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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
  • Self-Regulation
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Family and Peer Relationships and Environments
  • 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


  • Bridgett, D. J., Burt, N. M., Edwards, E. S., & Deater-Deckard, K. (in press). Intergenerational transmission of self-regulation: A multidisciplinary review and integrative conceptual framework. Psychological Bulletin.
  • Crandall, A. A., Deater-Deckard, K., & Riley, A. E. (in press). Maternal emotion and cognitive control capacities and parenting: A conceptual framework. Developmental Review.
  • Deater-Deckard, K. (2014). Family matters: Inter-generational and interpersonal processes of executive function and attentive behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 230-236. doi: 10.1177/0963721414531597
  • Chen, N., Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M. A. (2014). The role of temperament by family environment interactions in child maladjustment. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42, 1251-1262. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9872-y
  • Chen, N., Bell, M. A., & Deater-Deckard, K. (2014). Maternal frontal EEG asymmetry and chronic stressors moderate the link between child conduct problems and maternal negativity. Social Development. doi: 10.1111/sode.12093
  • Cuevas, K., Deater-Deckard, K., Kim, J., Watson, A., Morasch, K., & Bell, M. A. (2014). What’s mom got to do with it? Contributions of maternal executive function and caregiving to the development of executive function across early childhood. Developmental Science, 17, 224-238. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12073
  • Kim-Spoon, J., Holmes, C., & Deater-Deckard, K. (2014). Attention regulates anger and fear to predict changes in adolescent risk-taking behaviors. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. DOI:10.1111/jcpp.12338
  • 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.

    Kirby Deater-Deckard

Office Hours

Tues 2:00pm-3:30pm
Wed 11:00am-12:30pm
and by appt