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Principal Investigators

Professor Richie Poulton

Richie is the Co-Director of the NCLR. He is the Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit (Dunedin Study) at the University of Otago. In 2014, he was named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters (one of only four New Zealanders so designated) and he was also listed in 2014 World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thomson-Reuters. In 2014, he was appointed as part-time Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development, a role he performs in addition to his other duties.

His major areas of interest and research are developmental psychopathology, gene X environment prediction of complex disorders, and psychosocial determinants of chronic physical disease. He has published 200+ peer-reviewed scientific papers, with many appearing in leading international journals, and he maintains numerous international research collaborations.

Find out more about Richie's research here.

Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore

Reremoana (Moana) is a Senior Research Fellow and the Co-Director of the NCLR. She is of Ngāpuhi and Te Arawa descent. Moana is an Investigator in the Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ (GLSNZ), the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit, and Te Kura Mai i Tawhiti - a Māori community research programme. Moana is a member of the University of Otago's Te Poutama Māori (Māori academic staff caucus), Te Koronga (Indigenous Science) and Poutama Ara Rau research themes, and the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre. She is a former Health Research Council Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Postdoctoral Fellow.

Her research interests include lifecourse resarch, Māori health and education, child development and the development of chronic disease.

Find out more about Moana's research here.

Associate Professor John Horwood

John is the Director and biostatistician of the Christchurch Health and Development Study research unit at the University of Otago, Christchurch. His current research interests focus on aspects of psychosocial development in adolescence and young adulthood, including:

  • the development, course and consequences of cannabis and other illicit drug use
  • lifecourse trajectories in antisocial behaviour
  • the consequences of early onset psychiatric disorder for later adult functioning
  • the psychosocial consequences of the Canterbury earthquakes
  • the long term functional outcomes of preterm birth and very low birthweight.

Find out more about John's research here.

Dr Barry Milne

Barry is a Senior Research Fellow and an Associate Director in the Centre for Methods and Policy Application in Social Sciences (COMPASS) based within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland. He has a long history of research on longitudinal studies in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, particularly in the area of mental health.

His areas of expertise include: Micro-simulation, administrative data, longitudinal studies, socio-economic and ethnic inequalities and child development.

Find out more about Barry's research here.

Dr El-Shadan (Dan) Tautolo

El-Shadan (Dan) is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Pacific Health and Development Research and Pacific Islands Families Study at Auckland University of Technology. His areas of research include: Pacific fatherhood, tobacco control, acculturation and cultural identity, mental health and addictions, Pacific youth health and development.

El-Shadan is of both Cook Islands Maori and Samoan heritage, and is deeply passionate about being involved in research and activities to improve and enhance the health and wellbeing of his Pacific communities here in New Zealand. He is a named investigator on research grants awarded by the HRC, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the lead investigator on other grants awarded by the Families Commission, Heart Foundation of NZ, and Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

Find out more about Dan's research here.