Michelle Martel

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  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical
  • Psychology
207C Kastle Hall
Research Interests:

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 recently bought a Porsche, my dream car, to celebrate tenure and promotion!


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., Roberts, B., & Gremillion, M. (2013). Emerging control and disruptive behaviors during early childhood. Developmental Neuropsychology, 38, 153-166.

Gremillion, M.G., & Martel, M.M. (2014). Merely misunderstood? Receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language in young children with disruptive behavior disorders. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43(5), 765-776.

Martel, M.M., Gremillion, M.L., Roberts, B.A., Zastrow, B., L. & Tackett, J.L. (2014). Longitudinal prediction of the one-year course of preschool ADHD symptoms: Implications for models of personality – ADHD associations. Personality and Individual Differences, 64, 58-61.

Martel, M.M., Schimmack, U., Nikolas, M., & Nigg, J.T. (2015). Integration of symptom ratings from multiple sources in ADHD diagnosis: A psychometric model with clinical utility. Psychological Assessment, 27(3), 1060-1071.

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