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Research Expertise and Focus

  • Genetic and environmental influences that contribute to the development of alcohol dependence and related disorders, such as antisocial behavior and depression
  • Integrating twin molecular and developmental approaches to understanding alcohol misuse. Funded 2010-2015 by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Principle Investigator.
  • Gene-environment interplay in adolescent alcohol use. Funded 2006-2010 by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Principle Investigator.
  • Identifying genes involved in susceptibility to suicide attempts and related psychiatric disorders. Funded 2008-2010 by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD). Principle Investigator.

Professional Highlights

Membership and Leadership

  • American College Health Association, 2014-present
  • Behavior Genetics Association, 1997- present; [Elected Secretary, 2007-2010; Elected Member Board of Directors, Member-at-Large for Associate members, 2003-2006]
  • International Society for Twin Studies, 2007-present; [Elected Member of the Executive Board, 2007-2010]
  • Research Society on Alcoholism, 2001-present
  • Association for Psychological Science (formerly American Psychological Society), 1996-present


  • Elected Fellow to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 2015
  • Nominee for VCU Student Affairs Collaboration Award (Spit for Science), 2015
  • Indiana University Department of Psychology Young Alumni Award (inaugural), 2013
  • International Society of Psychiatric Genetics Ted Reich Young Investigator Award, 2012
  • International Society of Psychiatric Genetics Richard Todd Award in Child Psychiatry, 2011
  • Research Society on Alcoholism Young Investigator Award, 2010
  • Who’s Who in American Women, 2010


  • Associate editor for Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2008-present
  • Associate Editor for Frontiers in Child and Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, 2010–present
  • Editorial Board for Genes, Brain, and Behavior, 2012- 2016
  • Editorial Board member for Genes, Brain, and Behavior, 2012-2016
  • Editorial board member for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2010-2014
  • Editorial Board member for Psychological Science, 2009-2011
  • Associate Editor for Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2008-2014
  • Editorial board member for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 2007-2014
  • Associate editor for Behavior Genetics, 2007-2014

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Psychology, Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
  • B.A., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VAAssociate editor for Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2008-present
    Associate editor for Behavior Genetics, 2007-present
    Editorial board member for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 2007-2014
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Individual NIH NRSA, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, IN

Selected Publications

Cho SB, Llaneza DC, Adkins AE, Cooke M, Kendler KS, Clark SL, Dick DM. Patterns of substance use across the first year of college and associated risk factors. Front Psychiatry. 2015 Oct 27;6:152. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00152. eCollection 2015. PMID: 26578984PMCID: PMC4621385.

Latendresse SJ, Henry DB, Aggen, Byck GR, Ashbeck AW, Bolland JM, Sun C, Riley BP, Mustanski B, Dick DM. Dimensionality and genetic correlates of problem behavior in low-income African American adolescents. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2015 Oct 29:1-16. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26514393.

Savage JE, Neale Z, Cho SB, Hancock L, Kalmijn JA, Smith TL, Schuckit MA, Donovan KK, Dick DM. Level of response to alcohol as a factor for targeted prevention in college students. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Nov;39(11):2215-23. doi: 10.1111/acer.12874. PMID: 26503068.

Berenz EC, Cho SB, Overstreet C, Kendler K, Amstadter AB, Dick DM. Longitudinal investigation of interpersonal trauma exposure and alcohol use trajectories. Addict Behav. 2016 Feb;53:67-73. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.09.014. Epub 2015 Sep 25. PMID: 26454552.

Cooke ME, Meyers JL, Latvala A, Korhonen T, Rose RJ, Kaprio J, Salvatore JE, Dick DM. Gene-environment interaction effects of peer deviance, parental knowledge and stressful life events on adolescent alcohol use. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2015 Oct;18(5):507-17. doi: 10.1017/thg.2015.56. Epub 2015 Aug 20. PMID: 26290350.

Salvatore JE, Gottesman II, Dick DM. Endophenotypes for Alcohol Use Disorder: An update on the field. Curr Addict Rep. 2015 Mar;2(1):76-90. PMID: 26236574; PMCIDPMC4520241.

Albert D, Belsky DW, Crowley DM, Latendresse SJ, Aliev F, Riley B, Sun C; Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group, Dick DM, Dodge KA. Can genetics predict response to complex behavioral interventions? Evidence from a genetic analysis of the fast track randomized control trial. J Policy Anal Manage. 2015 Summer;34(3):497-518. PMID: 26106668.

Salvatore JE, Meyers JL, Yan J, Aliev F, Lansford JE, Pettit GS, Bates JE, Dodge KA, Rose RJ, Pulkkinen L, Kaprio J, Dick DM. Intergenerational continuity in parents’ and adolescents’ externalizing problems: The role of life events and their interaction with GABRA2. J Abnorm Psychol. 2015 Aug;124(3):709-28. doi:10.1037/abn0000066.PMID: 26075969.

Dick DM, Hancock LC. Integrating basic research with prevention/intervention to reduce risky substance use among college students. Front Psychol. 2015 May 7;6:544. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00544. eCollection 2015. PMID: 25999878; PMCID: PMC4423347.

