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Avshalom Caspi grew up in Israel and received his professional education in the United States (Ph.D; Cornell University). His research spans the fields of psychology, epidemiology, and genetics. His current work is concerned with three broad questions.
(1) How do childhood experiences shape the course of health inequalities across the life span?
(2) How do genetic differences between people shape the way they respond to their environments?
(3) What are the best ways to assess and measure personality differences between people?
For his research on human development and mental health, Dr. Caspi has received awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Adolescence, the American Public Health Association, and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, as well as the Mortimer D. Sackler MD Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Developmental Psychobiology, the NARSAD Ruane Prize for Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research, and the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development. He has served on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, and is involved in international teaching and training initiatives in developmental psychopathology. Dr. Caspi works at Duke University in the USA, at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London in the UK, and at the Dunedin School of Medicine, in New Zealand.