Yao Zheng, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept

Pronouns: he, him, his

Contact

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
Email
yao.zheng@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0187
Address
P-349 Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Developmental psychopathology adolescent development behavioral genetics developmental methodology prevention science


About

I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta in the Developmental Science area. I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University and University of Quebec at Montreal. I received my Ph.D. and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a M.A.S. in Applied Statistics, from the Pennsylvania State University. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Yuan Pei Honors College, Peking University.  


Research

As a lifespan researcher taking a developmental psychopathology perspective, I conduct research on the influences of family and peer processes that shape different developmental trajectories of problem behaviors using innovative quantitative methodology at multiple levels of analysis (e.g., genetic, behavioral) and time scales (e.g., days, years) in various ecological contexts (e.g., school, neighborhood, culture). My research focuses on four interrelated themes: 1) family and peer processes that shape different developmental trajectories of problem behavior using mixture modeling; 2) genetic and environmental interplay in the development of problem behavior using quantitative genetic modeling; 3) intra-individual developmental processes at a micro level using intensive longitudinal data with time series analysis; and 4) evaluation of preventative interventions using dynamical system analysis and longitudinal growth curve modeling.


Teaching

I teach PSYCHO 327 (Adolescent Development), PSYCHO 421/622 (Special Topics: Developmental Behavioral Genetics), PSYCHO 423/622 (Special Topics: Developmental Psychopathology), PSYCHO 521 (Developmental Concepts and Theories), PSYCHO 523 (Developmental Methods: Statistical Application), and PSYCHO 631 (Special Topics: Introduction to Applied Mixture Modeling).

Announcements

I am currently NOT accepting any new undergraduate students for honors program or independent research.


I will potentially accept graduate students starting in Fall 2022 who are interested in the socioemotional and behavioral development in adolescence. 

Courses

PSYCO 421 - Advanced Topics in Human Development

An in-depth review and analysis of research in an area of human development. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or 151 or 161 or SCI 151, and PSYCO 323 or PSYCO 327 or PSYCO 329. Note: Consult with the Department for the specific topic offered each year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2021
PSYCO 423 - Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology

An in-depth review and analysis of research in an area of developmental psychology. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or 151 or 161, and PSYCO 323 or PSYCO 327 or 329. Note: Consult with the Department for the specific topic offered each year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Arts].

Winter Term 2022
PSYCO 521 - Developmental Concepts and Theories

[Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2021
PSYCO 622 - Topics in Developmental Psychology

[Faculty of Arts]

Winter Term 2022

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Publications

Maternal parenting behaviors amplify environmental influences on developmental trajectories of alcohol use during adolescence
Author(s): Zheng, Y., Brendgen, M., *Meyer, Z., Vitaro, F., Dionne, G., & Boivin, M.
Publication Date: 5/19/2021
Publication: Behavior Genetics
Page Numbers: 1-15
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10519-021-10063-x
Family socioeconomic status amplifies unique environmental influences on the dynamics of adolescent daily positive affective process
Author(s): Zheng, Y., & Hu, Y.
Publication Date: 12/14/2020
Publication: Journal of Personality
Page Numbers: 1-14
External Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jopy.12610
Genetic and environmental influences on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in Chinese adolescents: A longitudinal twin study
Author(s): Zheng, Y., Pingault, J-B., Unger, J., & Rijsdijk, F.
Publication Date: 2/1/2020
Publication: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume: 29
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 205–216

Lability in parental warmth in childhood: Antecedents and early adolescent outcomes
Author(s): Zheng, Y., & McMahon, R. J.
Publication Date: 10/1/2019
Publication: Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology

Peer alcohol use differentially amplifies genetic and environment effects on different developmental trajectories of adolescent alcohol use
Author(s): Zheng, Y., Brendgen, M., Girard, A., Dionne, G., Boivin, M., & Vitaro, F.
Publication Date: 9/1/2019
Publication: Journal of Adolescent Health
Volume: 65
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 752–759

Genetic and environmental influences on adolescent emotional inertia in daily life
Author(s): Zheng, Y., & Asbury, K.
Publication Date: 7/1/2019
Publication: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Volume: 48
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 1849–1860

Capturing parenting as a multidimensional and dynamic construct with a person-oriented approach
Author(s): Zheng, Y., Pasalich, D., *Oberth, C., McMahon, R., & Pinderhughes, E. E.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Prevention Science
Volume: 18
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 281–291

Developmental changes in genetic and environmental influences on Chinese child and adolescent anxiety and depression
Author(s): Zheng, Y., Rijsdijk, F., Pingault, J-B, McMahon, R., & Unger, J.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Psychological Medicine
Volume: 46
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 1829–1838

Heritability of intraindividual mean and variability of positive and negative affect: Genetic analysis of daily affect ratings over a month
Author(s): Zheng, Y., Plomin, R., & von Stumm, S.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Psychological Science
Volume: 27
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: 1611–1619

An idiographic examination of day-to-day patterns of substance use craving, negative affect and tobacco use among young adults in recovery
Author(s): Zheng, Y., Wiebe, R. P., Cleveland, H. H., Molenaar P. C. M., & Harris, K. S.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Multivariate Behavioral Research
Volume: 48
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 241–266

Identifying gender-specific developmental trajectories of nonviolent and violent delinquency from adolescence to young adulthood
Author(s): Zheng, Y., & Cleveland, H. H.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Journal of Adolescence
Volume: 36
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 371–381