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).

All links to abstracts have been disabled, they are published in the journal Behavior Genetics. London New York Presenter Title
        Session 1
Fri 09:00 Fri 24:00 Thu 19:00   Introduction
Fri 09:05 Fri 00:05 Thu 19:05 Jared V. Balbona The Nature of Nurture Revisited Estimating the Effect of Vertical Transmission using Structural Equation Modeling
Fri 09:25 Fri 00:25 Thu 19:25 Yongkang Kim Nature of Nurture Analysis via Structural Equation Modeling
Fri 09:45 Fri 00:45 Thu 19:45 Scott Allen Funkhouser Investigating Heterogenous Genetic Effects Contributing to Smoking Behavior using the UK Biobank
Fri 10:05 Fri 01:05 Thu 20:05 Maya Rieselbach Anxiety-Specific Influences on Substance Use Evidence of a Protective Effect in Adolescence and a Risk Factor in Adulthood
Fri 10:25 Fri 01:25 Thu 20:25 Sarah Colbert Differential Shared Genetic Influences of Anxiety with Problematic Alcohol Use Compared to Alcohol Consumption.
Fri 10:45 Fri 01:45 Thu 20:45 Jarrod M Ellingson Do Modifiable Risk Factors Moderate the Effect of APOE on Cognitive Decline?
Fri 11:00 Fri 02:00 Thu 21:00   Break
        Session 2
Fri 11:20 Fri 02:20 Thu 21:20 Emmanuel Sapin Novel Approach for Parallelizing Pairwise Comparison Problems as Applied to Detecting Segments Identical By Decent in UK BioBank
Fri 11:40 Fri 02:40 Thu 21:40 Benjamin Domingue Heteroscedastic Regression Modeling Elucidates Gene-by-Environment Interaction
Fri 12:00 Fri 03:00 Thu 22:00 Tina Vo Testing for Moderation of Mid-Life Cognitive Performance by Sleep Duration
Fri 12:20 Fri 03:20 Thu 22:20 Susan S. Kuo Cortical Thickness and Cortical Surface Area Show Differing Genetic Relationships with Schizophrenia across Development A Multiplex Extended Pedigree Study
Fri 12:40 Fri 03:40 Thu 22:40 Jodie N Painter Modifiable Risk Factors and Miscarriage a Mendelian Randomization Analysis
Fri 13:00 Fri 04:00 Thu 23:00 Gunn-Helen Moen Do 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 13:20 Fri 04:20 Thu 23:20   Break
        Session 3
Fri 13:40 Fri 04:40 Thu 23:40 Penelope A. Lind Exploring the Genetic Architecture of Disordered Gambling and the Influence of Genetics Risk of Gambling on Substance Use
Fri 14:00 Fri 05:00 Fri 24:00 Brittany Mitchell Exploring the Genetic Overlap Underlying Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Loss
Fri 14:20 Fri 05:20 Fri 00:20 Jackson Thorp Symptom-Level Genetic Modelling Identifies Novel Risk Loci and Unravels the Shared Genetic Architecture of Anxiety and Depression
Fri 14:40 Fri 05:40 Fri 00:40 Hyeokmoon Kweon Genetic Fortune Winning or Losing Education, Income, and Health
Fri 15:00 Fri 06:00 Fri 01:00 Mischa Lundberg Genetic, Lifestyle, and Environmental Risk Factors for Chronic Pain Revealed through GWAS
Fri 15:20 Fri 06:20 Fri 01:20 Jose J. Morosoli Would 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 15:40 Fri 06:40 Fri 01:40   Break
        Session 4
Fri 16:00 Fri 07:00 Fri 02:00 Eric A.W. Slob Multivariate GREML Analysis Reveals Shared Genetic Architecture between Brain Regions and Behavioral Traits
Fri 16:20 Fri 07:20 Fri 02:20 Veera M. Rajagopal Polygenic Prediction of School Performance in Individuals With and Without Psychiatric Disorders
Fri 16:40 Fri 07:40 Fri 02:40 Bodine Gonggrijp Assortative Mating for Educational Attainment in Finnish and Dutch Twins and Their Spouses
Fri 17:00 Fri 08:00 Fri 03:00 Ida M. Mueller Genetics, Parenting and Family Functioning – What Drives the Development of Self-Regulation from Adolescence to Adulthood?
