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Jenae Neiderhiser, Ph.D.

Associate Department Head for Research,

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and

Human Development and Family Studies

Accepting graduate students for fall 2022

Pronouns: she/her/hers

411 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-4818

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph. D., Penn State University, 1994


Research Interests

Jenae Neiderhiser is interested in understanding how genes and environment work together to shape development throughout the lifespan. Much of her research has focused on interpersonal relationships – including parent-child, spouse, sibling and peer relationships. Examining how individuals influence their environments, and what role genetics may play in this (gene-environment correlation), has long been a focus of her work. She has also examined gene x environment interaction (GxE) and the role of early life experiences, including prenatal, in shaping development. Most recently she has begun to incorporate neighborhood context and pubertal hormones into her work. 

The studies she has used to examine these research questions include the following three sets of studies. The Nonshared Environment in Adolescent Development (NEAD) project and the Young Adult Sibling Study (YASS) is a longitudinal study of 720 twin and sibling pairs in two parent families with both parents and both twins/siblings participating followed from when the twins/siblings were in middle adolescence to young adulthood. The Twin/Offspring Study in Sweden (TOSS) is a study of 909 pairs of twins who are parents of at least one adolescent child and includes twin parents, one child per twin and the spouse/partner of the twin. Finally, the Early Growth and Development Study is a prospective, longitudinal study of 561 sets of children adopted at birth, their adoptive families and birth parents followed from infancy through adolescence and include information on the prenatal environment. All of these studies include extensive assessment of the environment within the household, family relationships, peer relationships, adult and child adjustment, temperament and personality and other related measures. 

Recent Publications:

Ahmadzedeh, Y., Eley, T., Leve, L., Shaw, D., Natsuaki, M., McAdams, T., Neiderhiser, J. (2019). Anxiety in the family:  A genetically informed analysis of associations between mother, father and child anxiety symptoms. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. [Epub ahead of print: 20 May 2019].

Broderick, A.V.* & Neiderhiser, J.M. (2019). Genetics and Parenting. In Handbook of Parenting, Volume 2: Biology and Ecology of Parenting. Third Edition., Ed., M.H. Bornstein. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

 Burt, S.A., Clark, D.A., Pearson, A.L., Klump, K.L., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (2019). Do neighborhood social processes moderate the etiology of youth conduct problems? Psychological Medicine. [Epub ahead of print: 1 July 2019).

Burt, S.A., Pearson, A.L., Rzotkiewicz, A., Klump, K.L., Neiderhiser, J.M. (2019). It really does take a village: The role of neighbors in the etiology of nonaggressive rule-breaking behavior. Development and Psychopathology, 31(2), 713-725.

 Cioffi, C.C., Leve, L.D., Natsuaki, M.N., Shaw, D.S., Reiss, D., Neiderhiser, J.M. (2019). Does maternal warmth moderate longitudinal associations between infant attention control and children’s inhibitory control? Infant and Child Development. [Epub ahead of print: 29 July 2019].

Conradt, E., Flannery, T., Aschner, J.L., Annett, R.D., Croen, L.A., Duarte, C.S., Friedman, A.M., Guille, C., Hedderson, M.M., Hofheimer, J.A., Jones, M.R., Ladd-Acosta, C., McGrath, M., Moreland, A., Neiderhiser, J.M., Nguyen, R.H.N., Posner, J., Ross, J.L., Savitz, D.A., Ondersma, S.J., & Lester, B.M. (2019). Prenatal opioid exposure: Neurodevelopmental consequences and future research priorities. Pediatrics, 144(3), e20190128. DOI:

Loncke, J., Cook, W.L., Neiderhiser, J.M., Loeys, T. (2019). The social relations model for count data. Methodology, 15, 157-174.

Marceau, K., Abel, E.A., Duncan, R.J., Moore, P.J., Leve, L.D., Reiss, D., Shaw, D.S., Naatsuaki, M., Neiderhiser, J.M., Ganiban, J.M. (2019). Longitudinal associations of sleep duration, morning and evening cortisol, and BMI during childhood. Obesity, 27(4), 645-652. doi:10.1002/oby.22420

Marceau, K., Rolan, E., Leve, L.D., Ganiban, J.M., Reiss, D., Shaw, D.S., Natsuaki, M., Egger, H., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (2019). Parenting and prenatal risk as moderators of genetic influences on conduct problems during middle childhood. Developmental Psychology, 55(6), 1164-1181. 

Natsuaki, M.N., Neiderhiser, J.M., Harold, G.T., Shaw, D.S., Reiss, D., & Leve, L.D. (2019). Siblings reared apart: A sibling comparison study on rearing environmental differences. Developmental Psychology, 55(6), 1182-1190.

Picci, G.*, Griffin, A.M.*, Reiss, D., Neiderhiser, J.M. (2019). Parent–adolescent conflict and young adult romantic relationship negativity: Genetic and environmental influences. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(1), 34-43.

Ramos, A.M.*, Griffin, A.M.*, Neiderhiser, J.M., Reiss, D. (2019). Did I inherit my moral compass? Examining socialization and evocative mechanisms for virtuous character development. Behavior Genetics, 49(2), 168-174.

Shewark, E.A.*, Neiderhiser, J.M. (2019). How family relationships shape children’s extrafamilial relationships: Gene-environment interplay. In B.H. Fiese, M. Celano, K. Deater-Deckard, E.N. Jouriles, & M.A. Whisman (Eds.), APA handbook of contemporary family psychology: Foundations, methods, and contemporary issues across the lifespan (pp. 205-222). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Taraban, L., Shaw, D.S., Leve, L.D., Natsuaki, M.N., Ganiban, J.M., Reiss, D., Neiderhiser, J.M. (2019). Parental depression, overreactive parenting, and early childhood externalizing problems: moderation by social support. Child Development, 90(4), e468-e485.

Trentacosta, C., Waller, R., Neiderhiser, J.M., Shaw, D.S., Natsuaki, M.N., Ganiban, J.M., Reiss, D., Leve, L.D., Hyde, L. (2019). Callous-unemotional behavior and harsh parenting: Reciprocal associations across early childhood and moderation by inherited risk. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(5), 811-823.

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