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Publications: Prof Michael Pluess

Machlitt-Northen S, Keers R, Munroe PB, Howard DM, Pluess M ( 2022 ) . Polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia and major depression are associated with socio-economic indicators of adversity in two British community samples . Translational Psychiatry vol. 12 , ( 1 )
Smeeth D, McEwen FS, Popham CM, Karam EG, Fayyad J, Saab D, Rieder MJ, Elzagallaai AA et al. ( 2022 ) . War exposure, post-traumatic stress symptoms and hair cortisol concentrations in Syrian refugee children . Mol Psychiatry
Machlitt-Northen S, Keers R, Munroe PB, Howard DM, Trubetskoy V, Pluess M ( 2022 ) . Polygenic scores for schizophrenia and major depression are associated with psychosocial risk factors in children: evidence of gene–environment correlation . Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines vol. 63 , ( 10 ) 1140 - 1152 .
Biazoli C, Pluess M ( 2022 ) . Causal determinants of complex PTSD in Syrian refugee children living in informal settlements in Lebanon . European Psychiatry vol. 65 , ( S1 ) s67 - s67 .
Pluess M, De Brito SA, Bartoli AJ, McCrory E, Viding E ( 2022 ) . Individual differences in sensitivity to the early environment as a function of amygdala and hippocampus volumes: An exploratory analysis in 12-year-old boys . Development and Psychopathology vol. 34 , ( 3 ) 901 - 910 .
Lomas T, Bartels M, Van De Weijer M, Pluess M, Hanson J, VanderWeele TJ ( 2022 ) . The Architecture of Happiness . Emotion Review
Kyrillos V, Bosqui T, Moghames P, Chehade N, Saad S, Abdul Rahman D, Karam E, Karam G et al. ( 2022 ) . The Culturally and Contextually Sensitive Assessment of Mental Health using a Structured Diagnostic Interview (MINI Kid) for Syrian Refugee Children and Adolescents in Lebanon: Challenges and Solutions . Transcultural Psychiatry
Machlitt-Northen S, Keers R, Munroe PB, Howard DM, Pluess M ( 2022 ) . Gene–Environment Correlation over Time: A Longitudinal Analysis of Polygenic Risk Scores for Schizophrenia and Major Depression in Three British Cohorts Studies . Genes vol. 13 , ( 7 )
Popham CM, McEwen FS, Karam E, Fayyad J, Karam G, Saab D, Moghames P, Pluess M ( 2022 ) . The dynamic nature of refugee children's resilience: a cohort study of Syrian refugees in Lebanon . Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences vol. 31 ,
Coffey JK, Nelson-Coffey SK, Parsley H, Pluess M ( 2022 ) . Positive emotion expression at age 11 is associated with multiple well-being outcomes 39 years later . Current Psychology
Weyn S, Van Leeuwen K, Pluess M, Goossens L, Claes S, Bosmans G, Van Den Noortgate W, Lutin E et al. ( 2022 ) . Individual differences in environmental sensitivity at physiological and phenotypic level: Two sides of the same coin? . International Journal of Psychophysiology vol. 176 , 36 - 53 .
Black C, McEwen F, Smeeth D, Popham C, Karam E, Pluess M ( 2022 ) . Effects of War Exposure on Pubertal Development in Refugee Children .
Lionetti F, Spinelli M, Moscardino U, Ponzetti S, Garito MC, Dellagiulia A, Aureli T, Fasolo M et al. ( 2022 ) . The interplay between parenting and environmental sensitivity in the prediction of children's externalizing and internalizing behaviors during COVID-19 . Development and Psychopathology
Pluess M, Rhoades G, Keers R, Knopp K, Belsky J, Markman H, Stanley S ( 2022 ) . Genetic Sensitivity Predicts Long-Term Psychological Benefits of a Relationship Education Program for Married Couples . Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology vol. 90 , ( 2 ) 195 - 207 .