Fri 17:20 Fri 08:20 Fri 03:20 Camiel van der Laan Continuity of Polygenetic Influences on Aggressive Behavior across the Life Course
Fri 17:40 Fri 08:40 Fri 03:40 Margot van de Weijer Dissecting Genetic from Environmental Associations for Well-Being
Fri 18:00 Fri 09:00 Fri 04:00 Lianne de Vries Genetic Evidence for the Overlap and Bidirectional Effects between Resilience and Well-Being.
Fri 18:20 Fri 09:20 Fri 04:20 Zeynep Nas Associations Between Anxiety Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life A Population-Based Twin Study in Sri Lanka
Fri 18:40 Fri 09:40 Fri 04:40   Break
        Session 5
Fri 19:00 Fri 10:00 Fri 05:00 Margherita Malanchini Pathfinder A brief, Reliable Measure to Overcome the Challenges of Investigating g in the Genomic Era.
Fri 19:20 Fri 10:20 Fri 05:20 Rosa Cheesman Genetic Associations between Non-Cognitive Skills and Educational Outcomes: The Role of Parental Environment
Fri 19:40 Fri 10:40 Fri 05:40 Joanna Martin Sex Differences in Psychiatric Polygenic Risk in Children with ADHD
Fri 20:00 Fri 11:00 Fri 06:00 Andrea Allegrini Directional Relationships between Childhood Psychopathology Dimensions across Development
Fri 20:20 Fri 11:20 Fri 06:20 Kai Xiang Lim Genetic and Environmental Aetiologies of Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self-Harm
Fri 20:40 Fri 11:40 Fri 06:40 Georgina Krebs The Association between Body Dysmorphic Symptoms and Suicidality among Adolescents and Young Adults a Genetically-Informative Study
Fri 21:00 Fri 12:00 Fri 07:00 Radhika Kandaswamy Predicting Alcohol Use from Genome-Wide Polygenic Scores, Environmental Factors, and their Interactions.
Fri 21:20 Fri 12:20 Fri 07:20    Break
        Session 6
Fri 21:40 Fri 12:40 Fri 07:40 Olakunle Oginni Genetic and Environmental Influences on Sexual Orientation Moderation by Childhood Gender Nonconformity and Early-Life Adversity
Fri 22:00 Fri 13:00 Fri 08:00 Dorret Boomsma Twinning as a Phenotype GWAS and EWAS Meta-Analyses
Fri 22:20 Fri 13:20 Fri 08:20 Veronika Odintsova Epigenetics and Handedness
Fri 22:40 Fri 13:40 Fri 08:40 Fiona A. Hagenbeek Integrative Multi-Omics Analysis of Genomic, Epigenomic, and Metabolomic Data for Childhood Aggressive Behavior
Fri 23:00 Fri 14:00 Fri 09:00 Jenny van Dongen DNA Methylation Signatures of a Broad Spectrum of Aggressive Behavior: A Meta-Analysis of Epigenome-Wide Studies across the Lifespan
Fri 23:20 Fri 14:20 Fri 09:20 Laura Schellhas The 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 23:40 Fri 14:40 Fri 09:40   Break
        Session 7
Sat 24:00 Fri 15:00 Fri 10:00   Business Meeting
Sat 01:00 Fri 16:00 Fri 11:00   Break
        Session 8
Sat 01:20 Fri 16:20 Fri 11:20 Laurel Raffington Social Disparities in Children’s and Adolescents’ Epigenome-Wide Methylation Profiles
Sat 01:40 Fri 16:40 Fri 11:40 Shannon O’Connor Exploring Puberty as a Moderator of Genetic and Environmental Influences on Body Weight and Shape Concerns in Females
Sat 02:00 Fri 17:00 Fri 12:00 Tong Chen Heritable, Environmental, and Timing Effects on the Intergenerational Transmission of Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Early Adolescence
