Wisconsin twin research: Early development, childhood psychopathology, autism, and sensory over-responsivity

Nicole L. Schmidt, Carol A. Van Hulle, Rebecca J. Brooker, Lauren R. Meyer, Kathryn Lemery, H. Hill Goldsmith

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The Wisconsin Twin Research Program comprises multiple longitudinal studies that utilize a panel recruited from statewide birth records for the years 1989 through 2004. Our research foci are the etiology and developmental course of early emotions, temperament, childhood anxiety and impulsivity, autism, sensory over-responsivity, and related topics. A signature feature of this research program is the breadth and depth of assessment during key periods of development. The assessments include extensive home- and laboratory-based behavioral batteries, recorded sibling and caregiver interactions, structured psychiatric interviews with caregivers and adolescents, observer ratings of child behavior, child self-report, cognitive testing, neuroendocrine measures, medical records, dermatoglyphics, genotyping, and neuroimaging. Across the various studies, testing occasions occurred between 3 months and 18 years of age. Data collection for some aspects of the research program has concluded and, for other aspects, longitudinal follow-ups are in progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-384
Number of pages9
JournalTwin Research and Human Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • autism
  • child psychopathology
  • emotions
  • longitudinal
  • sensory
  • temperament
  • twins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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