Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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
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.
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 childhood. Development 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 processing. Development 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 Psychiatry, 56, 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 depression. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 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 behavior. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 591-601. doi:10.1177/2167702613518046
Choe, D. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Transactional process of African American adolescents' family conflict and violent behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 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 adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 50, 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 symptoms. Child Development, 85, 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 bias. Developmental Psychology, 49, 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 childhood. Developmental Psychology, 49, 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