Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
316E BBH Building
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
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.
Genes, Environments, and Experiences in the Phenotypic Development of Cost Discounting and High-Risk Decision Making
An Epidemiological and Longitudinal Study of Rural Child Literacy Trajectories
Early Life Stress and the Environmental Origins of Disease: A Population-based Prospective Longitudinal Study of Children in Rural Poverty
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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
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.
May 01, 2020
Emotionally Supportive Parenting Can Help Disadvantaged Children Stay On The Rails
From a blog post written by Xutong Zhang, graduate student in Human Development and Family Studies; and Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, professor of human development and family studies, for the Child and Family Blog.Read more.