Professor Terrie Moffitt appointed Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation

30 September 2010

The Nuffield Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Terrie Moffitt to its Board of Trustees.  

Terrie Moffitt is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University in North Carolina and Professor of Social Behaviour and Development at the Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is also Associate Director of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which follows a cohort of 1,000 people born in 1972 in New Zealand, and directs the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, which follows 1,100 British families with twins born in 1994-1995.

Professor Moffitt’s work spans psychology, criminology, and public health and employs a range of methods including epidemiology, neuropsychology, and genetics. She has made important contributions to understanding the origins and consequences of severe anti-social behaviour, and has also studied young people’s depression, psychosis, and substance abuse.

In addition, she has made major contributions to the study of gene-environment interactions, particularly in relation to conduct disorder and depression. Her work has demonstrated the importance of the childhood origins of adult mental and physical health, demonstrating that as many as half of adults with a psychiatric disorder had a diagnosable disorder before the age of 15. 

Professor Moffitt said:

“As a researcher and a clinician, I believe good quality evidence is essential to improving policy and practice. The Nuffield Foundation shares these values and demonstrates its commitment to independent and rigorous evidence through its funding programmes. I am looking forward to contributing to the Foundation’s work through my role as Trustee.”

Professor Moffitt is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the British Academy, Academia Europaea and King's College London. Her work has earned her prestigious awards, including the American Psychological Association's (APA) Early Career Contribution Award (1993), the APA Distinguished Career Award in Clinical Child Psychology (2006) and the Stockholm Prize for Criminology (2007).

Professor Moffitt was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ Working Party on Genetics and Human Behaviour and the US National Academy of Sciences Committee to Improve Research Information and Data on Firearms and Violence.

She has been appointed by the Nuffield Foundation’s Board of Trustees and will serve an initial term of five years.


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Notes for editors

1. Trustees of the Nuffield Foundation

Professor David Rhind (Chair)
Andrew Dilnot
Dr Peter Doyle
Professor Lord Krebs
Professor Terrie Moffitt
Professor Genevra Richardson
Professor Sir David Watson

2. The Nuffield Foundation is one of the UK's best known charitable trusts, established in 1943 by William Morris (Lord Nuffield), the founder of Morris Motors. Our aim is to improve social well-being in the widest sense. We fund research and innovation in social policy and education, particularly in science, technology, engineering and maths. We also work to build capacity in education, science and social science research, primarily in the UK, but also in Europe and Africa. More information is available at