Eric Connolly

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania State University, Abington

NLS user since 2011

  • Connolly, Eric J. & Beaver, Kevin M. (2015). Prenatal Caloric Intake and the Development of Academic Achievement among U.S. Children from Age 5 to 14. Child Development. Forthcoming.
  • Connolly, Eric J., Schwartz, Joseph A., Nedelec, Joseph L., Beaver, Kevin M., & Barnes, J.C. (2015). Different Slopes for Different Folks: Genetic Influences on Individual Differences in Growth in Delinquent Peer Association and Delinquency During Adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Forthcoming.
  • Connolly, Eric J. & Beaver, Kevin M. (2015). Considering the Genetic and Environmental Overlap between Bullying Victimization, Delinquency, and Symptoms of Depression/Anxiety. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. In press.
  • Connolly, Eric J. & Beaver, Kevin M. (2014). Guns, Gangs, and Genes: Evidence of an Underlying Genetic Influence on Gang Involvement and Carrying a Handgun. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. In press.
  • Connolly, Eric J. & Beaver, Kevin M. (2014). Examining the Genetic and Environmental Influences on Self-Control and Delinquency: Results from a Genetically Informative Analysis of Sibling Pairs. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29, 707-735.
  • Beaver, Kevin M., Connolly, Eric J., Schwartz, Joseph A., Al-Ghamdi, Mohammed Said, & Kobeisy, Ahmed Nezar. (2013). Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Stability and Change in Levels of Self-Control. Journal of Criminal Justice, 41, 300-308.
What I learned from NLS data

Findings from my research using NLS data has helped me understand more about the genetic and environmental architecture to several antisocial behaviors. Furthermore, the NLS data has afforded me the opportunity to use genetically informed research designs to assess the relationship between prenatal environments and variation in child academic outcomes after taking into account common genetic and environmental confounds. This, in turn, has helped broaden my perspective about the extent to which genetic and environmental mechanisms are involved in the development of individual differences in human behavior.

Why I chose NLS data

My interest for using the NLS data for my research stemmed directly from the ability to conduct genetically informed analyses using the kinship links created by Joseph L. Rodgers and colleagues. Using the validated kinship links on youth from the Child and Young Adult Supplement of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (CNLSY) has helped me examine the latent genetic and environmental basis to a variety of antisocial behaviors across different developmental life-course periods.