Elliot Tucker-Drob, PhD

Associate Professor

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Elliot Tucker-Drob is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School and in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts.

Tucker-Drob's research program seeks to clarify dynamic developmental processes through which genetic variation combines and interacts with social, economic and educational experiences to influence cognitive development, academic achievement, personality and psychiatric health from infancy through adulthood. His work augments quantitative and statistical genetic methodologies with approaches from psychiatry, neuroscience, human ecology, education and sociology.

He and K. Paige Harden founded and direct the Texas Twin Project, a large-scale study of more than 3,000 child and adolescent twins that investigates social, economic, endocrine and genetic influences on cognitive development, academic achievement, psychiatric health, behavioral risk, and their neurobiological underpinnings. Data from the Texas Twin Project serves as a primary basis for much of his ongoing research on child and adolescent development. His work on neural, genetic, medical and social determinants of cognitive aging capitalizes on several other data sets, including data from the Lothian Birth Cohorts and the UK Biobank.Professor Tucker-Drob's research in development and aging are primarily supported by generous funding from the National Institutes of Health. He is also supported by a Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship.

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Research Output 2007 2018

1 Citations
Social Class
Behavioral Genetics
Genetic Research
Behavioral Genetics
Behavioral Research
Genetic Research

Corrigendum to “Genetic and environmental influences on pubertal hormones in human hair across development” [Psychoneuroendocrinology 90 (2018) 76–84]

Grotzinger, A. D., Briley, D. A., Engelhardt, L. E., Mann, F. D., Patterson, M. W., Tackett, J. L., Tucker-Drob, E. M. & Paige Harden, K., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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Limit of Detection
1 Citations

Developmental differences in reward sensitivity and sensation seeking in adolescence: Testing sex-specific associations with gonadal hormones and pubertal development

Harden, K., Mann, F. D., Grotzinger, A. D., Patterson, M. W., Steinberg, L., Tackett, J. L. & Tucker-Drob, E., Jul 1 2018, In : Journal of personality and social psychology. 115, 1, p. 161-178 18 p.

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Gonadal Hormones
young adult
1 Citations

Does the heritability of cognitive abilities vary as a function of parental education? Evidence from a German twin sample

Spengler, M., Gottschling, J., Hahn, E., Tucker-Drob, E. M., Harzer, C. & Spinath, F. M., May 1 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 5, e0196597.

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