Dr. Jeffrey R. Gagne

Dr. Jeffrey R. Gagne

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Email: jgagne@uta.edu
  • Phone: (817) 272-0922
  • Address: Room 415, Life Sciences Bldg.
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  • General Interests:

    • Temperament, Emotion and Executive Functioning
    • Behavior Problems and Psychopathology
    • Quantitative and Molecular Genetics
    • Behavioral Assessment


    Research Program:

    I study individual differences in early temperament and emotion and links to concurrent and later behavior problems and psychopathology. Although much of my work focuses on children in infancy, toddlerhood and preschool, I am also interested in how early development in these areas extends longitudinally into middle childhood and adolescence. Substantive interests include etiology (quantitative and molecular genetics), temperament theory, behavioral assessment, and child development broadly defined. Currently, I am the Principal Investigator of the TEXAS Family Study, a study of temperament, executive functioning and psychopathology in 2.5-5.5 year-old siblings and twins in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I am also engaged in several collaborations analyzing secondary data on related projects with colleagues from Boston University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, I manage the Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery (Lab-TAB) and Toddler Behavior Questionnaire (TBAQ) assessments online at UTA. All Lab-TAB and TBAQ manual requests, training and consultation is handled by me and my staff.

    Representative Publications

    Gagne, J. R., Spann, C. A., & Prater, J. C. (in press). Parent depression symptoms and child temperament outcomes: A family study approach. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research.

    Gagne, J. R., Miller, M. M., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2013). Early—but modest—gender differences in focal aspects of childhood temperament. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 95-100. NIHMS: 450728

    Gagne, J. R. (2013). Personality and Temperament. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net/ [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020887]

    Abramson, L., Mankuta D., Yagel, S., Gagne, J. R., & Knafo, A. (submitted). Parent-child symbolic relationship in-utero: Parents expecting their future child to show negative emotionality perceive themselves as more negative, rejecting parents.

    Goldsmith, H. H. & Gagne, J. R. (2012). Behavioral Assessment of Temperament. In M. Zentner & R. Shiner (Eds.), Handbook of Temperament (pp. 209-228). New York: Guilford Press.  

    Gagne, J.R., Saudino, K.J., & Asherson, P. (2011). The genetic etiology of inhibitory control and behavior problems at 24 months of age. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 1155-1163.

    Gagne, J.R., Van Hulle, C.A., Aksan, N., Essex, M.J., & Goldsmith, H.H. (2011). Deriving childhood temperament measures from emotion-eliciting behavioral episodes: Scale construction and initial validation. Psychological Assessment, 23, 337-353. PMID: 21480723.

    Gagne, J.R. & Goldsmith, H.H. (2011). A longitudinal analysis of anger and inhibitory control in twins from 12-36 months of age. Developmental Science, 14, 112-124. PMID: 21159093.

    Gagne, J.R. & Saudino, K.J. (2010). Wait for it! The etiology of inhibitory control in early childhood. Behavior Genetics, 40, 327-337. PMID: 19936910.

    Gagne, J.R., Vendlinski, M.K., & Goldsmith, H.H. (2009). The genetics of childhood temperament. In Y-K Kim (Ed.), Handbook of Behavioral Genetics. New York: Springer.


    Manuscripts in Preparation

    Gagne, J. R., Prater, J., Abramson, L., Mankuta D., & Knafo, A. A psychometric analysis of prenatal temperament in a typical Israeli sample. Manuscript in preparation.

    Gagne, J. R., O’Sullivan, D. L., Schmidt, N. L., Spann, C. A., & Goldsmith, H. H. A genetically informative study of adolescent anxiety, attentional control, and cognition. Manuscript in preparation.

    Gagne, J. R., Saudino, K. J., & Asherson, P. Inhibitory control and externalizing behavior problems: A longitudinal twin analysis from 24 to 36 months. Manuscript in preparation.

    Gagne, J. R., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. The genetics of inhibitory control and externalizing behavior problems: A longitudinal analysis spanning toddlerhood, first grade and early adolescence. Manuscript in preparation.

    Gagne, J. R., & Goldsmith, H. H. The Genetics of Emotional Ontogeny (GEO) Project: Development of temperament in early childhood. Manuscript in preparation.



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