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Matt Mc Gue

Matt Mc Gue

Psychology N-218 Elt H 75 E River Rd

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I am a behavioral geneticist with two primary areas of research focus. The first concerns the development of substance use disorders from adolescence to adulthood. The second concerns genetic contributions to normative aging processes and mortality. My research on substance use disorders is based primarily on two ongoing studies I co-direct at the University of Minnesota (MTFS & SIBS). My research on aging is primarily based in Denmark. The links below provide brief descriptions of these projects.

Minnesota Twin Family Study (MTFS)

Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (SIBS) and Research on Adoption

Danish Studies on Aging


  • behavior genetics
  • individual differences
  • quantitative psychology
  • psychological aspects of aging
  • adolescent development
  • twins studies
  • substance abuse

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1981.


  • Genetic and environmental influences on human psychological differences: Mc Gue, Matt, T.J. Bouchard, Journal of Neurobiology, 54 4-45, 2003.
  • Age trajectories of genetic variance in physical functioning: A longitudinal study of Danish twins aged 70 years and older: Mc Gue, Matt, K. Christensen, H. Frederiksen & J.W. Vaupel, Behavior Genetics, 33 125-136, 2003.
  • Evidence for the construct validity and heritability of the Wilson-Patterson conservatism scale: A Reared-apart twins study of social attitdues: Mc Gue, Matt, T.J. Bouchard, N.L. Segal, A. Tellegen, M. Keyes & R. Krueger, Personality and Individual Differences, 2003.
  • Parent-child conflict and the comorbidity amoung childhood externalizing disorders: Mc Gue, Matt, S.A. Burt, R.F. Krueger & W. Iacono, Archives of General Psychiatry, 2003.
  • Substance disorders, externalizing psychopathology, and P300 event related potential amplitude: Mc Gue, Matt, W.G. Iacono & S.M. Malone, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2003.
  • Differential heritability of eating attitudes and behaviors in pre- versus post-pubertal twins: Mc Gue, Matt, K.L. Klump & W.G. Ianoco, International Journal of Eating Disorders, 2003.

Professional Activities

  • President, Behavior Genetics Association: 2000 - 2003
  • Member, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Advisory Council
  • Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota: 1999 - 2001
  • Associate Director, Center on Aging, University of Minnesota: 2000 - 2001
  • Member, and Presenter, Responsible Conduct in Research: 2000 - 2001
  • Member, University Senate, University of Minnesota: 2001 - 2003
  • Executive Committee, Center on Aging, University of Minnesota: 2001 - 2003
  • Member, CLA Assembly, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota: 2000 - 2003
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, American Psychological Society
  • Editorial Board, Genetic Epidemiology
  • Editorial Board, Developmental Psychology


  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 1998 - 2001
  • National Institute of Health Grants
  • Regents' Professor. University of Minnesota Board of Regents, 2007

Courses Taught

  • Psy 5137 - Introduction to Behavioral Genetics
  • Psy 8935 - Readings in Individual Differences and Behavioral Genetics
  • Psy 8993 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
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