Daniel Ewon Choe

 Daniel Ewon Choe


  • Assistant Professor
  • Human Development & Family Studies


Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Family, Health and Mental Health, Social-Emotional
Life Phases: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence

Dr. Choe's research interests center on the development of children’s self-regulation and externalizing behavior (e.g., aggression, hyperactivity), their complex associations with parents’ mental health and caregiving, and their contributions to the onset of psychopathology, specifically child disruptive behavior disorders and maternal depression. He follows a biopsychosocial approach to studying psychopathology and its intergenerational transmission, often utilizing observational, questionnaire, interview, and biological data. Dr. Choe is currently examining gene–environment interactions, neural threat circuitry, parenting and neighborhood influences on the development of antisocial behavior during the first two decades of life. His lab is also collecting pilot data for a study on preschool-age children's self-regulation and general cognitive skills, and the role parents play in fostering young childrens cognitive development (i.e., executive function). 

Dr. Choe is accepting applications in the fall from individuals interested in working with him in his lab while pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development.

Select Publications

Olson, S. L., Choe, D. E., & Sameroff, A. J. (in press). Interactions between parenting and child effortful control predict developmental trajectories of externalizing behavior through childhoodDevelopment and Psychopathology.

Galán, C. A., Choe, D. E., Forbes, E. E., & Shaw, D. S. (in press). The interaction between monoamine oxidase A and punitive discipline in the development of antisocial behavior: Mediation by maladaptive social information processingDevelopment and Psychopathology.

Choe, D. E., Shaw, D. S., & Forbes, E. E. (2015). Maladaptive social information-processing in childhood predicts young men's atypical amygdala reactivity to threat. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56, 549-557. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12316

Choe, D. E., Shaw, D. S., Brennan, L. M., Dishion, T. J., & Wilson, M. N. (2014). Inhibitory control as a mediator of bidirectional effects between early oppositional behavior and maternal depression. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 1129-1147. doi:10.1017/S0954579414000613

Choe, D. E., Shaw, D. S., Hyde, L. W., & Forbes, E. E. (2014). Interactions between MAOA and punitive discipline in African American and Caucasian men's antisocial behavior. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 591-601. doi:10.1177/2167702613518046

Choe, D. E., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Transactional process of African American adolescents' family conflict and violent behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 591-597. doi:10.1111/jora.12056

Choe, D. E., Stoddard, S. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Developmental trajectories of African American adolescents' family conflict: Differences in mental health problems in young adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1226-1232. doi:10.1037/a0035199

Choe, D. E., Olson, S. L., & Sameroff, A. J. (2014). Effortful control moderates bidirectional effects between children's externalizing problems and their mothers' depressive symptoms. Child Development, 85, 643-658. doi:10.1111/cdev.12123

Choe, D. E., Lane, J. D., Grabell, A. S., & Olson, S. L. (2013). Developmental precursors of young school-age children's hostile attribution bias. Developmental Psychology, 49, 2245-2256. doi:10.1037/a0032293|

Choe, D. E., Olson, S. L., & Sameroff, A. J. (2013). The interplay of externalizing problems and inductive and physical discipline during childhood. Developmental Psychology, 49, 2029-2039. doi:10.1037/a0032054

Choe, D. E., Olson, S. L., & Sameroff, A. J. (2013). Effects of early maternal distress and parenting on the development of children's self-regulation and externalizing behavior. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 437-453. doi:10.1017/S0954579412001162


Ph.D., Psychology (Developmental). University of Michigan.


M.S., Psychology (Developmental). University of Michigan.


B.A., Psychology. San Diego State University.

Curriculum Vitae