Dr William Coventry

Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Medicine and Health; School of Psychology

William Coventry

Phone: +61 2 6773 2846

Email: william.coventry@une.edu.au


B Ag Eco, University of Sydney; Grad Dip Soc Sci, University of New England;  1st class Honors in Arts (Psych major), University of Queensland;  Ph.D., University of New England

Teaching Areas

PSYC372/472 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics

Research Interests

Dr Coventry research is primarily in quantitative genetics: using twin and family studies to tease apart the influence of genes and the environment in explaining individual differences.  Much of this research is in education.  It includes research on the NAPLAN testing (i.e. school assessments of literacy and numeracy): assessing whether individual differences on these tests are genetic or environmental in origin.  This work has been funded by grants from the ARC.  Other research in education has considered various aspects of literacy in young children (i.e. prior to and during the early years of school) and their environmental correlates and interactions.


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Grasby KL, Coventry WL, Byrne B, & Olson RK. (2017). Little Evidence that Socioeconomic Status Modifies Heritability of Literacy and Numeracy in Australia. Child Development.

Wright, Clark GI, Rock AJ, Coventry WL (2017). Intolerance of Uncertainty Mediates the Relationship Between Adult Attachment and Worry. Personality and Individual Differences.

Gould KL, Coventry WL, Olson RK, and Byrne B. (2017). Gene-environment Interactions in ADHD: The Roles of SES and Chaos. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Clark GI, Rock AJ, McKeith CFA, Coventry WL. (2016). Cue-Reactive Rationality, Visual Imagery and Volitional Control Predict Cue-Reactive Urge to Gamble in Poker-Machine Gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies.

Grasby KL, Coventry WL, Byrne B, Olson RK, Medland S. (2016). Genetic and Environmental Influences on Literacy and Numeracy Performance in Australian School Children in Grades 3, 5, 7, and 9. Behavior Genetics.

Grasby K, Coventry WL, Olson RK. (2016). Longitudinal Stability and Growth in Literacy and Numeracy in Australian School Students. Behavior Genetics.

Rock AJ, Coventry WL, Morgan M, Loi N. (2016). Teaching Research Methods and Statistics in eLearning Environments: Pedagogy, Practical Examples and Possible Futures. Frontiers in Psychology.

Livingstone L, Coventry WL, Corley R, Samuelsson S, Olson R, Byrne B. (2016). Does the environment have an enduring effect on ADHD? A longitudinal study of monozygotic twin differences in children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Antón-Méndez I, Ellis EM, Coventry WL, Byrne B, van Daal VHP (2015). Markers of success: A study of twins' instructed second language acquisition, Learning and Individual Differences, (42), p44-52.

Coventry WL, & Dalgleish LI. (2014). Differences between the single-event and frequency formats of seasonal-climate-forecast probability. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.3993.

Fletcher JM, Marks ADG, Hine DW, Coventry WL. (2014) Heritability of Preferred Thinking Styles and a Genetic Link to Working Memory Capacity. Twin Research and Human Genetics.

Coventry WL, & Dalgleish LI. (2013). Farmers' accuracy interpreting seasonal climate forecast probability. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.3825.

Byrne B, Wadsworth S, Boehme K, Talk AC, Coventry WL, Olson RK, Samuelsson S, Corley R. (2013). Multivariate genetic analysis of learning and early reading development, Scientific Studies of Reading, 17(3), 224-242.

Coventry WL, Anton-Mendez I, Ellis E, Levisen C, Byrne B, & van Daal V, E. N. (2012). The etiology of individual differences in second language acquisition in Australian school students: A Behaviour-genetic Study. Language Learning, 62(3), 880-901.

Coventry WL, Byrne B, Olson RK, Corley R, & Samuelsson S. (2011). Dynamic and Static Assessment of Phonological Awareness in Preschool: A Behavior-Genetic Study. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44(4), 322-329.

Olson RK, Keenan JM, Byrne B, Samuelsson S, Coventry WL, Corley R, Wadsworth SJ, Willcutt EG, DeFries JC, Pennington BF, Huslander J. (2011). Genetic and Environmental Influences on Vocabulary and Reading Development from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4. Scientific Studies of Reading, 15(1), 26-46.

Coventry WL, James MR, Eaves LJ, Gillespie NA, Heath AC, Montgomery GW, Martin NG, & Wray NR. (2010). Do 5HTTLPR and stress interact in risk for depression and suicidality? Item response analyses of a large sample. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 153B(3), 757-65.

Ebejer JL, Coventry WL, Byrne B, Willcutt EG, Olson RK, & Corley R. (2010). Genetic and Environmental Influences on Inattention, Hyperactivity-Impulsivity, and Reading: Kindergarten to Grade 2. Scientific Studies of Reading, 14(4), 293-316.

