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Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD Biography

Professor of Social Behavior and Development in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry of King's College London
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Trustee, Nuffield Foundation, 2010-present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2008-present
  • Knut Schmidt Nielsen Professor, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience;
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University, 2007-present

  • Fellow, Academia Europaea, 2005-present
  • Fellow, British Academy, 2004-present
  • Fellow, American Society of Criminology, 2003-present
  • Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences, 1999-present
  • Professor, Social Behaviour and Development, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, 1997-present
  • Associate Director, Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit, Dunedin School of Medicine (New Zealand), 1991-present
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995-2007
  • Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995-2007
  • Steering Committee, National Science Foundation’s National Consortium on Violence Research, 2001-2003, 1995-1998
  • Scientific Director/Core Group Member, Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, Harvard School of Public Health, Chicago, Illinois, 1990-1995
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Personality Assessment and Research, University of California at Berkeley, 1991
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Leiden (Netherlands), 1986
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1984
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California (USC), 1984
  • MA, Experimental Animal Behavior, USC, 1981
  • BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), 1977
  • Recipient of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize, 2010
  • Recipient of the Joy and William Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research, 2010
  • Recipient of the Lady Davis Fellowship from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010
  • Recipient of the Klaus-Grawe Prize from the Klaus-Grawe-Foundation for Advancement of Psychotherapy Research, German Psychological Society, 2009
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the International Society for Behavioural Development, 2008
  • Recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, 2007
  • Recipient of the Royal Society-Wolfson Merit Award, 2002-2007
  • Recipient of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Distinguished Career Award in Clinical Child Psychology, 2006
  • Recipient of the APA’s Early Career Contribution Award, 1993
  • Recipient of the New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, 1984
  • Director of the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, which “follows 1100 British families with twins born in 1994-1995”
  • Associate Director of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which “follows 1,000 people born in 1972 in New Zealand”
  • Dr. Moffitt is a member of the working party to draft diagnostic criteria for disruptive disorders and ADHD for the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, forthcoming from the APA in 2012.
  • Dr. Moffitt’s work on the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study in New Zealand has identified patterns of intimate as well as stranger crime, including discoveries about the role of females as initiators of violence.