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S. Mason Garrison

Graduate Student
Research Area: Quantitative Methods

Kinship Modeling; Individual Differences

My name is Mason Garrison. I am a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and Quantitative Methods graduate student at Vanderbilt UniversityPeabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. My advisor is Prof. Joe Rodgers. My research focuses on modeling kinship structure, such as married partners or siblings. I am particularly interested in developing kinship models to explore the relationship amoung personality, intelligence, and health.

Representative Publications


3. Garrison, S. M. & Rodgers, J. L. (2016). Casting doubt on the causal link between intelligence and age at fi rst intercourse: A cross-generational sibling comparison design using the NLSY. Intelligence, 59, 139-156. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2016.08.008

2. Rodgers, J. L., Beasley, W. H., Bard, D. E., Meredith, K. M., Hunter, M., Johnson, A. B., Buster, M., Li, C., May, K. O., Garrison, S. M., Miller, W. M., van den Oord, E., & Rowe, D. C. (2016). The NLSY kinship links: Using the NLSY79 and NLSY-Children data to conduct genetically-informed and family-oriented research. Behavior Genetics. doi:10.1007/s10519-016-9785-3

1. Jackson, J. J., Connolly, J. J., Garrison, S. M., Leveille, M. M., & Connolly, S. L. (2015). Your friends know how long you will live: A 75-year study of peer-rated personality traits. Psychological Science, 26(3), 335-340. doi:10.1177/0956797614561800



3. Garrison, S. M. & Rodgers, J. L. (in press). Decomposing the Causes of the SES-Health Gradient with Biometrical Modeling. [Abstract] Multivariate Behavioral Research.

2. Beasley, W., Rodgers, J. L., Bard, D., Hunter, M., Garrison, S. M., & Meredith, K. (2015). NlsyLinks: Utilities and kinship information for research with the NLSY R package

1. Garrison, S. M. (2013). Domestic dissatis ction or dissatisfaction?: Gender di erences in a multilevel model of marital satisfaction using prenuptial marital expectations after 20 years. [Abstract] Washington University Senior Honors Thesis Abstracts. 5, 166


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ($138,000) 2015- 2020

SMEP Student Travel Award ($1,500) 2016

SMEP Workshop Travel Award ($2,000) 2014; 2016

UBC Quinn Exchange Fellowship (C$3,000) 2015

SPSP Diversity Fund Graduate Travel Award 2015

SPSP Graduate Travel Award (Declined) 2015

Peabody Dean’s Fellowship ($10,000) 2013; 2015

Tennessee Psychological Association, 3rd Place Undergraduate Poster Competition 2014

ICPSR Jerome M. Clubb Scholarship ($4,000) 2014

Peabody Dean’s Summer Scholarship ($5,334) 2013; 2014

Vanderbilt Graduate Honor Fellowship ($50,000) 2013 - 2018

Robert Hogan Family Foundation Travel Grant ($1,200) 2013

Hayek Fund for Future Scholars 2013

WUStL Latin Honors 2013

Sigma Xi Science Honors Society 2013