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Emeritus Professor David M. Fergusson

David FergussonEmeritus Professor

BA(Psychology)(Vic) PhD(Epidemiology/Paediatrics)(Otago)
FRSNZ FNZPS(hon) FRACP(hon)

Email CHDS.UOC@otago.ac.nz

Sadly, Emeritus Professor David Fergusson passed away in October 2018. He will be sorely missed.

Obituary: Emeritus Professor David Fergusson remembered

David was the founder of the Christchurch Health and Development Study, an ongoing study of a birth cohort of 1265 children born in the Christchurch region in mid-1977. Research into this cohort has produced over 435 published books, reports, and scientific articles that span a wide range of disciplines including: psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, paediatrics, health economics, and sociology. In addition, he was a director and evaluator on the Board of the Early Start Project, a Christchurch-based family support programme.

His principal research interests lay in the design analysis and interpretation of correlational data. He 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.

Following his retirement from the University of Otago in August 2015, he worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Social Development.

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Publications

Najman, J. M., Plotnikova, M., Horwood, J., Silins, E., Fergusson, D., Patton, G. C., … Mattick, R. P. (2019). Does adolescent heavier alcohol use predict young adult aggression and delinquency? Parallel analyses from four Australasian cohort studies. Aggressive Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ab.21828

Boden, J. M., & Fergusson, D. M. (2019). Cannabis law and cannabis-related harm. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1488), 7-10. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Walker, G. H., Boden, J. M., Fergusson, D. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2018). Examining the associations between offending trajectories in adolescence/young adulthood and subsequent mental health disorders. Journal of Criminal Justice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2018.09.008

Lockett, H., Jury, A., Tuason, C., Lai, J., & Fergusson, D. (2018). Comorbidities between mental and physical health problems: An analysis of the New Zealand health survey data. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 47(3), 5-11.

McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., & Fergusson, D. M. (2018). Early childhood education and later educational attainment and socioeconomic wellbeing outcomes to age 30. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 53(2), 257-273. doi: 10.1007/s40841-018-0106-7

Authored Book - Research

Sturrock, F., Gray, D., Fergusson, D., Horwood, J., & Smits, C. (2014). Incredible years: Follow up study: Long-term follow-up of the New Zealand Incredible Years Pilot Study. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development, 33p.

Sturrock, F., Gray, D., Church, J., Fergusson, D., Horwood, J., Poulton, R., … McGovern, J. (2013). Incredible years: Pilot study: Evaluation report. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development, 94p.

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Journal - Research Article

Najman, J. M., Plotnikova, M., Horwood, J., Silins, E., Fergusson, D., Patton, G. C., … Mattick, R. P. (2019). Does adolescent heavier alcohol use predict young adult aggression and delinquency? Parallel analyses from four Australasian cohort studies. Aggressive Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ab.21828

Sillins, E., Horwood, L. J., Najman, J. M., Patton, G. C., Toumbourou, J. W., Olsson, C. A., … Fergusson, D., … Boden, J. M., … for the Cannabis Cohorts Research Consortium. (2018). Adverse adult consequences of different alcohol use patterns in adolescence: An integrative analysis of data to age 30 years from four Australasian cohorts. Addiction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/add.14263

McLeod, G. F. H., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., & Carter, F. A. (2018). Childhood predictors of adult adiposity: Findings from a longitudinal study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1472), 10-20. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Lockett, H., Lai, J., Tuason, C., Jury, A., & Fergusson, D. (2018). Primary healthcare utilisation among adults with mood and anxiety disorders: An analysis of the New Zealand Health Survey. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(1), 68-75. doi: 10.1071/HC17077

Lai, J., Jury, A., Long, J., Fergusson, D., Smith, M., Baxendine, S., & Gruar, A. (2018). Variation in seclusion rates across New Zealand's specialist mental health services: Are sociodemographic and clinical factors influencing this? International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/inm.12532

Walker, G. H., Boden, J. M., Fergusson, D. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2018). Examining the associations between offending trajectories in adolescence/young adulthood and subsequent mental health disorders. Journal of Criminal Justice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2018.09.008

Jury, A., Lai, J., Tuason, C., Koning, A., Smith, M., Boyd, L., … Fergusson, D., & Gruar, A. (2018). People who experience seclusion in adult mental health inpatient services: An examination of health of the nation outcome scales scores. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/inm.12521

McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., & Fergusson, D. M. (2018). Early childhood education and later educational attainment and socioeconomic wellbeing outcomes to age 30. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 53(2), 257-273. doi: 10.1007/s40841-018-0106-7

Culverhouse, R. C., Saccone, N. L., Horton, A. C., Ma, Y., Anstey, K. J., Banaschewski, T., … Horwood, J., … Fergusson, D. M., … Kennedy, M., … Bierut, L. J. (2018). Collaborative meta-analysis finds no evidence of a strong interaction between stress and 5-HTTLPR genotype contributing to the development of depression. Molecular Psychiatry, 23, 133-142. doi: 10.1038/mp.2017.44

Lockett, H., Jury, A., Tuason, C., Lai, J., & Fergusson, D. (2018). Comorbidities between mental and physical health problems: An analysis of the New Zealand health survey data. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 47(3), 5-11.

