BGA 2020 Online Program

Welcome to the 50th annual meeting of the Behavior Genetics Association and the BGA’s first cyber meeting.

The meeting took place over a 24 hour period to accommodate members and attendees in Asia, Europe, and the Americas and everywhere in between. The conference begins in Brisbane, Australia, on Friday, June 26 at 9:00 A.M. (Brisbane time) which is Thursday, June 25, midnight in London and Thursday, June 25, 7:00 P.M. in New York.

Please note that the talks were recorded, and are now viewable by clicking the session numbers in the table below. This will take you to a video recording of that session. You will need to use the password included in your registration email (the same one as used to access poster presentations). YorkPresenterTitle
    Session 1
Fri 09:00Fri 24:00Thu 19:00 Introduction
Fri 09:05Fri 00:05Thu 19:05Jared V. BalbonaThe Nature of Nurture Revisited Estimating the Effect of Vertical Transmission using Structural Equation Modeling
Fri 09:25Fri 00:25Thu 19:25Yongkang KimNature of Nurture Analysis via Structural Equation Modeling
Fri 09:45Fri 00:45Thu 19:45Scott Allen FunkhouserInvestigating Heterogenous Genetic Effects Contributing to Smoking Behavior using the UK Biobank
Fri 10:05Fri 01:05Thu 20:05Maya RieselbachAnxiety-Specific Influences on Substance Use Evidence of a Protective Effect in Adolescence and a Risk Factor in Adulthood
Fri 10:25Fri 01:25Thu 20:25Sarah ColbertDifferential Shared Genetic Influences of Anxiety with Problematic Alcohol Use Compared to Alcohol Consumption.
Fri 10:45Fri 01:45Thu 20:45Jarrod M EllingsonDo Modifiable Risk Factors Moderate the Effect of APOE on Cognitive Decline?
Fri 11:00Fri 02:00Thu 21:00 Break
    Session 2
Fri 11:20Fri 02:20Thu 21:20Emmanuel SapinNovel Approach for Parallelizing Pairwise Comparison Problems as Applied to Detecting Segments Identical By Decent in UK BioBank
Fri 11:40Fri 02:40Thu 21:40Benjamin DomingueHeteroscedastic Regression Modeling Elucidates Gene-by-Environment Interaction
Fri 12:00Fri 03:00Thu 22:00Tina VoTesting for Moderation of Mid-Life Cognitive Performance by Sleep Duration
Fri 12:20Fri 03:20Thu 22:20Susan S. KuoCortical Thickness and Cortical Surface Area Show Differing Genetic Relationships with Schizophrenia across Development A Multiplex Extended Pedigree Study
Fri 12:40Fri 03:40Thu 22:40Jodie N PainterModifiable Risk Factors and Miscarriage a Mendelian Randomization Analysis
Fri 13:00Fri 04:00Thu 23:00Gunn-Helen MoenDo Maternal Intrauterine Environmental Influences that Lower Offspring Birthweight Causally increase Offspring Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Later Life? A Mendelian Randomization Study of 45,849 Genotyped Parent Offspring Pairs in the HUNT Study using the OpenMx Software
Fri 13:20Fri 04:20Thu 23:20 Break
    Session 3
Fri 13:40Fri 04:40Thu 23:40Penelope A. LindExploring the Genetic Architecture of Disordered Gambling and the Influence of Genetics Risk of Gambling on Substance Use
Fri 14:00Fri 05:00Fri 24:00Brittany MitchellExploring the Genetic Overlap Underlying Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Loss
Fri 14:20Fri 05:20Fri 00:20Jackson ThorpSymptom-Level Genetic Modelling Identifies Novel Risk Loci and Unravels the Shared Genetic Architecture of Anxiety and Depression
Fri 14:40Fri 05:40Fri 00:40Hyeokmoon KweonGenetic Fortune Winning or Losing Education, Income, and Health
Fri 15:00Fri 06:00Fri 01:00Mischa LundbergGenetic, Lifestyle, and Environmental Risk Factors for Chronic Pain Revealed through GWAS
Fri 15:20Fri 06:20Fri 01:20Jose J. MorosoliWould You Like to Know? The Relationship between Aversion towards Ambiguity and Extreme Worry about Finding Out Your Own Genetic Predisposition for Mental Health Problems.
