Scott I Vrieze

Scott Vrieze's research program includes genetic and environmental influences on psychopathology, especially substance use and abuse in adolescence and early adulthood. He uses a variety of research designs in this effort, including genetic association studies, longitudinal twin and adoption designs, and novel assessment techniques including ecological momentary assessment, GPS location, and wireless sensors. He also studies the value of integrating research from high-powered genetic association meta-analyses and richly phenotyped longitudinal cohorts. Opportunities to refine phenotypes through an understanding of their genetic influences will be important to characterize genetic and environmental etiologies.

Scott mentors students in the clinical psychology and behavior genetics PhD programs in the Department of Psychology. See links above.

Along with Monica Luciana , Scott directs a training program funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health. This training program provides full financial support for graduate students and postdocs to conduct research on genetic and neurobehavioral aspects of addiction and related phenomena.

For Scott Vrieze's publications please see Google Scholar page

Professor Vrieze will be considering applicants in the coming admissions cycle (for Fall 2021).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: University of Minnesota, 2004.
  • PhD: Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Statistical Genetics
  • PSY 8612: Psychopathology and Personality Measurement
  • PSY 3604: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
  • Early Career Award, Society for Research in Psychopathology, 2020
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship, 2019 - 2021
  • Janet Taylor Spence award for transformative early career contributions, Association for Psychological Science, 2019
  • Fuller Scott Award for early career contributions, Behavior Genetics Association, 2018
  • Association for Psychological Science "Rising Star" designation, 2018