McEwen FS, Popham C, Moghames P, Smeeth D, de Villiers B, Saab D, Karam G, Fayyad J et al. ( 2022 ) . Cohort profile: biological pathways of risk and resilience in Syrian refugee children (BIOPATH) . Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Popham CM, McEwen FS, Karam E, Fayyad J, Karam G, Saab D, Moghames P, Pluess M ( 2022 ) . Predictors of psychological risk and resilience among Syrian refugee children . Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
Eltanamly H, Leijten P, van Roekel E, Mouton B, Pluess M, Overbeek G ( 2022 ) . Strengthening parental self-efficacy and resilience: A within-subject experimental study with refugee parents of adolescents . Child Development
Bröhl AS, Van Leeuwen K, Pluess M, De Fruyt F, Van Hoof E, Weyn S, Bijttebier P ( 2021 ) . Personality Profile of the Self-Identified Highly Sensitive Person . Journal of Individual Differences
Lionetti F, Dellagiulia A, Prudentino G, Spinelli M, Pluess M, Fasolo M ( 2021 ) . Is premature birth an environmental sensitivity factor? A scoping review protocol . BMJ Open vol. 11 , ( 10 )
Moscardino U, Scrimin S, Lionetti F, Pluess M ( 2021 ) . Environmental sensitivity and cardiac vagal tone as moderators of the relationship between family support and well-being in low SES children: An exploratory study . Journal of Social and Personal Relationships vol. 38 , ( 9 ) 2772 - 2791 .
Kähkönen JÉ, Lionetti F, Pluess M ( 2021 ) . Chapitre 26. Différences individuelles dans la sensibilité aux expériences positives : le cas de l’école . Grand manuel de psychologie positive ,
Lionetti F, Klein DN, Pastore M, Aron EN, Aron A, Pluess M ( 2021 ) . The role of environmental sensitivity in the development of rumination and depressive symptoms in childhood: a longitudinal study . European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
McEwen F, Popham C, Moghames P, Smeeth D, de Villiers B, Saab D, Karam G, Fayyad J et al. ( 2021 ) . Cohort Profile: Biological Pathways of Risk and Resilience in Syrian Refugee Children (BIOPATH) .
Smeeth D, Beck S, Karam EG, Pluess M ( 2021 ) . The role of epigenetics in psychological resilience . The Lancet Psychiatry vol. 8 , ( 7 ) 620 - 629 .
McEwen F, Moghames P, Bosqui T, Kyrillos V, Chehade N, Saad S, Rahman DA, Popham C et al. ( 2021 ) . Validating Screening Questionnaires for Internalizing and Externalizing Disorders against Clinical Interviews in 8 to 17-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Children .
Popham CM, McEwen AFS, Pluess M ( 2021 ) . Psychological Resilience in Response to Adverse Experiences . Multisystemic Resilience ,
Foka S, Hadfield K, Pluess M, Mareschal I ( 2021 ) . Promoting well-being in refugee children: An exploratory controlled trial of a positive psychology intervention delivered in Greek refugee camps . Development and Psychopathology vol. 33 , ( 1 ) 87 - 95 .
