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Stephen Suomi Primatologist

Stephen Suomi’s laboratory at the National Institutes of Health has carried out, for several years, a broad program of research with rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) investigating biobehavioural development throughout the lifespan. Three general themes have characterized this work: first, the role of specific genetic and environmental factors (and their interactions) in shaping individual developmental trajectories; second, the issue of developmental continuity versus change and the relative stability of individual differences throughout development; and third, the degree to which research findings from monkeys studied in captivity generalize not only to monkeys living in the wild but also to humans living in different cultures.


Named Fellow of the American Psychological Society, 1990.

Elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association, 1976.

Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1974.

Relevant Publications

C.S. Barr et al, "Variation at the mu-opioid receptor gene (OPRM1) influences attachment behavior in infant primates," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, vol. 105, no. 13, pp. 5277-81, 2008.



Senior Fellow Child & Brain Development


National Institutes of HealthComparative Behavioral Genetics


PhD (Psychology) University of Wisconsin

MA (Psychology) University of Wisconsin

BA (Psychology) Stanford University


United States

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