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Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011

IU's Brian D'Onofrio receives Society for Research in Child Development award

April 1, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Brian D'Onofrio, assistant professor in Indiana University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, received the 2011 Award for Early Career Research Contributions to Child Development Thursday at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in Montreal.

Brian D'Onofrio

Brian D'Onofrio

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Recipients of the SRCD's award have "strongly distinguished themselves as exceptional researchers and scholars, as evidenced through research, publications and scholarly activities." D'Onofrio, one of five recipients this year, received it for the following achievements:

  • For his pioneering methods for understanding gene-environment interplay in marital processes and parenting and its effects on children's development
  • For providing new insights on early risk factors, such as smoking during pregnancy, and on child and adolescent psychopathology
  • For his innovative adaptation of longitudinal research methods to advance understanding of sensitive periods of development and explaining heterogeneity and reciprocal influences over time

D'Onofrio joined the faculty of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005. His research explores the causes of child and adolescent psychological problems through genetically informed designs, longitudinal analyses and intervention studies.

D'Onofrio's research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Swedish Research Council of Medicine, and Indiana University. He also was a member of the British Academy of Science Family Patterns and Public Policy Working Group, which focused on the role of social science research in family policy.

In 2010, D'Onofrio was awarded the Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. D'Onofrio received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2005 and then worked as a predoctoral clinical intern at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital in Boston before coming to IU. For more information on D'Onofrio, visit