The Dunedin Study, a detailed study of human health, development and behavior, was founded by Dr Phil A. Silva and began at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. The Dunedin Study has followed the lives of 1037 babies born between 1 April 1972 and 31 March 1973 at Queen Mary Maternity Hospital, Dunedin, New Zealand, since their birth. The Study is now in its fifth decade and has produced over 1200 publications and reports, many of which have influenced or helped inform policy makers in New Zealand and overseas.
The Research Unit has been based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago since 2015. Teams of national and international collaborators work on the Dunedin Study, including a team led by Professors Terrie Moffitt (Associate Director) and Avshalom Caspi at Duke University, USA and Kings College London, UK.