Robert A. Zucker, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Dr. Bob Zucker is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Michigan. His doctoral training was in Clinical Psychology, and his early work focused on understanding and treating psychopathology. During this time, he realized that this focus was only half the story; some youths started out with trouble, but were able to resolve their difficulties. Others were not. The big question needed to be: what made the difference, and could our research help those who did not have the good fortune? His career since then has focused on this question. In seeking answers, he has worked with children and their families, and has done research on how they develop over long periods of time, looking at the roles of environment, brain, and genes in this process. He has published widely about this over the years and has consulted with governmental agencies and colleagues in the United States and in Europe. He is excited to be a part of the ABCD study; this landmark project has the potential to answer these questions at a level of detail that has never been accomplished before. It promises to make major contributions to understanding the cognitive and behavioral development of all children, as well as of the processes that go wrong. In his non-academic life, he has four children and two grandchildren. He enjoys rowing, sports cars, and abstract art.