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Indiana University Bloomington

Richard Viken

Dr. Richard Viken



viken [at]

office: PY 152 | (812)855-1697

lab: PY A230 | (812)855-9232


Antisocial behavior; social interaction; family process; behavior genetics; alcohol use and abuse

Educational Background

  • 1976 - B.A.,  St. Olaf College
  • 1981 - M.A.,  University of Iowa
  • 1984 - Ph.D.,  University of Iowa

Areas of Study

  • Clinical Science

Research Topics

  • Antisocial behavior
  • Individual differences in cognitive processing
  • Family process
  • Behavior genetics
  • Alcohol use and abuse

Research Summary:

I have two primary research areas. The first is behavior genetics, where I study samples of twins and their families in order to understand the origins of adolescent behavior problems and adult outcomes such as alcohol abuse. The focus of this work is on the processes linking genes and environments in these developmental outcomes. My second research area concerns cognitive processing as it relates to clinical problems such as alcohol abuse, sexual aggression, and eating disorders. In this research I apply quantitative performance models as a way of understanding the role of cognitive processing in judgment, learning, and impulse control.

Representative Publications

Farris, C., Treat, T.A., Viken, R.J. & McFall, R.M. (2008). Perceptual mechanisms that characterize gender differences in decoding women's sexual intent. Psychological Science, 19, 348-354.

Latendresse, S.J., Pulkkinen, L., Rose, R.J., Viken, R.J., Kaprio, J., Dick, D.M. (2008). Parenting mechanisms in links between parent's and adolescents' alcohol use behaviors. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 32, 322-330. Farris, C., Treat, T.A., Viken, R.J., & McFall, R.M. (2008). Sexual coercion and the misperception of sexual intent. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 48-66.

Dick, D.M., Pagan, J.L., Holliday, C., Viken, R., Pulkkinen, L., Kaprio, J., & Rose, R.J. (2007). Gender differences in friend's influence on adolescent drinking: A genetic epidemiological study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31, 2012-2019.

Viken, R.J. & Rose, R.J. (2007). Genetic variation and covariation in the original and restructured clinical scales of the MMPI. Journal of Abnormal Psychology,116, 842-847.

Raevuori, A., Dick, D.M., Keski-Rahkonen, A., Pulkkinen, L., Rose, R.J., Rissanen, A., Kaprio, J., Viken, R.J., & Silventoinen, K. (2007). Genetic and environmental factors affecting self-esteem from age 14 to 17. Psychological Medicine, 37, 1625-1633.

Dick, D.M., Pagan, J.L., Viken, R., Purcell, S., Kaprio, J., Pulkkinen, L., & Rose, R.J. (2007). Changing environmental influences on substance use across development. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 10, 315-326.

Mustanski, B., Viken, R.J., Kaprio, J., Winter, W., & Rose, R.J. (2007). Sexual experience in young adulthood: a population-based twin study. Health Psychology, 26, 610-617.

Viken, R.J., Kaprio, J., & Rose, R.J. (2007). Personality at ages 17 and 18 and drinking problems at ages 18 and 25: Genetic analyses of data from Finntwin16-25. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 10, 25-32.

Dick, D.M., Purcell, S., Viken, R., Kaprio, J., Pulkkinen, L., & Rose, R. (2007). Parental monitoring moderates the importance of genetic and environmental influences on adolescent smoking. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 213-218.

Treat, T.A., McFall, R.M., Viken, R.J., Kruschke, J.K., Nosofsky, R.M., & Wang, S.S. (2007). Clinical-Cognitive science: Applying quantitative methods of cognitive processing to examine cognitive aspects of psychopathology (pp 179-206). In R.W.J. Neufeld (Ed.), Advances in clinical-cognitive science: Formal modeling and assessment of processes and symptoms. Washington DC: APA Books.

Yeater, E.A., Viken, R.J., Wagner, L.R., & McFall, R.M. (2006). Sexual attitudes and instructional set affect estimates of risk and response effectiveness. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 28, 233-242.

Farris, C., Viken, R.J., Treat, T.A., & McFall, R.M. (2006). Heterosocial perceptual organization: Application of the choice model to sexual coercion. Psychological Science, 10, 869-875.

Pagan, J.L., Rose, R. J., Viken, R. J., Pulkkinen, L., Kaprio, J., & Dick, D.M. (2006). Genetic and environmental influences on stages of alcohol use across adolescence and into young adulthood. Behavior Genetics, 36, 483-497.

Reed, T., Viken, R.J., & Rinehart, S.A. (2006). High heritability of fingertip arch patterns in twin-pairs. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 140A, 263-271.