Fri 15:40Fri 06:40Fri 01:40 Break
    Session 4
Fri 16:00Fri 07:00Fri 02:00Eric A.W. SlobMultivariate GREML Analysis Reveals Shared Genetic Architecture between Brain Regions and Behavioral Traits
Fri 16:20Fri 07:20Fri 02:20Veera M. RajagopalPolygenic Prediction of School Performance in Individuals With and Without Psychiatric Disorders
Fri 16:40Fri 07:40Fri 02:40Bodine GonggrijpAssortative Mating for Educational Attainment in Finnish and Dutch Twins and Their Spouses
Fri 17:00Fri 08:00Fri 03:00Ida M. MuellerGenetics, Parenting and Family Functioning – What Drives the Development of Self-Regulation from Adolescence to Adulthood?
Fri 17:20Fri 08:20Fri 03:20Camiel van der LaanContinuity of Polygenetic Influences on Aggressive Behavior across the Life Course
Fri 17:40Fri 08:40Fri 03:40Margot van de WeijerDissecting Genetic from Environmental Associations for Well-Being
Fri 18:00Fri 09:00Fri 04:00Lianne de VriesGenetic Evidence for the Overlap and Bidirectional Effects between Resilience and Well-Being.
Fri 18:20Fri 09:20Fri 04:20Zeynep NasAssociations Between Anxiety Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life A Population-Based Twin Study in Sri Lanka
Fri 18:40Fri 09:40Fri 04:40 Break
    Session 5
Fri 19:00Fri 10:00Fri 05:00Margherita MalanchiniPathfinder A brief, Reliable Measure to Overcome the Challenges of Investigating g in the Genomic Era.
Fri 19:20Fri 10:20Fri 05:20Rosa CheesmanGenetic Associations between Non-Cognitive Skills and Educational Outcomes: The Role of Parental Environment
Fri 19:40Fri 10:40Fri 05:40Joanna MartinSex Differences in Psychiatric Polygenic Risk in Children with ADHD
Fri 20:00Fri 11:00Fri 06:00Andrea AllegriniDirectional Relationships between Childhood Psychopathology Dimensions across Development
Fri 20:20Fri 11:20Fri 06:20Kai Xiang LimGenetic and Environmental Aetiologies of Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self-Harm
Fri 20:40Fri 11:40Fri 06:40Georgina KrebsThe Association between Body Dysmorphic Symptoms and Suicidality among Adolescents and Young Adults a Genetically-Informative Study
Fri 21:00Fri 12:00Fri 07:00Radhika KandaswamyPredicting Alcohol Use from Genome-Wide Polygenic Scores, Environmental Factors, and their Interactions.
Fri 21:20Fri 12:20Fri 07:20  Break
    Session 6
Fri 21:40Fri 12:40Fri 07:40Olakunle OginniGenetic and Environmental Influences on Sexual Orientation Moderation by Childhood Gender Nonconformity and Early-Life Adversity
Fri 22:00Fri 13:00Fri 08:00Dorret BoomsmaTwinning as a Phenotype GWAS and EWAS Meta-Analyses
Fri 22:20Fri 13:20Fri 08:20Veronika OdintsovaEpigenetics and Handedness
Fri 22:40Fri 13:40Fri 08:40Fiona A. HagenbeekIntegrative Multi-Omics Analysis of Genomic, Epigenomic, and Metabolomic Data for Childhood Aggressive Behavior
Fri 23:00Fri 14:00Fri 09:00Jenny van DongenDNA Methylation Signatures of a Broad Spectrum of Aggressive Behavior: A Meta-Analysis of Epigenome-Wide Studies across the Lifespan
Fri 23:20Fri 14:20Fri 09:20Laura SchellhasThe Epigenome as a Biological Pathway of the Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Tobacco, Alcohol, and Caffeine on Childhood Internalising Problems in Offspring: Two Large Multi-Cohort Epigenome-Wide Association Studies.
