent Social-Emotional and Cognitive Development


Developmental Psychopathology

Family/Parenting and Peer Environments

Behavioral Genetics and Individual Differences


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


Deater-Deckard, K., et al. (2018). Within- and between-person and group variance in behavior and beliefs in cross-cultural longitudinal data. Journal of Adolescence, 62, 207-217.​

Ji, L., Pan, B., Zhang, W., Zhang, L., Chen, L., & Deater-Deckard, K. (2018). Bidirectional associations between peer relations and attention problems from 9 to 16 years. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Advance online publication.​ doi: 10.1007/s10802-018-0440-8

Maciejewski, D., et al. (2018). Neural cognitive control moderates the association between insular risk processing and health risk behaviors via perceived stress in adolescents. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 30, 150-158.

Zhang, W., Zhang, L., Chen, L., Ji, L., & Deater-Deckard, K. (2018). Developmental changes in longitudinal associations between academic achievement and psychopathological symptoms from late childhood to middle adolescence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12927

Atzaba-Poria, N., Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M. A. (2017). Mother-child interaction: Links between mother and child frontal EEG asymmetry and negative behavior. Child Development, 88(2), 544-554.

Deater-Deckard, K. (2017). Parents’ and children’s ADHD in a family system. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(3), 519-525.

Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M. A. (2017). Maternal executive function, heart rate, and EEG alpha reactivity interact in the prediction of harsh parenting. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(1), 41-50.

Deater-Deckard, K., & Panneton, R. (Eds.) (2017). Parental stress and early child development: Adaptive and maladaptive outcomes. New York, NY: Springer.

Deater-Deckard, K., & Sturge-Apple, M. (2017). Mind and matter: New insights on the role of parental cognitive and neurobiological functioning in process models of parenting. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(1), 5-7.​

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae