Dr. Jaime Derringer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Faculty Affiliate of the Illinois Informatics Institute in Bioinformatics. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics) from the University of Minnesota, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Behavior Genetics at University of Colorado - Boulder.
Dr. Derringer is interested in how genetic and environmental influences explain individual differences in human behavior. Her research focuses on (1) applying psychometric methods to refine genetic associations with broadly-defined phenotypes, (2) estimating how certain environments (such as stress) enhance or dampen genetic influences, and (3) identifying "genetic risk" scores that may predict individual outcomes.
This lab investigates how biology and experience come together to shape the incredible diversity of human behavior. Amid concerns about the reproducibility and replicability of psychological research, we are committed to the thoughtful exploration of high quality (and high quantity) data. We love meta-analyses, large samples, and thorough assessments of person and place.