• Terrie E. Moffitt

  • Knut Schmidt Nielsen Professor
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Phone: (919) 684-5831
  • Fax: 919-684-5912
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    Ute Wittmann Pair
    Avshalom Caspi
    Honalee Harrington
    Renate Houts
    Karen Sugden
    Benjamin Williams
  • Specialties

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Summary

    developmental psychopathology, behavioral genetics, mental health epidemiology
  • Education

      • PhD, Clinical Psychology,
      • University of Southern California,
      • 1984
      • Postdoctoral Fellowship,
      • Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA Medical School,
      • 1984
      • MA, Experimental Animal Behavior,
      • University of Southern California,
      • 1981
      • BA, Psychology,
      • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
      • 1977
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development,
      • Jacobs Foundation,
      • December, 2010
      • NARSAD Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Childhood Psychiatric Disorders,
      • NARSAD,
      • November, 2010
      • Fellowship of King's College London,
      • King's College London,
      • 2010
      • Lady Davis Fellowship,
      • Hebrew University, Jerusalem,
      • 2010
      • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science,
      • December, 2009
      • Klaus Grawe Memorial Prize,
      • German Sociaety of Psychology,
      • May, 2009
      • Distiguished Scientific Contribution Award,
      • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD),
      • December, 2008
      • Rema Lapouse Award,
      • American Public Health Association,
      • December, 2008
      • The Stockholm Prize in Criminology,
      • 2007
      • Thorsten Sellin Fellow,
      • American Academy of Political & Social Science,
      • 2007
      • Division 53 of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Research Contributions Award,
      • 2006
      • Elected to Academia Europaea,
      • 2005
      • Fellow of the American Psychopathological Association,
      • 2005
      • ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Psychiatry/Psychology,
      • 2005
      • Who’s Who in the UK,
      • 2005
      • Fellow of the British Academy,
      • 2004
      • Eleanor Maccoby Book Award,
      • American Psychological Association,
      • 2003
      • Fellow of the American Society of Criminology,
      • 2003
      • Named among the 50 people most influencing Britain’s health,
      • The (London) Times,
      • 2003
      • John P. Hill Memorial Award,
      • Society for Research in Adolescence,
      • 2002
      • Wolfson Research Merit Award,
      • Royal Society,
      • 2002
      • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences,
      • 1999
      • Kellett Mid-Career Award,
      • University of Wisconsin,
      • 1997
      • Vilas Associate Award,
      • University of Wisconsin,
      • 1994
      • Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology,
      • American Psychological Association,
      • 1993
      • H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellow Award,
      • University of Wisconsin,
      • 1992
      • New Investigator Award,
      • National Institute of Mental Health,
      • 1984
      • Graduate Research Fellow,
      • U.S. Department of Justice,
      • 1982
  • Selected Publications

      • Arseneault L, Cannon M, Fisher HL, Polanczyk G, Moffitt TE, Caspi A.
      • 2011.
      • Childhood trauma and children's emerging psychotic symptoms: a genetically sensitive longitudinal cohort study.
      • American Journal of Psychiatry
      • 168:
      • 65-72
      • .
      • Belsky, D., Caspi, A, Arseneault, L, Bliedorn, W, Fonagy, P, Goodman, M, Houts, R, Moffitt, TE..
      • 2012.
      • Etiological features of Borderline Personality-related characteristics in a birth cohort of 12-year-old children.
      • Development and Psychopathology
      • 24:
      • 251-265
      • .
      • Bowes, L., Maughan, B., Ball, H., Shakoor, S., Ouellet-Morin, I., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T.E., & Arseneault, L..
      • 2013.
      • Chronic bullying victimization across school transitions: The role of genetic and environmental influences.
      • Development and Psychopathology
      • 25:
      • 333-346
      • .
      Publication Description

      We investigated the antecedents and consequences of chronic victimization by bullies across a school transition using a genetically sensitive longitudinal design. Data were from the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study (E-Risk), an epidemiological cohort of 2,232 children. We used mothers' and children's reports of bullying victimization during primary school and early secondary school. Children who experienced frequent victimization at both time points were classed as "chronic victims" and were found to have an increased risk for mental health problems and academic difficulties compared to children who were bullied only in primary school, children bullied for the first time in secondary school, and never-bullied children. Biometric analyses revealed that stability in victimization over this period was influenced primarily by genetic and shared environmental factors. Regression analyses showed that children's early characteristics such as preexistent adjustment difficulties and IQ predicted chronic versus transitory victimization. Family risk factors for chronic victimization included socioeconomic disadvantage, low maternal warmth, and maltreatment. Our results suggest that bullying intervention programs should consider the role of the victims' behaviors and family background in increasing vulnerability to chronic victimization. Our study highlights the importance of widening antibullying interventions to include families to reduce the likelihood of children entering a pathway toward chronic victimization.

      • Danese, A., Caspi, A, Williams, B, Ambler, A, Sugden, K, Mika J, Werts, H, Freeman, J, Pariante, C, Moffitt TE, and Arseneault, L..
      • 2011.
      • Biological embedding of stress through inflammation processes in childhood.
      • Molecular Psychiatry
      • 16:
      • 244-246
      • .
      • Fontaine, NMG, McCrory, E, Boivin, M., Moffitt, TE, Viding, E,.
      • 2011.
      • Predictors and outcomes of joint trajectories of callous-unemotional traits and conduct problems in childhood.
      • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
      • 120:
      • 730-742
      • .
      • Gregory, A., Moffitt, TE, Ambler, A, Houts, R., Arseneault, L., Caspi, A..
      • 2012.
      • Maternal insomnia and children’s socialization environments.
      • Sleep
      • 35:
      • 579-582
      • .
      • Grisham, JR, Fullana, MA, Mataix-Cols, D, Moffitt, TE, Caspi, A, Poulton, R..
      • 2011.
      • Childhood risk factors associated with adult obsessive-compulsive symptoms and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
      • Psychological Medicine
      • .
      • Lynam, DR, & T.E. Moffitt.
      • 2011.
      • The stability of psychopathy across adolescence.
      • Development and psychopathology
      • 21:
      • 1133-1153
      • .
      • Moffitt, TE, Arseneault, L, Belsky, D, Dickson, N, Hancox, RJ, Harrington, HL, Houts, R, Poulton, R, Roberts, B, Ross, S., Sears, M, Thomson, M, and Caspi, A..
      • 2011.
      • A gradient of childhood self-control predicts health, wealth, and public safety.
      • Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, PNAS
      • 108:
      • 2693-2698
      • .
      • Ouellet-Morin, I., Danese, A., Bowes, L., Shakoor, S., Ambler, A., Pariante, C., Papadopoulos, A., Caspi, A Moffitt, T.E., & Arseneault, L..
      • 2011.
      • A discordant MZ twin design shows blunted cortisol reactivity among bullied children.
      • Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
      • 50:
      • 574-582
      • .
      • Ouellet-Morin, I, Odgers, CL, Danese, A, Bowes, L, Shakoor, S, Papadopoulos, AS, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, & Arseneault, L.
      • 2011.
      • Blunted cortisol responses to stress signal social and behavioral problems among maltreated/bullied 12 year-old children.
      • Biological Psychiatry
      • 70:
      • 1016-1023
      • .
      • Shakoor, S., Jaffee, S.R., Bowes, L., Ouellet-Morin, I., Andreou, P, Happe, F., Moffitt, T.E., & Arseneault, L..
      • 2012.
      • A prospective longitudinal study of children's theory of mind and adolescent involvement in bullying.
      • J of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
      • 53:
      • 254-261
      • .
      • Shakoor, S., Jaffee, S., Andreou, P., Bowes, L., Ambler, A.P., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T.E., & Arseneault, L..
      • 2011.
      • Mothers and children as informants of bullying victimisation: Results from an epidemiological cohort of children.
      • Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
      • 39:
      • 379-387
      • .
      • Shearer, DM, Thomson, WM, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, Poulton R..
      • 2011.
      • Family history and oral health: findings from the Dunedin Family History Study.
      • Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
      • .
      • Shearer, DM, Thomson, WM, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, Poulton R..
      • 2011.
      • Intergenerational continuity in periodontal health: findings from the Dunedin Family History Study.
      • Journal of Clinical Periodontology
      • 38:
      • 301-309
      • .
      • Slutske, W, Moffitt, TE, Poulton, R, and Caspi, A..
      • 2012.
      • Under-controlled child temperament predicts adult problem gambling.
      • Psychological Science
      • 23:
      • 510-516
      • .
      • Thomson, WM, Caspi, A , Poulton, R, Moffitt, TE, & Broadbent, J..
      • 2011.
      • Personality and oral health.
      • European Journal of Oral Sciences
      • 119:
      • 366-372
      • .
      • Uher, R, Caspi, A, Houts, R, Sugden, K, Williams, B, Poulton, R, Moffitt, TE.
      • 2011.
      • Serotonin transporter gene moderates childhood maltreatment’s effects on persistent but not single-episode depression: Replications and implications for resolving inconsistent results.
      • J of Affective Disorders
      • On-line publication
      • .
      • Zimmermann, P, Brückl, T, Nocon, A, Heck, A, Pfister, H, Binder, E, Uhr, M, Lieb, R, Moffitt, TE, Caspi, A, Holsboer, F, Ising, M..
      • 2011.
      • Interaction of FKBP5 gene variants and adverse life events in predicting Depression onset: Results from a Ten-Year Prospective Community Study.
      • American J of Psychiatry
      • 168:
      • 1107-1116
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Daniel Belsky
      • 2012 - present
    • Salomon Israel
      • 2012 - present
    • Sidra Goldman-Mellor
      • 2012 - present
    • Michael Pluess
      • 2012 - present
    • Argyris Stringaris
      • 2011 - present
    • Helen Fisher
      • 2011 - present
    • Idan Shalev
      • 2011 - present
    • Madeline Meier
      • 2010 - 2012
    • Guilherme Polanczyk
      • 2008 - 2010
      • University of Sao Paolo
    • Karen Sugden
      • 2011
    • Maria Melchior
      • 2006 - 2007
      • Senior Researcher, INSERM France.
    • Alice Gregory
      • 2005 - 2006
      • Lecturer, Goldsmith’s College, University of London.
    • Candice Odgers
      • 2005 - 2007
      • Assistant Professor, University of California at Irvine. 2007 American Psychological Assn. Law and Psychology Early Career Award.
    • Kali Trzesniewski
      • 2003 - 2005
      • Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario.
    • Jon Mill
      • 2003 - 2004
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto, Lecturer Institute of Psychiatry, UK.
    • Julia Kim-Cohen
      • 2002 - 2005
      • Assistant Professor, Yale University.
    • Sara Jaffee
      • 2001 - 2003
      • Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
    • Louise Arseneault
      • 1998 - 2001
      • Senior Lecturer Institute of Psychiatry, UK and Senior Research Fellow, Canadian Institute of Health Research.
    • Richard Miech
      • 1997
      • Associate Professor of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
    • Brad E. Wright
      • 1996 - 1998
      • Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut.
    • Lynn Magdol
      • 1995 - 1996
      • Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY, Buffalo. (not tenured)
    • Denise Newman
      • 1995 - 1996
      • Associate Professor of Psychology, Tulane University.
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