Executive Committee

Past President

Paul_LichtensteinThe past BGA President is Paul Lichtenstein.



JaakkoKaprioThe Association each year elects a President-Elect, who serves as Program Chair, for one year, and then becomes Association president. The current BGA President is Jaakko Kaprio .



MaesHermine Maes is President-Elect and will be Program Chair for the 2016 meeting in Brisbane, Australia.



Valerie KnopikThe Association Secretary is a principal coordinating officer for Association activities. Contact the secretary for general information about the Association such as committee structure, information about future meeting sites, offers to host meetings, suggestions for meeting agenda, etc. The office of the secretary publishes the program for the annual meeting. The BGA Secretary is Valerie Knopik.



Besides handling Association dues and other financial transactions, the Association treasurer handles application for membership, and maintains both the membership address list and the mailing list for the journal Behavior Genetics. Send your Change of Address for both the Association records and this journal subscription to the treasurer, not to the publishers. The BGA Treasurer is Kelly Klump.

 Information officer

PoldermanThe information officer institutes the maintenance and upgrading of the Association website, in close collaboration with the Secretary and Treasurer. Information regarding the annual meeting, relevant courses, job vacancies, event announcements etc. can be send to the information officer. The information officer is Tinca Polderman.


The Executive Committee of the Association also includes three elected Members-at-Large. One represents the general membership, one represents Associate Members, and one represents Members from outside North America. For continuity, one is elected each year. The current Members-at-Large include Rohan Palmer (Associate Members), Matthew Keller (Regular Members), and Sarah Medland (members outside North America).