Byrne B, Coventry WL, Olson RK, Wadsworth SJ, Samuelsson S, Petrill SA, Willcutt EG, & Corley R. (2010). "Teacher Effects" in Early Literacy Development:  Evidence from a Study of Twins. Journal of Educational Psychology, 102(1), 32-42.

Coventry WL, Medland SE, Wray NR, Thorsteinsson EB, Heath AC, & Byrne B. (2009). Phenotypic and discordant-monozygotic analyses of stress and perceived social support as antecedents to or sequelae of risk for depression. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 12(5), 469-488.

Coventry WL, Byrne B, Coleman M, Olson RK, Corley R, & Willcutt EG. (2009). Does classroom separation affect twins' reading ability in the early years of school? Twin Research and Human Genetics, 12(5), 455-461.

Wray NR, James MR, Gordon S, Coventry WL, Statham DB, Heath AC, Montgomery GW, & Martin NG. (2009). Novel, large scale genotyping of 5HTTLPR together with flanking SNPs in an association study of major depression, anxiety disorders, neuroticism, extraversion and harm avoidance. Biological Psychiatry, 66(5), 468-476.

Sullivan PF, de Geus EJC, Willemsen G, James MR, Smit JH, Zandbelt T, Arolt V, Baune BT, Blackwood D, Cichon S, Coventry WL, Domschke K, Farmer A, Fava M, Gordon SD, He Q, Heath AC, Heutink P, Holsboer F, Hoogendijk WJ, Hottenga JJ, Hu Y, Kohli M, Lin D, Lucae S, MacIntyre DJ, Maier W, McGhee KA, McGuffin P, Montgomery GW, Muir WJ, Nolen WA, Nothen MM, Perlis RH, Pirlo K, Posthuma D, Rietschel M, Rizzu P, Schosser A, Smit AB, Smoller JW, Tzeng J-Y, van Dyck R, Verhage M, Zitman FG, Martin NG, Wray NR, Boomsma DI, & Penninx BWJH. (2009). Genome-wide association for major depressive disorder: a possible role for the presynaptic protein piccolo. Molecular Psychiatry, 14(4), 359-375.

Byrne B, Coventry WL, Olson RK, Samuelsson S, Corley R, Willcutt EG, Wadsworth S, & DeFries JC. (2009). Genetic and environmental influences on aspects of literacy and language in early childhood: continuity and change from preschool to grade 2. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 22(3), 219-236.

Middeldorp CM, Sullivan PF, Wray NR, Hottenga J, de Geus EJC, van den Berg M, Montgomery GW, Coventry WL, Statham DJ, Andrews G, Slagboom PE, Boomsma DI, & Martin NG. (2008). Suggestive linkage on chromosome 2, 8 and 17 for lifetime major depression. American Journal of Medical Genetics: Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 150B(3), 352-358.

Wray NR, Coventry WL, James MR, Montgomery GW, Eaves LJ, & Martin NG. (2008). Use of monozygotic twins to investigate the relationship between 5HTTLPR genotype, depression and stressful life events: an application of Item Response Theory. In M. Rutter (Ed.), Genetic effects on environmental vulnerability to disease (pp. 48-67).Chichester: Wiley.

Byrne B, Coventry WL, Olson RK, Hulslander J, Samuelsson S, Wadsworth S, DeFries JC, Corley R, & Willcutt EG. (2007). A behavior-genetic analysis of orthographic learning, spelling, and decoding. Journal of Research in Reading, 31(1), 8-21.

Coventry WL. (2007). Perceived social support: its genetic and environmental etiology and association with depression. PhD thesis, University of New England, Armidale.

Coventry WL, & Keller MC. (2005). The extent of parameter bias in the Classical Twin Design: a comparison of parameter estimates from the Extended Twin-Family and Classical Twin Designs. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 8(3), 214-223.

Keller MC, & Coventry WL. (2005). Quantifying and addressing parameter indeterminacy in the Classical Twin Design. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 8(3), 201-213.

Keller MC, Coventry WL, Heath AC, & Martin NG. (2005). Widespread evidence for non-additive genetic variation in the Cloninger and Eysenck personality dimensions using a twin plus sibling design. Behavior Genetics, 35, 707-721.

McCrea R, Dalgleish LI, & Coventry WL. (2005). Encouraging use of seasonal climate forecasts by farmers. International Journal of Climatology, 25, 1127-1137.

Coventry WL, Gillespie NA, Heath AC, & Martin NG. (2004). Perceived social support in a large community sample: Age and sex differences. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 39(8), 625-636.