Associate Professor and Associate Department Head
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Behavioral Assessment
Child Development
I received my B.A. in Psychology (Boston College), Master's Degrees in Counseling and Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Science (all graduate degrees at Boston University). I was then a postdoctoral trainee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and from 2011-2017 an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. I am broadly interested in child temperament, emotion, cognition, education and health. Much of my work incorporates genetic and/or biological approaches. For the past decade, I have been studying the development of child self-control from a multi-method, multi-theoretical perspective. In 2012, I began the TEXAS Family Study (TFS) with 200 preschool-aged siblings and their families, focusing on child self-control, socio-emotional development, and psychopathology, and several parent/family traits. Recently, we began studying the TFS children as they transition to school. At Texas A&M, I am an Associate Professor, Ph.D. Program Coordinator in Developmental Sciences (DS), Division Chair in Learning Sciences (LS) and Associate Department Head for Research and Faculty Development in the Educational Psychology Department (EPSY). My current research program includes the TFS and a multi-method study of self-control and related traits in three-year-olds that incorporates behavioral, emotional, cognitive and neurophysiological measures with colleagues in ESPY and Psychology (The Early Self-Control Development and School Readiness Study; SCD Study). We are currently working on expanding this study to include additional participants and longitudinal data collections that span early childhood through school age.
Journal Articles
Schmidt, N. L., Brooker, R. J., Carroll , I. C., Gagne, J. R., Luo, Z., Moore, M. N., Planalp, E. M., Sarkisian, K., Schmidt, C. A., Van Hulle, C. A., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2019). Longitudinal Research at the Interface of Affective Neuroscience, Developmental Psychopathology, Health, and Behavioral Genetics: Findings from the Wisconsin Twin Project. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 22, 233-239. (Web of Science Impact Factor: 1.896)
*Fang, H. A. & Gagne, J. R. (2018). Maternal negative affectivity and child internalizing problems: Child behavioral inhibition as a mediator. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 42, 284-293
Gagne, J. R., Chang, C., *Fang, H. A., *Spann, C. A. & Kwok, O. (2018). A multi-method study of inhibitory control and behavior problems in preschoolers. Infant & Child Development, e2115.
Gagne, J. R. & *Nwadinobi, O. K. (2018). Self-control interventions that benefit executive functioning and academic outcomes in early and middle childhood. Special issue on [48]1CMotor and behavioral skills in self-regulation and schooling outcomes.[48]1D Early Education and Development, 29, 971-987.
Gagne, J. R. (2017). Self-control in childhood: A synthesis of perspectives and focus on early development. Child Development Perspectives, 11, 127-132.
Gagne, J. R., O'Sullivan, D. L., Schmidt, N. L., Spann, C. A., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2017). The shared etiology of attentional control and anxiety: An adolescent twin study. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 122-138.
Gazor, A., Fang, H. A. & Gagne, J. R. (2017). The effects of parental depression on child temperament: An exploratory genetic analysis. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 22, 1-12.
Planalp, E. M., Van Hulle, C. A, Gagne, J. R., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2017). The infant version of the Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery (Lab-TAB): Measurement properties and implications for concepts of temperament. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology, 8, 1-17
Other Publications and Presentations
*Nwadinobi, O. K. & Gagne, J. R. (in press). Preschool anger, activity level and inhibitory control and maternal characteristics as predictors of child behavior problems. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. (Web of Science Impact Factor: 1.330)
Influence of Early Life Stress on Multiple Memory Systems in Animals and Humans
Co-PI. TAMU T3 (State)
2018-04-01 — 2020-03-31
Catapult Round 4 - A Comprehensive Investigation of Early Self-Control Development and School Readiness ($29,331)
PI. TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2018-01-15 — 2019-06-15