Viken, R.J., Treat, T.A., Bloom, S.L. & McFall, R.M. (2005). Illusory correlation for body type and happiness: Covariation bias and its relationship to eating disorder symptoms. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 38, 65-72.

Dick, D.M., Viken, R.J., Kaprio, J., Pulkkinen, L., & Rose, R.J. (2005). Understanding the covariation among childhood externalizing disorders: Genetic and environmental influences on conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33, 219-229.

Viken, R.J., Kline, M.P., & Rose, R.J. (2005). Development and validation of an MMPI-based sensation seeking scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 619-625.

Mustanski, B.S., Viken, R.J., Kaprio, J., Pulkkinen, L., & Rose, R.J. (2004). Genetic and environmental influences on pubertal development: Longitudinal data from Finnish twins at ages 12 and 14. Developmental Psychology, 40, 1188-1198.

Rose, R.J., Dick, D.D., Viken, R.J., Pulkkinen, L. & Kaprio, J. (2004). Genetic and environmental effects on conduct disorder and alcohol dependence symptoms and their covariation at age 14. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 10, 1541-1548.

Keski-Rahkonen, A., Kaprio, J., Viken, R., Rissanen, A., & Rose, R. (2004). Genetic and environmental factors in breakfast eating patterns. Behavior Genetics, 34, 503-514.

Lease, A.M., McFall, R.M., Treat, T. A. & Viken, R.J. (2003). Assessing children's representations of their peer group using a multidimensional scaling technique. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 20, 707-728.

Silventoinen, K., Kaprio, J., Lahelma, E., Viken, R.J. & Rose, R.J. (2003). Assortative mating by body height and BMI: Finnish twins and their spouses. American Journal of Human Biology, 15, 620-627.

Mustanski, B.S., Viken, R.J., Kaprio, J., & Rose, R.J. (2003). Genetic influences on the association between personality risk factors and alcohol use and abuse. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 282-289.

Viken, R.J., Rose, R.J., Morzorati, S.L., Christian, J.C., & Li, T.K. (2003). Subjective intoxication in response to alcohol challenge: Heritability and covariation with personality, breath alcohol level, and drinking history. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 27, 795-803.

Lease, A.M., McFall, R.M., & Viken, R.J. (2003). Distance from peers in the group's perceived organizational structure: Relation to individual characteristics. Journal of Early Adolescence, 23, 194-217.

Rose, R., Viken, R.J., Dick, D.M., Bates, J.E., Pulkkinen, L. & Kaprio, J. (2003). It does take a village: Non-familial environments and children's behavior. Psychological Science, 14, 273-277.

Vierikko, E., Pulkkinen, L., Kaprio, J., Rose, R.J., & Viken, R. (2003). Sex differences in genetic and environmental effects on aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 29, 55-68.

Viken, R.J., Treat, T.A., Nosofsky, R.M., McFall, R.M., & Palmeri, T. (2002). Modeling individual differences in perceptual and attentional processes related to bulimic symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 111, 598-609.

Kirkwood, S.C., Siemers, E., Viken, R., Hodes, M.E., Conneally, M., Christian, J.C., & Foroud, T. (2002). Evaluation of psychological symptoms among presymptomatic HD gene carriers as measured by selected MMPI scales. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 36, 377-382.

Treat, T.A., McFall, R.M., Viken, R.J., Nosofsky, R.M., MacKay, D.B., & Kruschke, J.K. (2002). Assessing clinically relevant perceptual organization with multidimensional scaling techniques. Psychological Assessment, 14, 239-252.

Kirkwood, S.C., Siemers, E., Viken, R., Hodes, M.E., Conneally, M., Christian, J.C., & Foroud, T. (2002). Longitudinal personality changes among presymptomatic Huntington Disease gene carriers. Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Neurology, 15, 192-197.

Happonen, M., Pulkkinen, L., Kaprio, J., Van der Meere, J., Viken, R.J., & Rose, R.J. (2002). The heritability of depressive symptoms: Multiple informants and multiple measures. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 43, 471-779.

Rose, R.J., Kaprio, J. Winter, W., Dick, D. M. Viken, R.J., Pulkkinen, L., & Koskenvuo, M. (2002). Femininity and fertility in sisters with twin brothers: Prenatal androgenization? Cross-sex socialization? Psychological Science, 13, 263-267.

Bates, J.E., Viken, R.J., Alexander, D.B., Beyers, J., & Stockton, L. (2002). Sleep and adjustment in preschool children: Sleep diary reports by mothers relate to behavior reports by teachers. Child Development, 73 62-74.