Sat 02:20 Fri 17:20 Fri 12:20 Alexandros Giannelis The Genetic and Environmental Components of Economic Behavior
Sat 02:40 Fri 17:40 Fri 12:40 Randi L. Vogt Genetic and Environmental Influences on Non-Ability-Based Confidence
Sat 03:00 Fri 18:00 Fri 13:00 Giulia A. Borriello Long-Term Effects of Polygenic Propensity for Educational Attainment on Educational Attainment Mediated by Inhibitory Control and Variation by a Family-Based Intervention
Sat 03:20 Fri 18:20 Fri 13:20 Lisabeth F. DiLalla Preschool Pretend Play and Memory Development Twins versus Singletons
Sat 03:40 Fri 18:40 Fri 13:40   Break
        Session 9
Sat 04:00 Fri 19:00 Fri 14:00 Daniel Bustamante Genetic and Environmental Influences, Risk and Subcortical Brain Volume Mediation of Traumatic Stress on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Children
Sat 04:20 Fri 19:20 Fri 14:20 Michael Pogue-Geile Schizophrenia Genetic Risk Shared with Cortical Surface Area but not Cortical Thickness: A Multiplex, Extended Pedigree Study.
Sat 04:40 Fri 19:40 Fri 14:40 Danielle M. Dick Genomic Analysis of ~1.5 Million People Uncovers Genes Associated with Externalizing
Sat 05:00 Fri 20:00 Fri 15:00 Sarah L. Carroll Understanding the Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Youth Psychopathology
Sat 05:20 Fri 20:20 Fri 15:20 Elizabeth Shewark Neighborhood Structural Characteristics and Social Processes Moderate the Etiology of Children’s Social Problems
Sat 05:40 Fri 20:40 Fri 15:40 Brianna Bucknor Current Polygenic Scores Fail to Capture Resilience
Sat 06:00 Fri 21:00 Fri 16:00 Danielle Seay Time-Varying Effects of Genetic and Parental Risks for Intergenerational Transmission of Depression on Child Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms.
Sat 06:20 Fri 21:20 Fri 16:20   Break
        Session 10
Sat 06:40 Fri 21:40 Fri 16:40 Michael C. Neale Effects of Non-Random Ascertainment on Variance Component Estimates from Classical Twin Studies.
Sat 07:00 Fri 22:00 Fri 17:00 S. Mason Garrison Fitting Problems Evaluating Model Fit in Behavior Genetic Models
Sat 07:20 Fri 22:20 Fri 17:20 Anqing Zheng Testing the Phenotypic Null Hypothesis A Multivariate Examination in MIDUS
Sat 07:40 Fri 22:40 Fri 17:40 Christopher R. Beam Genetic influence on Secure Attachment Depends on Socioeconomic Status
Sat 08:00 Fri 23:00 Fri 18:00 Deborah Finkel Longitudinal Dynamic Relationship between Temperament and Cognition in Childhood: The Louisville Twin Study
Sat 08:20 Fri 23:20 Fri 18:20 Evan J. Giangrande The Flynn Effect across Three WISC Versions and Four Decades in a Single Sample of U.S. Children
Sat 08:40 Fri 23:40 Fri 18:40 Eric Turkheimer The Lifespan Intellectual Continuity Project in the Louisville Twin Study
Sat 09:00 Sat 24:00 Fri 19:00 Conclusion

Poster Presentations:

Because a full sized poster would not render well on all devices, posters consist of a short series of slides with a pre-recorded commentary. It was not feasible to have questions and answers for posters, however you are encouraged to email the author to engage in further discussion via the provided links. You may view posters at any time.

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Presenter Title Video Email
J. Ando Genetic Influence on Academic Achievement and Educational Opportunities Controlled by Socioeconomic Effect. View email
Martina Arenella Genetics of Autistic Traits in the General Population Reveals Potential Role for Immune-Related Genes in Autism Spectrum Disorder. View email
Chloe Austerberry Early Manifestations of Intellectual Ability: Evidence that Genetic Effects on Achievement are Mediated Through Early Childhood Literacy View email
Wikus Barkhuizen Investigating the Specificity of the Genetic Associations between Smoking Behaviours and Psychiatric Traits and Disorders with Genomic Structural Equation Modelling View email
Giacomo Bignardi On the Etiology of the Intensity of Visual Aesthetic Appraisal and Preferences View email
Winona Booher Alcohol Related Behaviors in Mice Selectively Bred for High and Low Activity View email
Laurel Bruce Turning Knowledge of a Genetic Cause into Preventive Behavioral Interventions: Proactive Speech and Language Therapy for Infants with Classic Galactosemia Continues to Show Signs of Effectiveness View email
Susanne Bruins Incorporating Polygenic Scores in the Nuclear Twin Family Design: Detecting Cultural Transmission View email
Minhnguyen Cao Genetic and Environmental Predictors of Self-Worth in Young Children View email
Lucía Colodro-Conde Genome-Wide Association Analysis on Breastfeeding Duration View email
Yuliya Davydova The Role of Arginine-Vasopressin Receptor Gene Polymorphisms in the Development of Anger-Related Traits View email
Nora de Bode Systematic Review: How the ADHD Polygenic Risk Scores Add to Our Understanding of ADHD and Other Traits View email
Rita Dias Pereira Parental Social Class, Genes and Luck: a Cohort Analysis ofEquality of Opportunity in Education View email
Elizabeth K. Do Linking Cancer and Twin Registry Data to Evaluate Cancer Risk in a United States Sample View email
Deepika Dokuru General Factor Model of Substance Use Co-morbidity View email
Morgan Driver The Impact of Receiving Genotypic Information for Psychiatric Conditions: A Literature Review View email
Ebba Du Rietz Associations between ADHD and Medical Disorders in Adulthood: A Large-Scale Genetically Informed Swedish Register Study View email
Mikael O Ekblad The Effect of Smoking During Pregnancy on Severity and Directionality of Externalizing and Internalizing Symptoms: A Genetically- Informed Approach View email
Samantha M Freis Genetic Correlations Between Executive Functions and Intelligence in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study View email
Éloi Gagnon The Intensity of Formal Daycare Attendance Decreases the Shared Environment Contribution to School Readiness View email
Margaret Gatz Remember This: Harmonization of Episodic Memory Measures across Twin Studies of Aging View email
Shelley Gresko Causal Mechanisms Underlying the Associations between Putative Environmental Influences and Adolescent Substance Use View email
Emily C. Hilton Toddler Temperament Modestly Predicts Middle Childhood Mental Health Profiles, via Genetic Pathways View email
Meng Huang Do Common and Rare Variants Work Together on the Same Gene to Affect Phenotype? View email
Nikki Hubers Integrative Multi-Omics Analysis of Epigenomic and Metabolomic data for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder View email
Avina Hunjan Polygenic Propensity for a Psychiatric Disorder is Associated with Nutrient Intake View email
Daniel (Liang-Dar) Hwang Interaction between Polygenic Risks of Obesity Related Traits and Lifestyle in the UK Biobank View email
Eleanor J. Junkins Genetic and Environmental Overlap of Agency and the Big Five Personality Traits View email
Anastasiya Kazantseva The Role of Inflammatory System Genes in Non-Verbal Intelligence in Mentally Healthy Individuals View email
Kennon Later Examining the Causal Link between Divorce and Mental Health of their Offspring Using the Cross-Generational Sibling Comparison Model View email
Qiongshi Lu Local Genetic Correlation Analysis Reveals Heterogeneous Etiologic Sharing of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cognitive Performance View email
Juan José Madrid Valero Sleep quality and psychological distress: a sex-limitation twin study? View email
Juan José Madrid Valero Sleep Quality and Back Pain: Same Genes? View email
