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James Li

ADHD, antisocial behaviors, child development, genetics, parental and social influences, gene-environment interplay

Assistant Professor; Department of Psychology; Waisman Center College of Letters and Science Work: 605-265-1091 Home page


  • Identifying genes and other socioemotional factors (i.e., early childhood temperament) that may enhance sensitivity to positive and negative rearing environments.
  • Examining child to adult trajectories of behavioral development (specifically as it relates to ADHD and aggression) using a prospective longitudinal design.
  • Examining how differences in biology and environmental factors may affect the efficacy of certain types of treatments for individuals with ADHD and other behavioral disorders.


  • Director of the Social and Behavioral Development Lab at the Waisman Center
  • Member, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
  • Member, Academy of Psychological Clinical Science
  • Member, International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP)
  • Fellow, Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence program