Dr. Daniel Ewon Choe

Position Title
Associate Professor

  • Human Development & Family Studies

Research Interests

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

Dr. Choe's research focuses on the development of children’s self-regulation and externalizing behavior (e.g., aggression), their associations with parents’ mental health and caregiving, and their contributions to psychopathology. He follows a biopsychosocial approach to studying psychopathology and its intergenerational transmission with observational, questionnaire, neuropsychological, behavioral, and biological data. Dr. Choe's lab is currently examining parents’ and young children’s executive functions, psychophysiological markers of stress and regulation, as well as the effects of an experimental basic income program in Yolo County for low-income families with young children facing housing insecurity.

Select Publications

*student authors

Choe, D. E., Barreda, S., Galán, C. A., Gardner, F., Wilson, M. N., Dishion, T. J., & Shaw, D. S. (2024). Early childhood predictors of early school-age academic skills and resilience among children living in poverty. Social Development, 31(1), e12715. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12715 

Choe, D. E., *Olwert, M. R., & *Golden, A. B. (2023). Cognitive and psychophysiological predictors of inductive and physical discipline among parents of preschool-aged children. Journal of Family Psychology37(7), 1115–1121. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0001140

Choe, D. E., Deer, L. K., & Hastings, P. D. (2023). Latent class analysis of maternal depression from pregnancy through early childhood Differences in children’s executive functions. Developmental Psychology, 59(8), 1452–1463. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0001540

Choe, D. E., *Lawrence, A. C., & Cingel, D. P. (2023). The role of different screen media devices, child dysregulation, and parent screen media use in children’s self-regulation. Psychology of Popular Media, 12(3), 324–334. https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000412

Choe, D. E. (2021). Curvilinear relations between preschool-aged children’s effortful control and socioemotional problems: Racial-ethnic differences in functional form. Child Psychiatry and Human Development52, 693–708. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-020-01056-8

Choe, D. E., McDonough, S., Sameroff, A. J., & *Lawrence, A. C. (2020). Postnatal trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms: Postpartum antecedents and differences in toddler adjustment. Infant Mental Health Journal, 41(2), 278–293. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21843

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 depressionDevelopment and Psychopathology26, 1129–1147. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579414000613

Choe, D. E., Olson, S. L., & Sameroff, A. J. (2014). Effortful control moderates bidirectional effects between children's externalizing problems and their mothers' depressive symptomsChild Development85, 643–658. https://doi.org/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 biasDevelopmental Psychology49, 2245–2256. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0032293

Choe, D. E., Olson, S. L., & Sameroff, A. J. (2013). The interplay of externalizing problems and inductive and physical discipline during childhoodDevelopmental Psychology49, 2029–2039. https://doi.org/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 behaviorDevelopment and Psychopathology25, 437–453. https://doi.org/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