Jonathan Schaefer

Jonathan Schaefer



Jon is a Ph.D student in clinical psychology who is currently completing a doctoral internship at the main hospital of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. He joined the Moffitt & Caspi lab in 2013, after working as a postbaccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. He holds a B.A. in Psychology awarded with Highest Honors from Swarthmore College.

Jon's primary research interest is understanding the relationship between stressful life events (SLEs) and psychopathology, using data from genetically-informed, longitudinal studies. Specifically, his research focuses on (i) testing for evidence of (non-)specificity between SLEs and psychiatric outcomes using hierarchical measures of psychopathology, (ii) determining how SLEs "get under the skin" to cause physical and psychiatric disease, and (iii) understanding why some people go on to develop psychiatric symptoms following SLEs, whereas others remain resilient. His work is multi-modal and multi-disciplinary, borrowing measures and approaches from behavioral genetics, epidemiology, and developmental science.

 When not with patients or in the lab, Jon enjoys cooking, reading, and professional eSports. 

Schaefer, JD, Caspi, A, Belsky, DW, Harrington, H, Houts, R, Israel, S, Levine, ME, Sugden, K, Williams, B, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Early-Life Intelligence Predicts Midlife Biological Age." The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 71.6 (November 2016): 968-977. Full Text

Belsky, DW, Caspi, A, Houts, R, Cohen, HJ, Corcoran, DL, Danese, A, Harrington, H, Israel, S, Levine, ME, Schaefer, JD, Sugden, K, Williams, B, Yashin, AI, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Quantification of biological aging in young adults." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112.30 (July 6, 2015): E4104-E4110. Full Text Open Access Copy

Schaefer, J, Giangrande, E, Weinberger, DR, and Dickinson, D. "The global cognitive impairment in schizophrenia: Consistent over decades and around the world." Schizophrenia Research 150.1 (October 2013): 42-50. Full Text