Dr. Margit Wiesner has joined the department in 2005. Since 2009, she is also a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Drug and Social Policy Research (CDSPR) in the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.  She recently was co-investigator on a secondary data analysis grant awarded by the German National Science Foundation on developmental pathways of adolescent alcohol use (2006-2009). She is currently principal investigator, together with Dr. Hyoun K Kim from the Oregon Social Learning Center, of the funded project "Latino Youth and the Future (LYF): A Study of Health-Risking Behaviors". She also directs various smaller studies on adolescent victimization and violence exposure in public middle or high schools in the Greater Houston area. 

Her teaching interests include introduction to research methods in education, inference statistics, multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling, and longitudinal data analysis (e.g., latent growth mixture modeling, semi-parametric group-based modeling).


Research Interests

Her primary research interests include modeling of developmental trajectories of problem behavior (especially juvenile offending behavior, but also depressive symptoms, substance use, and other health-risking behaviors) and associated risk factors and outcomes, utilizing data from multi-wave longitudinal studies in the United States and Germany. Secondary topics of interest include early adult career pathways, psychosocial transitions during adolescence and young adulthood, and development of adolescents in times of social change (e.g., German Unification).


Späth, M., Weichold, K., Silbereisen, R.K., & Wiesner, M. (In Press). Examining the Differential Effectiveness of a Life-Skills Program (IPSY) on Alcohol Use Trajectories in Early Adolescence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.    

Wiesner, M., Capaldi, D.M., & Kim, H.K. (2010). Arrests, Recent Life Circumstances, and Recurrent Job Loss for At-Risk Young Men: An Event-History Analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 344-354.    

Capaldi, D.M., & Wiesner, M. (2009). A dynamic developmental systems approach to understanding offending in early adulthood. In J. Savage (Ed.), The Development of Persistent Criminality (pp. 374-388). New York: Oxford University Press.    

Wiesner, M., Capaldi, D.M., & Kim, H.K. (2007). Arrest trajectories across a 17-year span for young men: Relation to dual taxonomies and self-reported offense trajectories. Criminology, 45, 835-863.    

Wiesner, M., Weichold, K., & Silbereisen, R.K. (2007). Trajectories of alcohol use among adolescent boys and girls: Identification, validation, and sociodemographic characteristics. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors,i 21, 62-75.    

Wiesner, M., & Kim, H.K. (2006). Co-occurring delinquency and depressive symptoms of adolescent boys and girls: A dual trajectory modeling approach. Developmental Psychology, 42, 1220-1235.    

Wiesner, M., Kim, H.K., & Capaldi, D.M. (2005). Developmental Trajectories of Offending: Validation and Prediction to Young Adult Alcohol Use, Drug Use, and Depressive Symptoms. Development and Psychopathology, 17, 251-270.    

Wiesner, M., & Windle, M. (2004). Assessing Covariates of Adolescent Delinquency Trajectories: A Latent Growth Mixture Modeling Approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 33, 431-442.    

Windle, M., & Wiesner, M. (2004). Trajectories of marijuana use from adolescence to young adulthood: Predictors and outcomes. Development and Psychopathology, 16, 1007-1027.    

Wiesner, M. (2003). A Longitudinal Latent Variable Analysis of Reciprocal Relations Between Depressive Symptoms and Delinquency During Adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 633-645.    

Wiesner, M., Vondracek, F.W., Capaldi, D.M., & Porfeli, E. (2003). Childhood and adolescent predictors of early adult career pathways. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 63, 305-328.    

Wiesner, M., & Capaldi, D.M. (2003). Relations of childhood and adolescent factors to offending trajectories of young men. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 40, 231-262.    

Wiesner, M., Capaldi, D.M., & Patterson, G.R. (2003). Development of antisocial behavior and crime across the life-span from a social interactional perspective: The coercion model. In R.L. Akers & G.F. Jensen (Eds.), Social learning theory and the explanation of crime: A guide for the new century (Advances in Criminological Theory, Volume 11, pp. 317-337). Piscataway, NJ: Transaction.    

Silbereisen, R.K., & Wiesner, M. (2002). Lessons from research on the consequences of German unification: Continuity and discontinuity of self-efficacy and the timing of psychosocial transitions. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 51, 291-317.    

Wiesner, M., Bittner, I., Silbereisen, R.K. & Reitzle, M. (2000). Risikoindikatoren für depressive Symptome in der frühen Adoleszenz: Überprüfung eines Mediationsmodells [Risk indicators for depressive symptoms in early adolescence: Test of a mediational model]. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 29, 204-213.    

Wiesner, M. & Silbereisen, R.K. (1999). Delinquentes Verhalten in Ost und West: Jahreshäufigkeit, Schweregrad und Verlaufsmuster [Delinquent behavior in East and West Germany: Annual frequency, seriousness and trajectories]. In R.K. Silbereisen & J. Zinnecker (Ed.), Entwicklung im sozialen Wandel (pp. 251-269). Weinheim: PVU.