Robert Latzman

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2009

Member, Clinical Psychology and NBN Programs
Assistant Professor


1114 Urban Life 

Research Description

The goal of my research program is to characterize etiological mechanisms that underlie the development and persistence of psychopathological behaviors, particularly externalizing and related behaviors (e.g., aggression, delinquency, substance use/abuse). Specifically, I am interested in the role of individual differences – particularly temperamental and cognitive measures of (dis)inhibitory and regulatory processes – as central mechanisms in the development of these problem behaviors. My research also examines the dynamic interplay among individual differences and various contextual factors. For example, recent work has focused on the role of parenting processes and broader community factors (e.g., community violence) in both adaptive and maladaptive development. Approached from a developmental psychopathology perspective, my approach is multidisciplinary and spans methodologies, from traditional psychological assessment using psychometrics and self-report questionnaires to clinical neuropsychological and cognitive assessments to more biologically-based methodologies (e.g., psychophysiological, genetic).

Finally, a key feature of my research program is its focus on measurement issues concerning how best to understand and assess the nature of psychopathological and neuropsychological constructs involved in the development of psychopathological behaviors. For example, recent work has focused on elucidating the structure of executive functioning and temperamental Disinhibition. Overall, through my research, I hope to demonstrate how the merging of trait models of temperament/personality, neuropsychological/ cognitive, and developmental psychopathology theory will lead to conceptual and empirical gains in multiple disciplines.

Representative Publications

Washburn, D. A., Latzman, R. D., Schultz, N. B., & Bramlett, J. (in press). Attention as a cause and an effect of perception. In J.L. Szalma, M. Scerbo, R. Parasuraman, P.A. Hancock, & R. Hoffman (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Applied Perception Research. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Latzman, R. D., Chan, W. Y., & Shishido, Y. (2013). Impulsivity moderates the association between racial discrimination and alcohol problems. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2898-2904.

Latzman, R. D., Lilienfeld, S. O, Latzman, N. E., & Clark, L. A. (2013). Exploring callous and unemotional traits in youth via trait personality: An eye toward DSM-5. Personality   Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4, 191-202.

Latzman, R. D., & Vaidya, J. G. (2013). Common and distinct associations between aggression and alcohol problems with trait disinhibition. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 186-196.

Latzman, R. D., Vaidya, J. G., Watson, D., & Clark, L. A. (2011). Components of Disinhibition (vs. Constraint) differentially predict aggression and alcohol use. European Journal of Personality, 25, 477-486.

Latzman, R. D., & Markon, K. E. (2010). The factor structure and age-related factorial invariance of the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS). Assessment, 17, 172-184.

Latzman, R. D., Elkovitch, N., Young, J., & Clark, L. A. (2010). The contribution of executive functioning to academic achievement among male adolescents. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 455-462.

Vaidya, J. G., Latzman, R. D., Markon, K. E., & Watson, D. (2010). Age differences on measures of disinhibition during young adulthood. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 815-820.

Elkovitch, N., Latzman, R. D., Hansen, D. J., & Flood, M. F. (2009). Understanding child sexual behavior problems: A developmental psychopathology framework. Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 586-598.

Latzman, R. D., Elkovitch, N., & Clark, L. A. (2009).  Predicting parenting practices from maternal and adolescent sons’ personality. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 847-855.