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Burt S. Alexandra Burt
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Clinical Psychology/Behavioral Genetics 2004
Masters University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Clinical Psychology/Behavioral Genetics 2001
Bachelors Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Psychology & History 1996
Primary Program: Clinical
107D Psychology
(517) 432-5602

Research Statement

Dr. Burt’s research focuses on understanding the etiology of aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors (collectively referred to as antisocial behaviors) across the lifespan, with a particular focus on the role of genotype-environnment interplay. In particular, she is interested in how environmental contexts/experiences (e.g., neighborhood disadvantage, environmental toxicants) may effectively turn genes for antisocial behavior on and/or off. She is also quite interested in the manifestation and etiology of digital aggression, a new phenomenon about which we know very little.  She makes use of a number of interrelated research strategies, including twin studies, adoption studies, and expermental paradigms.  Because the origins of antisocial behavior and digital aggression may well vary with age and development, her lab conducts studies in children, adolescents, college students, and adults, including the recently adjudicated.

Related Research Websites
Michigan State University Twin Registry In sum, the MSUTR research will allow for better understanding of the environmental, genetic and neurobiological factors that influence psychological functioning and behavior. Our research will aid in the identification of the origins of internalizing and externalizing symptoms, ultimately informing treatment and prevention efforts.

Research Publications    
2013Klump, K.L., Keel, P.K., Racine, S.E., Burt, S.A., Neale, M., Sisk, C.L., Boker, S., & Hu, J.Y. (2013). The interactive effects of estrogen and progesterone on changes in emotional eating across the menstrual cycle. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 131-137.
2013Klump, K.L., Perkins, P.S., Burt, S.A., McGue, M., & Iacono, W.G. (2007). Puberty moderates genetic influences on disordered eating. Psychological Medicine, 37, 627-634.
2013Klahr, A.M., Thomas, K.M., Hopwood, C.J., Klump, K.L., & Burt, S.A. (2013). Evocative gene-environment correlation in the mother-child relationship: A twin study of interpersonal processes. Development & Psychopathology, 25, 105-118.
2013Tackett, J.L., Daoud, S.L.S.B., De Bolle, M., & Burt, S.A. (2013). Is relational aggression part of the externalizing spectrum? A bifactor model of antisocial behavior in a large sample of youth. Aggressive Behavior, 39, 149-159.
2013Burt, S.A. & Klump, K.L. (2013). Delinquent peer affiliation as an etiological moderator of childhood delinquency. Psychological Medicine, 43, 1269-1278.
2013Burt, S.A. (2013). Do etiologic influences on aggression overlap with those on rule-breaking? A meta-analysis. Psychological Medicine, 43, 1801-1812.
2013Humbad, M.N., Donnellan, M.B., Iacono, W.G., McGue, M., & Burt, S.A. (2013). Quantifying the association between personality similarity and martial satisfaction using profile correlations: A cautionary tale. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 97-106
2013Nikolas, M., Klump, K.L., & Burt, S.A. (2013). Etiological contributions to the covariation between children’s perception of interparental conflict and child behavioral problems. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 239-251.
2013Burt, S. A. & Klump, K.L. (2013). The Michigan State University Twin Registry: An update. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 16, 344-350.
2013Hopwood, C.J., Burt, S.A., Keel, P., Neale, M.C., Boker, S.M., & Klump, K.L. (2013). Interpersonal problems associated with Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire traits in women during the transition to adulthood. Assessment, 20, 60-67.