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Jackson Goodnight

Associate Professor; Chair of Department of Psychology; Interim Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology and Clinical Psychology

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology


Email: Jackson Goodnight
Phone: 937-229-2738


Dr. Goodnight is an associate 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 on the topics of abnormal psychology, developmental psychopathology and parent-child relations.

Dr. Goodnight’s research program investigates social pathways to conduct problems and seeks to identify factors that can help explain individual differences in susceptibility to social influences on conduct problems. His work features longitudinal and genetically informative designs.

Research Interests

  • Youth conduct problems
  • Temperament and personality
  • Parent and peer influence
  • Effects of socio-contextual disadvantage

Selected Publications

Sutherland, S., Rehman, U. S., & Goodnight, J. A. (2020). A typology of women with low sexual desire. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49, 2893-2905.

Fais, C., Zois, C. J., & Goodnight, J. A. (2020) Mediators and Moderators of the Association between Stalking Victimization and Psychological Distress. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35, 1843-1865.

Goodnight, J. A., Bates, J. E., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Ballard, R. H., Iskander, J. M., Pettit, G. S., Dodge, K. A., & Lansford, J. E. (2017). Dispositional, demographic, and social predictors of trajectories of intimate partner aggression in early adulthood. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85, 950-965.

Goodnight, J. A., Wilhoit, S. A., & Receveur, A. (2017) Social learning theory and the development of aggression. In P. Sturmey (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression, Volume 1. Definition, Conception, and Development. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Goodnight, J. A., D'Onofrio, B. M., Van Hulle, C. A., Rathouz, P. J., & Lahey, B. B. (2016). Genetic and environmental contributions to associations between infant temperament and antisocial behavior in childhood and adolescence. Behavior Genetics, 46(5), 680-692.

Rehman, U. S., Evraire, L., Karimiha, G., & Goodnight, J. A. (2015). Actor-partner effects and the differential roles of depression and anxiety in intimate relationships: A cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71, 715-724.

Ellingson, J. M., Goodnight, J. A., Van Hulle, C. A., Waldman, I. D., & D’Onofrio, B. M. (2014). A sibling-comparison study of smoking during pregnancy and childhood psychological traits.  Behavior Genetics, 44, 25-35.

Peterson, I., Bates, J. E., Goodnight, J. A., Latendresse, S. J., Dodge, K. A., Lansford, J. E., Pettit, G. S, & Dick, D. M. (2012). Interaction between serotonin transporter polymorphism (5-httlpr) and stressful life events in adolescents’ trajectories of anxious/depressed symptoms. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1463-1475.

Goodnight, J. A., Lahey, B. B., Van Hulle, C. A., Rodgers, J. L., Rathouz, P. J., Waldman, I. D., & D’Onofrio, B. M. (2012). A quasi-experimental analysis of the influence of neighborhood disadvantage on child and adolescent antisocial behavior. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 95-108

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.