Kit Elam

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3701

Biography

Kit Elam is an Assistant Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Development at ASU. His program of research integrates genetic and family-based designs to study the emergence of child psychopathology within the family. He accomplishes this through two integrated lines of research. The first line of research in genetics has two main focuses, (1) developing innovative interdisciplinary genetic methods, in service of (2) examining novel forms of gene-environment interplay between children's genetic predispositions and family environments. The second line of research examines the role of negative family environments (interparental conflict, harsh parenting, parent substance use) in the development of child psychopathology. Using a combination of these approaches he is able to identify modifiable family processes within longitudinal pathways to psychopathology and substance use in childhood and adolescence. This research has the potential to inform and refine family-based interventions.

Professor Elam received his Ph.D. in 2010 from Southern Illinois University. He received post-doctoral training in genetic methods at the University of Otago, New Zealand and the University of Leicester, United Kingdom (2009-2013). He also received postdoctoral training in the Psychology Department at ASU (2013-2015). He joined the SSFD faculty in 2015.

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Southern Illinois University, 2010
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, Southern Illinois University, 2007
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois, 2003

Publications

  • Elam, K. K., Chassin, L., Lemery-Chalfant, K., *Pandika, D., *Wang, F., *Bountress, K., Dick, D., & Agrawal, A. (2017). Affiliation with substance-using peers: Examining gene-environment correlations among parent monitoring, polygenic risk, and children’s impulsivity. Developmental Psychobiology, 59, 561-573. 
  • Elam, K. K., Chassin, L., Eisenberg, N., & Spinrad, T. (2017). Marital stress and children’s externalizing behavior as predictors of mothers’ and fathers’ parenting. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 1305-1318. 
  • Elam, K. K., *Wang, F., *Bountress, K., Chassin, L., *Pandika, D., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (2016). Predicting substance use in emerging adulthood: A genetically informed study of developmental transactions between impulsivity and family conflict. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 673-688.
  • Elam, K. K., Sandler, I., Wolchik, S., & Tein, J. (2016). Non-residential father involvement with their children, interparental conflict and the mental health of children following divorce: A person-focused approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 581-593.
  • Elam, K. K., Harold, G. T., Neiderhiser, J. M., Reiss, D. R., Shaw, D. S., Natsuaki, M. N., Gaysina, D., Barrett, D. & Leve, L. D. (2014). Adoptive parent hostility and children’s peer behavior problems: Examining the role of genetically informed child attributes on adoptive parent behavior. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1543-1552. 

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
CDE 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
CDE 450 Child Dysfnc in the Family
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
CDE 450 Child Dysfnc in the Family
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
FAS 390 Supervised Research Experience
CDE 450 Child Dysfnc in the Family
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
CDE 450 Child Dysfnc in the Family

Service

  • NIDA T32 Seminar, REACH Institute, Affiliated Faculty (2015 - 2016)
  • Speaker Series Committee, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Member (2015 - 2016)
  • Undergraduate Committee, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Member (2015 - 2016)
  • Journal of Marriage and Family, Ad-Hoc Reviewer (2015 - 2016)
  • Clinical Psychology Review, Ad-Hoc Reviewer (2015 - 2015)