BRUCE J. ELLIS portrait
  • Professor, Psychology Department
  • Director, Research Network on Adaptations to Childhood Stress, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Professor, Anthropology Department
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Publications

  • Ellis, B.J., Abrams, L.S., Masten, A.S., Sternberg, R.J., Tottenham, N., Frankenhuis, W.E. (2020). Hidden talents in harsh environments. Development and Psychopathology. Advance online publication. Published, 03/02/2020.
  • Proffitt Leyva, R.P., Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., Ellis, B.J., Russell, E.M., & Hill, S.E. (2020). Low socioeconomic status and eating in the absence of hunger in children aged 3-14. Appetite, 154, 104755. Published, 03/02/2020.
  • Ellis, B.J., *Shakiba, N., Adkins, D.E., & Lester, B.M. (2020). Early external-environmental and internal-health predictors of risky sexual and aggressive behavior in adolescence: An integrative approach. Developmental Psychobiology. Advance online publication. Published, 03/02/2020.
  • Suglia, S.F., Brown, A.G.M., Campo, R.A., Boyce, C.A., Stoney, C., Appleton, A.A., Bleil, M.E., Boynton-Jarrett, R., Dube, S.R., Dunn, E.C., Ellis, B.J., Heard-Garris, N.J., Fagundes, C.P., Johnson, S.B., Mujahid, M.S., Slopen, N., Su, S., & Watamura, S. (2020). Social determinants of cardiovascular health: Early life adversity as a contributor to disparities in cardiovascular diseases. Journal of Pediatrics, 219, 267-273. Published, 03/02/2020.
  • Frankenhuis, W.E., *Young, E.S., & Ellis, B.J. (2020). The hidden talents approach: Theoretical and methodological challenges. Trends in Cognitive Science, 24, 569-581. . Published, 03/02/2020.
  • *Young, E.S., Frankenhuis, W.E., & Ellis, B.J. (2020). Theory and measurement of environmental unpredictability. Evolution and Human Behavior, 41, 550-556. Published, 03/02/2020.
  • *Shakiba, N., Ellis, B. J, Bush, N. R., & Boyce, W.T. (2019). Biological Sensitivity to Context: A test of the hypothesized U-shaped relation between early adversity and stress responsivity. Development and Psychopathology. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1017/S0954579419000518. Published, 07/26/2019.
  • *DelPriore, D.J., *Shakiba, N., *Schlomer, G.S., Hill, S.E., & Ellis, B.J. (2019). The effects of fathers on daughters’ expectations for men. Developmental Psychology, 55, 1523-1536. Published, 07/01/2019.
  • *Slagt, M., Dubas, J.S., Ellis, B.J., van Aken, M.A.G., & Deković, M. (2019). Linking emotional reactivity ‘for better and for worse’ to differential susceptibility to parenting among kindergartners. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 741-758. Published, 05/01/2019.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., de Vries, S. A., *Bianchi, J., & Ellis, B. J. (2019). Hidden talents in harsh conditions? A preregistered study of memory and reasoning about social dominance. Developmental Science. Advanced online publication. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.utah.edu/10.1111/desc.12835. Published, 04/15/2019.
  • *Shakiba, N., Conradt., E., & Ellis, B. J. (2019). Biological sensitivity to context: A framework for understanding relations between early life experiences and problem behaviors. In E. P. Hayden, & K. Harkness (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of stress and mental health. New York: Oxford University Press. Published online January 2019. Published, 01/14/2019.
  • Ellis, B.J., & Del Giudice, M. (2019). Developmental adaptation to stress: An evolutionary perspective. Annual Review of Psychology, 70, 111-139. Published, 01/07/2019.
  • Slagt, M., Dubas, J.S., van Aken, M.A.G., Ellis, B.J., & Deković, M. (2018). Sensory processing sensitivity as a marker of differential susceptibility to parenting. Developmental Psychology, 54, 543-558. Published, 01/2018.
  • Conradt, E., Adkins, D.E., Crowell, S.E., Raby, K.L., Diamond, L., & Ellis, B.J. (2018). Incorporating epigenetic mechanisms to advance fetal programming theories. Development and Psychopathology, 30, 807-824.. Published, 01/2018.
  • DelPriore, D.J., Proffitt Leyva, R., Ellis, B.J., Hill, S.E. (2018). The effects of paternal disengagement on women’s perceptions of male mating intent. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 286-302. Published, 01/2018.
  • Ellis, B. J. (2018). Toward an adaptation-based approach to resilience. In J.G. Noll & I. Shalev (Eds.), The biology of early life stress: Understanding child maltreatment and trauma (pp. 31-43). New York, NY: Springer Publishing. Published, 01/2018.
