Lisabeth DiLalla | Psychology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Lisabeth DiLalla

Professor, School of Medicine; Brain & Cognitive Sciences; Clinical Psychology

Lisabeth DiLalla

office: Lindegren 210A
phone: (618) 453-1855


Southern Illinois Twins and Siblings Study

Lisabeth DiLalla (Ph.D., 1987, Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia) completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavior genetics at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado. Since then she has been at SIU, currently as a Professor in the School of Medicine. Her research on preschoolers has focused on aggressive and cooperative peer behaviors, behavioral adjustment to school, and play and imagination. Other research interests include delinquency and cognitive development. Dr. DiLalla focuses on twins in her research to better understand the contributions of genes and environment to the behaviors she studies. She also teaches child development and behavior genetics to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Dr. DiLalla is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and a Charter Fellow of the Midwestern Psychology Association (MPA).

Ph.D., University of Virginia

behavioral genetics; social cognition

PSYC 419: Behavioral Genetics
PSYC 489: Seminar - Selected Topics
PSYC 529: Advanced Applied Multivariate Statistics
PSYC 552: Social Development

Graduate Advisees
Kyle Bersted
Megan McCrary
Jordan Constance
Emma Diaz

Representative Publications:

DiLalla, L.F., Bersted, K., & John, S.G. (in press, 2015). Evidence of reactive gene-environment correlation in preschoolers’ prosocial play with unfamiliar peers. Developmental Psychology, 51(8).

Mullineaux, P.Y., & DiLalla, L.F. (2015). Genetic influences on peer and family relationships across adolescent development: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(7), 1347-1359. doi: 10.1007/s10964-015-0306-0

DiLalla, L.F., Bersted, K., & John, S.G. (2015). Peer victimization and DRD4 influence problem behaviors in young children. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(8), 1478-1493. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-015-0282-4

DiLalla, L.F., & Bersted, K. (2015). Biosocial foundations of externalizing behaviors. In M. Delisi & M. Vaughn (Eds.), Handbook of Biosocial Criminology, Routledge.

DiLalla, L.F., Mullineaux, P.Y., & DiLalla, D.L. (2015). Mendelian versus molecular genetics. In R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, Wiley-Blackwell.

DiLalla, L.F. (2014). Undergraduate mentoring. In D.S. Dunn (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook on Undergraduate Education, Oxford Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199933815.013.72

Klaver, J.M., Palo, A., & DiLalla, L.F. (2014). Inaccuracy of perceived competence ratings is associated with problem behaviors in 5-year-old children. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 175(5), 363-381. doi:10.1080/00221325.2014.932269

DiLalla, L.F., & John, S.G. (2014). Genetic influences on victimization during preschool play with unfamiliar peers. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 60(2), 168-192.

DiLalla, L.F., Mullineaux, P.Y., & DiLalla, D.L. (2013). Mendelian versus molecular genetics. To be published in R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, Wiley-Blackwell.

John, S.G., & DiLalla, L.F. (2013). Explaining differential reporting of victimization between parents and children: A consideration of social biases. Behavioral Sciences: Special Issue on Functional Perspectives on Emotion, Behavior, and Cognition, 3, 473-491. doi:10.3390/bs3030473

DiLalla, L.F., Gheyara, S., & Bersted, K. (2013). The Southern Illinois Twins and Siblings Study (SITSS): Description and update. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 16(1), 371-375.

Boeldt, D., Rhee, S.H., DiLalla, L.F., Corey, R., Mullineaux, P.Y., Schulz-Heik, J., Hewitt, J.K., & Young, S. (2012). The association between positive parenting and externalizing behavior. Infant and Child Development21, 85-106.

DiLalla, L. F., Mullineaux, P. Y., & Biebl, S. J. W. (2012). Social-emotional development through a behavior genetics lens: Infancy through preschool. In J. Benson (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior, Vol. 40.Elsevier Pub.

Biebl, S.J.W., DiLalla, L.F., Davis, E.K., Lynch, K.A., & Shinn, S.O. (2011). Longitudinal associations among peer victimization and physical and mental health problems.Journal of Pediatric Psychology36, 868-877. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr025

Mathias, J., Biebl, S.J.W., & DiLalla, L.F. (2011). Self‑esteem accuracy and externalizing problems in preschool‑aged boys. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 172(3), 1-8.

DiLalla, L. F. (2011). Behavioral genetics. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Psychology. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199828340-0010

DiLalla, L. F. & Gheyara, S. (2011). The genetics of criminality and delinquency. In K. Beaver & A. Walsh (Eds.), The Ashgate research companion to biosocial theories of crime (pp. 71-92). Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing.


DiLalla, L. F. (Ed.) (2004). Behavior genetic principles: Perspectives in development, personality, and psychopathology. Washington, DC: APA Press.