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Dee Higley

Professor
Psychology, Psychology

1042 KMBL
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Dr. Higley is a professor of psychology at Young University. He received his Ph.D. in Child Development and Primate Behavior from the University of Wisconsin. For nearly two decades, Dr. Higley headed the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s intramural nonhuman primate research program, located just outside of Washington, DC. Dr. Higley is recognized as an international expert in nonhuman primates, serotonin-mediated temperament and personality, addiction, and other forms of developmental psychopathology. More recently has received a good deal of interest for his teams’ discovery that genes that modulate behavior function differently depending on the environmental setting. His latest new research focuses on prenatal exposure to testosterone and its effects on behavior, publishing the first paper on 2D:4D finger ratio in nonhuman primates.

Research Interests

Professor Higley is recognized as an international expert in serotonin-mediated temperament and personality, and developmental psychopathology. His research uses rhesus macaques to model features of human alcohol abuse and alcoholism and their related behaviors and biochemistry. The studies have focused on the development of neurobiological mechanisms, as mediated by early experience and genetic influences. The importance of mothers in development is primary to his research focus. Secondary measures such as temperament, and other behavioral measures are used as early life predictors of alcohol abuse, violence, and anxiety. Included in this program is the use of a large database of various behavior, rearing, genetic and neurochemical measures that are to assess the behavioral outcomes and early predictors of alcohol intake and violent behavior. His latest new research focuses on prenatal exposure to testosterone and its effects on behavior, publishing the first paper on 2D:4D finger ratio in nonhuman primates. Ongoing research performed at the University of California National Primate Center allows students to act as summer interns collecting data from the monkeys. Neuroimaging and other traditional approaches are used to study the brain of the monkeys prone to excessive alcohol intake. A major aspect of the research is based on he and his colleagues discovery that genes that modulate behavior function differently depending on the environmental. This focus on gene X environment interactions, has led to research on how genetic influences are modulated by parents, situations, sex, and the genotype of a partner. His publications focus on the effect of parental treatment and genetic influences on alcohol abuse, violence, impulsivity, and individual differences. Recent studies have been initiated to design a nonhuman primate model of ADHD.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Higley left his position at the NIH largely because he missed his interactions with the students and teaching. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Brigham Young University, including, 111-Introductory Psychology, 320-Developmental Psychology, Psychology 381-Behavioral Neuroscience and his favorite, Psychology, 387-Primate Behavior. Dr. Higley especially enjoys the mentoring process and has developed two Internships for the student that provide "hands-on" research experiences, analyzing actual research data, and providing opportunities to study nonhuman primate behavior in actual research settings.

Honors and Awards

  • Promotion to Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2008 - Present)
  • Nominated to run for the office of Executive Secretary, American Society of Primatology, American Society of Primatology (2010 - 2010)
  • Nominated to Run for the office of Treasurer, American Society of Primatology, American Society of Primatology (2005 - 2005)

Memberships

  • Mormon History Association (2010 - Present)
  • Research Society on Alcoholism (2007 - Present)
  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (1997 - Present)
  • American Society of Primatologists (1986 - Present)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2000 - 2012)

Professional Citizenship

  • Other, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2018 - Present)
  • Committee/Council Member, American Society of Primatology-Publications Committee (2016 - Present)
  • Board Member, Translational Developmental Psychiatry (2011 - Present)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal - Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders (2010 - Present)
  • Committee/Council Member, American Society of Primatology-Media & Information Committee (2010 - Present)
  • Committee/Council Chair, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2020 - 2021)
  • Committee/Council Chair, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2019 - 2021)
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, National Institutes of Health, NCRR (2020 - 2020)
  • Committee/Council Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology-Ethics Committee (2012 - 2017)
  • Committee/Council Chair, American Society of Primatology-Publications Committee (2010 - 2016)
  • Committee/Council Member, NIH, NCRR Primate Center Review Team-Seattle Review (2012 - 2012)
  • Committee/Council Member, NIH, NCRR Primate Center Review Team-Tulane National Primate Center Review (2012 - 2012)
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, National Institutes of Health (2011 - 2011)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ORCA Grant Reviewers (2010 - 2011)
  • Committee/Council Chair, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology-Animal Research Committee (2010 - 2010)
  • Committee/Council Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology-Finance Committee (2010 - 2010)
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, National Institutes of Health (2010 - 2010)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, (2010 - 2010)
  • Committee/Council Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology-Finance Commitee (2009 - 2009)
  • Committee/Council Member, American Society of Primatology-Finance Committee (2009 - 2009)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ORCA Grant Reviewers (2009 - 2009)