  • Shakiba, N., Conradt., E., & Ellis, B. J. (2019). Biological sensitivity to context: A framework for understanding relations between early life experiences and problem behaviors. In E. P. Hayden, & K. Harkness (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of stress and mental health. New York: Oxford University Press. Published online January 2019. Accepted, 01/2018.
  • Cabeza De Baca, T., & Ellis, B. J. (in press). Evolutionary perspectives on parenting. In V.A. Weekes-Shackelford & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.), The Oxford handbook on evolutionary psychology and parenting. New York: Oxford University Press. Accepted, 01/2018.
  • Warren, S. W., DelPriore, D. J., & Ellis, B. J. (2018). Early attachment experiences and romantic attachment. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer Publishing. Published, 01/2018.
  • Ciarrochi, J,, Ellis, B. J., Hayes, L. L., & Wilson, D. S. (2018). Dialogue on development and adolescence. In D.S. Wilson & S. C. Hayes (Eds.), Evolution & contextual behavioral science (pp. 93-108). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications/Context Press. Published, 01/2018.
  • DelPriore, D.J., Schlomer, G.L., & Ellis, B.J. (2017). Impact of fathers on parental monitoring of daughters and their affiliation with sexually promiscuous peers: A genetically and environmentally controlled sibling study. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1330-1343. Published, 01/2017.
  • Cabeza De Baca, T., & Ellis, B. J. (2017). Early stress, parental motivation, and reproductive decision-making: Applications of life history theory to parental behavior. Current Opinions in Psychology, 15, 1-6. Published, 01/2017.
  • Slagt, M., Dubas, J. S., van Aken, M. A. G., Ellis, B. J., & Deković, M. (2017). Children’s differential susceptibility to parenting: An experimental test of ‘for better and for worse’. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 154, 78-97.. Published, 01/2017.
  • Frankenhuis W.E., & Ellis, B.J. (2017). Toward a balanced view of stress-adapted cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences commentary, 40, e325. Published, 01/2017.
  • Ellis, B.J., Oldehinkel, A.J., & Nederhof, E. (2017). The Adaptive Calibration Model of stress responsivity: An empirical test in the TRAILS study. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 1001-1021. Published, 01/2017.
  • Schlomer, G. L. & Ellis, B. J. (2016). The Problem of Genetic Inheritance. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer Publishing. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1923-1. Published, 01/2016.
  • Nesse, R.M., Bhatnagar, S., & Ellis, B.J. (2016). Evolutionary origins and functions of the stress response system. In: G. Fink (Ed.), Handbook of stress, Vol. 1--Stress: Concepts, Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior (pp. 95-101). Elsevier Inc. Published, 01/2016.
  • Schlomer, G. L. & Ellis, B. J. (2016). Sibling Studies. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer Publishing. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1925-1. Published, 01/2016.
  • Del Giudice, M., & Ellis, B.J. (2016). Evolutionary foundations of developmental psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental psychopathology, Vol. 2: Developmental Neuroscience (3rd Ed.) (pp. 1-58). New York: Wiley & Sons. Published, 01/2016.
  • Bjorklund, D.F., Hernández Blasi, C., & Ellis, B.J. (2016). Evolutionary developmental psychology. In D.M. Buss (Ed.), The Evolutionary Psychology Handbook, 2nd Ed. (Vol. 2) (pp. 904-925). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Published, 01/2016.
  • Cabeza De Baca, T., Barnett, M.A., & Ellis, B.J. (2016). The development of child unpredictability schema: Regulation through maternal life history trade-offs. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences,10, 43-55. Published, 01/2016.
  • Ellis, B.J., Volk, A., Gonzalez, J.M., & Embry, D.D. (2016). The Meaningful Roles intervention: An evolutionary approach to reducing bullying and increasing prosocial behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26, 622–637. Published, 01/2016.
  • Cabeza De Baca, T., Wahl, R. A., Barnett, M. A., & Figueredo, A. J., Ellis, B. J. (2016). Adversity, adaptive calibration, and health: The case of disadvantaged families. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 2, 93-115. Published, 01/2016.

