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Professor Richie Poulton
University of Otago
Director, Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Research Unit; Professor, Department of Psychology
Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Research Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Otago, PO Box 913
03 479 8507

Director of the Dunedin longitudinal study (DMHDS), one of the most detailed studies of human health and development ever undertaken; Professor, Department of Psychology; Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) which I established in 2007. I am also the recently appointed Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Social Development, a part-time role I perform in addition to my other roles.

I have published 200+ peer-reviewed scientific papers, with many appearing in leading international journals, and maintain numerous international research collaborations.

In 2014, I was named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters (one of only four New Zealanders so designated) and was listed in 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thomson-Reuters.

Major areas of interest and research are developmental psychopathology, gene X environment prediction of complex disorders, and psychosocial determinants of chronic physical disease. I also have a strong interest in promoting the uptake of evidence for policy and practice.