Dr. Paul Frick, Professor, Roy Crumpler Memorial Chair

Paul Frick

208 Audubon Hall

Department of Psychology

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA  70803

Ph:  225-578-0865

E-Mail:  pfrick@lsu.edu
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Dr. Frick is currently accepting new students.

Research Interests

Research in my laboratory investigates the many interacting causal factors that can lead children and adolescents to have serious emotional and behavioral problems.  Our work then uses this research to a) enhance the assessment and diagnosis of childhood psychopathology and b) design more effective interventions to prevent and treat such problems.  Some key goals of this work is to:

  • to advance knowledge on the dispositional and contextual factors that can place children and adolescents at risk for developing severe antisocial, aggressive, and violent behavior that results in a diagnosis of Conduct Disorder or an arrest for illegal behavior;
  • to uncover the many different causal processes that can lead children to display serious conduct problems, with a special focus on children who show a callous and unemotional interpersonal style (e.g., lacking empathy and guilt);
  • to study people at various developmental stages (e.g., infancy, preschool, elementary school-age, adolescence, young adulthood) to provide a lifespan perspective on antisocial and aggressive behavior;
  • to integrate forensic research on the psychopathic personality and developmental research on conscience development; and
  • to use research to improve assessments and interventions for antisocial and aggressive youth in mental health settings, schools, and the juvenile justice system.

Work in this laboratory has supported the Louisiana Models for Change in Juvenile Justice Initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to provide research-based tools and techniques to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational and developmentally-appropriate.   Work in this laboratory was also used by the American Psychiatric Association to revise its diagnostic criteria for Conduct Disorder in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

DR. FRICK conducts research on children and adolescents who are having severe behavior problems, including aggressive and illegal behavior. He studies the various causes of these behaviors and uses this research to advance diagnosis, treatment, and public policy. His work cuts across the areas of developmental, clinical, and forensic psychology. Students would be involved in one of his ongoing projects, either in field (working in schools or the juvenile justice system) or in the Psychology Services Clinic. Students would also get experience in data entry and data analyses. Preference will be given to psychology majors who have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Frick at pfrick@lsu.edu and provide their year at LSU, their GPA, and a summary of their interests and career goals.

Representative Publications

Myers, T.D.W., Salcedo, A., Frick, P.J., Ray, J.V., Thornton, L.C., Steinberg, L., & Cauffman, E.  (2018). Understanding the link between exposure to violence and aggression in justice-involved adolescents.  Development and Psychopathology, 30, 593-603.

Ray, J.V., Frick, P.J., Thornton, L.C., Wall, T.D., Steinberg, L., & Cauffman, E. (2017).  Callous-unemotional traits predict self-reported offending in adolescent boys:  The mediating role of delinquent peers and the moderating role of parenting practices.  Developmental Psychology, 53, 319-328.

Frick, P.J. & Ray, J.V.  (2015). Evaluating callous-unemotional traits as a personality construct.  Journal of Personality, 83, 710-722.

Thornton, L.C., Frick, P.J., Shulman, E.P., Ray, J.V., Steinberg, L., & Cauffman, E. (2015).  Callous-unemotional traits and adolescents’ role in group crime.  Law and Human Behavior, 39, 368-377.

Frick, P.J., Ray, J.V., Thornton, L.C., & Kahn, R.E. (2014).  Can callous-unemotional traits enhance the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of serious conduct problems in children and adolescents?  A comprehensive review.  Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1-57.

Marsee, M.A., Frick, P.J., Barry, C.T., Kimonis, E.R., Munoz-Centifanti, L.C., & Aucoin, K.J.  (2014). Profiles of the forms and functions of self-reported aggression in three adolescent samples.  Development and Psychopathology, 26, 705-720.

Kahn, R.E., Frick, P.J., Youngstrom, E.A., Youngstrom, J.K., Feeny, K.C., & Findling, R.L. (2013). Distinguishing primary and secondary variants of callous-unemotional traits among adolescents in a clinic-referred sample.  Psychological Assessment, 25. 966-978.

White, S.F., Frick, P.J., Lawing, K., & Bauer, D. (2013). Callous-unemotional traits and response to functional family therapy in adolescent offenders.  Behavioral Science and the Law, 31, 271-285.

Frick, P.J. & Nigg, J.T. (2012). Current issues in the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 8, 77-107.

Viding, E., Jones, A.P., Frick, P.J., Moffitt, T.E., & Plomin, R. (2008). Heritability of antisocial behavior at age 9:  Do callous-unemotional traits matter?  Developmental Science, 11, 17-22.

Cornell, A. H. & Frick, P.J. (2007). The contribution of parenting styles and behavioral inhibition to the development of conscience in preschool children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36, 305-318.

Frick, P.J., Cornell, A.H., Bodin, S.D., Dane, H.A., Barry, C.T., & Loney, B.R. (2003). Callous-Unemotional traits and developmental pathways to severe aggressive and antisocial behavior.  Developmental Psychology, 39, 246-260.