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Research Interests

 Antecedents of later life health and psychological well-being outcomes, lifespan psychological development, contributions of cognitive ability to later-life outcomes, structures and development of intelligence and personality, antecedents of and sex differences in academic achievement, statistical techniques for understanding development and gene-environment correlation and interaction, longitudinal data analysis and the methods of assessing genetic and envirnmental influences on population structures. In short, how we become who we are.

Research Groups

Differential Psychology

Developmental Psychology


1989 - Fellow of the United States’ Casualty Actuarial Society.

1999 -Master of Arts, Developmental Psychology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA USA

May 2005 - Doctor of Philosophy, Behavior Genetics and Individual Differences with Statistics Department minor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN USA


I teach Differential in Psychology 2, Fourth-Year Tutorials, and Individual Differences in Mental Health for the Clinical School's Conversion Course. With Zach Horne, I compiled a set of online Critical Thinking Exercises for Y3 students to substitute for the Mini-Disses not running in 21/22. Of course I also supervise Y4 and some MSc Dissertations. My Y34 Transition to Adulthood course is on the books but not running in 21/22.

Administrative Roles

Member of Scientific Advisory Board, TWIN LIFE: A genetically informative, longitudinal study of the life course and individual development. A project funded by the German Research Federation (€4.5 million) [2013-2016]

Search Committee Member University of Edinburgh [Aug 2013]

Convenor, University of Edinburgh Department of Psychology Ethics Committee [Jan-Jun 2013]

Convenor, University of Edinburgh Department of Psychology Athena Swan Team [2012-]

Search Committee Member, University of Edinburgh [Sept 2011]

Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee [2009 -2013]

 Treasurer and Executive Board Member, International Society for Intelligence Research [2007-2012]


Visiting and Research Positions

2010-present - Reader, Department of Psychology and Centre for Cognitive aging and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Minnesota

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005


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