Matthew McGue, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology

Matthew McGue

Contact Info

Office Address:
N-218 Elliot Hall
75 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Department of Psychology

Center for Neurobehavioral Development

Doctoral Degree, University of Minnesota, 1981


I am a behavioral geneticist with two primary areas of research focus. The first concerns the development of substance use disorders from adolescence to adulthood. The second concerns genetic contributions to normative aging processes and mortality. My research on substance use disorders is based primarily on a series of long-term longitudinal studies I co-direct at the Minnesota center for Twin and Family Research at the University of Minnesota. My research on aging is primarily based in Denmark, where a hold a guest professor position in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Southern Denmark. The links below provide brief descriptions of these projects.

Minnesota Center for Twin & Family Research (MCTFR)

Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (SIBS) and Research on Adoption

Longitudinal Study of Aging Danish Twins (LSADT) and Other Aging Research

Awards & Recognition

  • Dobzhansky Award for Lifetime Contributions to Behavioral Genetic Research, 2011
  • Shields Award for Lifetime Contributions to Twin Research, 2007
  • Regents' Professor. University of Minnesota Board of Regents, 2007
  • National Institute of Health Grants
  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 1998 - 2001

Professional Associations

  • President, Behavior Genetics Association: 2000 - 2003
  • Member, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Advisory Council
  • Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota: 1999 - 2001
  • Guest Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Southern Denmark
  • President, International Society for Twin Research


Research Summary/Interests

  • behavior genetics
  • individual differences
  • quantitative psychology
  • psychological aspects of aging
  • adolescent development
  • twin studies
  • substance abuse



Psy 5137 - Introduction to Behavioral Genetics; Psy 8935 - Readings in Individual Differences and Behavioral Genetics; Psy 5993 - Seminar in Twin Family Research; Psy 1001 - Individual Differences Component in Team Taught Course