Gabriel Schlomer, Emerging Professional Award 2018

Gabriel (Gabe) received his Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona where he gained expertise in evolutionary theoretical approaches to studying children and families. Following his Ph.D., Gabe completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Human Development and Family Studies/Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University where he gained additional training in molecular genetics and gene-by-environment interaction (GxE) research. He was hired to work on the NIH funded Genetics of Prevention project (PIs Cleveland and Vanderbergh). Dr. H. Harrington Cleveland stated,” Gabriel was perfect for this project with his rich training in developmental theory and statistics received in the Family Studies and Human Development Department at Arizona.”


Dr. Schlomer is known for his strong work habits and high degree of professionalism. He has been identified as one of the reasons that the research team was so successful in uncovering the role of genetics in moderating the effects of substance use interventions of the initiation and escalation of substance use among adolescence and publishing those findings in some of the leading journals in behavioral science.


Currently, Gabriel is a tenured Assistant Professor in the Division of Educational Psychology and Methodology at the University of Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). His research centers on the evaluation of genetic and environmental effects, and their co-action on externalizing behavior problems in adolescents, including substance use, aggression/delinquency, and risky sexual behavior. Gabe has published 30 articles, and 7 chapters and short entry publications.  In addition, he has received funding from private foundations and other grant projects. 


Dr. Schlomer is being increasingly recognized as one of the emerging leaders in biologically informed developmental and prevention research. One indication of his status is his 28.03 score. For Gabriel to be in such clear leadership roles at this point in his career, his 7th year since PH.D. and his 3rd year on tenure track is a testament to both his ability and hard work.


“Dr. Schlomer is at the beginning of a very productive career and is quickly becoming one of the leading developmental researchers of his generation.” stated Dr. Harrington Cleveland in his nomination letter.

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