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Professor Richie Poulton

Director, Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit
Co-Director, National Centre for Lifecourse Research

Professor Richie PoultonProfessor Richie Poulton is Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit, which conducts the Dunedin longitudinal study—one of the most detailed studies of human health and development ever undertaken.

A multidisciplinary, longitudinal study of 1,037 babies born in Dunedin during 1972–73, the Study members have been followed up since birth, at age 3; then every 2 years to age 15; and at ages 18, 21, 26, 32, and 38.

Recent assessments have included a broad range of studies in the psychosocial, behavioural medicine and biomedical research areas.

Richie Poulton has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers, with many appearing in leading international journals. His research interests are:

  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Gene-environment prediction of complex disorders
  • Psychosocial determinants of chronic physical disease

The Dunedin Study website has further information on Richie Poulton and the Study itself.

Selected publications

Caspi, A., Langley, K., Milne, B.J., Moffitt, T. E., O'Donovan, M., Owen, M.J., Polo-Tomas, M., Poulton, R., Rutter, M., Taylor, A., Williams, B. S., Thapar, A. (2008). A replicated molecular genetic basis for subtyping antisocial behavior in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry. 65: 203-210.

Danese, A., Moffitt, T. E., Pariante, C.M., Poulton, R., Caspi, A. (2008). Elevated inflammation levels in depressed adults with a history of childhood maltreatment. Archives of General Psychiatry. 65: 409-415.

Poulton, R., Andrews, G., Millichamp, J. (2008). Gene-environment interaction and the anxiety disorders. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 258: 65-68.

Robertson, S.P., Poulton, R. (2008). Longitudinal studies to detect gene x environment interactions in common disease - Bang for your buck? Social Science and Medicine. 67: 666-672.

Van Os, J., Rutten, B.P.F., Poulton, R. (2008). Gene-environment interactions: A review of epidemiological findings and future directions. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 34: 1066-1082.

Caspi, A., Williams, B. S., Kim-Cohen, J., Craig, I. , Milne, B.J., Poulton, R., Schalkwyk, L.C., Taylor, A. , Werts, H., Moffitt, T. E. (2007). Moderation of breastfeeding effects on cognitive development by genetic variation in fatty acid metabolism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. jason: 18860-18865.