Daniel Ewon Choe

Daniel Choe

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies


Research Interests

Dr. Choe's research interests center on the development of children’s self-regulation and externalizing behavior (e.g., aggression, hyperactivity), their complex associations with parents’ mental health and caregiving, and their contributions to the onset of psychopathology, specifically child disruptive behavior disorders and maternal depression. He follows a biopsychosocial approach to studying psychopathology and its intergenerational transmission, often utilizing observational, questionnaire, interview, and biological data. Dr. Choe is currently examining gene–environment interactions, neural threat circuitry, parenting and neighborhood influences on the development of antisocial behavior during the first two decades of life. His lab is also collecting pilot data for a study on preschool-age children's self-regulation and general cognitive skills, and the role parents play in fostering young children’s cognitive development (i.e., executive function).

Dr. Choe is accepting applications in the fall from individuals interested in working with him in his lab while pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development

Diversity Statement 
As a faculty member in Human Development and Family Studies, it is important to educate students and myself about diversity-related topics in the context of course material. For example, I emphasize that most studies of child development and mental health are produced by researchers in western, predominantly white industrialized nations. Because I supervise students who intern in classrooms or clinics that service people of color and/or low-income status, I try to nurture an understanding that what students learn in the classroom may not generalize to the people they work with in the community. My research focuses on socioeconomically disadvantaged families in the U.S., a vulnerable population, often stigmatized in research, that is in need of high quality health services and empirical study. My ultimate goal is to disseminate and translate my work to promote equitable policies and programs that help families in need.

Selected Publications

Olson, S. L., Choe, D. E., & Sameroff, A. J. (in press). Interactions between parenting and child effortful control predict developmental trajectories of externalizing behavior through childhoodDevelopment and Psychopathology.

Galán, C. A., Choe, D. E., Forbes, E. E., & Shaw, D. S. (in press). The interaction between monoamine oxidase A and punitive discipline in the development of antisocial behavior: Mediation by maladaptive social information processingDevelopment and Psychopathology.

Choe, D. E., Shaw, D. S., & Forbes, E. E. (2015). Maladaptive social information-processing in childhood predicts young men's atypical amygdala reactivity to threat. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry56, 549-557. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12316

Choe, D. E., Shaw, D. S., Brennan, L. M., Dishion, T. J., & Wilson, M. N. (2014). Inhibitory control as a mediator of bidirectional effects between early oppositional behavior and maternal depressionDevelopment and Psychopathology26, 1129-1147. doi:10.1017/S0954579414000613

Choe, D. E., Shaw, D. S., Hyde, L. W., & Forbes, E. E. (2014). Interactions between MAOA and punitive discipline in African American and Caucasian men's antisocial behaviorClinical Psychological Science2, 591-601. doi:10.1177/2167702613518046

Choe, D. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Transactional process of African American adolescents' family conflict and violent behaviorJournal of Research on Adolescence24, 591-597. doi:10.1111/jora.12056

Choe, D. E., Stoddard, S. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Developmental trajectories of African American adolescents' family conflict: Differences in mental health problems in young adulthoodDevelopmental Psychology50, 1226-1232. doi:10.1037/a0035199

Choe, D. E., Olson, S. L., & Sameroff, A. J. (2014). Effortful control moderates bidirectional effects between children's externalizing problems and their mothers' depressive symptomsChild Development85, 643-658. doi:10.1111/cdev.12123

Choe, D. E., Lane, J. D., Grabell, A. S., & Olson, S. L. (2013). Developmental precursors of young school-age children's hostile attribution biasDevelopmental Psychology49, 2245-2256. doi:10.1037/a0032293|

Choe, D. E., Olson, S. L., & Sameroff, A. J. (2013). The interplay of externalizing problems and inductive and physical discipline during childhoodDevelopmental Psychology49, 2029-2039. doi:10.1037/a0032054

Choe, D. E., Olson, S. L., & Sameroff, A. J. (2013). Effects of early maternal distress and parenting on the development of children's self-regulation and externalizing behavior.  Development and Psychopathology, 25, 437-453. doi:10.1017/S0954579412001162

Curriculum Vitae

Faculty CV