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 420 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.
David was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society in 2006, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2007.
In 2006, he was awarded the Christchurch School of Medicine Gold Medal for Research Excellence, and in 2010 was awarded the University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal.