Benjamin B. Lahey, PhD

Irving B. Harris Professor
Departments of Health Studies and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077, Rm W262
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-2582
Fax: 773-702-1979

Education & Training

  • 1967 - A.B. - Psychology - Davidson College
  • 1970 - Ph.D. - Psychology - University of Tennessee

Research Interests

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Genetic epidemiology of mental disorders


  • Epidemiology of mental health
  • Introduction to genetic epidemiology

Society Memberships

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • Member and Past President, International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Member and Past President, Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Member, Behavioral Genetics Association (BGA)

Selected Publications

  • Lahey, B. B., Applegate, B., McBurnett, K., Biederman, J., Greenhill, L., Hynd, G. W., Barkley, R. A., Newcorn, J., Jensen, P., Richters, J., Garfinkel, B., Kerdyk, L., Frick, P. J., Ollendick, T., Perez, D., Hart, E. L., Waldman, I., & Shaffer, D. (1994).  DSM-IV field trials for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. American Journal of Psychiatry, 151, 1673-1685.
  • Lahey, B. B., Loeber, R., Burke, J. D., Rathouz, P. &  McBurnett, K. (2002).  Waxing and waning in concert: Dynamic comorbidity of conduct disorder with other disruptive and emotional problems over seven years among clinic-referred boys. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 111, 556-567.
  • Lahey, B. B., Applegate, B., Waldman, I. D., Loft, J. D., Hankin, B. L., Rick, J. (2004). The structure of child and adolescent psychopathology: Generating new hypotheses. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113, 358-385.
  • Lahey, B. B., Pelham, W. E., Loney, J., Lee, S. S., & Willcutt, E. (2005). Instability of the DSM-IV subtypes of ADHD from preschool through elementary school. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 896-902.
  • D’Onofrio, B. M., Van Hulle, C. A., Waldman, I. D., Rodgers, J. L., Rathouz, P. J., & Lahey, B. B. (2007). Causal inferences regarding prenatal alcohol exposure and childhood externalizing problems. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 1296-1304.
  • Lahey, B. B., Rathouz, P. J., Applegate, B., Van Hulle, C. A., Garriock, H. A., Urbano, R. C., Chapman, D. A., Krueger, R. F., & Waldman, I. D. (2008). Testing structural models of DSM-IV symptoms of common forms of child and adolescent psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 187-206.
  • Lahey, B. B., D’Onofrio, B. M., & Waldman, I. D. (2009). Using epidemiologic methods to test hypotheses regarding causal influences on child and adolescent mental disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 53-62.
  • Decety, J. Michalska, K. J. Akitsuki, Y., & Lahey, B. B. (2009). Atypical empathic responses in adolescents with aggressive conduct disorder: A functional MRI investigation. Biological Psychology, 80, 203-211.
  • Lahey, B. B. (2009). Public health significance of neuroticism. American Psychologist, 64, 241-256.
  • Lee, S. S., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Keenan, K., Pelham, W. E., Van Hulle, C. A., Cook, E. H., Lahey, B. B. (in press). Association of maternal dopamine transporter genotype with negative parenting: Evidence for gene x environment interaction with child disruptive behavior. Molecular Psychiatry.