Daniel W Belsky

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine; Research Assistant Professor, SSRI; Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy

Dan Belsky is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, a research assistant professor at the Social Science Research Institute and a faculty research scholar at the Duke University Population Research Institute. Belsky works at the intersection of genetics, the social and behavioral sciences, and public health. His work brings together discoveries from the cutting edge of genome science and longitudinal data from population-based cohorts to identify mechanisms that cause accelerated health decline in older age. Belsky takes a life-span approach that encompasses research on cohorts of children, young and middle-aged adults, and older adults. His goal is is to understand why socioeconomically disadvantaged populations suffer increased morbidity in older age and earlier mortality and to devise strategies for intervention to mitigate these health inequalities.


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 2012

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Schaefer, JD; Caspi, A; Belsky, DW; Harrington, H; Houts, R; Israel, S; Levine, ME; Sugden, K; Williams, B; Poulton, R; Moffitt, TE (2016) Early-Life Intelligence Predicts Midlife Biological Age. Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 71, 968-977, [doi], [abs]
  • Belsky, DW; Moffitt, TE; Corcoran, DL; Domingue, B; Harrington, H; Hogan, S; Houts, R; Ramrakha, S; Sugden, K; Williams, BS; Poulton, R; Caspi, A (2016) The Genetics of Success: How Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated With Educational Attainment Relate to Life-Course Development. Psychological Science, 27, 957-972, [doi], [abs]
  • Belsky, DW (2016) Invited Commentary: Lessons for Research on Cognitive Aging From a Study of Children American Journal of Epidemiology, 183, 1083-1085, [doi]
  • Conley, D; Laidley, T; Belsky, DW; Fletcher, JM; Boardman, JD; Domingue, BW (2016) Assortative mating and differential fertility by phenotype and genotype across the 20th century Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 113, 6647-6652, [1523592113.abstract], [doi], [abs]
  • Meier, MH; Hall, W; Caspi, A; Belsky, DW; Cerdá, M; Harrington, HL; Houts, R; Poulton, R; Moffitt, TE (2016) Which adolescents develop persistent substance dependence in adulthood? Using population-representative longitudinal data to inform universal risk assessment. Psychological Medicine, 46, 877-889, [doi], [abs]