Kathryn Lemery

PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING
TEMPE
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1104

Biography

Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant is a professor of psychology and heads the Child Emotion Center-Arizona Twin Project in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. She is dually trained in developmental psychology and behavior genetics. Her research focuses on risk and resilience processes that impact children’s mental and physical health. She uses genetically-informative study designs, such as twin studies and studies that include genotyping. Professor Lemery-Chalfant joined the faculty at ASU in 2001.

Education

  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1999
  • M.S. Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1996
  • B.A. Psychology, Robert D. Clark Honor College, University of Oregon 1994

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Research Interests

  • Developmental methods
  • Temperament and emotion
  • gene-environment interplay
  • Psychosocial moderation of genetic risk
  • Specificity of risk for mental and physical health

Research Group

  • Arizona Twin Project
  • Wisconsin Twin Project
  • Early Steps Multisite study
  • Project Alliance 1
  • Las Madres Nuevas
  • AS-U Live Project

Publications

 

* indicates trainee

83. *Rea-Sandin, G., Clifford, S., Valiente, C. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (accepted). Toddler problem and prosocial behaviors: Unique genetic and common environmental influences. Social Development.

82. Shaw, D. S., *Galán, C. A., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Wilson, M. N., Elam, K. K., Gardner, F., & Dishion, T. J. (accepted). Early predictors of children’s early-starting conduct problems: Child, family, genetic, and intervention effects. Development and Psychopathology.

81. Doane, L. D., *Breitenstein, R. S., *Beekman, C., Clifford, S., *Smith, T. J. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (in press). Early life socioeconomic disparities in children’s sleep: The mediating role of the current HOME environment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

80. Lemery-Chalfant, K., Clifford, S., Dishion, T., Shaw, D., & Wilson, M. (2018). Genetic moderation of effects of the Family Check-Up intervention on children’s internalizing symptoms. Development and Psychopathology. Online first.

79. *Breitenstein, R. S., Doane, L. D., Clifford, S., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2018). Sibling conflict contributes to the environmental influence on nighttime sleep duration and daytime sleepiness in children: A twin study. Social Development.

78. Davis, M. C., Lemery-Chalfant, K., *Yeung, E. W., Luecken, L., Zautra, A.J. & Irwin, M. R. (2018). Interleukin-6 and depressive mood symptoms: Mediators of the association between childhood abuse and cognitive performance in middle-aged adults. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1093/abm/kay014

77. Van Hulle, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2018). Parent-offspring transmission of internalizing and sensory over-responsivity symptoms in adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46(3), 557-567. doi: 10.1007/s10802-017-0300-y. PMID: 28393325.

76. Elam, K., Chassin, L., Lemery-Chalfant, K., *Pandika, D., *Wang, F., *Bountress, K., Dick, D. & Agrawal, A. (2017). Affiliation with substance-using peers: Examining gene-environment correlations among parent monitoring, polygenic risk, and children’s impulsivity. Developmental Psychobiology, 59(5), 561-573. doi: 10.1002/dev.21529. PMID: 28561888

75. Van Hulle, C., *Moore, M. N., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Goldsmith, H. H. & Brooker, R. J. (2017). Infant stranger fear trajectories predict anxious behaviors and diurnal cortisol rhythm during childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 29(3), 1119-1130. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417000311. PMID: 28318454.

74. *Sarkisian, K., Van Hulle, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2017). Childhood inhibitory control and adolescent impulsivity and novelty seeking as differential predictors of relational and overt aggression. Journal of Research in Personality, 67, 144-150. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.07.011.

73. *Planalp, E. M., Van Hulle, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2017). Genetic and environmental contributions to the development of positive affect in infancy. Emotion, 17(3), 412-420. doi: 10.1037/emo0000238.  PMID: 27797564.

72. Van Hulle, C., *Clifford, S., *Moore, M. N., Lemery-Chalfant, K. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2017). Partial replication of two rumination-related candidate gene studies. Cognition and Emotion, 31(5), 963-971. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1168779. PMID: 27073970.

71. *Bountress, K., Chassin, L. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2017). Parent and peer influences on emerging adult substance use disorder: A genetically-informed study. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 121-142. doi: 10.1017/S095457941500125X. PMID: 26753847.

70. *Scott, B. G., Lemery-Chalfant, K., *Clifford, S., Tein, J., *Stoll, R. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2016). A twin factor mixture modeling approach to childhood temperament: Differential heritability. Child Development, 87(6), 1940-1955. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12561. PMID: 27291568.

69. *Elam, K., *Wang, F. L., *Bountress, K., Chassin, L., *Pandika, D., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2016). Predicting substance use in emerging adulthood. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 673-688. doi: 10.1017/S0954579416000249. PMID: 27427799.

