Playing Maternal Deprivation - Professor Sir Michael Rutter
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Professor Sir Michael Rutter is professor of developmental psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London. He was consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital from 1966 to 1998, and professor of child psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry from 1973 to 1998. He set up the Medical Research Council Child Psychiatry Research Unit in 1984 and the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre ten years later, being honorary director of both until October 1998.
His research has included the genetics of autism, study of both school and environmental influences on children's behavior; he also has a special interest in the interplay between genetic and psychosocial risk factors. He has led a major study into the effect of early severe deprivation on Romanian orphans adopted into Britain; this is now entering a third phase in which the subjects are followed up at age 15. He has published nearly forty books and over four hundred chapters and journal articles. He was deputy chairman of the Wellcome Trust from 1999 to 2004.