Long EC, Aliev F, Wang JC, Edenberg HJ, Nurnberger J Jr, Hesselbrock V, Porjesz B, Dick DM. Further analyses of genetic association between GRM8 and alcohol dependence symptoms among young adults. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2015 May;76(3):414-8. PMID: 25978827; PMCID: PMC4440299.

Salvatore JE, Dick DM. Gene-Environment Interplay: Where we are, where we are going. J Marriage Fam. 2015 Apr;77(2):344-350. PMID: 25838604; PMCID: PMC4378262.

Salvatore JE, Aliev F, Bucholz K, Agrawal A, Hesselbrock V, Hesselbrock M, Bauer L, Kuperman S, Schuckit MA, Kramer J, Edenberg HJ, Foroud TM, Dick DM. Polygenic risk for externalizing disorders: Gene-by-development and gene-by-environment effects in adolescents and young adults. Clin Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar;3(2):189-201. PMID: 25821660; PMCID: PMC4371857.

Dick DM, Agrawal A, Keller MC, Adkins A, Aliev F, Monroe S, Hewitt JK, Kendler KS, Sher KJ. Candidate gene-environment interaction research: reflections and recommendations. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Jan;10(1):37-59. doi: 10.1177/1745691614556682. Review. PMID: 25620996; PMCID: PMC4302784.

Schuckit MA, Smith TL, Heron J, Hickman M, Macleod J, Munafo MR, Kendler KS, Dick DM, Davey-Smith G. Latent trajectory classes for alcohol-related blackouts from age 15 to 19 in ALSPAC. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Jan;39(1):108-16. doi: 10.1111/acer.12601. Epub 2014 Dec 16. PMID: 25516068; PMCID: PMC4308468.

Salvatore JE, Aliev F, Edwards AC, Evans DM, Macleod J, Hickman M, Lewis G, Kendler KS, Loukola A, Korhonen T, Latvala A, Rose RJ, Kaprio J, Dick DM. Polygenic scores predict alcohol problems in an independent sample and show moderation by the environment. Genes (Basel). 2014 Apr 10;5(2):330-46. PMCID: PMC4094936

Edwards AC, Aliev F, Wolen AR, Salvatore JE, Gardner CO, McMahon G, Evans DM, Macleod J, Hickman M, Dick DM, Kendler KS. Genomic influences on alcohol problems in a population-based sample of young adults. Addiction. 2015 Mar;110(3):461-70. doi: 10.1111/add.12822. Epub 2015 Jan 20. PubMed PMID: 25439982; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4329073.

Heron J, Maughan B, Dick DM, Kendler KS, Lewis G, Macleod J, Munafò M, Hickman M. Conduct problem trajectories and alcohol use and misuse in mid to late adolescence. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Nov 1;133(1):100-7. PMCID: PMC3786043

Petersen IT, Bates JE, Goodnight JA, Dodge KA, Lansford JE, Pettit GS, Latendresse SJ, Dick DM. Interaction between serotonin transporter polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) and stressful life events in adolescents’ trajectories of anxious/depressed symptoms. Dev Psychol. 2012 Sep;48(5):1463-75. PMCID: PMC3404160

Kendler KS, Chen X, Dick DM, Maes H, Gillespie N, Neale MC, Riley BP. Recent advances in the genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics of substance use disorders. Nat Neurosci. 2012 Jan 26;15(2):181-9. PMCID: PMC3297622 

Edwards A, Aliev F, Bierut L, Bucholz K, Edenburg H, Hesselbrock V, Kramer J, Kuperman S, Nurnberger J, Schuckit M, Porjesz B, Dick DM. Genome-wide association study of comorbid major depression and alcohol dependence. Psychiatric Genetics. 2012 Feb 22(1):31-41. PMCID: PMC3241912

Dick DM, Latendresse SJ, Riley B. Incorporating genetics into your studies: A guide for social scientists. Front Psychiatry. 2011;2:17. PMCID: PMC3098715

Edwards AC, Rose RJ, Kaprio J, Dick DM. Pubertal development moderates the importance of environmental influences on depressive symptoms in adolescent girls and boys.  J Youth Adolesc. 2011 Oct;40(10):1383-93. PMCID: PMC3091957

Dick DM, Meyers JL, Latendresse SJ, Creemers HE, Lansford JE, Pettit GS, Bates JE, Dodge KA, Budde J, Goate A, Buitelaar JK, Ormel J, Verhulst FC, Huizink AC. CHRM2, parental monitoring, and adolescent externalizing behavior: Evidence for gene-environment interaction. Psychol Sci. 2011 Apr;22(4):481-9. PMCID: PMC3391964

Latvala A, Dick DM, Tuulio-Henriksson A, Suvisaari J, Viken RJ, Rose RJ, Kaprio J. Genetic correlation and gene-environment interaction between alcohol problems and educational level in young adulthood. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2011 Mar;72(2):210-20. PMCID: PMC3052891

Dick DM, Aliev F, Viken R, Kaprio J, Rose RJ. Rutgers alcohol problem index scores at age 18 predict alcohol dependence diagnoses 7 years later. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2011 May;35(5):1011-4. PMCID: PMC3083486