Dr. Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D.

Director, Science Advisory Board

Dr. Terrie E. Moffitt studies how genetic and environmental risks together shape the developmental  course of psychiatric disorders. Her particular interest is in antisocial, violent, and criminal behavior, but she also studies depression, psychosis, and substance abuse.  She is Knut Schmidt Nielsen professor at Duke University in the USA, and at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in the UK, as well as a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation.

Professor Moffitt co-directs the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which has followed 1000 people born in 1972 in New Zealand from birth to age 38.  She also co-directs the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, which has followed 1100 British families with twins born in 1994-1995 from birth to age 18.  For her research, she has received the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Contribution Award and Distinguished Career Award in Clinical Child Psychology, the Royal Society’s Wolfson Merit Award, the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the NARSAD Ruane Prize, and the Klaus J. Jacobs Prize. Dr. Moffitt is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the British Academy, the American Psychopathological Association, Academia Europaea, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Association for Psychological Science, and King’s College London.

She has served on investigative panels for institutions such as the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (ethics of behavioral genetic research) and the US National Academy of Sciences (research into firearms and violence).  Her favorite activities are camping and hiking trips in Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific, and working on her poison-ivy farm in North Carolina. To learn more, click here. Please go to WWW.MOFFITTCASPI.COM for more information.

Knut Schmidt Nielsen professor at Duke University and at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in the UK