Bagshaw, A. T. M., Horwood, L. J., Fergusson, D. M., Gemmell, N. J., & Kennedy, M. A. (2017). Microsatellite polymorphisms associated with human behavioural and psychological phenotypes including a gene-environment interaction. BMC Medical Genetics, 18, 12. doi: 10.1186/s12881-017-0374-y

Mihiroa Gillies, W., Boden, J. M., Friesen, M. D., Macfarlane, S., & Fergusson, D. M. (2017). Ethnic differences in adolescent mental health problems: Examining early risk factors and deviant peer affiliation. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 26(10), 2889-2899. doi: 10.1007/s10826-017-0792-7

Friesen, M. D., Horwood, L. J., Fergusson, D. M., & Woodward, L. J. (2017). Exposure to parental separation in childhood and later parenting quality as an adult: Evidence from a 30-year longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 58(1), 30-37. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12610

McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, L. J., Fergusson, D. M., & Boden, J. M. (2016). Life-stress and reactivity by gender in a longitudinal birth cohort at 30 and 35 years. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(10), 1385-1394. doi: 10.1007/s00127-016-1254-z

McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, L. J., & Fergusson, D. M. (2016). Adolescent depression, adult mental health and psychosocial outcomes at 30 and 35 years. Psychological Medicine, 46(7), 1401-1412. doi: 10.1017/S0033291715002950

McLeod, G. F. H., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Carter, F. A. (2016). Adiposity and psychosocial outcomes at ages 30 and 35. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51, 309-318. doi: 10.1007/s00127-015-1101-7

Boden, J. M., van Stockum, S., Horwood, L. J., & Fergusson, D. M. (2016). Bullying victimization in adolescence and psychotic symptomatology in adulthood: Evidence from a 35-year study. Psychological Medicine, 46(6), 1311-1320. doi: 10.1017/S0033291715002962

Adkins, D. E., Clark, S. L., Copeland, W. E., Kennedy, M., Conway, K., Angold, A., … Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., … Costello, E. J. (2015). Genome-wide meta-analysis of longitudinal alcohol consumption across youth and early adulthood. Twin Research & Human Genetics, 18(4), 335-347. doi: 10.1017/thg.2015.36

Gibb, S. J., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Boden, J. M. (2015). Early motherhood and long-term economic outcomes: Findings from a 30-year longitudinal study. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25(1), 163-172. doi: 10.1111/jora.12122

Fergusson, D. M., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2015). From evidence to policy: Findings from the Christchurch Health and Development Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 48(3), 386-408. doi: 10.1177/0004865815589827

Morris, R. W., Taylor, A. E., Fluharty, M. E., Bjørngaard, J. H., Åsvold, B. O., Gabrielsen, M. E., … Horwood, J., Fergusson, D. M., Kennedy, M. A., … Sattar, N. (2015). Heavier smoking may lead to a relative increase in waist circumference: Evidence for a causal relationship from a Mendelian randomisation meta-analysis: The CARTA consortium. BMJ Open, 5(8), e008808. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008808

Badiani, A., Boden, J. M., De Pirro, S., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Harold, G. T. (2015). Tobacco smoking and cannabis use in a longitudinal birth cohort: Evidence of reciprocal causal relationships. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 150, 69-76. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.02.015

Silins, E., Fergusson, D. M., Patton, G. C., Horwood, L. J., Olssen, C. A., Hutchinson, D. M., … for the Cannabis Cohorts Research Consortium. (2015). Adolescent substance use and educational attainment: An integrative data analysis comparing cannabis and alcohol from three Australasian cohorts. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 156, 90-96. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.08.034

Lees, D. G., & Fergusson, D. M. (2015). A study to assess the acceptability of adding Home Parent Support along with the Incredible Years® parent programme. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 44(1), 40-44.

Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F. H., & Horwood, L. J. (2015). Leaving school without qualifications and mental health problems to age 30. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50, 469-478. doi: 10.1007/s00127-014-0971-4

Boden, J. M., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Mulder, R. T. (2015). The role of peri-traumatic stress and disruption distress in predicting post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms following exposure to a natural disaster. BJPsych Open, 1(1), 81-86. doi: 10.1192/bjpo.bp.115.001180

Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, L. J., Swain, N. R., Chapple, S., & Poulton, R. (2015). Life satisfaction and mental health problems (18 to 35 years). Psychological Medicine, 45, 2427-2436. doi: 10.1017/s0033291715000422

Fergusson, D. M., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2015). Psychosocial sequelae of cannabis use and implications for policy: Findings from the Christchurch Health and Development Study. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50, 1317-1326. doi: 10.1007/s00127-015-1070-x

Fergusson, D. M., Boden, J. M., Horwood, L. J., & Mulder, R. T. (2015). Perceptions of distress and positive consequences following exposure to a major disaster amongst a well-studied cohort. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(4), 351-359. doi: 10.1177/0004867414560652

Boden, J. M., Fergusson, D. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2015). Outcomes for children and families following unplanned pregnancy: Findings from a longitudinal birth cohort. Child Indicators Research, 8(2), 389-402. doi: 10.1007/s12187-014-9241-y

Davis, J. M., Searles, V. B., Anderson, N., Keeney, J., Raznahan, A., Horwood, L. J., Fergusson, D. M., Kennedy, M. A., … Sikela, J. M. (2015). DUF1220 copy number is linearly associated with increased cognitive function as measured by total IQ and mathematical aptitude scores. Human Genetics, 134(1), 67-75. doi: 10.1007/s00439-014-1489-2

Jodczyk, S., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Pearson, J. F., & Kennedy, M. A. (2014). No association between mean telomere length and life stress observed in a 30 year birth cohort. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e97102. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097102

Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F. H., & Horwood, L. J. (2014). Parental separation/divorce in childhood and partnership outcomes at age 30. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 55(4), 352-360. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12107

McLeod, G. F. H., Fergusson, D. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2014). Childhood physical punishment or maltreatment and partnership outcomes at age 30. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(3), 307-315. doi: 10.1037/h0099807

Boden, J. M., Fergusson, D. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2014). Associations between exposure to stressful life events and alcohol use disorder in a longitudinal birth cohort studied to age 30. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 142, 154-160. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.06.010

Taylor, A. E., Morris, R. W., Fluharty, M. E., Bjorngaard, J. H., Åsvold, B. O., Gabrielsen, M. E., … Horwood, J., Fergusson, D. M., Kennedy, M. A., … Sattar, N. (2014). Stratification by smoking status reveals a direct association of CHRNA5-A3-B4 genotype with body mass index in never smokers. PLoS Genetics, 10(12), e1004799. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004799

Silins, E., Horwood, L. J., Patton, G. C., Fergusson, D. M., Olsson, C. A., Hutchinson, D. M., … for the Cannabis Cohorts Research Consortium. (2014). Young adult sequelae of adolescent cannabis use: An integrative analysis. Lancet Psychiatry, 1(4), 286-293. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(14)70307-4

Fergusson, D. M., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2014). Bullying in childhood, externalizing behaviors, and adult offending: Evidence from a 30-year study. Journal of School Violence, 13(1), 146-164. doi: 10.1080/15388220.2013.840642

Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F., & Horwood, L. J. (2014). Unemployment and psychosocial outcomes to age 30: A fixed-effects regression analysis. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(8), 735-742. doi: 10.1177/0004867414525840

Gibb, S. J., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Boden, J. M. (2014). The effects of parenthood on workforce participation and income for men and women. Journal of Family & Economic Issues, 35(1), 14-26. doi: 10.1007/s10834-013-9353-4

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., & Mulder, R. T. (2014). Impact of a major disaster on the mental health of a well-studied cohort. JAMA Psychiatry, 71(9), 1025-1031. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.652

Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F. H., & Horwood, L. J. (2014). Breast feeding, infant growth, and body mass index at 30 and 35 years. Paediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology, 28(6), 545-552. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12144

Marie, D., Fergusson, D. M., & Boden, J. M. (2014). Childhood socio-economic status and ethnic disparities in psychosocial outcomes in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(7), 672-680. doi: 10.1177/0004867414525839

Fergusson, D. M., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2013). Childhood self-control and adult outcomes: Results from a 30-year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 52(7), 709-717. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2013.04.008

Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F. H., & Horwood, L. J. (2013). Childhood sexual abuse and adult developmental outcomes: Findings from a 30-year longitudinal study in New Zealand. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(9), 664-674. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.03.013

Fergusson, D. M., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2013). Nine-year follow-up of a home-visitation program: A randomized trial. Pediatrics, 131(2), 297-303. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-1612

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Boden, J. M. (2013). Does abortion reduce the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy? A re-appraisal of the evidence. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(9), 819-827. doi: 10.1177/0004867413484597

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Stanley, L. (2013). A preliminary evaluation of the Incredible Years Teacher programme. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 42(2), 51-56.

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