Gordon Harold is the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair and Professor of Psychology, in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. He received his PhD from Cardiff University in 1998, was appointed Lecturer in Psychology the same year and Professor of Psychology in 2008. He has held appointments as the Alexander McMillan Chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Professor of Quantitative Behaviour Genetics at the University of Leicester.
He is an Associate Member of the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London, and the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University.
His primary research interests focus on the role of the family as a context for understanding children's normal and abnormal psychological development, the interplay between genetic and family relationship factors and children's psychological development, the analysis of longitudinal data and working with cohort longitudinal data resources, and implementing policy and practice recommendations of research relating to family influences on child and adolescent mental health. He is a consultant and advisor to several government departments in the UK and internationally.