School of Education, Teaching and Health
Additional Positions at AUDirector, L.E.a.R.N. Lab
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Psychology
Member, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
- Dr. McGrath's research focuses on neuropsychological, genetic, and environmental risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly learning disabilities. Her work is cross-disciplinary, integrating perspectives and methods from neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, child clinical psychology, and education. Current studies focus on the ways in which multiple neurocognitive risk factors combine and interact to increase risk for learning disabilities and related disorders.
DegreesPostdoc, Harvard Medical School, Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital Ph.D. Child Clinical Psychology, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Denver M.A. Child Clinical Psychology, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Denver B.S. Neuroscience, B.A. Psychology, Brandeis University
- DOWNLOAD CV (PDF)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Full publication list here. Click title for full text of selected publications:
Learning disabilities and related neurodevelopmental disorders:
A multiple deficit model of Reading Disability and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Searching for shared cognitive deficits. McGrath, L. M., Pennington, B. F., Shanahan, M. A., Santerre-Lemmon, L. E., Barnard, H. D., Willcutt, E. G., DeFries, J. C., Olson, R. K. (2011). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 547-557.
Etiology and neuropsychology of comorbidity between RD and ADHD: The case for multiple-deficit models. Willcutt, E. G., Betjemann, R. S., McGrath, L. M., Chhabildas, C., Pennington, B. F. (2010). Cortex, 46, 1345-61.
Gene x Environment Interactions in Reading Disability and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Pennington, B. F., McGrath, L. M., Barnard, H., Rosenberg, J., Smith, S. D., Willcutt, E. G., Friend, A., DeFries, J. C., Olson, R. K. (2009). Developmental Psychology, 45, 77-89.
Children with comorbid Speech Sound Disorder and Specific Language Impairment are at increased risk for Attention-Deficit/
Gene x Environment interactions in speech sound disorder predict language and preliteracy outcomes. McGrath, L. M., Pennington, B. F., Willcutt, E. G., Boada, R., Shriberg, L. D., Smith, S. D. (2007). Development & Psychopathology, 19, 1047-1072.
Neuropsychology and genetics of speech, language, and literacy disorders. Peterson, R. L., McGrath, L. M., Smith, S. D., Pennington, B. F. (2007). Pediatric Clinics of North America, 54, 543 - 561.
Breakthroughs in the search for dyslexia candidate genes. McGrath, L. M., Smith, S. D., Pennington, B. F. (2006). Trends in Molecular Medicine, 12, 333-341.
Executive dysfunction and its relationship to language ability in verbal school-age children with autism. Joseph, R. M., McGrath, L., & Tager-Flusberg, H. (2005). Developmental Neuropsychology, 27, 361-378.
Genetic and environmental risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders:
Copy Number Variation in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome: A Cross-Disorder Study. McGrath, L. M., Yu, D., Marshall, C., Davis, L. K., Thiruvahindrapuram, B., Li, B., ... & Cook, E., Pauls, D.L., Wang, K., Scharf, J. (2014). Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(8), 910-919.
Genetic predictors of risk and resilience in psychiatric disorders: A cross-disorder genome-wide association study of functional impairment in major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. McGrath, L. M., Cornelis, M.C., Lee, P.H., Robinson, E.B., Duncan, L.E., Barnett, J.H., Huang, J., Gerber, G., Sklar, P., Sullivan, P., Perlis, R.H., Smoller, J.W. (2013). Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet, 162(8), 77-788.
Bringing a developmental perspective to anxiety genetics. McGrath, L. M., Weill, S., Robinson, E.B., Macrae, R., Smoller, J.W. (2012). Dev Psychopathol. Nov; 24(4): 1179-93.
A Latent Modeling Approach to Genotype-Phenotype Relationships: Maternal Problem Behavior Clusters, Prenatal Smoking, and MAOA Genotype. McGrath, L. M., Mustanski, B., Metzger, A., Kistner-Griffin, E., Pine, D., Cook, E., Wakschlag, L. (2012). Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 15 (4), 269-282.
Grants and Sponsored Research
2014-2015, American University Faculty Research Support Grant, Project: Disentangling the cognitive web of developmental learning and behavioral disorders.
2011-2013, National Institute of Mental Health, post-doctoral NRSA, T32 MH16259-32, Harvard Medical School, Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological and Social Psychiatry, Project: Developmental Approaches to the Genetics of Anxiety Disorders
2007-2008, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, pre-doctoral NRSA, F31 DC008726, University of Denver, Project: Genetic Interactions in Developmental Dyslexia
2007-2008, American Psychological Association, Dissertation Research Award, Project: Gene x Environment Interactions in Developmental Dyslexia
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
2012, Mysell Award finalist, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
2011, Anxiety Disorders Association of America Travel Award
2010, World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics Early Career Travel Award
2007, Harry Gollob Award, University of Denver
2005, International Neuropsychological Society Fellowship to attend the Vivian Smith Advanced Studies Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Xylocastro, Greece
2004, John Merck Biology of Developmental Disabilities Summer Institute Fellowship
2001, Reis and Sowul Family Prize in Neuroscience, Brandeis University
1999, 2000, Howard Hughes Summer Fellowship, Brandeis University
AU News and Achievements
Childhood Obesity and Cognition: Exploring the Link
Psychology Prof. Terry Davidson will chair a symposium of scientists next month, the first gathering ...