Leah Richmond-Rakerd, Ph.D.

Leah Richmond-Rakerd, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate


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 self-regulation difficulties across the life course. Through her work, Leah seeks to understand how genetic and environmental factors shape the developmental course of disinhibitory psychopathology and other health-risk behaviors, including self-harm and suicide. Leah’s research employs data from longitudinal and genetically-informative cohort studies, as well as large population-based government registers.

When not working, Leah can be found reading, hiking, exploring Durham’s food scene, and tending to her growing collection of succulents.