The Avielle Foundation Luminary Award
Duke University Dr. Terrie Moffitt
Every year, TAF selects a pioneer in the field of violence or compassion research to honor with our Luminary Award. Our first, 2016, award went to the lab of Dr. Terrie Moffitt at Duke University. ‘Temi’ studies how genetic and environmental risks work together to shape the course of abnormal human behaviors and psychiatric disorders. Her particular interest is in antisocial and criminal behavior, but she also studies depression, psychosis, and addiction. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, who completed her clinical hospital training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (1984). Dr. Moffitt is associate director of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which follows 1000 people born in 1972 in New Zealand. As of 2017, she has studied the cohort from birth to age 45. She also co-directs the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, which follows 1100 British families with twins born in 1994-1995. So far, she has studied the twins from birth to age 18. Temi has received countless other awards for her efforts and has authored nearly 300 impactful peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Moffitt credits the Avielle Foundation with funding her post doctoral research as well as supporting aspects of the well known Dunedin Longitudinal Study. This research has resulted in fascinating publications such as the results pictured above – click the image to learn more about the study.