Dr Caroline Moul

A19 - Griffith Taylor Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Dr. Moul completed her undergraduate honours degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 2005. She then worked in research at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. In 2009, Dr. Moul moved to Australia to undertake a PhD in Psychology at the University of New South Wales. She then worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales until joining the University of Sydney in 2015.

Research interests

Dr Moul’s primary area of interest is in the biological mechanisms and cognitive processes underlying the development of personality traits that can be maladaptive; such as callous-unemotional traits and anxiety. Her research addresses questions such as;

  • Can specific deficits in associative learning and attention lead to the development of different personality traits?
  • Are psychopathy and anxiety two sides of the same coin in terms of cognitive functions?
  • How do we get from the genotype to the phenotype of psychopathy?
  • How can our understanding of these personality traits help develop more effective treatments for their common comorbidities such as Conduct Disorder?

Dr. Moul is also interested in childhood obesity; how it develops, the role of genetics and epigenetics in its aetiology and the consequences of childhood obesity for future well-being.

Selected grants

2016

  • The role of the serotonin 1B receptor in the association between psychopathy and post-traumatic stress disorder; Moul C; Faculty of Science/Seed Funding.

2015

  • Like Father Like Son: A National Approach to Violence, Antisocial Behaviour and the Mental Health of Men and Boys; Lenroot R, Anderson V, Kimonis E, Moul C, Dadds M, Frick P; Movember/Australian Mental Health Award.

2014

  • Two sides of the same coin: utilising evidence from psychopathy research to improve our understanding of the genetic and behavioural bases of anxiety disorders; Moul C; Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation/Research Grant.
  • Second-order conditioning in psychopathy; Moul C; University of New South Wales/Early Career Research Grant.

2013

  • An Evidence-based Intervention for Mental Health Disorders in Rural Children; Dadds M, Hawes D, Brennan J, Moul C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Projects.
  • Explaining the resistance to trauma-induced stress in primary psychopathy; Moul C, Nickerson A; University of New South Wales/Early Career Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Moul, C., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2015). The Moral Brain: Psychopathology. In Jean Decety, Thalia Wheatley (Eds.), The Moral Brain: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, (pp. 253-264). Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Journals

  • Dadds, M., Schollar‑Root, O., Lenroot, R., Moul, C., Hawes, D. (2016). Epigenetic regulation of the DRD4 gene and dimensions of attention‑deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in press. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Schollar‑Root, O., Lenroot, R., Moul, C., Hawes, D. (2016). Epigenetic regulation of the DRD4 gene and dimensions of attention‑deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in press. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Gale, N., Godbee, M., Moul, C., Pasalich, D., Fink, E., Hawes, D. (2016). Expression and Regulation of Attachment-Related Emotions in Children with Conduct Problems and Callous–Unemotional Traits. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, In press. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2015). Differentiating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Overlapping Psychopathology with a Brief Version of the Social Responsiveness Scale. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 46, 108-117. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Hawes, D., Mendoza Diaz, A., Brennan, J. (2015). Individual Differences in Childhood Behavior Disorders Associated With Epigenetic Modulation of the Cortisol Receptor Gene. Child Development, 86(5), 1311-1320. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Dobson-Stone, C., Brennan, J., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2015). Serotonin 1B Receptor Gene (HTR1B) Methylation as a Risk Factor for Callous-Unemotional Traits in Antisocial Boys. PloS One, 10(5), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Luppino, D., Moul, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2014). Association between a polymorphism of the vasopressin 1B receptor gene and aggression in children. Psychiatric Genetics, 24(5), 185-190. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Ebstein, R. (2014). Methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene and oxytocin blood levels in the development of psychopathy. Development and Psychopathology, 26(1), 33-40. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Urwin, R., Ebstein, R. (2014). Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene are associated with the development of psychopathy. Development and Psychopathology, 26(1), 21-31. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Dobson-Stone, C., Brennan, J., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2013). An Exploration of the Serotonin System in Antisocial Boys with High Levels of Callous-Unemotional Traits. PloS One, 8(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Levy, F., Wimalaweera, S., Moul, C., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2013). Dopamine receptors and the pharmacogenetics of side-effects of stimulant treatment for ADHD. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 23(6), 423-425. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Dadds, M. (2013). Learning-style Bias and the Development of Psychopathy. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27(1), 85-98. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2013). Replication of a ROBO2 polymorphism associated with conduct problems but not psychopathic tendencies in children. Psychiatric Genetics, 23(6), 251-254. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Killcross, S., Dadds, M. (2012). A Model of Differential Amygdala Activation in Psychopathy. Psychological Review, 119(4), 789-806. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Allen, J., Oliver, B., Faulkner, N., Legge, K., Moul, C., Woolgar, M., Scott, S. (2012). Love, eye contact, and the developmental origins of empathy versus psychopathy. British Journal of Psychiatry, 200(3), 191-196. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Broderick, J., Davies, S., Ramsden, R., Moul, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2015). Preliminary Findings in Developing an E-health Intervention for Child Conduct Problems. 13th National Rural Health Conference, Deakin, ACT: National Rural Health Alliance.
  • Moul, C. (2013). CU traits, learning-style and the development of parent-child attachment. The Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy 5th Biennale Meeting, Washington, DC: The Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP).

2016

  • Dadds, M., Schollar‑Root, O., Lenroot, R., Moul, C., Hawes, D. (2016). Epigenetic regulation of the DRD4 gene and dimensions of attention‑deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in press. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Schollar‑Root, O., Lenroot, R., Moul, C., Hawes, D. (2016). Epigenetic regulation of the DRD4 gene and dimensions of attention‑deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in press. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Gale, N., Godbee, M., Moul, C., Pasalich, D., Fink, E., Hawes, D. (2016). Expression and Regulation of Attachment-Related Emotions in Children with Conduct Problems and Callous–Unemotional Traits. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, In press. [More Information]

2015

  • Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2015). Differentiating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Overlapping Psychopathology with a Brief Version of the Social Responsiveness Scale. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 46, 108-117. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Hawes, D., Mendoza Diaz, A., Brennan, J. (2015). Individual Differences in Childhood Behavior Disorders Associated With Epigenetic Modulation of the Cortisol Receptor Gene. Child Development, 86(5), 1311-1320. [More Information]
  • Broderick, J., Davies, S., Ramsden, R., Moul, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2015). Preliminary Findings in Developing an E-health Intervention for Child Conduct Problems. 13th National Rural Health Conference, Deakin, ACT: National Rural Health Alliance.
  • Moul, C., Dobson-Stone, C., Brennan, J., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2015). Serotonin 1B Receptor Gene (HTR1B) Methylation as a Risk Factor for Callous-Unemotional Traits in Antisocial Boys. PloS One, 10(5), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2015). The Moral Brain: Psychopathology. In Jean Decety, Thalia Wheatley (Eds.), The Moral Brain: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, (pp. 253-264). Cambridge: The MIT Press.

2014

  • Luppino, D., Moul, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2014). Association between a polymorphism of the vasopressin 1B receptor gene and aggression in children. Psychiatric Genetics, 24(5), 185-190. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Ebstein, R. (2014). Methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene and oxytocin blood levels in the development of psychopathy. Development and Psychopathology, 26(1), 33-40. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Urwin, R., Ebstein, R. (2014). Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene are associated with the development of psychopathy. Development and Psychopathology, 26(1), 21-31. [More Information]

2013

  • Moul, C., Dobson-Stone, C., Brennan, J., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2013). An Exploration of the Serotonin System in Antisocial Boys with High Levels of Callous-Unemotional Traits. PloS One, 8(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Moul, C. (2013). CU traits, learning-style and the development of parent-child attachment. The Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy 5th Biennale Meeting, Washington, DC: The Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP).
  • Levy, F., Wimalaweera, S., Moul, C., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2013). Dopamine receptors and the pharmacogenetics of side-effects of stimulant treatment for ADHD. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 23(6), 423-425. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Dadds, M. (2013). Learning-style Bias and the Development of Psychopathy. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27(1), 85-98. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2013). Replication of a ROBO2 polymorphism associated with conduct problems but not psychopathic tendencies in children. Psychiatric Genetics, 23(6), 251-254. [More Information]

2012

  • Moul, C., Killcross, S., Dadds, M. (2012). A Model of Differential Amygdala Activation in Psychopathy. Psychological Review, 119(4), 789-806. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Allen, J., Oliver, B., Faulkner, N., Legge, K., Moul, C., Woolgar, M., Scott, S. (2012). Love, eye contact, and the developmental origins of empathy versus psychopathy. British Journal of Psychiatry, 200(3), 191-196. [More Information]

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