Kristine Marceau

Research Interests

Gene-environment interplay, prenatal experiences, physiological responses to stress, pubertal development, parenting and parent-child relationships, development of behavior problems and substance use


I have had a long-standing interest in understanding how biological and environmental processes work together over time in the service of identifying which types of problems children and adolescents are likely to exhibit, and which youth will develop persistent problems. My research tackles questions about the development of behavior problems and substance use across the lifespan by incorporating the integrated roles of genetics, prenatal risk, neuroendocrine development, and the family environment across childhood and adolescence. My research has a strong focus on biological underpinnings (e.g., genetics, hormones) of neurodevelopmental behavior and problems, and a strong methodological focus, including multiple models of change and developmental trajectories, and methodological considerations for repeated measures, genetic, and prenatal data.

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In the News

Purdue News
Poor sleep is unlikely to contribute to higher BMI in children
Purdue News
The science of puberty, understanding a critical period of biological and social development
Endocrine Today
Cortisol may not be implicated in link between childhood BMI, sleep duration
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Early puberty in white but not black adolescent boys increases substance use risk

Selected Publications 

(full list of publications)  **Undergraduate, *Graduate Student/Mentee


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2016, Division of Behavioral Genetics, Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University Medical School

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University School of Public Health

  • PhD, 2013, Developmental Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

  • MS, 2011, Developmental Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

  • BA, 2006, Psychology and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

External Grants

  • 2018-2023: R01 DA045108, Co-Investigator, Neiderhiser (PI), NIDA, An Adoption Study of the Development of Early Substance Use: The Joint Roles of Genetic Influences, Prenatal Risk, Rearing Environment, and Pubertal Maturation. Total Costs: $3,827,586
  • 2016-2021: K01 DA039288, Principal Investigator, NIDA, Bio-behavioral Developmental Origins of Adolescent Substance Use. Total Costs: $876,112

  • 2012-2013: F31 DA033737, Principal Investigator, NIDA, Genetic, hormone, and family environmental influences on adolescent substance use. Total Costs: $39,706

Mentored External Grants

  • 2021-2023: F31 AG072824, Co-Sponsor, Teas, PI, NIA. A Life Course Perspective on Social Connectedness and Adult Health

  • 2021-2023: F31 DC019281, Co-Sponsor, Kiefer, PI, NIDCD. Effectiveness of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for Improving Communication in ALS

  • 2019-2020: R36 DA047563, Primary Mentor, Mishra (PI), NIDA, The Role of Substance Use Trajectory on the Association Between Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence: A Gene-environment Study. Total Costs: $60,194

Statistical Consultant

  • 2018-2019: R34 DA043293, Consultant, Slowey (PI), NIDA, Real-time Salivary Testosterone and Extension to Mobile Application and Multiple Biomarker Quantification Capability.

  • 2018: R01 AG041759, Consultant, Friedman (PI), NIA, Living Well with Later Life Multimorbidity: A Biopsychosocial Approach.

  • 2018-2021: UH3 OD023389, Consultant, Leve (PI), Office of the Director-NIH, The Early Growth and Development Study Pediatric Cohort.

  • 2016-2018: UG3 OD023389, Consultant, Leve (PI), Office of the Director-NIH, The Early Growth and Development Study Pediatric Cohort.

Other Appointments

  • Information Officer, Executive Committee, Behavior Genetics Association 10/2018 – 06/2021

  • Courtesy appointment: Department of Psychological Sciences, Clinical area, Purdue University 2017-present

Professional Service

Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer

  • NIH CSR study section: Addiction Risks and Mechanisms study section

  • Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Opportunities and Infrastructure Fund (OIF) (NIH)

  • National Science Foundation (USA)

  • Insight Grants, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • Swiss National Science Foundation

Journal Reviewer

Statistical Consulting Editor:

Child Development

Ad Hoc:

Addiction, Addictive Behaviors, Alcohol and Alcoholism, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, American Journal of Human Biology, Behavior Genetics, Biological Psychology, BMC-Genetics, BMC-Pediatrics, Clinical Endocrinology, Clinical Psychological Science, Clinical Psychology Review, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Development, Comprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology, Development and Psychopathology, Developmental Psychobiology, Developmental Psychology, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Emotion, Genes, Genes Brain and Behavior, Health Psychology, Hormones and Behavior, JAMA-Psychiatry, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Neuropsychiatry, Pediatrics, Population Research and Policy Review, Prevention Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Medicine, Psychological Science, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Tobacco Induced Diseases

Societies: Conference/Award Reviewer

  • Behavior Genetics Association Thompson and Rowe student presentation Awards

  • Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting

  • Meeting of the American Psychological Association Division 50 (addictions)

  • Meetings of the Society for Research on Adolescence

Courses Recently Taught

  • HDFS 627: Multilevel Modeling (Spring, 2018, 2019, Fall 2021)

  • HDFS 313: Adolescent Development (Fall, 2019)
Kristine Marceau
Assistant Professor

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Courtesy Appointment:
   Psychological Sciences

Faculty Associate
   Advanced Methods at Purdue;
   Steering Committee and
   Core Faculty Member (AMAP)

(PhD, The Pennsylvania State University)

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