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Professor Sir Michael Rutter CBE FRS FRCP FRCPsych

Professor Sir Michael Rutter CBE FRS FRCP FRCPsych

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Emeritus Professor of Developmental Psychopathology

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Sir Michael Rutter is Emeritus Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. He trained in medicine at the University of Birmingham, England, with post-graduate training in neurology, paediatrics, and psychiatry in the UK, 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 medication of risk in relation to normal and abnormal psychological development.

Sir Michael retired in 2021 after 55 years at the Institute, receiving an Emeritus Professor title.

He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honours and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987. He has been 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; the latter written in conjunction with Marjorie Rutter.

Recent publications:

Do natural experiments have an important future in the study of mental disorders? May 2019

A new look at the supposed risks of early institutional rearing January 2018

HPA axis dysregulation in adult adoptees twenty years after severe institutional deprivation in childhood December 2017

Adult disinhibited social engagement in adoptees exposed to extreme institutional deprivation: examination of its clinical status and functional impact November 2017

Child-to-adult neurodevelopmental and mental health trajectories after early life deprivation: the young adult follow-up of the longitudinal English and Romanian Adoptees study April 2017

Neurodevelopmental disorders April 2017

Smoking in Pregnancy and Child ADHD February 2017

Why is the topic of the biological embedding of experiences important for translation? November 2016

Severe psychosocial deprivation in early childhood is associated with hyper-methylation across a region spanning the transcription start-site of CYP2E1 7 June 2016

Early severe institutional deprivation is associated with a persistent variant of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: clinical presentation, developmental continuities and life circumstances in the English and Romanian Adoptees study 6 June 2016

Heritability of autism spectrum disorders: a meta-analysis of twin studies 27 December 2015

The risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children exposed to maternal smoking during pregnancy - a re-examination using a sibling design 28 October 2015

Annual Research Review: Threats to the validity of child psychiatry and psychology 19 September 2015

Vulnerability and resilience after early institutional care: The Greek Metera study August 2015

Psychological consequences of early global deprivation: An overview of findings from the English and Romanian Adoptees Study 30 June 2015

Attachment relationships of adolescents who spent their infancy in residential group care: The Greek Metera study 10 Apr 2015

Some of the complexities involved in gene-environment interplay 8 April 2015

Age of onset and the subclassification of conduct/dissocial disorder 31 October 2014

Outcomes in adult life among siblings of individuals with autism 5 September 2014

The cognitive development and school achievement of adopted adolescents: The Greek Metera study 7 Jul 2014