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The Department of Psychology

The College of Education & Human Service Professions

Scott Carlson

Associate Professor / Department Head


May advise Plan B Projects

Office:   229 Bohannon Hall
Phone:   (218) 726-6428
Curriculum Vita


Ph.D., University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2005

Research Interests:

Markers of Biological Risk for Externalizing Disorders
Executive Functions and Impulsive Personality Traits
Drinking and Risk Taking Behaviors
Sub-clinical Psychopathic Traits
Teaching and Learning Methods in Psychology Courses


Attention, Personality, and Parental Drinking Problems
Self-Control and College Student Binge Drinking
Attitudes about Mental Health
Individual Differences in Disinhibition Lab
Collaborator, Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research

Areas of expertise for advising / mentoring:

Clinical Science Model of Clinical Psychology
Psychophysiological and Neuropsychological Methods
Quantitative Behavior Genetics and Twin Data Modeling
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Clinical Assessment


Chang, J. & Carlson, S.R. (In press). Trait impulsivity and prospective memory abilities: An exploratory study. Personality and Individual Differences.

Thomson, C.J., Hanna, C.W., Carlson, S.R., & Rupert, J.L. (2013). The -521 C/T variant in the dopamine-4-receptor gene (DRD4) is associated with skiing and snowboarding behaviour. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 23, 108-113.

Thomson, C.J., Carlson, S.R., & Rupert, J.L. (2013). Association of a common D3 dopamine receptor gene variant is associated with impulsive sensation seeking in skiers and snowboarders. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 153-158.

Carlson, S.R., Pritchard, A.A., & Dominelli, R.M. (2013). Externalizing behavior, the UPPS-P impulsive behavior scale and reward and punishment sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 202-207.

Thomson, C.J., Morton, K.L., Carlson, S.R., & Rupert, J.L. (2012). The Contextual Sensation Seeking Questionnaire for skiing and snowboarding (CSSQ-S): Development of a sport specific scale. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 43, 503-521.

Kam, J.W.K., Dominelli, R., & Carlson, S.R. (2012). Differential relationships between subtraits of BIS-11 impulsivity and executive processes: An ERP study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85, 174-187.

Carlson, S.R. & Johnson, S.C. (2012). Impulsivity is not always associated with student drinking: A moderation study of impulsivity and drinking by positive alcohol expectancies. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 556-560.

Carlson, S.R. & Thái, S. (2010). ERPs on a continuous performance task and self-reported psychopathic traits: P3 and CNV augmentation are associated with fearless dominance. Biological Psychology, 85, 318-330.

Carlson, S.R., Johnson, S.C., & Jacobs, P.C. (2010). Disinhibited characteristics and binge-drinking among university student drinkers. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 242-251.

Carlson, S.R., Thái, S., & McLarnon, M.E. (2009).Visual P3 amplitude and self-reported psychopathic personality traits: Frontal reduction is associated with self-centered impulsivity. Psychophysiology. 46, 100-113.

Carlson, S.R., & Iacono, W.G. (2008). Deviant P300 amplitude development in males is associated with paternal externalizing psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 117, 910-923.

Carlson, S.R., McLarnon, M.E., & Iacono, W.G. (2007). P300 amplitude, externalizing psychopathology, and 'earlier' vs. 'later' onset substance use disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 565-577.

Carlson, S.R., & Iacono, W.G. (2006). Heritability of P300 amplitude development from adolescence to adulthood. Psychophysiology, 43, 470-480.