Fri 23:40Fri 14:40Fri 09:40 Break
    Session 7
Sat 24:00Fri 15:00Fri 10:00 Business Meeting
Sat 01:00Fri 16:00Fri 11:00 Break
    Session 8
Sat 01:20Fri 16:20Fri 11:20Laurel RaffingtonSocial Disparities in Children’s and Adolescents’ Epigenome-Wide Methylation Profiles
Sat 01:40Fri 16:40Fri 11:40Shannon O’ConnorExploring Puberty as a Moderator of Genetic and Environmental Influences on Body Weight and Shape Concerns in Females
Sat 02:00Fri 17:00Fri 12:00Tong ChenHeritable, Environmental, and Timing Effects on the Intergenerational Transmission of Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Early Adolescence
Sat 02:20Fri 17:20Fri 12:20Alexandros GiannelisThe Genetic and Environmental Components of Economic Behavior
Sat 02:40Fri 17:40Fri 12:40Randi L. VogtGenetic and Environmental Influences on Non-Ability-Based Confidence
Sat 03:00Fri 18:00Fri 13:00Giulia A. BorrielloLong-Term Effects of Polygenic Propensity for Educational Attainment on Educational Attainment Mediated by Inhibitory Control and Variation by a Family-Based Intervention
Sat 03:20Fri 18:20Fri 13:20Lisabeth F. DiLallaPreschool Pretend Play and Memory Development Twins versus Singletons
Sat 03:40Fri 18:40Fri 13:40 Break
    Session 9
Sat 04:00Fri 19:00Fri 14:00Daniel BustamanteGenetic and Environmental Influences, Risk and Subcortical Brain Volume Mediation of Traumatic Stress on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Children
Sat 04:20Fri 19:20Fri 14:20Michael Pogue-GeileSchizophrenia Genetic Risk Shared with Cortical Surface Area but not Cortical Thickness: A Multiplex, Extended Pedigree Study.
Sat 04:40Fri 19:40Fri 14:40Danielle M. DickGenomic Analysis of ~1.5 Million People Uncovers Genes Associated with Externalizing
Sat 05:00Fri 20:00Fri 15:00Sarah L. CarrollUnderstanding the Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Youth Psychopathology
Sat 05:20Fri 20:20Fri 15:20Elizabeth ShewarkNeighborhood Structural Characteristics and Social Processes Moderate the Etiology of Children’s Social Problems
Sat 05:40Fri 20:40Fri 15:40Brianna BucknorCurrent Polygenic Scores Fail to Capture Resilience
Sat 06:00Fri 21:00Fri 16:00Danielle SeayTime-Varying Effects of Genetic and Parental Risks for Intergenerational Transmission of Depression on Child Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms.
Sat 06:20Fri 21:20Fri 16:20 Break
    Session 10
Sat 06:40Fri 21:40Fri 16:40Michael C. NealeEffects of Non-Random Ascertainment on Variance Component Estimates from Classical Twin Studies.
Sat 07:00Fri 22:00Fri 17:00S. Mason GarrisonFitting Problems Evaluating Model Fit in Behavior Genetic Models
Sat 07:20Fri 22:20Fri 17:20Anqing ZhengTesting the Phenotypic Null Hypothesis A Multivariate Examination in MIDUS
Sat 07:40Fri 22:40Fri 17:40Christopher R. BeamGenetic influence on Secure Attachment Depends on Socioeconomic Status
Sat 08:00Fri 23:00Fri 18:00Deborah FinkelLongitudinal Dynamic Relationship between Temperament and Cognition in Childhood: The Louisville Twin Study
Sat 08:20Fri 23:20Fri 18:20Evan J. GiangrandeThe Flynn Effect across Three WISC Versions and Four Decades in a Single Sample of U.S. Children
Sat 08:40Fri 23:40Fri 18:40Eric TurkheimerThe Lifespan Intellectual Continuity Project in the Louisville Twin Study
Sat 09:00Sat 24:00Fri 19:00Conclusion

Poster Presentations:

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J. AndoGenetic Influence on Academic Achievement and Educational Opportunities Controlled by Socioeconomic Effect.Viewemail
Martina ArenellaGenetics of Autistic Traits in the General Population Reveals Potential Role for Immune-Related Genes in Autism Spectrum Disorder.Viewemail
Chloe AusterberryEarly Manifestations of Intellectual Ability: Evidence that Genetic Effects on Achievement are Mediated Through Early Childhood LiteracyViewemail
Wikus BarkhuizenInvestigating the Specificity of the Genetic Associations between Smoking Behaviours and Psychiatric Traits and Disorders with Genomic Structural Equation ModellingViewemail
