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Jackson Goodnight

Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Programs

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology


Email: Jackson Goodnight
Phone: 937-229-2738


Dr. Goodnight is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. He received his B.S. in psychology from Xavier University, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University. He came to Dayton in 2010, following the completion of his clinical internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois - Chicago. He teaches courses in Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology, and Family and Couple Therapy.

Dr. Goodnight’s research program seeks to identify factors that can help explain individual differences in susceptibility to social influences (e.g., deviant peer) that promote the development of aggressive and delinquent behavior in childhood and adolescence. He also uses genetically-informative designs to evaluate putative environmental risk factors for conduct problems.

Research Interests

  • Youth conduct problems
  • Temperament and personality
  • Parent and peer influence
  • Socio-contextual disadvantage

Selected Publications

Goodnight, J. A., Lahey, B. B., Van Hulle, C. A., Rodgers, J. L., Rathouz, P. J., Waldman, I. D., D’Onofrio, B. M. (in press). "A quasi-experimental analysis of the influence of neighborhood disadvantage on child and adolescent conduct problems." Abnormal Psychology.

Latendresse, S. J., Bates, J. E., Goodnight, J. A., Dodge, K. A., Lansford, J. E., Pettit, G. S., Budde, J. P., Goate, A., Dick, D. M. (in press). "Differential susceptibility to discrete trajectories of adolescent externalizing behavior: Examining the interplay between CHRM2 and peer group deviance." Child Development.

D’Onofrio, B. M., Goodnight, J. A., Van Hulle, C. A., Waldman, I. D., Rodgers, J. L., Rathouz, P. J., Lahey, B. B. (2009). "Maternal age at childbirth and offspring conduct problems: Strengthening the causal inference." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 1018-1028.

Goodnight, J. A., Bates, J. E., Pettit, G. S., Dodge, K. A. (2008). "Parents' campaigns to reduce their children's conduct problems: Interactions with temperamental resistance to control." European Journal of Developmental Science, 2, 100-119.

Goodnight, J. A., Bates, J. E., Pettit, G. S., Dodge, K. A. (2007). "Temperamental resistance to control increases the association between sleep problems and externalizing behavior development." Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 39-48.

Yechiam, E., Goodnight, J. A., Bates, J. E., Busemeyer, J. R., Dodge, K. A., Pettit, G. S., & Newman, J. P. (2006). "A formal cognitive model of the Go/No-Go discrimination task: Evaluations and implications."  Psychological Assessment, 18, 239-249.

Goodnight, J. A., Bates, J. E., Newman, J. P., Dodge, K. A., & Pettit, G. S. (2006). "The interactive influences of friend deviance and reward dominance on the development of externalizing behavior during middle adolescence." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 34, 573-583.