(* graduate student author; ** undergraduate student author; # postdoctoral fellow)

Please contact Dr. Yao Zheng if you would like a copy of any of these papers


Schuurman, N. K., Zheng, Y., & Dolan, C. V. (in press). Multilevel dynamic twin modeling. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal.

Zheng, Y., Brendgen, M., *Meyer, Z., Vitaro, F., Dionne, G., & Boivin, M. (2021). Maternal parenting behaviors amplify environmental influences on developmental trajectories of alcohol use during adolescence. Behavior Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10519-021-10063-x

*Bohn, L., Zheng, Y., #McFall, G. P., & Dixon, R. A. (2021). Portals to frailty? Data-driven analyses detect early frailty profiles. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, 13, 1. doi: 10.1186/s13195-020-00736-w

#Goulter, N., *Cyr, M., Kotler, J. S., Zheng, Y., & McMahon, R. J. (2021). Childhood conduct problems trajectories are associated with distinct Antisocial Process Screening Device dimensions. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10862-020-09863-y

#Vergunst, F., Zheng, Y., #Domond, P., Vitaro, F., Tremblay, R. E., Nagin, D., Park, J., & Côté, S. M. (2021). Behavior in childhood is associated with distinct patterns of partnering in adulthood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 62(7), 842–852. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13329


Zheng, Y., & Hu, Y. (2020). Family socioeconomic status amplifies unique environmental influences on the dynamics of adolescent daily positive affective process. Journal of Personality. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12610

*Cyr, M., Zheng, Y., & McMahon, R. J. (2020). A long-term look at “early starters”: Predicting adult psychosocial outcomes from childhood conduct problem trajectories. Development and Psychopathology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1017/S0954579420000760

#Vergunst, F., Tremblay, R. E., Nagin, D., Zheng, Y., Galera, C., Park, J., Beasley, E., Algan, Y., Vitaro, F., & Côté, S. M. (2020). Inattention in boys from low-income backgrounds predicts welfare receipt: A 30-year prospective study. Psychological Medicine, 50(12), 2001–2009. doi: 10.1017/S0033291719002058.

Zheng, Y., Pingault, J-B., Unger, J., & Rijsdijk, F. (2020). Genetic and environmental influences on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in Chinese adolescents: A longitudinal twin study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 29(2), 205–216.  doi: 10.1007/s00787-019-01346-0.


Zheng, Y., & McMahon, R. J. (2019). Lability in parental warmth in childhood: Antecedents and early adolescent outcomes. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2019.1678166.

Zheng, Y., Brendgen, M., Girard, A., Dionne, G., Boivin, M., & Vitaro, F. (2019). Peer alcohol use differentially amplifies genetic and environment effects on different developmental trajectories of adolescent alcohol use. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(6), 752–759. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.07.005.

Zheng, Y., & Asbury, K. (2019). Genetic and environmental influences on adolescent emotional inertia in daily life. Journal of Youth and Adolescence48(9), 1849–1860. doi: 10.1007/s10964-019-01075-2.

Zheng, Y., Brendgen, M., Dionne, G., Boivin, M., & Vitaro, F. (2019). Genetic and environmental influences on developmental trajectories of adolescent alcohol use. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry28(9), 1203–1212. doi: 10.1007/s00787-019-01284-x.

Zhang, J., & Zheng, Y. (2019). Neuroticism and extraversion are differentially related to between- and within-person variation of daily negative emotion and physical symptoms. Personality and Individual Differences, 141, 138–142. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.01.003.

*Schuberth, D., Zheng, Y., Pasalich, D., McMahon, R. J., Kamboukos, D, Dawson-McClure, S., & Brotman, L. M. (2019). The role of emotion understanding in the development of aggression and callous-unemotional features across early childhood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(4), 619–631. doi: 10.1007/s10802-018-0468-9.


*Lu F., Zheng, Y., Cleveland, H., Burton, C., & Madigan, D. (2018). Bayesian hierarchical vector autoregressive models for patient-level predictive modeling. PLoS One, 13(12), e0208082. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208082.

Zhang, J., & Zheng, Y. (2018). Childhood maltreatment profiles among incarcerated Chinese males and their associations with personality disorder symptoms and criminal behaviors. Psychiatry Research, 268, 272–278. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.06.063.

*Anderson, S. L., Zheng, Y., & McMahon, R. J. (2018). Do callous-unemotional traits and conduct disorder symptoms predict the onset and development of adolescent substance use? Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49(5), 688–698. doi: 10.1007/s10578-018-0789-5.

Zheng, Y., Albert, D., McMahon, R. J., Dodge, K., Dick, D., & the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group. (2018). Glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1) gene polymorphisms moderate intervention effects on the developmental trajectory of African American adolescent alcohol abuse. Prevention Science, 19(1), 79–89. doi: 10.1007/s11121-016-0726-4. PMID: PM27817096

Zheng, Y., Rijsdijk, F., & Arden, R. (2018). Differential environmental influences on the development of cognitive abilities during childhood. Intelligence, 66, 72–78. doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2017.11.005

Wiebe, R. P., *Griffin, A., Zheng, Y., Harris, K. S., & Cleveland, H. H. (2018). Twelve steps, two factors: Coping strategies moderate the association between craving and daily 12-step use in a College Recovery Community. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(1), 114–127. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1325904. PMID: PM28813187


