Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-684-5831

2020 West Main Street
Suite 201
Box 104410

Email: terrie DOT moffitt AT duke DOT edu

Knut Schmidt Nielsen Professor

Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy

Psychology & Neuroscience, Arts & Sciences

DIBS Faculty, Member, DIBS Executive Board

Research Description

Natural history of mental disorders from child to adulthood; Gene - environment interplay in psychopathology; antisocial behavior; domestic violence; neuropsychological assessment; intelligence; longitudinal methods; measurement of abnormal behavior.


Ph.D., University of Southern California, Clinical Psychology, 1984

M.A., University of Southern California, Experimental Animal Behavior, 1981

B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Major: Psychology, 1977

Recent Publications

Danese, A, Moffitt, TE, Pariente, C., Poulton, R, and Caspi, A. (2008). Elevated inflammation levels in depressed adults with a history of childhood maltreatment. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65, 409-416.

Caspi, A., Williams, B., Kim-Cohen, J., Craig, I. W., Milne, B.J., Poulton, R., Schalkwyk, L. C., Taylor, A., Werts, H., & Moffitt, T. E. (2007). Nature, nurture, and the IQ: Genetic variation in fatty acid metabolism moderates the association between breastfeeding and children’s cognitive development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, 18860-18865.

Caspi, A., & Moffitt, T.E. (2006). Gene-environment interaction research, joining forces with neuroscience. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 7, 583-590.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Gene-environment interplay in mental disorders
  • Cognitive ability assessment
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology