Robert Latzman

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2009

Member, Clinical Psychology and NBN Programs
Associate Member, Neuroscience Institute
Assistant Professor


1114 Urban Life 

**Dr. Latzman is interested in accepting new doctoral students for the 2015-2016 academic year**

The overarching goal of my program of research is to characterize neurobehavioral mechanisms that underlie the development and persistence of psychopathological behaviors, particularly externalizing and related behaviors (e.g., aggression, substance use, psychopathy). Specifically, projects focus on the role of individual differences – particularly temperamental and neurocognitive indices of (dis)inhibitory and regulatory processes – as central mechanisms in the development of these problem behaviors. In service of this goal, a primary feature of my research is a focus on how to best assess, and thereby understand, key psychopathological, temperament/personality, and neuropsychological constructs. A secondary focus is on the dynamic interplay between and among these individual differences and various contextual factors.

I have recently begun to extend this work to an exciting and promising new research population, nonhuman primates (i.e., chimpanzees). Specifically, in collaboration with colleagues from a variety of disciplines, we are working on projects examining, for example, the neurobiological and evolutionary basis of personality among chimpanzees and associations with neuroanatomy as well as various genetic polymorphisms. We are additionally working on developing chimpanzee models of psychopathology for use in neurobiological examinations of processes underlying various psychopathological phenotypes.

Representative Publications

Latzman, R. D., Vaidya, J. V., Malikina, M., Berg, J. M., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (in press).  Exploring associations between psychopathic personality and components of Disinhibition vs. Constraint. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

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., Hopkins, W. D., Keebaugh, A. C., & Young, L. J. (2014). Personality in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Exploring the hierarchical structure and associations with the Vasopressin V1a receptor gene.  PLOS ONE, 9, e95741

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.