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Lisabeth DiLalla

Lisabeth DiLalla, Professor

School of Medicine; Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Clinical Psychology

Lisabeth DiLalla (Ph.D., 1987, Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia) completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavior genetics at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado. Since then she has been at SIU, currently as a Professor in the School of Medicine. Her research on preschoolers has focused on aggressive and cooperative peer behaviors, behavioral adjustment to school, and play and imagination. Other research interests include delinquency and cognitive development. Dr. DiLalla focuses on twins in her research to better understand the contributions of genes and environment to the behaviors she studies. She also teaches child development and behavior genetics to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Dr. DiLalla is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and a Charter Fellow of the Midwestern Psychology Association (MPA). Dr. DiLalla is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and a Charter Fellow of both the Midwestern Psychology Association (MPA) and Sigma Xi, the National Scientific Research Honor Society.


behavioral genetics; social cognition


PSYC 419: Behavioral Genetics
PSYC 489: Seminar - Selected Topics
PSYC 529: Advanced Applied Multivariate Statistics
PSYC 552: Social Development

Graduate Advisees

Gabriel Casher
Emma Diaz
Matthew Jamnik
Riley Marshall
Megan McCrary
Emily Pali

Representative Publications

DiLalla, L.F., Diaz, E., & Jamnik, M.R., (forthcoming). Toward the dark side: Temperament, personality, and genetics related to antisocial behaviors. In K. Saudino & J. Ganiban (Eds.), Behavior genetics of temperament and personality.

DiLalla, L.F., Marshall, R.L., & Pali, E. (forthcoming). The bright side of interpersonal interactions: Prosocial behaviors are influenced by temperament, personality, and genetics. In K. Saudino & J. Ganiban (Eds.), Behavior genetics of temperament and personality.

Jamnik, M.R., & DiLalla, L.F. (2019). Health outcomes associated with internalizing problems in early childhood and adolescence. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(60). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00060

Woodward, K.E., Boeldt, D.L., Corley, R.P., DiLalla, L.F., Friedman, N.P., Hewitt, J.K., Mullineaux, P.Y., Robinson, J., & Rhee, S.H. (2018). Correlates of positive parenting behaviors. Behavior Genetics48(4), 283-297. doi: 10.1007/s10519-018-9906-2

Elam, K.K., & DiLalla, L.F. (2018). Minute-to-minute trajectories of child unresponsiveness and parent sensitivity in parent-child interactions: The role of DRD4. Social Development. doi: org/10.1111/sode.12308

DiLalla, L.F.
, & DiLalla, D.L. (2018). Gene-environment correlations affecting children's early delinquency and aggressive play behaviors. Twin Research and Human Genetics21(4), 285-288.

Jamnik, M.R., & DiLalla, L.F. (2018). A multimethodological study of preschoolers’ preferences for aggressive television and video games. Journal of Genetic Psychology179(3), 156-169.

Silva, A.C., Ezequiel, O.S., Damiano, R.F., Lucchetti, A.L.G., DiLalla, L.F., Dorsey, J.K., & Lucchetti, G. (2018). Translation, transcultural adaptation, and validation of the Empathy, Spirituality, and Wellness in Medicine Survey (ESWIM) to the Brazilian Portuguese language. Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

McCrary, M.K., & DiLalla, L.F. (2018). Lab versus parent ratings of temperament: A brief examination of potential uses for professionals across settings. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. doi: 10.1177/0734282918759212

Elfenbein, H.A., Eisenkraft, N., Curhan, J.R., & DiLalla, L.F. (2018). On the relative importance of individual-level characteristics and dyadic interaction effects in negotiations: Variance partitioning evidence from a twins study. Journal of Applied Psychology103(1), 88-96.

Lucchetti, G., Damiano, R.F., DiLalla, L.F., Ezequiel, O.S., Lucchetti, A.L.G., Moutinho, I.L.D., & Dorsey, J.K. (2017). Cross-cultural differences in mental health, life quality, empathy, and burnout between US and Brazilian medical students. Academic Psychiatry

DiLalla, L.F., McCrary, M., & Diaz, E. (2017). A review of endophenotypes in schizophrenia and autism: The next phase for understanding genetic etiologies. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C Seminars in Medical Genetics. 1–8.

DiLalla, L.F., & DiLalla, D.L. (2017). “Pass on the word”: Reflections on a life and career. Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 422-423. Invited as part of a special issue entitled “In Memoriam: Irving I. Gottesman.”