Giacomo BignardiOn the Etiology of the Intensity of Visual Aesthetic Appraisal and PreferencesViewemail
Winona BooherAlcohol Related Behaviors in Mice Selectively Bred for High and Low ActivityViewemail
Laurel BruceTurning Knowledge of a Genetic Cause into Preventive Behavioral Interventions: Proactive Speech and Language Therapy for Infants with Classic Galactosemia Continues to Show Signs of EffectivenessViewemail
Susanne BruinsIncorporating Polygenic Scores in the Nuclear Twin Family Design: Detecting Cultural TransmissionViewemail
Minhnguyen CaoGenetic and Environmental Predictors of Self-Worth in Young ChildrenViewemail
Lucía Colodro-CondeGenome-Wide Association Analysis on Breastfeeding DurationViewemail
Yuliya DavydovaThe Role of Arginine-Vasopressin Receptor Gene Polymorphisms in the Development of Anger-Related TraitsViewemail
Nora de BodeSystematic Review: How the ADHD Polygenic Risk Scores Add to Our Understanding of ADHD and Other TraitsViewemail
Rita Dias PereiraParental Social Class, Genes and Luck: a Cohort Analysis ofEquality of Opportunity in EducationViewemail
Elizabeth K. DoLinking Cancer and Twin Registry Data to Evaluate Cancer Risk in a United States SampleViewemail
Deepika DokuruGeneral Factor Model of Substance Use Co-morbidityViewemail
Morgan DriverThe Impact of Receiving Genotypic Information for Psychiatric Conditions: A Literature ReviewViewemail
Ebba Du RietzAssociations between ADHD and Medical Disorders in Adulthood: A Large-Scale Genetically Informed Swedish Register StudyViewemail
Mikael O EkbladThe Effect of Smoking During Pregnancy on Severity and Directionality of Externalizing and Internalizing Symptoms: A Genetically- Informed ApproachViewemail
Samantha M FreisGenetic Correlations Between Executive Functions and Intelligence in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) StudyViewemail
Éloi GagnonThe Intensity of Formal Daycare Attendance Decreases the Shared Environment Contribution to School ReadinessViewemail
Margaret GatzRemember This: Harmonization of Episodic Memory Measures across Twin Studies of AgingViewemail
Shelley GreskoCausal Mechanisms Underlying the Associations between Putative Environmental Influences and Adolescent Substance UseViewemail
Emily C. HiltonToddler Temperament Modestly Predicts Middle Childhood Mental Health Profiles, via Genetic PathwaysViewemail
Meng HuangDo Common and Rare Variants Work Together on the Same Gene to Affect Phenotype?Viewemail
Nikki HubersIntegrative Multi-Omics Analysis of Epigenomic and Metabolomic data for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderViewemail
Avina HunjanPolygenic Propensity for a Psychiatric Disorder is Associated with Nutrient IntakeViewemail
Daniel (Liang-Dar) HwangInteraction between Polygenic Risks of Obesity Related Traits and Lifestyle in the UK BiobankViewemail
Eleanor J. JunkinsGenetic and Environmental Overlap of Agency and the Big Five Personality TraitsViewemail
Anastasiya KazantsevaThe Role of Inflammatory System Genes in Non-Verbal Intelligence in Mentally Healthy IndividualsViewemail
Kennon LaterExamining the Causal Link between Divorce and Mental Health of their Offspring Using the Cross-Generational Sibling Comparison ModelViewemail
Qiongshi LuLocal Genetic Correlation Analysis Reveals Heterogeneous Etiologic Sharing of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cognitive PerformanceViewemail
Juan José Madrid ValeroSleep quality and psychological distress: a sex-limitation twin study?Viewemail
Juan José Madrid ValeroSleep Quality and Back Pain: Same Genes?Viewemail
Sergey MalykhThe Role of Oxytocin Receptor Gene Polymorphisms in Depression-Related Traits: Gene-Environment InteractionsViewemail
Riley L. MarshallEffects of Genetic Likelihood for Extraversion/Surgency on Preschoolers’ Prosocial Behaviors in Ambiguous SituationsViewemail
Samantha MiadichGrip Strength and Lung Function Associations: A Middle Childhood Twin StudyViewemail