Weyn S, Van Leeuwen K, Pluess M, Lionetti F, Goossens L, Bosmans G, Van Den Noortgate W, Debeer D et al. ( 2021 ) . Improving the Measurement of Environmental Sensitivity in Children and Adolescents: The Highly Sensitive Child Scale–21 Item Version . Assessment
Bröhl AS, Van Leeuwen K, Pluess M, De Fruyt F, Bastin M, Weyn S, Goossens L, Bijttebier P ( 2021 ) . Correction to: First look at the five-factor model personality facet associations with sensory processing sensitivity (Current Psychology, (2020), 10.1007/s12144-020-00998-5) . Current Psychology
Popham CM, McEwen FS, Pluess M ( 2021 ) . Psychological resilience in response to adverse experiences: An integrative developmental perspective in the context of war and displacement . Multisystemic Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation in Contexts of Change ,
Tol WA, Ager A, Bizouerne C, Bryant R, El Chammay R, Colebunders R, García-Moreno C, Hamdani SU et al. ( 2020 ) . Improving mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in humanitarian settings: reflections on research funded through R2HC . Conflict and Health vol. 14 , ( 1 )
Bröhl AS, Van Leeuwen K, Pluess M, De Fruyt F, Bastin M, Weyn S, Goossens L, Bijttebier P ( 2020 ) . First look at the five-factor model personality facet associations with sensory processing sensitivity . Current Psychology
Assary E, Zavos H, Krapohl E, Keers R, Pluess M ( 2020 ) . Genetic Architecture of Environmental Sensitivity Reflects Multiple Heritable Components: a Twin Study with Adolescents . Molecuar Psychiatry vol. 25 ,
Assary E, Vincent J, Machlitt-Northen S, Keers R, Pluess M ( 2020 ) . The role of gene-environment interaction in mental health and susceptibility to the development of psychiatric disorders . Beyond Our Genes: Pathophysiology of Gene and Environment Interaction and Epigenetic Inheritance ,
Lionetti F, Aron EN, Aron A, Klein DN, Pluess M ( 2019 ) . Observer-rated environmental sensitivity moderates children's response to parenting quality in early childhood . Developmental Psychology vol. 55 , ( 11 ) 2389 - 2402 .
Karam EG, Fayyad JA, Farhat C, Pluess M, Haddad YC, Tabet CC, Farah L, Kessler RC ( 2019 ) . Role of childhood adversities and environmental sensitivity in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder in war-exposed Syrian refugee children and adolescents . British Journal of Psychiatry vol. 214 , ( 6 ) 354 - 360 .
Lionetti F, Pastore M, Moscardino U, Nocentini A, Pluess K, Pluess M ( 2019 ) . Sensory Processing Sensitivity and its association with personality traits and affect: A meta-analysis . Journal of Research in Personality vol. 81 , 138 - 152 .
Weyn S, Van Leeuwen K, PLUESS M, LIONETTI F, Greven C, Goossens L, Colpin H, Van Den Noortgate W et al. ( 2019 ) . Psychometric Properties of the Highly Sensitive Child Scale Across Developmental Stage, Gender, and Country . Current Psychology
Greven C, LIONETTI F, Booth C, Aron E, Fox E, Schendan H, PLUESS M, Bruining H et al. ( 2019 ) . Sensory Processing Sensitivity in the context of Environmental Sensitivity: a critical review and development of research agenda . Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Jolicoeur-Martineau A, Belsky J, Szekely E, Widaman KF, Pluess M, Greenwood C, Wazana A ( 2019 ) . Distinguishing differential susceptibility, diathesis-stress, and vantage sensitivity: Beyond the single gene and environment model . Development and Psychopathology vol. 32 , ( 1 ) 73 - 83 .
Belsky J, Pokhvisneva I, BROEKMAN BIRIT, SATHYAN SATHYAPALAN REMA, ANU, PLUESS M, O'Donnell K, Meaney M, Silveira PP ( 2018 ) . Polygenic differential susceptibility to prenatal adversity . Development and Psychopathology
Phua DY, Kee MKZL, Koh DXP, Rifkin-Graboi A, Daniels M, Chen H, Chong YS, Broekman BFP et al. ( 2018 ) . Positive maternal mental health during pregnancy associated with specific forms of adaptive development in early childhood: Evidence from a longitudinal study-CORRIGENDUM . Dev Psychopathol1 - 1 .
Nocentini A, Menesini E, PLUESS M ( 2018 ) . The Personality Trait of Environmental Sensitivity Predicts Children’s Positive Response to School-Based Anti-Bullying Intervention . Clinical Psychological Science vol. 6 , ( 6 ) 848 - 859 .
