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Behavior Genetics; Cognition and Intelligence; Personality; Positive Psychology

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Auckland
Psychometric and Electrophysiological Markers of Schizotypal Personality


My work addresses cognitive and non-cognitive individual differences using behavior and molecular genetic approaches. Recent research includes positive psychology (the genetics of Hedonic and Eudaimonic wellbeing); Language and reasoning (the genetics of dyslexia and language impairment, memory, laterality, intelligence), and social behavior genetics: Using genetics to understand individual differences on social traits such as politics and group behavior.

Research Interests

Genetics, Cognitive epidemiology, Aging, Personality, Dyslexia, Language impairment

Research Groups


Highlighted research outputs

  1. OpenMx 2.0: Extended Structural Equation and Statistical Modeling

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Grit: Distinguishing effortful persistence from conscientiousness

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Childhood Socioeconomic Status Amplifies Genetic Effects on Adult Intelligence

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. The long reach of the gene

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. What influences when and how well we reason? Testing accounts of the ability to reason well

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Editorial Board Member, Personality Neuroscience

    Activity: Awards and AccoladesAppointment

  3. British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

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Research projects

  1. Alcohol, Depression: Understanding the Cocktail

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

  2. Challenge Investment Fund

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

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