Dr. Daniel Ewon Choe

Position Title
Assistant 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 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 conduct problems and maternal depressive symptoms. He follows a biopsychosocial approach to studying psychopathology and its intergenerational transmission with observational, questionnaire, neuropsychological, behavioral, interview, and biological data. Dr. Choe is currently examining parents’ and young children’s executive functions, psychophysiological markers of stress and regulation, as well as family and neighborhood influences on the development of antisocial behavior during the first two decades of life. His lab is studying the development of preschoolers’ self-regulation and general cognitive skills, and the role parents play in fostering young children’s cognitive development through parent–child interactions and intergenerational mechanisms (e.g., parents’ self-regulation, caregiving, socioeconomic status).

Select Publications

Lawrence, A. C., Narayan, M. S., & Choe, D. E. (in press). Association of young children's use of mobile devices with their self-regulation. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0129

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

Galán, C. A., Choe, D. E., Forbes, E. E., & Shaw, D. S. (2017). Interactions between empathy and resting heart rate in early adolescence predict violent behavior in late adolescence and early adulthoodJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 1370–1380. doi:10.1111/jcpp.1277

Olson, S. L., Choe, D. E., & Sameroff, A. J. (2017). Interactions between parenting and child effortful control predict developmental trajectories of externalizing behavior through childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 1333–1351. doi:10.1017/S095457941700030X

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. doi: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. 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 biasDevelopmental Psychology49, 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 childhoodDevelopmental Psychology49, 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 behaviorDevelopment 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