Lionetti F, Aron A, Aron E, Burns GL, Jagiellowicz J, PLUESS M ( 2018 ) . Dandelions, Tulips, and Orchids: Evidence for the Existence of Low, Medium, and High Sensitive Individuals . Translational Psychiatry
DE VILLIERS B, LIONETTI F, PLUESS M ( 2018 ) . Vantage Sensitivity: A Framework for Individual Differences in Response to Psychological Intervention . Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
PLUESS M, Assary E, Lionetti F, Lester K, Krapohl E, Aron E, Aron1 A ( 2018 ) . Environmental Sensitivity in Children: Development of the Highly Sensitive Child Scale and Identification of Sensitivity Groups . Developmental Psychology
Jolicoeur-Martineau A, Belsky J, Szekely E, Widaman KF, Pluess M, Greenwood C, Wazana A ( 2017 ) . Distinguishing differential susceptibility, diathesis-stress and vantage sensitivity: beyond the single gene and environment model .
PLUESS M, Keers R ( 2017 ) . Childhood Quality Influences Genetic Sensitivity to Environmental Influences across Adulthood: A Life-Course Gene-Environment Interaction Study . Development and Psychopathology
Silveira PP, Pokhvisneva I, Parent C, Cai S, Rema ASS, Broekman BFP, Rifkin-Graboi A, Pluess M et al. ( 2017 ) . Cumulative prenatal exposure to adversity reveals associations with a broad range of neurodevelopmental outcomes that are moderated by a novel, biologically informed polygenetic score based on the serotonin transporter solute carrier family C6, member 4 (SLC6A4) gene expression . Development and Psychopathology vol. 29 , ( 5 ) 1601 - 1617 .
Phua DY, Kee MKZL, Koh DXP, Rifkin-Graboi A, Daniels M, Chen H, Chong YS, Broekman BFP et al. ( 2017 ) . Positive maternal mental health during pregnancy associated with specific forms of adaptive development in early childhood: Evidence from a longitudinal study . Development and Psychopathology vol. 29 , ( 5 ) 1573 - 1587 .
Assary E, Vincent J, Keers R, PLUESS M ( 2017 ) . Gene-Environment Interaction and Psychiatric Disorders: Review and Future Directions . Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
PLUESS M ( 2017 ) . Preliminary Evaluation of a School-Based Resilience-Promoting Intervention in a High-Risk Population: Application of an Exploratory Two-Cohort Treatment/Control Design . PLoS ONE
Pluess M ( 2017 ) . Vantage Sensitivity: Environmental Sensitivity to Positive Experiences as a Function of Genetic Differences . Journal of Personality vol. 85 , ( 1 ) 38 - 50 .
Assary E, Pluess M ( 2017 ) . Differential susceptibility in minority children: Individual differences in environmental sensitivity . Handbook on Positive Development of Minority Children and Youth ,
Belsky J, Newman DA, Widaman KF, Rodkin P, Pluess M, Fraley RC, Berry D, Helm JL et al. ( 2016 ) . Differential susceptibility to effects of maternal sensitivity? A study of candidate plasticity genes-CORRIGENDUM . Dev Psychopathol vol. 28 , ( 4pt2 ) 1569 - 1570 .
Pluess M, Champagne FA ( 2016 ) . 40.0 Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity: Differential Susceptibility and the Role of Sensory-Processing Sensitivity . Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry . vol. 55 ,
Pluess M ( 2016 ) . 40.1 ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY IN CHILDREN: CONCEPT AND MEASUREMENT . Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry . vol. 55 ,
Mutschler I, Ball T, Kirmse U, Wieckhorst B, Pluess M, Klarhöfer M, Meyer AH, Wilhelm FH et al. ( 2016 ) . The Role of the Subgenual Anterior Cingulate Cortex and Amygdala in Environmental Sensitivity to Infant Crying . PLoS One vol. 11 , ( 8 ) e0161181 - e0161181 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2016 ) . Differential Susceptibility to Environmental Influences . Developmental Psychopathology ,
Bouvette-Turcot AA, Pluess M, Bernier A, Pennestri MH, Levitan R, Sokolowski MB, Kennedy JL, Minde K et al. ( 2015 ) . Effects of genotype and sleep on temperament . Pediatrics vol. 136 , ( 4 ) e914 - e921 .
