Return to the Faculty List

Christina Lessov-Schlaggar, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Research, mentorship

Education and Training
BS, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Postdoctoral training, Psychiatric Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Areas of Research Interests
Developmental cognitive neuroscience; brain mechanisms of addiction; genetic and environmental influences on substance use behavior; neighborhood factors and substanc use; twin and family studies

Key Publications
Lessov CN, Martin NG, Statham DJ, Todorov AA, Slutske WS, Bucholz KK, Heath AC, Madden PA, (2004 Jul). Defining nicotine dependence for genetic research: evidence from Australian twins. Psychol Med. 34(5): 865-79.  Full Article ->

Lessov-Schlaggar CN, Hops H, Brigham J, Hudmon KS, Andrews JA, Tildesley E, McBride D, Jack LM, Javitz HS, Swan GE (2008 Feb). Adolescent smoking trajectories and nicotine dependence. Nicotine Tob Res. 10(2): 341-51.  Full Article ->

Lessov-Schlaggar CN, Kristjansson SD, Bucholz KK, Heath AC, Madden PA, (2012 Sep). Genetic influences on developmental smoking trajectories. Addiction. 107(9): 1696-704.  Full Article ->

Lessov-Schlaggar CN, Lepore RL, Kristjansson SD, Schlaggar BL, Barnes KA, Petersen SE, Madden PA, Heath AC, Barch DM, (2013 Jan). Functional neuroimaging study in identical twin pairs discordant for regular cigarette smoking. Addict Biol. 18(1): 98-108.  Full Article ->

Luby JL, Belden AC, Jackson JJ, Lessov-Schlaggar CN, Harms MP, Tillman R, Botteron K, Whalen D, Barch DM, (2016 Jan). Early Childhood Depression and Alterations in the Trajectory of Gray Matter Maturation in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence. JAMA Psychiatry. 73(1): 31-8.  Full Article ->

Lian Min,Madden Pamela A.,Lynskey Michael T.,Colditz Graham A.,Lessov-Schlaggar Christina N.,Schootman Mario,Heath Andrew C.,Rosenfeld Cheryl S.,;Geographic Variation in Maternal Smoking during Pregnancy in the Missouri Adolescent Female Twin Study (MOAFTS);;  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
NICHD(Significant Contributor):Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
NIMH(Key Personnel):Dopamine Transmission in Treatment-Resistant Depression
NIDA(Significant Contributor):3/13 ABCD-USA Consortium: Twin Research Project