We investigate various aspects of aggression in children and adolescents. One focus is on different aggression phenotypes, e.g.:
These different phenotypes may be characterized by differences in (social) cognition and social functioning. They may also be characterized by differences in underlying neurobiology, which is another focus of our aggression research, involving the genotyping of aggression, neurotransmitter abnormalities, and, predominantly, stress neurobiology.
A third focus is on predictors of developmental trajectories of aggression, such as prenatal tobacco exposure, inadequate parenting, and parental psychopathology. Future projects will involve the design of interventions based on these lines of research.