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Lisa Gatzke-Kopp

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

316E BBH Building
814-867-2371
lmk18@psu.edu

Introduction & Projects

Lisa Gatzke-Kopp's research focus is on the development of emotional and behavioral problems in childhood. She is interested in the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie emotion regulation, impulsivity and decision making, as well as examining how environmental and experiential factors impact neurobiological development. She also is involved in several collaborative projects aimed at incorporating knowledge from basic psychophysiological research into preventive-intervention programs.

By focusing on basic mechanisms of behavior problems, she aims to inform and evaluate both universal and targeted prevention programming. She collaborates extensively with prevention researchers with interests in both school and family contexts. Her research incorporates a wide range of techniques in examining neurobiological function including autonomic (ECG, IMP, EDA); central (EEG, ERP, fMRI), and peripheral (genetic, endocrine) measures.

For additional information about Dr. Gatzke-Kopp, please visit her Department of Human and Family Studies web page or view her CV.

Prevention-related Projects

Recent Publications

Father–child physiological concordance on two timescales is differentially associated with paternal characteristics

Zhang, X., Gatzke-Kopp, L. M., Chen, M. Cole, P. M., & Ram, N. (2022). Father–child physiological concordance on two timescales is differentially associated with paternal characteristics. Psychophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.14073

Integrating dynamic and developmental time scales: Emotion-specific autonomic coordination predicts baseline functioning over time

Fry, C.M., Ram, N., &  Gatzke-Kopp, L.M. (2022). Integrating dynamic and developmental time scales: Emotion-specific autonomic coordination predicts baseline functioning over time. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2021.12.001

Early executive and school functioning: Protective roles of home environment by income

Murphy, Y. E., Zhang, X., & Gatzke-Kopp, L. (2022). Early executive and school functioning: Protective roles of home environment by income. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2021.101369

Developmental changes in external and internal performance monitoring across middle childhood: an ERP study

Lees, T., Fry, C.M., Terrel, S., Jetha, M.K., Segalowitz, S.J., & Gatzke-Kopp, L.M. (2021). Developmental changes in external and internal performance monitoring across middle childhood: an ERP study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2021.09.002

Association between dynamic parasympathetic reactivity to frustration and children’s social success with peers in kindergarten

Fry, C.M., Gatzke-Kopp, L.M. (2021). Association between dynamic parasympathetic reactivity to frustration and children’s social success with peers in kindergarten. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-021-00844-7

Association between EEG asymmetry and the error-related negativity across middle childhood

Lees, T., Fry, C.M., Jetha, M.K., Segalowitz, S.J., & Gatzke-Kopp, L.M. (2021). Association between EEG Asymmetry and the Error-related Negativity across Middle Childhood. Biological Psychology, 163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2021.108137

Proximity to sources of airborne lead is associated with reductions in children's executive function in the first four years of life

Gatzke-Kopp, L.M., Warkentein, S., Willoughby, M. Fowler, C., Folch, D.C., Blair, C. (2021). Proximity to sources of airborne lead is associated with reductions in children's executive function in the first four years of life. Health & Place. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102517

Predictors of developmental patterns of obesity in young children

O’Connor, T., Williams, J., Blair, C., Kopp, L., Francis, L., & Willoughby, M. (2020). Predictors of developmental patterns of obesity in young children. Frontiers Pediatrics, 8(109). https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2020.00109

Parental support of self-regulation among children at risk for externalizing symptoms: Developmental trajectories of physiological regulation and behavioral adjustment

Zhang, X., Gatzke-Kopp, L.M., Fosco, G.M., & Bierman, K.L. (2020). Parental Support of Self-Regulation among Children at Risk for Externalizing Symptoms: Developmental Trajectories of Physiological Regulation and Behavioral Adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 56, 528-540. 

Association between environmental tobacco smoke exposure across the first four years of life and manifestation of externalizing behavior problems in school‐aged children

Gatzke-Kopp, L., Willoughby, M. T., Warkentien, S., Petrie, D., Mills-Koonce, R., & Blair, C. (2019). Association between environmental tobacco smoke exposure across the first four years of life and manifestation of externalizing behavior problems in school-aged children. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (e-pub ahead of publication)

Magnitude and chronicity of smoke exposure across infancy and early childhood in a sample of low-income children

Gatzke-Kopp, L. M., Willoughby, M. T., Warkentien, S. M., O’Connor, T., Granger, D., & Blair, C. (2019). Magnitude and chronicity of smoke exposure across infancy and early childhood in a sample of low-income children. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 21, 1665-1672. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/nty228

Children’s sensitivity to cost and reward in decision making across distinct domains of probability, effort, and delay

Gatzke-Kopp, L. M., Ram, N., Lydon-Staley, D. M., & DuPuis, D. (2018). Children’s  sensitivity to cost and reward in decision making across distinct domains of probability, effort, and delay. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 31, 12-24. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.2038

Research and policy on disability: Linking special education to developmental science

Farmer, T. W., Gatzke-Kopp, L. M., Lee, D. L., Dawes, M., & Talbott, E. (2016). Research and policy on disability: Linking special education to developmental science. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3, 138-145. doi: 10.1177/2372732215624217

Diversity and representation: Key Issues for psychophysiological science

Gatzke-Kopp, L. M. (2016, In Press). Diversity and representation: Key Issues for psychophysiological science. Psychophysiology.

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