S. Alexandra Burt, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Ph.D. 2004, University of Minnesota
Dr. Burt’s research focuses on understanding the role of gene-environment interplay in the development of aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors (collectively referred to as antisocial behaviors) across the lifespan. In particular, she is interested in how the environment may effectively turn genes for antisocial behavior on and/or off. She is also exploring possible sub-types within the broader construct of antisocial behavior, as these may be relevant moderators of gene-environment interplay. She makes use of a number of interrelated research strategies: molecular genetic approaches, twin approaches, examinations of the role of hormone levels, and explorations of environmental influences, personality, and emotion. Because the origins of antisocial behavior vary with age and development, her lab conducts studies in children, adolescents, college students, and adults, including the recently adjudicated.