11th Matilda White Riley Honors: 2018

Terrie Moffit, Ph.D.

Distinguished Lecturer: Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University
Presentation: A Good Childhood Is a Smart Investment




Terrie Moffitt, Ph.D., 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 1,000 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 1,100 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 (2017). Dr. Moffitt also was awarded a Royal Society-Wolfson Merit Award (2002–2007) and 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, the American Society of Criminology, the British Academy, Academia Europaea, Association for Psychological Science, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Dr. Moffitt works at Duke University in the United States; at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in the United Kingdom; and in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

11th Matilda White Early Stage Investigator Paper Awardees

Diego García-Huidobro, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota
Squeezing observational data for better causal inference: Methods and examples for prevention research

Ruth T. Morin, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Do multiple health events reduce resilience when compared with single events?

Justin Parent, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Florida International University
Dynamic stress-related epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene promoter during early development: The role of child maltreatment

Bryan F. Singer, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Psychology
The Open University, UK
Are cocaine-seeking habits necessary for the development of addiction-like behavior in rats?