Terrie Moffitt


Terrie Moffitt 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 so far. She also co-directs the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, which follows 1100 British families with twins born in 1994-1995. She has studied the twins from birth to age 18 so far. For her research, Dr. Moffitt has received the American Psychological Association's Early Career Contribution Award (1993) and Distinguished Career Award in Clinical Child Psychology (2006). Dr. Moffitt was also awarded a Royal Society-Wolfson Merit Award (2002-2007), the Klaus-Grawe Prize (2009), and was a recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology (2007), NARSAD Ruane Prize (2010), and Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize (2010). She is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999), the American Society of Criminology (2003), the British Academy (2004), Academia Europaea (2005), and the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2008). She is a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. She has been appointed Faculty Fellow with Duke's Alumni Office (2015).

Dr. Moffitt works at Duke University in the USA, at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London in the UK, and at the University of Otago, Department of Psychology, in New Zealand.


Post Doc 1984 University of California - Los Angeles; Behavioral Neuroscience
Ph.D. 1984 University of Southern California; Clinical Psychology
M.A. 1981 University of Southern California; Experimental Animal Behavior
B.A. 1977 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Major: Psychology
Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University
Box 104410
2020 West Main Street Suite 201
Durham, NC 27708
Tel. +1.919.684.5831
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Professor of Social Behaviour and Development, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre
P010 SGDP Centre
Institute of Psychiatry
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London 8E5 8AF
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Associate Director, Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit
163 Union Street
University of Otago
New Zealand
Tel. +64.3 479.8508
Fax +64.3.479.5487