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I am professor in social science genetics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Department of Economics. In September 2020, I'll be joining the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

My research investigates how genes influence economic behavior, and how insights into the genetic architecture of behavioral outcomes can inform social and medical research. Some of my work also explores how the brain mediates relationships between genes and human behavior. I am one of the principal investigators and co-founders of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC), the BIG BEAR Consortium, and the Externalizing Consortium.

A selection of my papers is accessible online.


Recent talks

"Risky behaviors: New Insights from Statistically Well-Powered Genetic and Neuroscientific Studies", at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Mar 2019. http://videos.med.wisc.edu/videos/89886

Recent publications

“Using genetics for social science”, K.P. Harden & P.D. Koellinger. Nature Human Behavior, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0862-5. Free link.

"Genomic analysis of diet composition finds novel loci and associations with health and lifestyle",
S.F.W Meddens, R. de  Vlaming, P. Bowers, C.A.P. Burik, R. Karlsson Linnér, ..., D.J. Benjamin,  C.C. Chow, P.D. Koellinger. Molecular Psychiatry, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-020-0697-5, also on BioRxiv.

"Genome-wide association studies, polygenic scores and social science genetics: overview and policy implications", EU Science Hub, https://europa.eu/!tr83PM.

"Mendelian randomization: The challenge of unobserved environmental confounds", P.D. Koellinger and R. de Vlaming, International Journal of Epidemiology 48(3), 665–671, 2019. https://academic.oup.com/ije/article-abstract/48/3/665/5526895 

Last update: May 12th, 2020