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Prof Gordon Harold

Post:Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair in Psychology (Psychology)
Other posts:Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, (REF) (Vice-Chancellor's Office)
Location:PEVENSEY 1 2B4

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876652
International:+44 1273 876652

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Gordon holds the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair and is Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. He is also the inaugural Director of the Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice at the University. He received his PhD from Cardiff University in 1998, was appointed Lecturer in Psychology the same year and Professor of Psychology in 2008. He has held appointments as the Alexander McMillan Chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Professor of Quantitative Behaviour Genetics at the University of Leicester. He is an Associate Member of the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London, and at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University. His primary research interests focus on examining the impact of early rearing adversities (e.g. inter-parental conflict, negative parenting, parent mental health) on child and adolescent mental health outcomes (e.g. depression, anxiety, conduct problems), the interplay between genetic factors, pre-natal, post-natal rearing experiences and children’s mental health, utilising advanced statistical methods to examine longitudinal data/cohort longitudinal resources, informing and implementing research-led practice and policy recommendations focusing on early rearing influences on child and adolescent mental health outcomes. He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a Special Advisor and member of the Evidence Panel of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), and is Treasurer of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH). He is also a consultant and advisor to several government departments in the UK and internationally.


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Director, Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice