Zhi Li

Zhi Li


Biological, Social-Emotional, Family, Health, Research Methodology

Life Phases
Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence

Research Profile


Research Interests
Evolutionary perspectives, plasticity, genotype-environment interactions, attachment, parent-child relationship, longitudinal methodology

Selected Publications:

Wu, N., Li, Z., & Su, Y. (2012). The association between oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism (OXTR) and trait empathy. Journal of affective disorders, 138(3), 468-472.

Cline, J., Belsky, J., Li, Z., Melhuish, E., Lysenko, L., McFarquhar., T., Stevens, S., & Jaffee, S. (in press). Take Your Mind Off It: Coping Style, 5HTTLPR Genotype, and Children’s Internalizing and Externalizing Problems. Development and Psychopathology.

Li, Z., Hygen, B.W., Widaman, KF., Berg-Nielsen, T.S., Wichstrøm, L., & Belsky, J. (submitted). Disorganization, COMT Genotype, and Children’s Social Functioning: Testing the Norwegian Hypothesis of Variation in the Legacy of Disorganized Attachment. Developmental Psychology.

Li, Z., Liu, S., Hartman, S., & Belsky, J.(submitted). Interactive Effects of Early-Life Income Harshness and Unpredictability on Children’s Socioemotional and Academic Functioning in Kindergarten and Adolescence. Development and Psychopathology.

Zhang, L., Li, Z*., Chen, J., Li, X., Zhang, J., & Belsky, J. (submitted). Parenting—BDNF Val66Met Polymorphism Interaction on Depressive Symptoms in Chinese Adolescents: Diathesis-stress or Differential Susceptibility. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. (*Co-first author).

Mesquita, A.R., Belsky, J., Li, Z., Baptista, J., Carvalho-Correia, E., Maciel, P., & Soares, L. (submitted). Institutionalization and indiscriminate social behavior: Differential-susceptibility versus diathesis-stress models for the 5-HTTLPR and BDNF genotypes. Physiology & Behavior.