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.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Moul teaches the social cognition stream of the School of Psychology's Developmental Psychology course.

Current research students

Project title Research student
The role of extinction learning processes in emotional development. Lindsay KEMP

Themes

Developmental; Cognition; Clinical

Selected grants

2018

  • What are the cognitive endophenotypes of empathy? (DVCR-830); Moul C; DVC Research/Other.

2017

  • Mapping the specific pathways to early-onset mental health disorders; Dadds M, Eapen V, Frick P, Kimonis E, Hawes D, Moul C, Mehta D; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Is´┐Żpsychopathy associated with generic changes in learning?; Moul C; Faculty of Science/Seed Funding.
  • The emotional and cognitive substrates of anxiety resistance; Moul C; School of Psychology/Visiting International Collaborator Scheme.

2016

  • Child development Lab and Subject Database; Goldwater M, Moul C, Hawes D, Livesey E; School of Psychology/Top-Slice funding under RIBG.
  • The role of serotonin 1B in instrumental learning; Moul C, Corbit L; University of Sydney/Research Infrastructure Block Grant.
  • 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; Dadds M, Lenroot R, Moul C, Kimonis E, Hawes D, Frick P, Anderson V; The Movember Group/Australian Mental Health Award.
  • 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; The Movember Group/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., Collins, D., Doyle, F., Tully, L., Hawes, D., Lenroot, R., Anderson, V., Frick, P., Moul, C., Kimonis, E. (2018). A benchmarking study of father involvement in Australian child mental health services. PloS One, 13(8), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Kimonis, E., Schollar-Root, O., Moul, C., Hawes, D. (2018). Are impairments in emotion recognition a core feature of callous-unemotional traits? Testing the primary versus secondary variants model in children. Development and Psychopathology, 30(1), 67-77. [More Information]
  • Lee Cheong Lem, A., Moul, C., Harris, J., Livesey, E. (2018). Associations or repetitions: Testing the basis of the Perruchet effect in voluntary response speed. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44(12), 1971-1985. [More Information]
  • Jiang, Y., Tully, L., Burn, M., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Moul, C., Frick, P., Hawes, D., Kimonis, E., Lenroot, R., Dadds, M., et al (2018). Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Father Engagement Questionnaire. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(11), 3457-3467. [More Information]
  • Lechowicz, M., Jiang, Y., Tully, L., Burn, M., Collins, D., Hawes, D., Lenroot, R., Anderson, V., Doyle, F., Piotrowska, P., Moul, C., Dadds, M., et al (2018). Enhancing Father Engagement in Parenting Programs: Translating Research into Practice Recommendations. Australian Psychologist. [More Information]
  • Burn, M., Tully, L., Jiang, Y., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Sargeant, K., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Frick, P., Dadds, M., et al (2018). Evaluating Practitioner Training to Improve Competencies and Organizational Practices for Engaging Fathers in Parenting Interventions. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. [More Information]
  • Tully, L., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Kimonis, E., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2018). Evaluation of 'The Father Effect' Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of, and Participation in, an Online Father-Inclusive Parenting Program. Health Communication. [More Information]
  • Tully, L., Collins, D., Piotrowska, P., Mairet, K., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Kimonis, E., Dadds, M. (2018). Examining Practitioner Competencies, Organizational Support and Barriers to Engaging Fathers in Parenting Interventions. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49(1), 109-122. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Sicouri (Easter), G., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Kimonis, E., Tully, L. (2018). Keeping Parents Involved: Predicting Attrition in a Self-Directed, Online Program for Childhood Conduct Problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2018). Mapping the developmental pathways of child conduct problems through the neurobiology of empathy. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 91, 34-50. [More Information]
  • Sawrikar, V., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Dadds, M. (2018). The role of parental attributions in predicting parenting intervention outcomes in the treatment of child conduct problems. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 111, 64-71. [More Information]
  • Sicouri (Easter), G., Tully, L., Collins, D., Burn, M., Sargeant, K., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Hawes, D., Kimonis, E., Moul, C., Dadds, M., et al (2018). Toward Father-friendly Parenting Interventions: A Qualitative Study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 39(2), 218-231. [More Information]
  • Sawrikar, V., Mendoza Diaz, A., Moul, C., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2018). Why is this Happening? A Brief Measure of Parental Attributions Assessing Parents' Intentionality, Permanence, and Dispositional Attributions of Their Child with Conduct Problems. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. [More Information]
  • Kloft, L., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Sultan, S., Dadds, M. (2017). Family Drawings before and after Treatment for Child Conduct Problems: Fluidity of Family Dysfunction. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(12), 3476-3489. [More Information]
  • Piotrowska, P., Tully, L., Lenroot, R., Kimonis, E., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Dadds, M. (2017). Mothers, Fathers, and Parental Systems: A Conceptual Model of Parental Engagement in Programmes for Child Mental Health-Connect, Attend, Participate, Enact (CAPE). Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20(2), 146-161. [More Information]
  • Tully, L., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Mairet, K., Black, N., Kimonis, E., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Frick, P., Dadds, M., et al (2017). Optimising child outcomes from parenting interventions: fathers' experiences, preferences and barriers to participation. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Nickerson, A. (2017). Psychopathic personality traits as a protective factor against the development of intrusive memories. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 8(1), 2-12. [More Information]
  • Tully, L., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Mairet, K., Hawes, D., Kimonis, E., Lenroot, R., Moul, C., Anderson, V., Frick, P., Dadds, M. (2017). Study protocol: evaluation of an online, father-inclusive, universal parenting intervention to reduce child externalising behaviours and improve parenting practices. BMC Psychology, 5(1), 1-11. [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, 25(10), 1081-1089. [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, 47(4), 647-656. [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 v. 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).

