Professor Sir Michael Rutter



Michael Rutter is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.  He trained in medicine at the University of Birmingham, England, with post-graduate training in neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry in the United Kingdom, and then training in child development at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.  He was Director of the Medical Research Council Child Psychiatry Research Unit and also the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre in London.  His research interests span a wide field, but with a particular focus on the developmental interplay between nature and nurture and on the use of natural experiments to test causal hypotheses about genetic and environmental mediation of risk in relation to normal and abnormal psychological development.  He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honours and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987.  He was President of the Society for Research in Child Development and the International Society for Research into Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.  His books include Maternal Deprivation Reassessed and Developing Minds: Challenges and Continuity Across the Lifespan.

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