Psi Chi SEPA Distinguished Lecturer
The Brain Basis to Crime: Ethical and Legal Implications
Adrian Raine, D.Phil.
University of Pennsylvania
Adrian Raine, D.Phil., is the Richard Perry Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, and also chair of the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. Following two years as an airline accountant with British Airways, he received his bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology from Oxford University in 1977 and his D.Phil. in psychology from York University, England, in 1982. After spending four year in two top-security prisons in England, where he worked as a prison psychologist, he was appointed as lecturer in behavioral sciences in the Department of Psychiatry, Nottingham University in 1984. In 1986, he became director of the Mauritius Child Health Project, a longitudinal study of child mental health that today constitutes one of his key research projects. He emigrated from England to the United States in 1987 to take up a position as assistant professor in psychology at the University of Southern California. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1990 and to full professor of psychology in 1994. In 1999, he was the recipient of an endowed chair, the Robert G. Wright Professorship of Psychology, at USC. He has published 5 books and 271 journal articles and book chapters and has been the principal investigator on 17 extramural research grants and main mentor on 11 NIH pre- and postdoctoral awards. He has given 252 invited presentations in 25 countries. For the past 34 years, Dr. Raine’s interdisciplinary research has focused on the biosocial bases of antisocial and violent behavior in both children and adults and prevention implications. His research interests include neurocriminology, nutritional interventions to prevent child behavior problems, white-collar crime, neuroethics, neurolaw, alcoholism, schizotypal personality, positive psychology, brain imaging, psychophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropsychology, environmental toxins, and behavioral and molecular genetics.