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Michael Lynch

Professor of Psychology
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Portrait of Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2000.

Research Interests

Work in my lab focuses broadly on the development of psychopathology. We are interested in factors that contribute to risk for behavioral and emotional disturbance, as well as protection from it. Many of our studies examine how people cope with and adapt to the challenges they face.

For more information, view Michael Lynch's Curriculum Vitae

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Student Opportunities

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Rochester, 1992

  • M.A., Psychology, University of Rochester, 1989

  • B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester, 1985

Selected Publications

  • Lynch, M., Manly, J.T., & Cicchetti, D. (2015). A multilevel prediction of physiological response to challenge: Interactions among child maltreatment, neighborhood crime, endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene (eNOS), and GABA(A) receptor subunit alpha-6 gene (GABRA6). Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1471-1487. doi: 10.1017/S0954579415000887

    Manly, J.T., Lynch, M., Oshri, A., Herzog, M., & Wortel, S. (2013). The impact of neglect on initial adaptation to school. Child Maltreatment, 18, 155-170. doi: 10.1177/1077559513496144

    Manly, J.T., Oshri, A., Lynch, M., Herzog, M., & Wortel, S. (2013). Child neglect and the development of externalizing behavior problems: Associations with maternal drug dependence and neighborhood crime. Child Maltreatment, 18 (1), 17-29.

    Wigderson, S., & Lynch, M. (2013). Cyber- and traditional peer victimization: Unique relationships with adolescent well-being. Psychology of Violence, 3, 297 – 309. doi: 10.1037/a0033657

Recent Courses Taught

  • PSYC 216 Adolescent Development

  • PSYC 251 Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods

  • PSYC 321 Parenting

  • PSYC 366 Developmental Psychopathology

  • PSYC 395 Community Internship Seminar


  • PSYC 216: S/Adolescent Development

    An overview of the nature and course of human development during adolescence. Biological, cognitive, social, and personality development are considered, with emphasis on families, schools, and cultures as contexts for adolescent development.

  • PSYC 251: Intro to Behavioral Res Method

    A systematic study of the principles of research design and methods. Topics include scientific methods of descriptive, correlational, basic experimental, quasi-experimental, and single-subject approaches, issues of validity and experimental control, ethical considerations, and skills in accessing and using psychological literature, critical reading, and scientific writing using American Psychological Association style.

  • PSYC 366: Developmental Psychopathology

    An advanced course that provides an overview and critical analysis of the theories and research contributing to a developmental perspective on behavioral, psychological and emotional disorders in childhood and adolescence. Course content charts the origins, developmental pathways and symptom expression of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence with special attention to the person- and environmentally-based factors that increase or buffer the risk for psychopathology. Implications of a developmental model for prevention, assessment and treatment of disorder are considered.