Irwin Waldman, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Office: 475 Psychology Building

Phone: 404-727-7430

Fax: 404-727-0372


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I did my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University, graduating in 1982. Following graduation, I attended graduate school in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and earned my Ph.D. in 1988.

In my Master's and dissertation research, I examined the relations among non-social information processing (i.e., inattention and impulsivity), social perception, and aggressive and withdrawn behavior in 7 to 12 year old children.

Following my year-long clinical internship at the Lafayette Clinic in Detroit (1987-88), I completed a three-year, NIMH-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Genetics at the University of Minnesota. I began as a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Emory University in the fall of 1991.

During the spring of 1996, I was a Visiting Faculty Scholar at the Henry A. Murray Research Center at Harvard, and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In the fall of 1998, I was a Visiting Professor and Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK.

I am an Associate Editor of the journal, Behavior Genetics, and am on the editorial boards of two other journals (Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychological Science). I have also reviewed grants for NIH, as well as for the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust in the UK. I was a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the Behavior Genetics Association from 1998-2000, and a member of the task force on social, legal, and research implications of behavioral genetics of the American Society of Human Genetics from 1995-96. I was also a statistical consultant to the DSM-IV Disruptive Behavior Disorders Field Trials.

I am currently Principal Investigator on an NIMH grant to study the molecular genetics of childhood disruptive disorders, and am Co-Principal Investigator on an NIMH grant which funds a behavior genetic study of child externalizing problems.