Benjamin Lahey, PhD


  • Taxonomy of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders
  • Developmental and Genetic Epidemiology of Youth Mental Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Early Environmental Risk Factors for Psychopathology


  • Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee, USA (1970)
  • A.B., Department of Psychology, Davidson College, USA (1967)


  • Lahey, B. B., Flagg, E. W., Bird, H. R., Schwab-Stone, M., Canino, G., Dulcan, M. K., Leaf, P. J., Davies, M., Brogan, D., Bourdon, K., Horwitz, S. M., Rubio-Stipec, M., Freeman, D. H., Lichtman, J., Shaffer, D., Goodman, S. H., Narrow, W. E., Weissman, M. M., Kandel, D. B., Jensen, P. S., Richters, J. E., & Regier, D. A. (1996). The NIMH Methods for the Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders (MECA) Study: Background and methodology. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 35, 855-864.
  • Lahey, B. B., & Waldman, I. D. (2003). A developmental propensity model of the origins of conduct problems during childhood and adolescence. In B. B. Lahey, T. E. Moffitt, & A. Caspi (Eds.), Causes of conduct disorder and serious delinquency. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Lahey, B. B., Pelham, W. E., Loney, J., Lee, S. S., & Willcutt, E. (2005). Instability of the DSM-IV subtypes of ADHD from preschool through elementary school. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 896-902. Chronis-Tuscano, A., Molina, B. S. G., Pelham, W. E., Applegate, B., Dahlke, A., Overmyer, M., & 
  • Lahey, B. B. (2010). Very early predictors of adolescent depression and suicide attempts in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67, 1044-1051.
  • Lahey, B. B., Pelham, W. E., Chronis, A., Massetti, G., Kipp, H., Lahey B. B.,  & Waldman, I. D. (2012). Annual Research Review: Phenotypic and causal structure of conduct disorder in the broader context of prevalent forms of psychopathology. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 536-557.
  • Lahey, B. B., & D’Onofrio, B. M. (2010). All in the family: Comparing siblings to test causal hypotheses regarding environmental influences on behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 319-323.
  • Lahey, B. B., Van Hulle, C. A., Singh, A. L., Waldman, I. D., & Rathouz, P. J. (2011). Higher-order genetic and environmental structure of prevalent forms of child and adolescent psychopathology.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 68, 181-189.
  • Lahey, B. B., Applegate, B., Hakes, J. K., Zald, D. H., Hariri, A. R., & Rathouz, P. J. (2012). Is there a general factor of prevalent of psychopathology during adulthood? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 971-977.
  • Willcutt, E. G., Pennington, B. F., Solanto, M. V., Rohde, L. A., Tannock, R., Loo, S. K., Carlson, C. L., McBurnett, K., & Lahey, B. B. (2012). Validity of DSM-IV attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptom dimensions and subtypes.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 991-1010.
  • Lahey, B. B., McNealy, K., Knodt, A., Zald, D. H., Sporns, O., Manuck, S. B., Flory, J. D., Applegate, B., Rathouz, P. J., & Hariri, A. R. (2012). Using confirmatory factor analysis to measure contemporaneous activation of defined neuronal networks in functional magnetic resonance imaging. NeuroImage, 60, 1982-1991.
  • D'Onofrio, B. M., Van Hulle, C. A. Goodnight, J. A., Rathouz, P. J., & Lahey, B. B. (2012). Is maternal smoking during pregnancy a causal environmental risk factor for adolescent antisocial behavior? Testing etiological theories and assumptions. Psychological Medicine, 42, 1535-1545.
  • Tackett, J. L., Lahey, B. B., Van Hulle, C., Waldman, I. D., Krueger, R. F., & Rathouz, P. J. (2013). Common genetic influences on negative emotionality and a general psychopathology factor in childhood and adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 1142-1153.
  • Lahey, B. B., Zald, D. H., Hakes, J. K., Krueger, R. F., & Rathouz, P. J. (2014). Patterns of heterotypic continuity associated with the cross-sectional correlational structure of prevalent mental disorders in adults. JAMA Psychiatry, 71, 989-996.
  • Lahey, B. B., Rathouz, P. J., Keenan, K., Stepp, S. D., Loeber, R., & Hipwell, A. E. (2015). Criterion validity of the general factor of psychopathology in a prospective study of girls. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56, 415-422.
  • Decety, J., Yoder, K. J., & Lahey, B. B. (2015). Sex differences in abnormal white matter development associated with conduct disorder in children. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 233, 269-277.
  • Lahey, B. B., Lee, S. S., Sibley, M. H., Applegate, B., Molina, B. S. G., Pelham, W. E. (2016). Predictors of adolescent outcomes among 4-6 year old children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 168-181.
  • El Marroun, H., Tiemeier, H., Franken, I. H. A., Jaddoe, V. W.V., van der Lugt, A., Verhulst, F. C., Lahey, B. B., White, T. (in press). Prenatal cannabis and tobacco exposure in relation to brain morphology: A prospective neuroimaging study in young children. Biological Psychiatry.