Leah Richmond-Rakerd, Ph.D.
Leah received her A.B. in Community Health from Brown University. She subsequently attended the University of Missouri, where she received her M.A. in Psychology followed in 2017 by her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Psychological Statistics and Methods. Leah is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Moffitt-Caspi Team.
Leah’s research is focused on identifying the mechanisms underlying the onset, progression, and comorbidity of substance use disorders and other externalizing disorders. Through her work, Leah seeks to understand how genetic and environmental factors shape the developmental course of disinhibitory psychopathology and associated health risk behaviors. Leah’s research employs data from longitudinal and genetically informative cohort studies as well as large epidemiologic surveys of the general population.
When not working, Leah can be found reading, hiking, exploring Durham’s food scene, and tending to her growing collection of succulents.