Research Statement

As an overarching goal of my career, I seek to leverage knowledge from both evolutionary biology and developmental science to address core issues in developmental psychopathology, especially in relation to child and adolescent health. At a macro level, this involves theory development: advancing new models of how our biobehavioral systems respond to specific features of family environments and the larger ecological context.  This work employs life history theory to model how these responses regulate stress-health relations over the life course.  At a more micro level, my work focuses on theory testing: examining the impact of fathers, family relationships, and socioecological conditions on children’s biological stress responses, timing of puberty, risky adolescent behavior and cognition, and related health outcomes.  Although my research has shown replicable effects of families and ecological stress on these developmental outcomes, the size of these effects differs across individuals. That is, some children are more impacted by their rearing experiences than are others. Another focus of my research, therefore, is on investigating differences between children in their neurobiological susceptibility to environmental influence (i.e., biological sensitivity to context).  My work involves both basic research and real-world applications in the form of theoretically-based interventions.

 

Research Keywords

  • life history evolution
  • Stress and Health
  • Fatherhood
  • Family relationships: theory and research
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Developmental Psychology

Presentations

  • Ellis, B.J. (November 20, 2020). Hidden talents in harsh environments: An adaptation-based approach to resilience. Invited colloquium, P50 Capstone Center for Healthy Children, The Pennsylvania State University, and Universitätsmedizin, Berlin. Zoom presentation. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/20/2020.
  • *DelPriore, D. J., Hill, S. E., & Ellis, B. J. (2019, November). Effects of fathers’ presence-absence and behavior on daughters’ substance use and risky sexual behavior. Talk presented at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/15/2019.
  • Ellis, B.J. (October 24, 2019). Hidden talents in harsh environments: An adaptation-based approach to resilience. Invited plenary address, workshop on Ethology, Psychology, Psychiatry: An Evolutionary approach. Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Sicily. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/24/2019.
  • Ellis, B.J. (May 10, 2019). Hidden talents in harsh environments. Invited colloquium, Department of Education and Counseling Psychology, State University of New York, Albany, NY. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/10/2019.
  • Ellis, B.J., *Shakiba, N., Adkins, D.E., & Lester, B.M. (March 2019). Early external-environmental and internal-health predictors of risky sexual and aggressive behavior in adolescence: An integrated model. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Conference of Psychological Science, Paris, France. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/23/2019.
  • Ellis, B. J. (2018, October). Beyond risk and protective factors: An adaptation-based approach to resilience. Paper presented at special topic meeting on Promoting Character Development Among Diverse Children and Adolescents, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA. [Note: I was unable to attend this conference, so a collaborator gave the presentation in my place.]. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2018.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., de Vries, S. A., Bianchi, J., & Ellis, B. J. (2018, October). Hidden talents in harsh conditions? A preregistered study of memory and reasoning about social dominance. Paper presented at special topic meeting on Promoting Character Development Among Diverse Children and Adolescents, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2018.
  • Ellis, B. J. (2018, August). Beyond risk and protective factors: An adaptation-based approach to resilience. Invited plenary address, The International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, Park City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/03/2018.
  • Ellis, B.J. (May 22, 2018). Developmental adaptation and differential susceptibility to stress: Implications for CVD interventions. Invited talk, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Workshop on “Social Determinants of Health: Early Life Adversity as a Contributor to Disparities in Cardiovascular Diseases.” Bethesda, MD. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/22/2018.
  • Brener, S., DelPriore, D. J., Shakiba, N., Schlomer, G. L., Hill, S. E., & Ellis, B. J. (2018, May) Paternal behavior quality influences daughters’ sociosexuality through lowered expectations for male relationship partners. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), San Francisco, CA. Poster, Presented, 05/2018.
  • Ellis, B.J. (April 5, 2018). The role of paternal investment in regulating daughter’s sexual development and behavior. Invited colloquium, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/05/2018.
  • DelPriore, D. J., Shakiba, N., Schlomer, G. L., Hill, S. E., & Ellis, B. J. (2018, April). Exposure to paternal behavior calibrates daughters’ expectations for male relationship investment. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Minneapolis, MN. Poster, Presented, 04/2018.
