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Professor Robert Plomin  BA PhD
Research Professor

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Institute of Psychiatry
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De Crespigny Park
United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

location MRC, SGDP Centre
departmentsSocial, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (IRG)
Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (MRC)
alsoTwins Early Development Study (TEDS)


Robert Plomin is Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. After receiving a PhD in behavioural genetics from the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin (1970-1974), Plomin’s first position (1974) was at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he became professor in 1982. After a year at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto (1984-85), he moved to the Pennsylvania State University to create with Gerald McClearn an interdisciplinary research centre called the Center for Developmental and Health Genetics. In 1994, he came to the Institute of Psychiatry as MRC Research Professor to establish with Professor Michael Rutter the SGDP Centre. The theme of the Centre and of his research is bringing together genetic and environmental research strategies to study behavioural development. In 1994, Plomin launched the Twins Early Development Study (TEDs), a study of all twins born in England during 1994-96, which focuses on developmental problems in cognition and behaviour. During the past decade his research has increasingly turned towards harnessing the power of molecular genetics, especially genome-wide association strategies, to identify genes for psychological traits in order to help understand the developmental interplay between genes and environment. Plomin has published more than 700 papers and is senior author of the major textbook in the field (’Behavioral Genetics,’ Worth Publishers, 6th edition, 2014) as well as author of a dozen other books including ’Genetics and Experience: The Interplay Between Nature and Nurture’ (Sage Publications, 1994). He is an international leader in behavioural genetics and was the youngest President of the Behavior Genetics Association. His awards include: Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001); Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences (2002); Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science (2005); Fellow, British Academy (2005); and lifetime research achievement awards from the Behavior Genetics Association (2002), Society for Research in Child Development (2005), and American Psychological Society (2005). During the past 10 years, he has supervised a highly international group of 28 PhD and postdoctoral students.

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Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry » Masters (MSc)


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last updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014