Daniel A. Briley

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Program Area: Social/Personality

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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  • Individual Differences
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Personality Development
  • Socioecological Contexts of Development
  • Quantitative Methods

Research Description

My research examines how individuals’ unique genetic dispositions dynamically shape and interact with their environments to influence personality and cognitive ability, and how these characteristics in turn affect meaningful life outcomes, including academic achievement, fertility, and social mobility. My research draws on behavioral genetic theory and methodology, with a particular focus on charting the pathways from genotype to behavior over development and across environmental contexts. Currently, I work with a variety of data types, such as genetically informative twin and family data, nationally representative longitudinal data, and cross-cultural data.


  • Ph.D., Psychology (Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology), University of Texas at Austin


  • Psyc 250: Psychology of Personality
  • Psyc 501: Applied Structural Equation Modeling


Journal Articles

  • Briley, Daniel A., and Elliot M. Tucker-Drob. "Comparing the developmental genetics of cognition and personality over the lifespan." Journal of Personality 85 (2017): 51-64.
  • Briley, Daniel A., K. P. Harden, Timothy C. Bates, and Elliot M. Tucker-Drob. "Nonparametric estimates of gene Ă— environment interaction using local structural equation modeling." Behavior Genetics 45 (2015): 581-596.
  • Briley, Daniel A., K. P. Harden, and Elliot M. Tucker-Drob. "Child characteristics and parental educational expectations: Evidence for transmission with transaction." Developmental Psychology 50 (2014): 2614-2632.
  • Briley, Daniel A., and Elliot M. Tucker-Drob. "Genetic and environmental continuity in personality development: A meta-analysis." Psychological Bulletin 140 (2014): 1303-1331.
  • Briley, Daniel A., and Elliot M. Tucker-Drob. "Explaining the increasing heritability of cognitive ability over development: A meta-analysis of longitudinal twin and adoption studies." Psychological Science 24 (2013): 1704-1713.
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.