William Copeland, Ph.D

Professor William Copeland

I am a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, co-director of the Duke Center for Developmental Epidemiology and a faculty fellow at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. I was trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Vermont and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Duke University Medical Center. As part of a NIMH K23 award and a NARSAD early-career investigator award, I received supplemental training in psychiatric genetics and biomarker analysis. Since then, I have been the PI or Co-I on grants from NIMH, NIDA, NICHD and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation while publishing over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, with first-author publications in the JAMA: Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. These publications include work on the developmental patterns of early psychosocial experiences, biological embedding of early adversities, long-term physical and mental health outcomes of early experiences and genetic vulnerability to early adversity exposure.

The focus of my research program has always been on understanding how early psychosocial experiences and opportunities affect long-term functioning. My primary expertise is the long-term effects of childhood experiences on adult physical and mental health functioning. I also have expertise in epidemiologic methods, longitudinal data analyses, developmental psychopathology, and biological embedding of adverse experiences.

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