  • Santana, M., & Ellis, B.J., (2018, April). An adaptation-based approach to the impact of childhood adversity on cognitive abilities. Poster presented at University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium. Salt Lake City, UT. Poster, Presented, 04/2018.
  • Ellis, B.J. (Feb. 20, 2018). Early life risk and development. Invited lecture, Families & Health: An Interdisciplinary Research Practicum, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/20/2018.
  • Ellis, B.J. (Nov. 30, 2017). Is stress good or bad?. Invited presentation, Consortium for Families and Health Research, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2017.
  • Ellis, B.J. (Nov. 1, 2017). Beyond risk and protective factors: An adaptation-based approach to resilience. Invited colloquium, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2017.
  • Ellis, B.J. (Nov. 16, 2017). Adversity and resilience from evolutionary, family and ecological perspectives. Invited plenary address, National Cancer Institute-CASPHR Workshop on “Health Impacts of Adversity, Vulnerability and Resilience.” Bethesda, MD. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2017.
  • Ellis, B. J., DelPriore, D. J., & Schlomer, G. L. (2017, June). Fathering quality predicts differences in parental monitoring and affiliation with sexually risky peers among daughters within-families. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior & Evolution Society (HBES), Boise, ID. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2017.
  • DelPriore, D. J., Proffitt Leyva, R. P., Hill, S. E., & Ellis, B. J. (2017, June). Low paternal investment, perceptions of male sexual interest, and women’s sociosexuality: Testing for mediation. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior & Evolution Society (HBES), Boise, ID. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2017.
  • DelPriore, D. J., Shakiba, N., Schlomer, G. L., Hill, S. E., & Ellis, B. J. (2017, April). Like father, like partner: Fathering quality calibrates daughters' expectations for male relationship investment in adulthood. Paper presented at the 87th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA), Salt Lake City, UT. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2017.
  • Ellis, B.J., Oldehinkel, A.J., & Nederhof, E. (April 2017). The Adaptive Calibration Model of stress responsivity: An empirical test in the TRAILS study. Paper presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2017.
  • Shakiba, N., Ellis, B. J, Bush, N. R., & Boyce, T. W. (2017, April). Adaptive patterns of stress responsivity. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development; Austin, TX. Poster, Presented, 04/2017.
  • Henderson, M.G., Short, T.M., DelPriore, D.J., Proffitt Leyva, R.P., Ellis, B.J., & Hill, S.E. (April 2017) The Effects of Paternal Disengagement on Women’s Perceptions of Male Mating Intent. Texas Christian University, Student Research Symposium (SRS), Fort Worth, TX. Presentation, Presented, 04/2017.
  • Ellis, B.J., *Bianchi, J., Griskevicius, V., & Frankenhuis, W.E. (March 2017). Beyond risk and protective factors: An adaptation-based approach to resilience. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Conference of Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2017.
  • Ellis, B.J. (Feb. 7, 2017). Effects of fathers on puberty and sexual behavior in daughters. Interdisciplinary Seminar on Gender & Sexuality – Invited Speaker Series, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2017.
  • Ellis, B.J. (Jan. 31, 2017). Understanding the effects of family stress on puberty and risky adolescent behavior: An evolutionary perspective on development and resilience. Invited lecture, Health, Society and Policy (HSP) Capstone course, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2017.
  • DelPriore, D. J., Proffitt Leyva, R. P., Ellis, B. J., & Hill, S. E. (2017, January). Looking for love in all the right places? Father disengagement increases women’s perceptions of male mating interest. Talk presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), San Antonio, TX. Presentation, Presented, 01/2017.
  • Slagt, M. I., Dubas, J. S., van Aken, M. A. G., Ellis, B. J., & Deković, M. (2016, October). Sensory processing sensitivity and negative emotionality as markers of differential susceptibility to parenting among kindergartners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), New York, USA. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/20/2016.
  • DelPriore, D. J., Schlomer, G. L., & Ellis, B. J. (2016, January). Fathering quality predicts differences in parental monitoring and affiliation with sexually risky peers among daughters within-families. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), San Diego, CA. Conference Paper, Presented, 01/20/2016.
  • Ellis, B.J. (Jan. 13, 2016). Childhood experience, pubertal development, sexual activity, and health: An integrative, life history framework. Invited colloquium, Consortium for Families and Health Research, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/13/2016.
  • Ellis, B.J. (Jan. 11, 2016). Childhood experience, pubertal development, sexual activity, and health: An integrative, life history framework. Invited colloquium, Behavior, Evolution, and Culture speaker series, University of California, Los Angeles. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/11/2016.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Netherlands
    Close collaboration with multiple labs in the Netherlands. Co-PI of my Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant is Dutch (Willem Frankenhuis).