Caspi and Moffit at work


Psychology Professors Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi are known internationally for their human development research – spanning from birth to death. Their work centers on two cohort studies – the Dunedin Longitudinal Study and the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study – and involves other data sets around the world.

Our Research

Our research is focused on improving knowledge about how to prevent problems of adult mental and physical health, by uncovering when such problems first emerge in life, and why. Along with our two primary, on-going studies, we concentrate our research on the following topics and tools: Genes & Environment, Antisocial Behavior, Aging, Childhood Adversity & Adult Health, Mental Health, Cannabis, Neuroimaging, Geocoding, and Statistical Code.

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stacked journals

We publish empirical articles/studies and theoretical essays in a variety of leading journals.

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Newsworthy Photos!

Moffitt, Caspi with stack of books and Baby Oscar

Avshalom Caspi, Terrie Moffitt and Baby Oscar celebrate the release of "The Origins of You" 

Invented 2022
We took part as an inventor team in the Invented at Duke event last night. It was great fun!
Research Team in front of Grey House

The research team together at Grey House, Duke University, together again in-person for new collaborations.

Away from the Lab

Along with our research, our family farm is our passion. The Macon Farm is located in the North Carolina Piedmont and is the historic homeplace of Dr. Moffitt’s maternal grandparents. The farm is a popular location for those interested in history and fun excursions. We also feature a variety of homegrown, unique pieces of art.

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