Evan J. Giangrande

LIFE Virginia

LIFE Fellow since 2017, University of Virginia

I am a clinical psychology PhD student at UVA, working with Eric Turkheimer. Broadly, my research focuses on factors that cause typical cognitive development to go awry. I use large, longitudinal twin samples to study individual differences in cognitive ability across the lifespan, and am particularly interested in interaction between environmental influences (e.g., socioeconomic status) and heritability of cognitive performance. In another line of research, I collaborate with the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics to investigate the molecular genetics and genomics of schizophrenia. Prior to starting graduate school, I was a Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow at the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Branch of NIMH, where I studied cognitive impairment in schizophrenia under Dwight Dickinson. I graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Psychology and English in 2014.         

Dissertation proposal:

Longitudinal Dynamics of Gene-Environment Interplay Across Cognitive Development

Selected Publications

Giangrande, E. J., Weber, R. S., & Turkheimer, E. (2022). What do we know about the genetic architecture of psychopathology? Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 18, 19–42. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-081219-091234

Giangrande, E. J., & Turkheimer, E. (2022). Race, ethnicity, and the Scarr-Rowe hypothesis: A cautionary example of fringe science entering the mainstream. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 17(3), 696–710. https://doi.org/10.1177/17456916211017498

Giangrande, E. J., Beam, C. R., Carroll, S., Matthews, L. J., Davis, D. W., Finkel, D., & Turkheimer, E. (2019). Multivariate analysis of the Scarr-Rowe interaction across middle childhood and early adolescence. Intelligence, 77, Article 101400. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2019.101400

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