Prof Gordon Harold

Professor Gordon Harold 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. 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 Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. His primary research interests focus on examining the impact of early rearing adversities (e.g. inter-parental conflict, negative parenting, parent psychopathology) on child and adolescent mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, conduct problems), the interplay between genetic factors, pre-natal, post-natal rearing experiences and children’s mental health, and translating research-led recommendations to practice and policy contexts. He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a 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.