Genes, Environment, and Youth Development (Su)

Integrating developmental psychology and statistical/molecular genetics, we seek to understand how genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of alcohol use disorders and related health outcomes in diverse populations.

We are interested in:

1) understanding how family processes and sociocultural factors may buffer or exacerbate genetic risk for the development of risky substance use patterns across development, particularly during adolescence and young adulthood,

2) disentangling the genetic and psychosocial pathways underlying the intergenerational transmission of risk and resilience related to substance use disorders and related outcomes, and

3) examining potential differences in pathways of risk and resilience across racial/ethnic groups. Our goal is to understand how genetic and psychosocial factors predict substance misuse to better inform effective, personalized prevention and intervention for individuals who are at risk.

Join the Lab!

Are you looking for research experience in Psychology? We are actively looking for motivated and responsible undergraduates to join us!

If you are interested in becoming a research assistant (for credit or volunteer) in the Genes, Environment, and Youth Development Lab, please contact Dr. Jinni Su at

Opportunity Info
Course Info
Course Credit: 
PSY399 and PSY499
Lab Director(s): 
Jinni Su