2018

  • Dadds, M., Collins, D., Doyle, F., Tully, L., Hawes, D., Lenroot, R., Anderson, V., Frick, P., Moul, C., Kimonis, E. (2018). A benchmarking study of father involvement in Australian child mental health services. PloS One, 13(8), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Kimonis, E., Schollar-Root, O., Moul, C., Hawes, D. (2018). Are impairments in emotion recognition a core feature of callous-unemotional traits? Testing the primary versus secondary variants model in children. Development and Psychopathology, 30(1), 67-77. [More Information]
  • Lee Cheong Lem, A., Moul, C., Harris, J., Livesey, E. (2018). Associations or repetitions: Testing the basis of the Perruchet effect in voluntary response speed. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44(12), 1971-1985. [More Information]
  • Jiang, Y., Tully, L., Burn, M., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Moul, C., Frick, P., Hawes, D., Kimonis, E., Lenroot, R., Dadds, M., et al (2018). Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Father Engagement Questionnaire. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(11), 3457-3467. [More Information]
  • Lechowicz, M., Jiang, Y., Tully, L., Burn, M., Collins, D., Hawes, D., Lenroot, R., Anderson, V., Doyle, F., Piotrowska, P., Moul, C., Dadds, M., et al (2018). Enhancing Father Engagement in Parenting Programs: Translating Research into Practice Recommendations. Australian Psychologist. [More Information]
  • Burn, M., Tully, L., Jiang, Y., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Sargeant, K., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Frick, P., Dadds, M., et al (2018). Evaluating Practitioner Training to Improve Competencies and Organizational Practices for Engaging Fathers in Parenting Interventions. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. [More Information]
  • Tully, L., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Kimonis, E., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2018). Evaluation of 'The Father Effect' Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of, and Participation in, an Online Father-Inclusive Parenting Program. Health Communication. [More Information]
  • Tully, L., Collins, D., Piotrowska, P., Mairet, K., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Kimonis, E., Dadds, M. (2018). Examining Practitioner Competencies, Organizational Support and Barriers to Engaging Fathers in Parenting Interventions. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49(1), 109-122. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Sicouri (Easter), G., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Kimonis, E., Tully, L. (2018). Keeping Parents Involved: Predicting Attrition in a Self-Directed, Online Program for Childhood Conduct Problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2018). Mapping the developmental pathways of child conduct problems through the neurobiology of empathy. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 91, 34-50. [More Information]
  • Sawrikar, V., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Dadds, M. (2018). The role of parental attributions in predicting parenting intervention outcomes in the treatment of child conduct problems. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 111, 64-71. [More Information]
  • Sicouri (Easter), G., Tully, L., Collins, D., Burn, M., Sargeant, K., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Hawes, D., Kimonis, E., Moul, C., Dadds, M., et al (2018). Toward Father-friendly Parenting Interventions: A Qualitative Study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 39(2), 218-231. [More Information]
  • Sawrikar, V., Mendoza Diaz, A., Moul, C., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2018). Why is this Happening? A Brief Measure of Parental Attributions Assessing Parents' Intentionality, Permanence, and Dispositional Attributions of Their Child with Conduct Problems. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. [More Information]

2017

  • Kloft, L., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Sultan, S., Dadds, M. (2017). Family Drawings before and after Treatment for Child Conduct Problems: Fluidity of Family Dysfunction. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(12), 3476-3489. [More Information]
  • Piotrowska, P., Tully, L., Lenroot, R., Kimonis, E., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Frick, P., Anderson, V., Dadds, M. (2017). Mothers, Fathers, and Parental Systems: A Conceptual Model of Parental Engagement in Programmes for Child Mental Health-Connect, Attend, Participate, Enact (CAPE). Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20(2), 146-161. [More Information]
  • Tully, L., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Mairet, K., Black, N., Kimonis, E., Hawes, D., Moul, C., Lenroot, R., Frick, P., Dadds, M., et al (2017). Optimising child outcomes from parenting interventions: fathers' experiences, preferences and barriers to participation. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Nickerson, A. (2017). Psychopathic personality traits as a protective factor against the development of intrusive memories. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 8(1), 2-12. [More Information]
  • Tully, L., Piotrowska, P., Collins, D., Mairet, K., Hawes, D., Kimonis, E., Lenroot, R., Moul, C., Anderson, V., Frick, P., Dadds, M. (2017). Study protocol: evaluation of an online, father-inclusive, universal parenting intervention to reduce child externalising behaviours and improve parenting practices. BMC Psychology, 5(1), 1-11. [More Information]

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, 25(10), 1081-1089. [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, 47(4), 647-656. [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 v. psychopathy. British Journal of Psychiatry, 200(3), 191-196. [More Information]

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