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Kirby Deater-Deckard

Kirby Deater-Deckard

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, Developmental Science
Faculty, Biological Psychology
Faculty/Consultant, Child Study Center
Director, Individual Differences Lab


  • 2005 Professor of Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • 1998-2006 Asst/Assoc Prof of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • 1994-1998 Post-doc, Vanderbilt Univ & Inst of Psychiatry, London
  • 1989-1994 Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • 1985-1989 B.A. Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA


  • Child/Adolescent Social-Emotional and Cognitive Development
  • Parenting and Family Environments
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Behavioral Genetics and Individual Differences

Courses Taught

  • 6944/54:
  • Development of Individual Differences
  • Quantitative Behavioral Genetics
  • Cognitive and Achievement Skills
  • Genetic and Epigenetic Influences in Development
  • 5274: Personality Processes
  • 4364: Topics in Child Development; Genetics/Epigenetics


  • Deater-Deckard, K. (in press). Family matters: Intergenerational and interpersonal processes of executive function and attentive behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
  • Berry, D., Deater-Deckard, K., McCartney, K., Wang, Z., & Petrill, S. A. (2013). Gene–environment interaction between DRD4 7-repeat VNTR and early maternal sensitivity predicts inattention trajectories across middle childhood. Development & Psychopathology, 25, 291-306.
  • Deater-Deckard, K. (2013). The social environment and the development of psychopathology. In P. Zelazo (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Developmental Psychology, Volume 1. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Deater-Deckard, K., Chen, N., Wang, Z., & Bell, M. A. (2012). SES moderates the link between household chaos and maternal executive function. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Deater-Deckard, K., Wang, Z., Chen, N., & Bell, M. A. (2012). Maternal executive function, harsh parenting, and child conduct problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Wang, Z., Deater-Deckard, K., Petrill, S. A., & Thompson, L. (2012). Externalizing problems, attention regulation, and household chaos: A longitudinal behavioral genetic study. Development and Psychopathology.

    Kirby Deater-Deckard

Office Hours

Wed, Thurs: 11:00-12:30