68. *Swanson, J., Valiente, C., Bradley, R. H., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Abry, T. (2016). Teachers’ effortful control and student functioning: mediating and moderating processes. Social Development, 25, 623-645. doi: 10.1111/sode.12165

67. *Wang, F. L., Chassin, L. Geiser, C. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2016). Mechanisms in the relation between GABRA2 and adolescent externalizing problems. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 25(1), 67-80. doi: 10.1007/s00787-015-0703-7. PMID: 25804982.

66. *Li, Y., *Sulik, M., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Stover, D. A., & Verrelli, B. C. (2016). Predicting childhood effortful control from interactions between early parenting quality and children’s dopamine transporter gene haplotypes. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 199-212. doi:10.1017/S0954579415000383. PMID: 25924976.

65. Van Hulle, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2015). Trajectories of sensory over-responsivity from early to middle childhood: Birth and temperament risk factors. PloS ONE10(6), e0129968. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129968. PMID: 26107259.

64. Van Hulle, C., *Moore, M. N., Shirtcliff, E. A. Lemery-Chalfant, K. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2015). Genetic and environmental contributions to covariation between DHEA and testosterone in adolescent twins. Behavior Genetics, 45(3), 324-340.  doi:10.1007/s10519-015-9709-7. PMID: 25633628.

63. *Clifford, S., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2015). The unique and shared genetic and environmental contributions to fear, anger, and sadness in childhood. Child Development, 86(5), 1538-1556. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12394. PMID: 26182850.

62. *Eggum-Wilkens, N., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Aksan, N., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2015). A twin study of toddler self-conscious shyness:  growth over time, strong role of the environment, and lack of prediction from infant fearful shyness. Infancy20(2), 160-188. doi: 10.1111/infa.12070. PMID: 25685095.      

 61. *Vendlinski, M. K., Javaras, K. N., Van Hulle, C. A., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Maier, R., Davidson, R. J. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2014). Relative influence of genetics and shared environment on child mental health symptoms depends on comorbidity. PloS ONE 9(7): e103080. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103080. PMID: 25077799.

60. *Brooker, R. J., Buss, K. A., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Aksan, N., Davidson, R. J., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2014). Profiles of observed infant anger predict preschool behavior problems: Moderation by life stress. Developmental Psychology, 50, 2343-2352. doi: 10.1037/a0037693. PMID: 25151247.

59. Valiente, C., *Swanson, J., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Berger, R. H (2014). Children’s effortful control and academic achievement: Do relational peer victimization and classroom participation operate as mediators? Journal of School Psychology, 52, 433-445. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2014.05.005. PMID: 25107413.

58. *Sulik, M. J., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Lemery-Chalfant, K., *Swann, G., *Silva, K. M., Reiser, M., *Stover, D. A. & Verrelli, B. C. (2015). Interactions among catechol-O-methyltransferase genotype, parenting, and sex predict children’s internalizing symptoms and inhibitory control: Evidence for differential susceptibility. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 709-723. doi:10.1017/S0954579414000807. PMID: 25159270.

57. *Swanson, J., Valiente, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Bradley, R. H., & Eggum-Wilkens, N. D. (2014). Longitudinal relations among parents’ reactions to children’s negative emotions, effortful control, and math achievement in early elementary school. Child Development, 85, 1932-1947. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12260. PMID: 24916765.

56. *Taylor, Z., E., *Sulik, M. J., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., *Silva, K. M., Lemery-Chalfant, K., *Stover, D. A., & Verrelli, B. C. (2014). Development of ego-resiliency: Relations to observed parenting and polymorphisms in the serotonin transporter gene during early childhood. Social Development, 23(3), 433-450. doi: 10.1111/sode.12041. PMID: 25346579. 

55. *Clifford, S. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2015). Molecular genetics of resilience. In M. Pluess’s (Ed.) Genetics of psychological well-being: The role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology, 177.  Oxford University Press, USA.

54. Eggum-Wilkens, N., Valiente, C., Swanson, J. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2014). Children's shyness, popularity, school liking, cooperative participation, and internalizing problems in the early school years. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 85-94. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.10.002

53. *Brooker, R. J., Buss, K. A., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Aksan, N., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2013). The development of stranger fear in infancy and toddlerhood: Normative development, individual differences, antecedents, and outcomes. Developmental Science, 16, 864-878. doi: 10.1111/desc.12058. PMID: 24118713.

52. *Meek, S., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Jahromi, L. & Valiente, C. (2013).  A review of gene-environment correlations and their implications for autism: A conceptual model. Psychological Review, 120(3), 497-521. doi: 10.1037/a0033139. PMID: 23915084.

51. *Moore, M. N., *Salk, R. H., Van Hulle, C. A., Abramson, L. Y., Hyde, J. S., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2013). Genetic and environmental influences on rumination, distraction, and depressed mood: A twin study. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 316-322. doi: 10.1177/2167702612472884. PMID: 23956956.

