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UK Fellow, Psychology, elected in 2005

Professor Robert Plomin FBA

Behavioural genetics, Developmental and educational psychology
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About this Fellow

Professor Robert Plomin's research focuses on learning abilities and disabilities using quantitative and molecular genetic techniques. He directs one of the world's premier twin studies, the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS), which has followed over 10,000 twin pairs since birth in 1994-1996 to the present day. Professor Plomin has an 'h-index' of 93 based on more than 800 papers; he has also published a dozen books, including the major textbook in the field of behavioural genetics. He has received lifetime achievement awards from five scientific associations.

Website: http://teds.ac.uk

Appointments

Current post

  • Deputy Director of Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, and MRC Research Professor

Past Appointments

  • Asistant Professor to Professor, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Other Foreign Institutions, 1974 - 1986
  • Professor, Centre for Development and Health Genetics, Penn State University, 1986 - 1994
  • MRC Research Professor & Deputy Director, Institute of Psychiatry, 1994
  • Deputy Director of Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, and MRC Research Professor, King's College London University of London, 1994
  • Deputy Director of Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College, London, and MRC Research Professor, King's College London University of London, 1994

Publications

Top 10 replicated findings from behavioral genetics Perspectives on Psychological Science 2016

G is for genes: The impact of genetics on education and achievement. John Wiley & Sons 2013

Behavioral genetics (7th edition) in press

Phenome-wide analysis of genome-wide polygenic scores. Molecular Psychiatry 2015

Genetics and intelligence differences: Five special findings Molecular Psychiatry 2015

Other Psychology Fellows

Professor Chris Brewin

Clinical psychology; phenomenology, diagnosis, neural basis, & treatment of depression & post-traumatic stress disorder; psychological care following major incidents

Professor Nick Chater

The cognitive and social foundations of rationality & language; general principles of cognition; philosophical, economic & policy implications of cognitive science.

Professor Bencie Woll

Sign language as a model to understand human language generally: neuroimaging studies of commonalities in processing spoken & signed languages; the influence of modality of communication on language structure; sociolinguistics of Deaf communities.

Professor Timothy Shallice

The development of information-processing and connectionist models of cognitive processes, particularly of executive functions, memory, knowledge, reading and writing and their application to understanding the cognitive consequences of brain damage