Southern Illinois University, Ph.D., 2010
Southern Illinois University, M.A., 2007
University of Illinois, B.S., 2003
2019 - Present: Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
2017 - 2022: Principal Investigator, Gene-environment interplay underlying early adolescent substance use (NIDA/OBSSR Grant #K01DA042828)
2015 - 2019: Assistant Professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
2013 - 2015: NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, REACH Institute, Arizona State University
2011 - 2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Psychology Department, University of Leicester, UK
2009 - 2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Children and Families, University of Otago, NZ
Dr. Elam's program of research examines gene-environment interplay in pathways to substance use. A focus of his research is how substance use emerges based on children's genetic predisposition and negative family and peer environments.
Elam, K. K., Clifford, S., Shaw, D., Dishion, T., Wilson, M., & Lemery-Chalfant, K. (in press). Gene set enrichment analysis to create polygenic risk scores for childhood aggression: A developmental examination. Translational Psychiatry.
Elam, K. K., Chassin, L., & Pandika, D. (2018). Polygenic risk, family cohesion, and adolescent aggression in Mexican-American and European-American families: Developmental pathways to alcohol use. Development and Psychopathology, 30, 1715-1728.
Elam, K. K., et al. (2017). Affiliation with substance-using peers: Examining gene-environment correlations among parent monitoring, polygenic risk, and children's impulsivity. Developmental Psychobiology, 59, 561-573.
Elam, K. K., Chassin, L., Eisenberg, N., & Spinrad, T. (2017). Marital stress and children's externalizing behavior as predictors of mothers' and fathers' parenting. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 1305-1318.
Elam, K. K. et al. (2016). Predicting substance use in emerging adulthood: A genetically informed study of developmental transactions between impulsivity and family conflict. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 673-688.