Damiano, R.F., DiLalla, L.F., Lucchetti, G., & Dorsey, J.K. (2017). Empathy in medical students is moderated by wellness and spirituality. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 2, 188-195.

Bersted, K., & DiLalla, L.F. (2016). The influence of DRD4 genotype and perinatal environment on preschoolers’ negative emotionality. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 42, 71-79. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2015.12.001

Ramsey, J.L., DiLalla, L.F., & McCrary, M.K. (2016). Cyber victimization and depressive symptoms in sexual minority college students. Journal of School Violence, 15(4), 483-502. doi: 10.1080/15388220.2015.1100116

DiLalla, L.F., Bersted, K., & John, S.G. (2015). Evidence of reactive gene-environment correlation in preschoolers’ prosocial play with unfamiliar peers. Developmental Psychology, 51(10), 1464-1475.

Mullineaux, P.Y., & DiLalla, L.F. (2015). Genetic influences on peer and family relationships across adolescent development: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(7), 1347-1359. doi: 10.1007/s10964-015-0306-0

DiLalla, L.F., Bersted, K., & John, S.G. (2015). Peer victimization and DRD4 influence problem behaviors in young children. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(8), 1478-1493. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-015-0282-4

DiLalla, L.F., & Bersted, K. (2015). Biosocial foundations of externalizing behaviors. In M. Delisi & M. Vaughn (Eds.), Handbook of Biosocial Criminology, Routledge.

DiLalla, L.F., Mullineaux, P.Y., & DiLalla, D.L. (2015). Mendelian versus molecular genetics. In R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, Wiley-Blackwell.

DiLalla, L.F. (2015). Undergraduate mentoring. In D.S. Dunn (Ed.), The OxfordHandbook on Undergraduate Education, Oxford Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199933815.013.72

Klaver, J.M., Palo, A., & DiLalla, L.F. (2014). Inaccuracy of perceived competence ratings is associated with problem behaviors in 5-year-old children. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175(5), 363-381. doi:10.1080/00221325.2014.932269

DiLalla, L.F., & John, S.G. (2014). Genetic influences on victimization during preschool play with unfamiliar peers. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 60(2), 168-192.

DiLalla, L.F., Mullineaux, P.Y., & DiLalla, D.L. (2013). Mendelian versus molecular genetics. To be published in R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, Wiley-Blackwell.

John, S.G., & DiLalla, L.F. (2013). Explaining differential reporting of victimization between parents and children: A consideration of social biases. Behavioral Sciences: Special Issue on Functional Perspectives on Emotion, Behavior, and Cognition, 3, 473-491. doi:10.3390/bs3030473

DiLalla, L.F., Gheyara, S., & Bersted, K. (2013). The Southern Illinois Twins and Siblings Study (SITSS): Description and update. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 16(1), 371-375.

Boeldt, D., Rhee, S.H., DiLalla, L.F., Corey, R., Mullineaux, P.Y., Schulz-Heik, J., Hewitt, J.K., & Young, S. (2012). The association between positive parenting and externalizing behavior. Infant and Child Development, 21, 85-106.

DiLalla, L. F., Mullineaux, P. Y., & Biebl, S. J. W. (2012). Social-emotional development through a behavior genetics lens: Infancy through preschool. In J. Benson (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior, Vol. 40.Elsevier Pub.

Biebl, S.J.W., DiLalla, L.F., Davis, E.K., Lynch, K.A., & Shinn, S.O. (2011). Longitudinal associations among peer victimization and physical and mental health problems.Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 868-877. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr025

Mathias, J., Biebl, S.J.W., & DiLalla, L.F. (2011). Self‑esteem accuracy and externalizing problems in preschool‑aged boys. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 172(3), 1-8.

DiLalla, L. F. (2011). Behavioral genetics. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Psychology. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199828340-0010

DiLalla, L. F. & Gheyara, S. (2011). The genetics of criminality and delinquency. In K. Beaver & A. Walsh (Eds.), The Ashgate research companion to biosocial theories of crime (pp. 71-92). Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing.


DiLalla, L. F. (Ed.) (2004). Behavior genetic principles: Perspectives in development, personality, and psychopathology. Washington, DC: APA Press.

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Office: Lindegren, 210A
Phone: 618-453-1855
Curriculum Vitae
SI Twins & Siblings Study

Educational History

Ph.D., University of Virginia