Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

The University of Minnesota is a performance site for the 21-site ABCD Consortium (, which has enrolled nearly 12,000 families. Together with Professor Bill Iacono who co-directs the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family ResearchMonica Luciana oversees the University of Minnesota’s ABCD performance site, which is following singletons and twins, ages 9-10. Selected Publications:

Iacono, W.G., Heath, A.C., Hewitt, J., Neale, M., Banich, M., Luciana, M., Barch, D. (2018). The utility of twins in developmental clinical neuroscience research: How twins strengthen the ABCD research design. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 30-42.

Luciana, M., Bjork, J.M., Nagel, B., Barch, D.M., Gonzalez, R., Nixon, S.J., Banich, M.T. (2018). Adolescent neurocognitive development and impacts of substance use: Overview of the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) baseline neurocognition battery. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 67-79.

Ewing, SF, Bjork, J.M., Luciana, M. (2018). Implications of the ABCD study for developmental neuroscience. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 32, 161-164.

Thompson,W., Barch, D., Bjork, J.M., Gonzalez, R., Nagel, B., Nixon, S.J., Luciana, M. (2018). The structure of cognition in 9-10 year-old children and associations with problem behaviors: Findings from the ABCD study’s baseline neurocognitive battery. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.  

Thijssen, S., Collins, PF, Luciana, M. (2019). Pubertal development mediates the association between family environment and brain development in childhood. Development and Psychopathology. Published on-line July 1, 2019: 

Hagler, D. et al. (over 100 authors). (2019) Image processing and analysis methods for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. Neuroimage. 116091. 

Sripada, C., Rutherford, S., Angstadt, A., Thompson, WK, Luciana, M., Weigard, A., Hyde, L., Heitzeg, M. (2019). Prediction of neurocognitive profiles in youth from resting state fMRI. Molecular Psychiatry.