Zhang, J., & Zheng, Y. (2017). How do academic stress and leisure activities influence college students’ emotional well-being? A daily diary investigation. Journal of Adolescence, 60, 114–118. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.08.003. PMID: PM28843127

*Oberth, C., Zheng, Y., & McMahon, R. J. (2017). Violence exposure subtypes differentially mediate the relation between callous-unemotional traits and adolescent delinquency. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(8), 1565–1575. doi: 10.1007/s10802-017-0267-8. PMID: PM28101842

*Anderson, S. L., Zheng, Y., & McMahon, R. J. (2017). Predicting risky sexual behavior: The unique and interactive roles of childhood conduct disorder symptoms and callous-unemotional traits. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(6), 1147–1156. doi: 10.1007/s10802-016-0221-1. PMID: PM27812906

Zheng, Y., Pasalich, D., *Oberth, C., McMahon, R., & Pinderhughes, E. E. (2017). Capturing parenting as a multidimensional and dynamic construct with a person-oriented approach. Prevention Science, 18(3), 281–291. doi: 10.1007/s11121-016-0665-0. PMCID: PMC27179538


Zheng, Y., Plomin, R., & von Stumm, S. (2016). Heritability of intraindividual mean and variability of positive and negative affect: Genetic analysis of daily affect ratings over a month. Psychological Science, 27(12), 1611–1619. doi: 10.1177/0956797616669994

Pasalich, D. S., Fleming, C. B., Oxford, M. L., Zheng, Y., & Spieker, S. J. (2016). Can parenting intervention prevent cascading effects from placement instability to disrupted attachment to externalizing problems in maltreated toddlers? Child Maltreatment, 21(3), 175–185. doi: 10.1177/1077559516656398. PMCID: PMC5131711

Zheng, Y., Molenaar, P. C. M., Arden, R., Asbury, K., & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Person-specific non-shared environmental influences in intra-individual variability: A preliminary case of daily school feelings in monozygotic twins. Behavior Genetics, 46(5), 705–717. doi: 10.1007/s10519-016-9789-z. PMID: PM27040685

Zheng, Y., Rijsdijk, F., Pingault, J-B, McMahon, R., & Unger, J. (2016). Developmental changes in genetic and environmental influences on Chinese child and adolescent anxiety and depression. Psychological Medicine, 46(9), 1829–1838. doi: 10.1017/S0033291716000313. PMID: PM27019009

Pasalich, D., *Cyr, M., Zheng, Y., McMahon, R., & Spieker, S. (2016). Child abuse history in teen mothers and parent-child risk processes for offspring conduct problems. Child Abuse & Neglect, 56, 89–98. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.04.011. PMID: PM27174770


Zheng, Y., & Cleveland, H. H. (2015). Differential genetic and environmental influences on developmental trajectories of antisocial behavior from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Adolescence, 45, 204–213. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.10.006. PMCID: PMC26510191

Pingault, J-B., Viding, E., Galéra, C., Greven, C. U., Zheng, Y., Plomin, R., & Rijsdijk, F. (2015). Genetic and environmental influences on the developmental course of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms from childhood to adolescence. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(7), 651–658. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0469. PMCID: PMC25945901

Cleveland, H. H., Wiebe, R. P., McGuire, J., & Zheng, Y. (2015). Predicting high school minority adolescents’ drinking from their exposure to White schoolmates: Differences and similarities among Hispanic, Black, and Asian U.S. adolescents. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 14(2), 166–186. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2014.973626. PMCID: PMC25984957

Pingault, J-B., Rijsdijk, F., Zheng, Y., Plomin, R., & Viding, E. (2015). Developmentally dynamic genome: Evidence of genetic influences on increases and decreases in conduct problems from early childhood to adolescence. Scientific Reports, 5: 10053. doi: 10.1038/srep10053. PMCID: PMC25944445

Zheng, Y., Cleveland, H. H., Molenaar P. C. M., & Harris, K. S. (2015). An alternative framework to investigating and understanding intra-individual processes in substance abuse recovery: An idiographic approach and demonstration. Evaluation Review: A Journal of Applied Social Research, 39(2), 229–254. doi: 10.1177/0193841X14567313. PMCID: PMC25589520

2013 and before

Vasilenko, S. A., **Duntzee, C. I., Zheng, Y., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2013). Testing two process models of religiosity and sexual behavior. Journal of Adolescence, 36(4), 667–673. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.04.002. PMCID: PMC3760281

Zheng, Y., & Cleveland, H. H. (2013). Identifying gender-specific developmental trajectories of nonviolent and violent delinquency from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Adolescence, 36(2), 371–381. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2012.12.007. PMCID: PMC23375843

Zheng, Y., Wiebe, R. P., Cleveland, H. H., Molenaar P. C. M., & Harris, K. S. (2013). An idiographic examination of day-to-day patterns of substance use craving, negative affect and tobacco use among young adults in recovery. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 48(2), 241–266. doi: 10.1080/00273171.2013.763012. PMCID: PMC4191854


Cleveland, H. H., Beekman, C., & Zheng, Y. (2011). The independence of criminological “predictor” variables: A good deal of concerns and some answers from behavioral genetic research. In K. M. Beaver, & W. Anthony (Eds.), The Ashgate research companion to biosocial theories of crime (pp. 249–272).Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing.