Professor David M. Fergusson
BA (Well) PhD (Otago), FRSNZ, FNZPS (hon), FRACP (hon)
Professor, Christchurch Health and Development Study
David Fergusson is the founder and director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study, a 35 year study of a birth cohort of 1265 children born in the Christchurch region in mid 1977.
Research into this cohort has produced over 400 published books, reports and scientific articles that span a wide range of disciplines including: psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, pediatrics, health economics and sociology.
In addition he is chairman and evaluator of the Early Start programme, which is a Christchurch-based family support progamme.
His principal research interests lie in the design analysis and interpretation of correlational data.
In 2010, David was awarded the University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal.