Adrian Raine


Adrian Raine (born 27 January 1954)[1] is a British psychologist. He currently[2] holds the chair of Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology & Psychiatry in the Department of Criminology of the School of Arts and Sciences and in the Department of Psychiatry of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.[3][4] He is noted for his research on the neurobiological and biosocial causes of antisocial and violent behavior in children and adults. He was the first scientist to use neuroimaging to study the brains of murderers.[5] His 2013 book The Anatomy of Violence won that year's Athenaeum Literary Award.[6]

Adrian Raine
Born (1954-01-27) 27 January 1954 (age 68)
EducationJesus College, Oxford
University of York
Known forNeurocriminology
Genetics of crime
Awards2013 Athenaeum Literary Award for his book The Anatomy of Violence
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania
ThesisSocialization, psychometrics, and psychophysiology (1982)
Doctoral advisorPeter Venables

Early life and educationEdit

Raine received his bachelor's degree in experimental psychology from Oxford University in 1977. He received his D.Phil. in psychology from the University of York in 1982.


Raine spent four years in two high-security prisons in England working as a prison psychologist.[5] He was appointed lecturer in Behavioural Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry at Nottingham University in 1984 and in 1986 became director of the Mauritius Child Health Project, a continuing longitudinal study of child mental health following a group of 1795 people form Mauritius from the age of three onward. Raine moved to the United States in 1987 to become assistant professor in psychology at the University of Southern California (USC). His motives in moving from Britain to the United States were twofold: first, he thought that American scientists were more open-minded regarding the potential role of genetics in crime than their British counterparts, and second, there were more murderers in the United States for him to study.[7] He was promoted to tenured associate professor there in 1990.[8] In 1999, he was given the endowed chair of Robert G. Wright Professor of Psychology at USC. In 2007, he made the move to serve as Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology & Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as the University's fourth Penn Integrates Knowledge professor.[9][10]

He frequently gives public lectures about his work, for example at events like TEDxVienna.

Awards and honorsEdit

Raine has received the Young Psychologist of the Year Award from the British Psychological Society (1980), a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (1993), an Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (1999), the Joseph Zubin Memorial Award (1999), and USC's Associate's Award for Creativity in Research (2003). He has been a fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology since 2007 and of the American Psychological Society since 2011.[1]


  • The Psychopathology of Crime (1993).[11]
  • The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime (2013).[12]
  • Psychopathy: An Introduction to Biological Findings and Their Implications (2014)


  1. ^ a b "Adrian Raine Curriculum Vitae". Docplayer. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Department of Criminology, Penn Arts & Sciences".
  3. ^ "Teaching Faculty Profiles:Adrian Raine". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Adrian Raine, Penn's 4th PIK Professor". University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b Raine, Adrian (May 2013). "Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior is Biological". Fresh Air (Interview). Interviewed by Terry Gross. National Public Radio WHYY. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  6. ^ "2013 Athenaeum Literary Award given to Adrian Raine". University of Pennsylvania Department of Criminology. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  7. ^ Adams, Tim (11 May 2013). "How to spot a murderer's brain". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Adrian Raine Bio". Positive Neuroscience. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  9. ^ Fischman, Josh (12 June 2011). "Can This Man Predict Whether Your Child Will Become a Criminal?". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  10. ^ Posey, Jacquie (12 January 2007). "Adrian Raine Is Named Fourth PIK Professor at Penn". Penn Today. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  11. ^ Raine, Adrian (1993). The Psychopathology of Crime: Criminal Behavior as a Clinical Disorder. ISBN 9780125761604.
  12. ^ Raine, Adrian (2013). The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime. ISBN 978-0307378842.

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