Courses Taught

Publications

Elizabeth Katherine Wood Ryno Kruger Stephen Day Jaclyn Day Jacob Hunter Leslie Neville Melanie L Schwandt Stephen G. Lindell Barr S Barr Stephen J Suomi James Dee Higley Sproul Bassett, Ashley M. Elizabeth Katherine Wood Lindell, Steven G. Schwandt, Melanie S. Barr, Christina S. Suomi, Stephen J. James Dee Higley Elizabeth Katherine Wood Maribeth Champoux Michael Marsiske Joseph A Olsen Stephen J Suomi James Dee Higley Baxter, A. Elizabeth Katherine Wood Barr, Christina S. Daniel Brice Kay Suomi, Stephen J. James Dee Higley Elizabeth K. Wood Ryno Kruger Elysha Cash Stephen G. Lindell Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley Elizabeth K. Wood Maribeth Champoux Stephen G. Lindell Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley Alexander Baxter Elizabeth K. Wood Lynea R. Witczak Karen L. Bales James Dee Higley Alexander Baxter E. K. Wood Michael Marsiske Daniel B. Kay C. S. Barr S. J. Suomi James Dee Higley Alexander Baxter Elizabeth Wood Parker Jarman Ashley Cameron John Capitanio James Dee Higley Mikle Don South Katherine Taylor Tiffany Newton Megan Christensen N K Jamison Paul Chamberlain Oliver Johnston Michael Crowley James Dee Higley Travis J. Norseth Elizabeth K. Wood Mitchell A. Skidmore Christopher Herron Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley James Dee Higley John P. Capitanio Shelly A. Blozis Jessica Snarr Adrianne Miller James Dee Higley Brenda J. McCowan Carol A. Shively Thomas C. Register James Dee Higley Stephanie L. Willard Gloria L. Fawcett Amanda M. Dettmer Daniel Kay Muthuswamy Raveendran James Dee Higley Neal D. Ryan Judy L. Cameron Jeff Rogers Andrea N. Sorenson Erin C. Sullivan Sally P. Mendosa John P. Capitanio James Dee Higley Whitney F Espinel James Dee Higley Brandon L. Roberg Melanie L. Schwandt Lynn A. Fairbanks Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley Simona Spinelli Melanie L Schwandt Stephen G Lindell Markus Heilig Stephen J Suomi James Dee Higley David Goldman Christina S Barr Stephen Lindell Qiaoping Yuan Zhifeng Zhou David Goldman Robert Thompson Juan Lopez Suomi J Suomi James Dee Higley Christina S Barr Whitney F Espinel Andrea N Sorenson Courtney Shannon Melanie L Schwandt Stephen G Lindell Christina S Barr Stephen J Suomi James Dee Higley Qiaoping Yuan Zhifeng Zhou Stephen G. Lindell J. Dee Higley Betsy Ferguson Robert C. Thompson Juan F Lopez Stephen J. Suomi Basel Baghal Maggie Baker Deborah C. Mash Christina S Barr David Goldman Ana-Marie Iosif K. J. Abbott Mandi Bulechowsky Jeff Rogers Bernie J. Devlin J. Dee Higley Doug E. Williamson Judy L. Cameron Tarique D. Perera Andrew J. Dwork Kathryn A. Keegan Lakshmi Thirumangalakudi Cecilla M. Lipira Niamh Joyce Christopher Lange James Dee Higley Gorazd Rosoklija Rene Hen Harold A. Sackeim Jeremy D. Coplan James Dee Higley Andrew C. Chaffin Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley Andrew C. Chaffin Stephen J. Suomi Melanie L. Schwandt Steven G. Lindell James Dee Higley Stephen J. Suomi Marcus Heilig Christina S. Barr Stephen G. Lindell Melanie L. Schwandt Hui Sun Jeff D. Sparenborg Karl Bjoerk John W. Kasckow Wolfgang H. Sommer David Goldman James Dee Higley Stephen J. Suomi Marcus Heilig Christina S. Barr Simona Spinelli Svetlana Chefer Richard E. Carson Elaine Jagoda Lixin Lang Markus Heilig Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley Elliot A. Stein James Dee Higley Hank Peter Jedema Peter J. Gianaros Phillip J. Greer Dustin D. Kerr Shijing Liu J. Dee Higley Stephen J. Suomi Adam S. Olsen Jessica N. Porter Brian J. Lopresti Ahmad R. Hariri Charles W Bradberry Melanie L. Schwandt Stephen G. Lindell Rickard L. Sjöberg Kelly L. Chisholm James Dee Higley Stephen J. Suomi Marcus Heilig Christina S. Barr Hanna-Linn Wargelius Claudia Fahlke Stephen J. Suomi Lars Oreland James Dee Higley Melanie L. Schwandt Stephen G. Lindell Scott Chen James Dee Higley Stephen J. Suomi Marcus Heilig Christina S. Barr Daniel B. Kay Michael Marsiske Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley Kai McCormack Timothy K. Newman James Dee Higley Dario Maestripieri Mar M. Sanchez