Pluess M ( 2015 ) . Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity . Child Development Perspectives vol. 9 , ( 3 ) 138 - 143 .
Belsky J, Newman DA, Widaman KF, Rodkin P, Pluess M, Fraley RC, Berry D, Helm JL et al. ( 2015 ) . Differential susceptibility to effects of maternal sensitivity? A study of candidate plasticity genes . Dev Psychopathol vol. 27 , ( 3 ) 725 - 746 .
Pluess M, Boniwell I ( 2015 ) . Sensory-Processing Sensitivity predicts treatment response to a school-based depression prevention program: Evidence of Vantage Sensitivity . Personality and Individual Differences vol. 82 , 40 - 45 .
Power RA, Pluess M ( 2015 ) . Heritability estimates of the Big Five personality traits based on common genetic variants . Translational Psychiatry vol. 5 , ( 7 )
Jaekel J, Pluess M, Belsky J, Wolke D ( 2015 ) . Effects of maternal sensitivity on low birth weight children's academic achievement: A test of differential susceptibility versus diathesis stress . Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines vol. 56 , ( 6 ) 693 - 701 .
Jaekel J, Pluess M, Belsky J, Wolke D ( 2015 ) . Effects of maternal sensitivity on low birth weight children's academic achievement: a test of differential susceptibility versus diathesis stress . J Child Psychol Psychiatry vol. 56 , ( 6 ) 693 - 701 .
Szyf M, Pluess M ( 2015 ) . Epigenetics and well-being: optimal adaptation to the environment . Genetics of Psychological Well-Being ,
Pluess M, Meaney MJ ( 2015 ) . Genes, environment, and psychological well-being . Genetics of Psychological Well-Being ,
Pluess M ( 2015 ) . Genetics of psychological well-being: current state and future directions . Genetics of Psychological Well-Being ,
Pluess M, Belsky J ( 2015 ) . Vantage sensitivity: genetic susceptibility to effects of positive experiences . Genetics of Psychological Well-Being ,
Pluess M, Bartley M ( 2015 ) . Childhood conscientiousness predicts the social gradient of smoking in adulthood: a life course analysis . J Epidemiol Community Health vol. 69 , ( 4 ) 330 - 338 .
Belsky J, Newman DA, Widaman KF, Rodkin P, Pluess M, Fraley RC, Berry D, Helm JL et al. ( 2015 ) . Differential susceptibility to effects of maternal sensitivity? A study of candidate plasticity genes . Development and Psychopathology vol. 27 , ( 3 ) 725 - 746 .
Pluess M ( 2015 ) . Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity . Child Development Perspectives
Lionetti F, Pluess M, Barone L ( 2014 ) . Vulnerability, resilience or differential susceptibility? Comparing models on individual-environment interaction . Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo vol. 18 , ( 2 ) 163 - 182 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2013 ) . Beyond risk, resilience, and dysregulation: Phenotypic plasticity and human development . Development and Psychopathology vol. 25 , ( 4 PART 2 ) 1243 - 1261 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2013 ) . Beyond risk, resilience, and dysregulation: phenotypic plasticity and human development . Dev Psychopathol vol. 25 , ( 4 Pt 2 ) 1243 - 1261 .
Belsky J, Pluess M, Widaman KF ( 2013 ) . Confirmatory and competitive evaluation of alternative gene-environment interaction hypotheses . J Child Psychol Psychiatry vol. 54 , ( 10 ) 1135 - 1143 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2013 ) . Genetic moderation of early child-care effects on social functioning across childhood: a developmental analysis . Child Dev vol. 84 , ( 4 ) 1209 - 1225 .
Pluess M, Belsky J ( 2013 ) . Vantage sensitivity: individual differences in response to positive experiences . Psychol Bull vol. 139 , ( 4 ) 901 - 916 .
