Lindon J. Eaves, Ph.D., D.S


Co-director
Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at VCU
Richmond,Virginia
United StatesDr. Lindon Eaves obtained his Ph.D. and D.Sc. in genetics from the University of Birmingham, England. He holds the James Shields Award for contributions to twin research, the Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association, and the Dobzhansky Award from the Behavior Genetics Association. After serving as a University Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology and a Fellow and Tutor, Lady Margaret Hall, at the University of Oxford in England from 1979 to 1981, he joined the Department of Human Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Distinguished Professor. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at VCU. He served as President of the Behavior Genetics Association in 1991 and President of the International Society for Twin Studies from 1993 -1995. In 1996, he and Dr. Kendler were appointed co-directors of the newly established Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at VCU. Dr. Eaves currently serves on the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse Study Section. He has been involved in twin research for nearly 30 years and is recognized as a world leader in the development of genetic models and statistical methodology useful in delineating the roles of genetic and environmental factors on variation observed in quantitative traits. He has extensive experience in the genetic analysis of both qualitative and quantitative traits using both classical and twin-kinship studies and has been responsible for developing genetic models that have been useful in elucidating the mechanisms by which genetic and environmental influences might operate on developmental traits. Dr. Eaves is an Episcopal Priest and priest-in residence at St. Jamesís Church in Richmond, Virginia.