Presentations

James Dee Higley Mar Sanchez
Elizabeth K. Wood Dani P. Lemmon Nickolas D. Mullen Stephen G. Lindell Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James D. Higley
Parker Jarman Elizabeth K. Wood Elysha Cash Alexander Baxter John P. Capitanio James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley Elizabeth K. Wood
Joseph F. Reyelts Elizabeth K. Wood Kelsey L. Luck Zach J. Jager John P. Capitanio James Dee Higley
Elizabeth K. Wood Ryno Kruger Elysha Cash Stephen J. Suomi Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi Higley
Elizabeth K. Woods Elizabeth E. Conradt Melanie L. Schwandt Stephen G. Lindell Stephen J. Suomi Christina S. Barr James Dee Higley
Daniel A. Davies Spencer J. Waters Esther M. Page Stephen G. Lindell Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley
Natalie N. Lange Alexander Baxter Elizabeth K. Wood Ian M. Lake John P. Capitanio Laura del Rosso Erin L. Kinnally James Dee Higley
Jenna Jackson Elizabeth K. Wood Stephen G. Lindell Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Suomi J. Suomi James Dee Higley
Elizabeth K. Wood Elizabeth Conradt Stephen G. Lindell Melanie L. Schwandt Stephen J. Suomi Christina S. Barr James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley
Andrew Aston Patrick H. O'Connell Stephen G. Lindell Melanie L. Schwandt Suomi Stephen J. Christina S. Barr James Dee Higley
Andrew Aston Patrick H. O'Connell Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Suomi J. Suomi James Dee Higley
Katie Chung E. Bliss-Moreau Andrew Aston Riley Barrington Jayde Schackett James Dee Higley John P. Capitanio
Stephen Anderson Andrew Aston James Dee Higley John P. Capitanio
Andrew Aston Patrick H. O'Connell Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Suomi J. Suomi James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley Claudia Gonzales John P. Capitanio
Kyle R Glass Mason T Bennett Brok S Humbert Andrea N. Sorenson Mitchell A Skidmore Brenda McCowen John P Capitanio James Dee Higley
Andrew Aston Patrick H O'Connell Jayde Shackett Andrea N. Sorenson Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley
Daniel G Loveland Benjamin E Dent Melanie L. Schwandt Mitchell A Skidmore Andrea N. Sorenson Melanie L Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley
Jessica G. Clemente Stephen G. Lindell James Dee Higley Suomi Stephen J. Christina S. Barr
Andrea N. Sorenson Darren J Garcia Peggy J. Gartman Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley
Jenna Jackson Hannah E. Page Andrea N. Sorenson Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley
Melanie L. Schwandt Suomi Stephen J. James Dee Higley Christina S. Barr
Patrick O'Connell Mason Bennett Andrea N. Sorenson Melanie L. Schwandt Christina S. Barr Stephen J. Suomi James Dee Higley
Adrianne L. Steward Andrea N. Sorenson K. Elliot Jennifer Snarr John P. Capitanio James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley Andrea Sorenson John P. Capitanio Sally Mendosa
James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley
Whitney F Espinel Andrea N. Sorenson Melanie L Schwandt Stephen G Lindell Lynn A Fairbanks Christina S Barr Stephen J Suomi James Dee Higley
Hannah E Page Hope R Tuft Jenna Jackson Whitney F Espinel Andrea N Sorenson Melanie L Schwandt Christina S Barr Stephen J Suomi James Dee Higley
Trent Simmons Issac Aldous Whitney F Espinel Andrew Chaffin Melanie Schwandt Christina S Barr Stephen J Suomi James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley
Hannah E Page Hope R Tuft Jenna Jackson Whitney F Espinel Andrea N Sorenson Melanie L Schwandt Christina S Barr Stephen J Suomi James Dee Higley
James Dee Higley Andrea Sorenson Bobbi S. Padro John P. Capitanio Lindell Stephen Stephen J. Suomi Barr S. Christina
Ashley Hipps Whitney F. Maxwell Hannah Page Stephen J. Suomi Christina S. Barr Melanie L. Schwandt James Dee Higley
Bobbi Sue Padro Andrea N. Sorenson James Dee Higley
Andrew C. Chaffin Dan J. Blocker James Dee Higley
McKenzie Gibson Kfir Orgad James Dee Higley