Gianmarco MignognaPatterns of Item Nonresponse to Questionnaires are Systematic and Have a Genetic Basis.Viewemail
Megan E. MikhailContext Matters: Socioeconomic Disadvantage Increases Phenotypic Risk and Impacts the Etiology of Disordered Eating in YouthViewemail
Geneviève Morneau-VaillancourtDistinguishing Dimensions of Social Withdrawal in Childhood: Polygenic Score Differently Predict Trajectories of Social Wariness and Preference for Solitude from Age 6 to 12 YearsViewemail
Claire MorrisonLatent Genetic Structure of Sleep Health and PsychopathologyViewemail
Jessica MundyThe Relationship of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Major Depressive Disorder in the Context of Reported Psychological TraumaViewemail
Christie W. MusketShared Genetic Effects between Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse: A Multiplex Extended Pedigree StudyViewemail
Chloe MyersHeritability of Serum Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) in Twins, Siblings and AdopteesViewemail
Oliver PainEvaluation of Polygenic Prediction Methodology within a Reference- Standardized FrameworkViewemail
Joëlle A. PasmanInterplay between Genetic Risk and the Parent Environment in Adolescence and Substance Use in Young Adulthood: A TRAILS StudyViewemail
Katie PaulichExploring ABCD Phenotypes for Future Behavioral Genetic Analysis: Screen Time is Associated with Mental Health, Academic Outcomes, and Peer RelationshipsViewemail
Pamela N. Romero VillelaNo Significant Interaction between rs16969968 and Genome-Wide Loci to Predict Cigarettes per Day in the UK BiobankViewemail
Petra RupertGenetic Variation in Cognitive Flexibility Brain Activation in Schizophrenia: A Multiplex Extended Pedigree StudyViewemail
Katie SakelMAO-A as a Candidate Gene and Childhood Parental Alcohol Use Predicting Risky Behaviors.Viewemail
Jonathan D. SchaeferDevelopmental Pathways Connecting Polygenic risk of Smoking Initiation to Adolescent and Young-Adult Substance UseViewemail
Fenja SchlagDistinct Association Profiles between Polygenic Risk for Psychiatric Disorder and Social Skill Sets in the General PopulationViewemail
Amanda ShrewsburyGenetic and Environmental Influences on Externalizing Symptoms and Aspects of Executive Function in Middle ChildhoodViewemail
Alexandra StarrChasing Environmental Influences on School GradesViewemail
Beate St PourcainThe Multivariate Genetic Architecture of Language- and Literacy-related Abilities.Viewemail
Nathaniel S. ThomasCannabis Use in College: Genetic Predispositions, Peers, and Activity ParticipationViewemail
Fartein Ask TorvikAssortative Mating and the Usefulness of Polygenic Scores in Extended PedigreesViewemail
Jonathan TrattnerVaccine Willingness and Socioeconomic Status: a Biometrically Controlled DesignViewemail
Uku VainikTwo Genetic Analyses to Elucidate Causality in the Associations between Body Mass Index and Psychological TraitsViewemail
Jeffrey van der VenExploring Genetic Relationships between Early Motor, Personal-Social and Language DevelopmentViewemail
Alexandra Y. VazquezExploring the Etiology of Resilience to Neighborhood DisadvantageViewemail
Brad VerhulstUsing Neuroticism as a Model Phenotype to Compare and Contrast Genome-Wide Associations from Structural Equation ModelsViewemail
Janne VermeulenExploring Genetic Relationships between Musicality and Social BehaviorViewemail
Biyao WangThe Impact of Genetic Nurture on Educational Attainment: a Meta-AnalysisViewemail
Evan A. WinigerUsing Genetic Correlations and Polygenic Risk Prediction to Analyze Shared Genetics between Sleep Deficits and Cannabis Use Behaviors.Viewemail
Ruyue ZhangAssociation of Family History of Schizophrenia with Clinical Features in Eating DisordersViewemail
Katerina Zorina-LichtenwalterIdentification and Characterization of the Common Genetic Risk Factors for Chronic Pain and PsychopathologyViewemail


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