Sergey Malykh The Role of Oxytocin Receptor Gene Polymorphisms in Depression-Related Traits: Gene-Environment Interactions View email
Riley L. Marshall Effects of Genetic Likelihood for Extraversion/Surgency on Preschoolers’ Prosocial Behaviors in Ambiguous Situations View email
Samantha Miadich Grip Strength and Lung Function Associations: A Middle Childhood Twin Study View email
Gianmarco Mignogna Patterns of Item Nonresponse to Questionnaires are Systematic and Have a Genetic Basis. View email
Megan E. Mikhail Context Matters: Socioeconomic Disadvantage Increases Phenotypic Risk and Impacts the Etiology of Disordered Eating in Youth View email
Geneviève Morneau-Vaillancourt Distinguishing Dimensions of Social Withdrawal in Childhood: Polygenic Score Differently Predict Trajectories of Social Wariness and Preference for Solitude from Age 6 to 12 Years View email
Claire Morrison Latent Genetic Structure of Sleep Health and Psychopathology View email
Jessica Mundy The Relationship of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Major Depressive Disorder in the Context of Reported Psychological Trauma View email
Christie W. Musket Shared Genetic Effects between Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse: A Multiplex Extended Pedigree Study View email
Chloe Myers Heritability of Serum Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) in Twins, Siblings and Adoptees View email
Oliver Pain Evaluation of Polygenic Prediction Methodology within a Reference- Standardized Framework View email
Joëlle A. Pasman Interplay between Genetic Risk and the Parent Environment in Adolescence and Substance Use in Young Adulthood: A TRAILS Study View email
Katie Paulich Exploring ABCD Phenotypes for Future Behavioral Genetic Analysis: Screen Time is Associated with Mental Health, Academic Outcomes, and Peer Relationships View email
Pamela N. Romero Villela No Significant Interaction between rs16969968 and Genome-Wide Loci to Predict Cigarettes per Day in the UK Biobank View email
Petra Rupert Genetic Variation in Cognitive Flexibility Brain Activation in Schizophrenia: A Multiplex Extended Pedigree Study View email
Katie Sakel MAO-A as a Candidate Gene and Childhood Parental Alcohol Use Predicting Risky Behaviors. View email
Jonathan D. Schaefer Developmental Pathways Connecting Polygenic risk of Smoking Initiation to Adolescent and Young-Adult Substance Use View email
Fenja Schlag Distinct Association Profiles between Polygenic Risk for Psychiatric Disorder and Social Skill Sets in the General Population View email
Amanda Shrewsbury Genetic and Environmental Influences on Externalizing Symptoms and Aspects of Executive Function in Middle Childhood View email
Alexandra Starr Chasing Environmental Influences on School Grades View email
Beate St Pourcain The Multivariate Genetic Architecture of Language- and Literacy-related Abilities. View email
Nathaniel S. Thomas Cannabis Use in College: Genetic Predispositions, Peers, and Activity Participation View email
Fartein Ask Torvik Assortative Mating and the Usefulness of Polygenic Scores in Extended Pedigrees View email
Jonathan Trattner Vaccine Willingness and Socioeconomic Status: a Biometrically Controlled Design View email
Uku Vainik Two Genetic Analyses to Elucidate Causality in the Associations between Body Mass Index and Psychological Traits View email
Jeffrey van der Ven Exploring Genetic Relationships between Early Motor, Personal-Social and Language Development View email
Alexandra Y. Vazquez Exploring the Etiology of Resilience to Neighborhood Disadvantage View email
Brad Verhulst Using Neuroticism as a Model Phenotype to Compare and Contrast Genome-Wide Associations from Structural Equation Models View email
Janne Vermeulen Exploring Genetic Relationships between Musicality and Social Behavior View email
Biyao Wang The Impact of Genetic Nurture on Educational Attainment: a Meta-Analysis View email
Evan A. Winiger Using Genetic Correlations and Polygenic Risk Prediction to Analyze Shared Genetics between Sleep Deficits and Cannabis Use Behaviors. View email
Ruyue Zhang Association of Family History of Schizophrenia with Clinical Features in Eating Disorders View email
Katerina Zorina-Lichtenwalter Identification and Characterization of the Common Genetic Risk Factors for Chronic Pain and Psychopathology View email


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