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Chandra A. Reynolds

Chandra A. Reynolds

Professor of Psychology, University of California at Riverside


I study individual differences in health and cognition across the lifespan, considering environmental and genetic contributions and their interplay. Current project themes include: (1) evaluating genetic and environmental etiologies of cognitive aging, including gene pathways and their possible interaction with environmental factors, and (2) examinations of early life factors and contexts (perceived vs “objective” environments, geocoded features of neighborhoods, etc.) that influence cognitive, physical, and well-being profiles across the lifespan. I typically apply longitudinal behavioral genetic research designs, such as twin and family studies, to examine sources of individual differences in cognition and behavioral health traits.

Selected Papers:

Reynolds, C.A. (2014) How genes and environments (co-)act to shape how we age cognitively. In Psychological Science Agenda. APA Science Directorate,

Reynolds, C. A., Zavala, C., Gatz, M., Vie, L., Johansson, B., Malmberg, B., Ingelsson, E., Prince, J. A., & Pedersen, N. L. (2013). Sortilin receptor 1 predicts longitudinal cognitive change. Neurobiology of Aging. doi:

Reynolds, C. A., Gatz, M., Christensen, K., Christiansen, L., Dahl Aslan, A. K., Kaprio, J., Korhonen, T., Kremen, W. S., Krueger, R., McGue, M., Neiderhiser, J. M., Pedersen, N. L., & consortium, I. (2016). Gene-Environment Interplay in Physical, Psychological, and Cognitive Domains in Mid to Late Adulthood: Is APOE a Variability Gene? Behavior Genetics, 46(1), 4-19. doi:10.1007/s10519-015-9761-3