Daniel Keating

Research Professor



3302 ISR
426 Thompson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Keating’s research focuses on integrating knowledge about developmental and biodevelopmental processes, population patterns in developmental health, and social factors affecting individual and population development. Current lines of research include:

– The Adolescent Health Risk Behavior (AHRB) Study, a new longitudinal cohort study (projected sample size of ~ 2000; funded by an R01 from NICHD) that includes self-report information on psychosocial development, risk behaviors, and perspectives on risk behaviors that have been engaged in; and neurocognitive assessments tapping executive function and risk/reward processing. This large sample will participate in 3 additional waves of data collection. In addition, about 200 of these adolescent participants (in 10th or 12th grade; half high risk takers, half average risk takers who are demographically matched) will participate in a neuroimaging assessment to test a developmental maturity mismatch hypothesis contrasting prefrontal development with arousal and reward circuitry (fMRI, DTI, and EEG/ERP).
– International comparisons on the relationship between the SES gradient in developmental health, especially educational performance and self-reported health, and the overall performance of different countries. The next phase of research focuses on country-specific indicators of developmental opportunities, and how they relate to the country-level social gradient and mean performance.
– Analyses of longitudinal data sets to study population outcomes of developmental health with regard to how those patterns may be explained by underlying developmental mechanisms.

A major thrust of this work has been to identify the social circumstances that have an enduring impact on developmental health, and to discover the developmental mechanisms through which those social circumstances operate. A longer term goal of this line of work is to identify the key aspects of social environments that shape developmental experiences in early childhood through the adolescent transition, in ways that can be addressed at the level of policy and practice.

Current course offerings include a graduate seminar on social disparities in developmental health, an undergraduate course in Psychology of Adolescence, and an undergraduate offering in advanced research in adolescent development.