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Robert Latzman

Associate Professor    Associate Director of Clinical Training    ,

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2009


Temperament/Personality, Cognitive and affective neuroscience, Nonhuman primate models of personality and psychopathology, (Dis)inhibitory and regulatory processes, Personality pathology; Developmental psychopathology, Externalizing behaviors

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My program of research falls at the intersection of cognitive and affective neuroscience and personality psychology with the goal of characterizing etiological mechanisms that underlie the development of externalizing disorders and related psychopathology. Specifically, the core of my research is the study of individual differences – particularly trait models of temperament/personality and neuroscientific indicators – in (dis)inhibitory/regulatory processes and personality pathology in human and nonhuman primate samples. A secondary focus of my work is the dynamic interplay between and among individual differences and various contextual factors (e.g., early rearing experiences) that impact behavior. In this work, I seek to understand these processes in both human and nonhuman samples as research with nonhuman primates affords the unique opportunity to undertake complex and innovative investigations that have clear translational value to humans.


For a complete list of my publications, please see my Google Scholar profile.

Recent Representative Publications

Hecht, L. K., & Latzman, R. D. (in press). Exploring the differential associations between components of executive functioning and reactive and proactive aggression. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Latzman, R. D., & Hopkins, W. D. (2017). Avoiding a lost opportunity for psychological medicine: Importance of chimpanzee research to the NIH portfolio. Psychological Medicine, 46, 2445-2447.

Hecht, L. K., Berg, J. M., Lilienfeld, S. O., & Latzman, R. D. (2016). Parsing the heterogeneity of psychopathy and aggression: Differential associations across dimensions and gender. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 7, 2-14.

Latzman, R. D., Drislane, L., Hecht, L. K., Brislin, S., Patrick, C. J., Lilienfeld, S. O., Freeman, H. J., Schapiro, S. J., & Hopkins, W. D. (2016). A chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) model of triarchic psychopathy constructs: Development and initial validation. Clinical Psychological Science, 4, 50-66.

Latzman, R. D., Young, L. J., & Hopkins, W. D. (2016). Displacement behaviors in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): A neurogenomics investigation of the RDoC Negative Valence Systems domain. Psychophysiology, 53, 355-363. [Special Issue: “Reshaping Clinical Science: Psychophysiology and the NIH Research Domain Criteria Initiative”]

Berg, J. M., Latzman, R. D., Bliwise, N. G., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2015). Parsing the heterogeneity of impulsivity: A meta-analytic review of the behavioral implications of the UPPS for psychopathology. Psychological Assessment, 27, 1129-1146.

Latzman, R. D., Freeman, H. D., Schapiro, S. J., & Hopkins, W. D. (2015). The contribution of genetics and early rearing experiences to hierarchical personality dimensions in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 889-900.

Latzman, R. D., Taglialetela, J. P., & Hopkins, W. D. (2015). Delay of gratification is associated with white matter connectivity in the dorsal prefrontal cortex: A diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) study in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282, 20150764.