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Michelle Martel


Ph.D. in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2008
M.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2005
B.A. in Psychology and Literature, Science, and the Arts (minor in French) from the University of Iowa


Born in a small town in the swamp just south of New Orleans, I enjoy the beautiful fall weather and landscape here in Kentucky! A fun fact about me is that I bought a Porsche, my dream car, to celebrate tenure and promotion! I also really love reading almost any book I can get my hands on, as well as travelling. I recently achieved my lifelong dream of writing a book! You can find it on Amazon:…

Two other recent edited books are here:


Broadly speaking, my research utilizes a translational, “bench to bedside” perspective to examine developmental pathways to Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), using multiple levels of analysis. To date, my research has explored pathways to DBD using a broad, integrative framework that includes attention to early-emerging mechanisms, or markers, of DBD, including temperament/personality traits and cognition, as well as postulated etiological factors, including both environmental (e.g., parenting) and biological (e.g., candidate gene, gonadal hormone) influences and their interaction. I am also interested in refining behavioral phenotypes and facilitating a better understanding of individual differences, including sex differences, through the use of advanced statistical methods. The main question my work addresses is: What mechanisms, or markers, can lead to early identification of a behaviorally-refined phenotype of DBD and ADHD, and can these markers help to elucidate causal factors that play a role in the developmental trajectories of DBD and ADHD?

Selected Publications:

Martel, M.M. (2009). A new perspective on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Emotion dysregulation and trait models. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 50(9), 1042-1051.

Martel, M.M., Goth-Owens, T., Martinez-Torteya, C., & Nigg, J.T. (2010). A person-centered personality approach to heterogeneity in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(1), 186-196.

Martel, M.M., Nikolas, M., Jernigan, K., Friderici, K., Waldman, I., & Nigg, J.T. (2011). The dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) gene moderates family environmental effects on ADHD. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(1), 1-10.

Martel, M.M., von Eye, A., & Nigg, J.T. (2012). Developmental differences in structure of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder between childhood and adulthood. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36(4), 279-292.

Martel, M.M. (2013). Sexual selection and sex differences in the prevalence of developmental psychopathology: Childhood externalizing and adolescent internalizing disorders. Psychological Bulletin, 139(6), 1221-1259.

Martel, M.M., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., & Roberts, B. (2017). Ovarian steroid dynamics and alcohol use: Interactive levels, estradiol surges, and progesterone withdrawal. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126(8), 1104-1113.

Martel, M.M., Levinson, C.A., Smith, T.E., & Lee, C.A. (2017). Impulsivity symptoms as core of the developmental externalizing spectrum.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(1), 83-90.

Martel, M.M., Markon, K.E., & Smith, G. (2017). Invited review: Multiple informant integration in child and adolescent psychopathology diagnosis. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 58(2), 116-128.

Roberts, B.A., Martel, M.M., & Nigg, J.T. (2017). Are there executive dysfunction subtypes within Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder? Journal of Attention Disorders, 21(4), 284-293.

Roberts, B.A., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., & Martel, M.M. (2018). Reproductive steroids and ADHD symptoms across the menstrual cycle. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 88, 105-114.