Widaman KF, Helm JL, Castro-Schilo L, Pluess M, Stallings MC, Belsky J ( 2012 ) . Distinguishing ordinal and disordinal interactions . Psychol Methods vol. 17 , ( 4 ) 615 - 622 .
Pluess M, Wurmser H, Buske-Kirschbaum A, Papousek M, Pirke K-M, Hellhammer D, Bolten M ( 2012 ) . Positive life events predict salivary cortisol in pregnant women . Psychoneuroendocrinology vol. 37 , ( 8 ) 1336 - 1340 .
Pluess M, Belsky J ( 2012 ) . Conceptual issues in psychiatric gene-environment interaction research . Am J Psychiatry vol. 169 , ( 2 ) 222 - 223 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2012 ) . Differential susceptibility to long-term effects of quality of child care on externalizing behavior in adolescence? . International Journal of Behavioral Development vol. 36 , ( 1 ) 2 - 10 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2011 ) . Beyond adversity, vulnerability, and resilience: Individual differences in developmental plasticity . Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology: The Origins and Organization of Adaptation and Maladaptation ,
Pluess M, Velders FP, Belsky J, van IJzendoorn MH, Bakermans-Kranenburg MJ, Jaddoe VWV, Hofman A, Arp PP et al. ( 2011 ) . Serotonin transporter polymorphism moderates effects of prenatal maternal anxiety on infant negative emotionality . Biol Psychiatry vol. 69 , ( 6 ) 520 - 525 .
Pluess M, Belsky J ( 2011 ) . Prenatal programming of postnatal plasticity? . Dev Psychopathol vol. 23 , ( 1 ) 29 - 38 .
Pluess M, Belsky J ( 2011 ) . Differential susceptibility to maternal sensitivity . 95 - 106 .
Pluess M, Belsky J, Way BM, Taylor SE ( 2010 ) . 5-HTTLPR moderates effects of current life events on neuroticism: differential susceptibility to environmental influences . Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry vol. 34 , ( 6 ) 1070 - 1074 .
Pluess M, Belsky J ( 2010 ) . Differential susceptibility to parenting and quality child care . Dev Psychol vol. 46 , ( 2 ) 379 - 390 .
Pluess M, Bolten M, Pirke K-M, Hellhammer D ( 2010 ) . Maternal trait anxiety, emotional distress, and salivary cortisol in pregnancy . Biol Psychol vol. 83 , ( 3 ) 169 - 175 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2010 ) . Beyond adversity, vulnerability, and resilience: individual differences in developmental plasticity . Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology Series , vol. 36 ,
Pluess M, Belsky J ( 2010 ) . Children's differential susceptibility to effects of parenting . Family Science vol. 1 , ( 1 ) 14 - 25 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2009 ) . Beyond diathesis stress: differential susceptibility to environmental influences . Psychol Bull vol. 135 , ( 6 ) 885 - 908 .
Pluess M, Belsky J, Neuman RJ ( 2009 ) . Prenatal smoking and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: DRD4-7R as a plasticity gene . Biol Psychiatry vol. 66 , ( 4 ) e5 - e6 .
Belsky J, Jonassaint C, Pluess M, Stanton M, Brummett B, Williams R ( 2009 ) . Vulnerability genes or plasticity genes? . Mol Psychiatry vol. 14 , ( 8 ) 746 - 754 .
Pluess M, Belsky J ( 2009 ) . Differential susceptibility to rearing experience: the case of childcare . J Child Psychol Psychiatry vol. 50 , ( 4 ) 396 - 404 .
Pluess M, Conrad A, Wilhelm FH ( 2009 ) . Muscle tension in generalized anxiety disorder: a critical review of the literature . J Anxiety Disord vol. 23 , ( 1 ) 1 - 11 .
Belsky J, Pluess M ( 2009 ) . The Nature (and Nurture?) of Plasticity in Early Human Development . Perspectives on Psychological Science vol. 4 , ( 4 ) 345 - 351 .