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Lisa Gatzke-Kopp

Professor, HDFS

228 HHD Building
814-867-2371
lmk18@psu.edu

Biography & 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.

Current Projects

Recent Publications

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

Zhang, Z, Gatzke-Kopp, L., Fosco, G., & Bierman, K. (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.

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. doi:10.1093/ntr/nty228

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. doi:10/3389/fped.2020.00109

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)

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.