W. Dustin Albert

Research Scientist

Dustin Albert is a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy. His research investigates social, genetic, and neurodevelopmental influences on adolescents’ self-regulation and decision making.

Albert received his PhD in developmental psychology from Temple University, where he used brain imaging methods to examine age-related changes in neural functioning underlying adolescents’ increased propensity to take risks in peer contexts. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Developmental Science at UNC Chapel-Hill, he broadened his research to examine genetic and environmental influences on adolescent brain development and decision making.

His current work includes investigations of (a) genetic markers of differential response to behavioral intervention; (b) the effects of intervention on neural function supporting self-regulatory maturity; and (c) associations between childhood stress exposure, epigenetic modifications to genes regulating the stress response, and brain structure and function in early adolescence.

Research Interests

Research Interests:
Cognitive Neuroscience, Gene-environment Interaction, Peer Influence, Problem Behaviors


Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Albert, D., Chein, J., & Steinberg, L. (2013). Peer influences on adolescent decision making. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 114-120. [doi]  [abs]

  2. Dodge, K.A., & Albert, D. (2012). Evolving science in adolescence: Comment on Ellis et al.. Developmental Psychology, 48, 624-627. [doi]  [abs]

  3. Mirman, J.H., Albert, D., Jacobsohn, L.S., & Winston, F.K. (2012). Factors associated with adolescents’ propensity to drive with multiple passengers and to engage in risky driving behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50, 634-640. [doi]  [abs]

  4. Albert, D., & Steinberg, L. (2011). Age differences in strategic planning as indexed by the Tower of London. Child Development, 82, 1501-1517. [doi]

  5. Chein, J., Albert, D., O’Brien, L., Uckert, K., & Steinberg, L. (2011). Peers increase adolescent risk taking by enhancing activity in the brain’s reward circuitry. Developmental Science, 14, F1-F10. [doi]

W. Dustin Albert

W. Dustin Albert
Office: Erwin Square Mill Building, Bay C, Room 217
Phone: (919) 613-9295
Fax: (919) 668-6923
E-mail:  dustin.albert@duke.edu  send me a message

Mailing Address:
Duke Box 90539, Durham, NC 27708-0539

Research Interests: (from Specialties)
Cognitive Neuroscience, Gene-environment Interaction, Peer Influence, Problem Behaviors Specialties:

Cognitive Neuroscience
Gene-environment Interaction
Peer Influence
Problem Behaviors