50. Lemery-Chalfant, K., *Kao, K., *Swann, G., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2013). Childhood temperament: passive gene-environment correlation, gene-environment interaction, and the hidden importance of the family environment. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 51-63. doi:10.1017/S0954579412000892. PMID: 23398752.   

49. Schmidt, N. L., Van Hulle, C., *Brooker, R. J., *Meyer, L. R., Lemery-Chalfant, K. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2013). Wisconsin twin research: Early development, childhood psychopathology, autism, and sensory over-responsivity. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 16, 376-384.  doi: 10.1017/thg.2012.105, PMID: 23200241.

48. Lemery-Chalfant, K., *Clifford, S., *McDonald, K., *O’Brien, T. C., & Valiente, C. (2013). Arizona Twin Project: a focus on early resilience. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 16, 404-411. doi: 10.1017/thg.2012.107. PMID: 23394195.

47. Goldsmith, H. H. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2013). Genetic influences on individual differences in approach and avoidance. In A. J. Elliot’s (Ed.), Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation (pp. 187-202). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

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Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 542Social Development
PSY 592Research
PSY 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 542Social Development
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction

Presentations

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  • Keynote Speaker, Developmental Science through a Genetically-Informed Lens, Developmental Methodology Conference, Whitefish, MT
  • Elam, K., *Beekman, C., Dishion, T., Shaw, D., Wilson, M., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2017). Using gene set enrichment analysis to create polygenic risk scores for childhood externalizing behavior. Behavior Genetics. Oslo, Norway.
  • *Rea-Sandin, G., *Clifford, S., Doane, L. D., *Lewis, C. R., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2017). Early family adversity predicts peer outcomes in middle childhood: A genetically-informed twin study. Behavior Genetics. Oslo, Norway.
  • *Oro, V., Doane, L. D. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2017). Relations among parental self efficacy, emotional availability, and childrens negative emotionality: A genetically-informed, longitudinal twin study. Behavior Genetics. Oslo, Norway.
  • *Beekman, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2016). A dynamic systems model of presynaptic serotonergic functioning: Further validation, additional serotonin genes and association with childrens behavioral impulsivity. Behavior Genetics. Brisbane, Australia
  • Van Hulle, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Goldsmith, H. H. (2015). Partial replication of two rumination-related candidate gene studies. Behavior Genetics. San Diego, California.
  • *Clifford, S., Valiente, C. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2015).  Genetic and environmental influences on early social competence: Moderation by childcare. Behavior Genetics. San Diego, California.
  • *Cooke, O., *Clifford, S., Valiente, C. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2015). Genetic and environmental influences on toddler negative emotionality, dysregulation, problem behaviors, and competence. Behavior Genetics. San Diego, California.
  • *Meachum, A., *Brietenstien, R., *Clifford, S., Valiente, C. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2015).  Toddler developmental maturity: Heritability and prenatal and postnatal adversity. Behavior Genetics. San Diego, California.
  • *Barclay, R., *Clifford, S., Davis, M., Zautra, A. & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2015). Midlife cognitive functioning: Adaptation to stress and Apolipoprotein E, Interleukin 6, and C-Reactive Protein genes. Behavior Genetics. San Diego, California.
  • *Clifford, S., Lemery-Chalfant, K. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2014). Phenotypic specificity: Unique and shared genetic and environmental contributions to childrens fear, anger, and sadness. Behavior Genetics. Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • *Elam, K. K., *Wang, F., *Bountress, K., Chassin, L., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Dick, D., *Pandinka, D., Salvatore, J., Agrawal, A. & Sher, K. (2014). Using a theory-based polygenic risk score for behavioral undercontrol to examine evocative genotype-environment correlation. Behavior Genetics. Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • *Meek, S., Lemery-Chalfant, K. & Goldsmith, H. H. (2014). Testing a conceptual model of cascading gene-environment correlation: AVPR1A, childrens social competence, and maternal preference across seven years. Behavior Genetics. Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Honors/Awards

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Editorships

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Professional Associations

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Service

  • Regular Member of the NIH Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention (PDRP) study section, 2016-2020
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Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Post Doctoral Trainees:

Candace Lewis (7/2015-present; co-sponsor of Bisgrove Fellowship)

Samantha Miadich (8/2017-present)

Current Doctoral Students:

Veronica Oro (masters in progress)

Gianna Rea-Sandin (masters in progress)

Reagan Styles Breitenstein (co-chair with Leah Doane, defended masters 10/2015, comprehensive exam 12/2016)

Work History

  • Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University, 2015-present
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University, 2008-2015
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Arizona State UniversiAssistant Scientist, Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development, University of WisconsinMadison, 2000-2008
  • Assistant Scientist, Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development, University of WisconsinMadison, 2000-2001
  • Associate Research Specialist, Department of Psychology, University of WisconsinMadison, 1992-1994