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Rebecca Waller, Ph.D.

T32 Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Rebecca Waller studies socioemotional development, particularly child psychopathology and personality development. Her research examines the environmental contexts that give rise to the development of externalizing behavior problems among children and adolescents, including aggression, violence, theft, and problematic alcohol and substance use, as well as related constructs, such as callous-unemotional traits, empathy, and prosociality. The work has a strong translational goal by focusing on understanding resilience among children and families to help inform prevention and intervention strategies. A more recent focus of this work has been to examine how the environment interacts with genetic risk (i.e., using candidate genes) to influence children’s behavioral outcomes across the lifespan by shaping brain structure and function (i.e., using fMRI, DTI).

Research Interests:

  • Understanding the development of early behavior problems, including aggression and rule-breaking, with a particular focus on children with high levels of callous-unemotional traits.
  • Find out more about Dr. Waller's research on GoogleScholar, ResearchGate, or Mindlab.


B.A. in Experimental Psychology, Oxford University

M.S. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, Oxford University

Ph.D. in Social Intervention, Oxford University