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 Joseph BodenProfessor

BA cum laude (Psychology)(Boston) MA PhD(Psychology)(Case Western Reserve)

Email joseph.boden@otago.ac.nz

Joe is the Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study. He trained as an experimental social psychologist and worked in the US, UK, and Australia, before coming to New Zealand.

He was awarded a Gold Medal for Research Excellence in 2017, and has recently been appointed by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor to the Expert Panel on Cannabis.

Research Interests

  • the psychosocial causes and consequences of substance use, abuse, and dependence
  • mental health and substance use epidemiology
  • the social and psychological determinants of maladaptive behaviour including aggression and violence.

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Publications

Monk, N. J., McLeod, G. F. H., Mulder, R. T., Spittlehouse, J. K., & Boden, J. M. (2021). Childhood anxious/withdrawn behaviour and later anxiety disorder: A network outcome analysis of a population cohort. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s0033291721002889

Ip, H. F., van der Laan, C. M., Krapohl, E. M. L., Brikell, I., Sánchez-Mora, C., Nolte, I. M., … Miller, A., … Boden, J., Pearson, J., Horwood, L. J., Kennedy, M., Poulton, R., … Boomsma, D. I. (2021). Genetic association study of childhood aggression across raters, instruments, and age. Translational Psychiatry, 11, 413. doi: 10.1038/s41398-021-01480-x

Hobbs, M., Mackenbach, J., Wiki, J., Marek, L., McLeod, G., & Boden, J. (2021). Investigating change in the urban food environment over 10 years in New Zealand: A longitudinal study. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Annual Meeting (ISBNPA XChange): Thinking Independently Together: Let's Dance Around the World. (pp. 42). International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity. Retrieved from https://isbnpa2021.venuewest.com

McLeod, G. F. H., Cleland, L., Welch, J., Spittlehouse, J. K., Fenton, A., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2021). Menopause status and climacteric symptoms in a birth cohort of mid-life New Zealand women. Climacteric. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13697137.2021.1948005

Ball, J., Zhang, J., Hammond, D., Boden, J., Stanley, J., & Edwards, R. (2021). The rise of cannabis vaping: Implications for survey design. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1540), 95-98. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Monk, N. J., McLeod, G. F. H., Mulder, R. T., Spittlehouse, J. K., & Boden, J. M. (2021). Childhood anxious/withdrawn behaviour and later anxiety disorder: A network outcome analysis of a population cohort. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s0033291721002889

Journal - Research Article

Ip, H. F., van der Laan, C. M., Krapohl, E. M. L., Brikell, I., Sánchez-Mora, C., Nolte, I. M., … Miller, A., … Boden, J., Pearson, J., Horwood, L. J., Kennedy, M., Poulton, R., … Boomsma, D. I. (2021). Genetic association study of childhood aggression across raters, instruments, and age. Translational Psychiatry, 11, 413. doi: 10.1038/s41398-021-01480-x

Journal - Research Article

Hobbs, M., Mackenbach, J., Wiki, J., Marek, L., McLeod, G., & Boden, J. (2021). Investigating change in the urban food environment over 10 years in New Zealand: A longitudinal study. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Annual Meeting (ISBNPA XChange): Thinking Independently Together: Let's Dance Around the World. (pp. 42). International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity. Retrieved from https://isbnpa2021.venuewest.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McLeod, G. F. H., Cleland, L., Welch, J., Spittlehouse, J. K., Fenton, A., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2021). Menopause status and climacteric symptoms in a birth cohort of mid-life New Zealand women. Climacteric. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13697137.2021.1948005

Journal - Research Article

Ball, J., Zhang, J., Hammond, D., Boden, J., Stanley, J., & Edwards, R. (2021). The rise of cannabis vaping: Implications for survey design. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1540), 95-98. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Boden, J. M., Foulds, J. A., Newton-Howes, G., & McKetin, R. (2021). Methamphetamine use and psychotic symptoms: Findings from a New Zealand longitudinal birth cohort. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0033291721002415

Journal - Research Article

Adamson, S. J., Martin, A., Deering, D. E. A., & Boden, J. M. (2021). New Zealand women's experience of intimacy within heterosexual relationships: Influence of partners' perceived pornography use. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/0092623x.2021.1937416

Journal - Research Article

McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, L. J., Darlow, B. A., Boden, J. M., Martin, J., Spittlehouse, J. K., Carter, F. A., Jordan, J., Porter, R., Bell, C., Douglas, K., … McIntosh, V. V. W., … Vierck, E. (2021). Recruitment and retention of participants in longitudinal studies after a natural disaster. Longitudinal & Life Course Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1332/175795921X16168462584238

Journal - Research Article

McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, J., Boden, J. M., & Woodward, L. J. (2021). Parental use of physical punishment in a birth cohort. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1534), 17-30. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Noble, A. J., Pearson, J. F., Boden, J. M., Horwood, L. J., Gemmell, N. J., Kennedy, M. A., & Osborne, A. J. (2021). A validation of Illumina EPIC array system with bisulfite-based amplicon sequencing. PeerJ, 9, e10762. doi: 10.7717/peerj.10762

Journal - Research Article

Theodore, R., Ratima, M., Potiki, T., Boden, J., & Poulton, R. (2021). Cannabis, the cannabis referendum and Māori youth: A review from a lifecourse perspective. Kōtuitui, 16(1), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2020.1760897

Journal - Research Other

Munn-Chernoff, M. A., Johnson, E. C., Chou, Y.-L., Coleman, J. R. I., Thornton, L. M., Walters, R. K., … Boden, J. M., … Horwood, L. J., … Pearson, J. F., … Jordan, J., Kennedy, M. A., … Agrawal, A. (2021). Shared genetic risk between eating disorder- and substance-use-related phenotypes: Evidence from genome-wide association studies. Addiction Biology, 26, e12880. doi: 10.1111/adb.12880

Journal - Research Article

Bell, C., Beaglehole, B., Bell, R., Tanveer, S., Sulaiman-Hill, R., Boden, J., & Porter, R. (2021). Learning from previous disasters: Potential pitfalls of epidemiological psychosocial research in the COVID-19 environment. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0004867421998783

Journal - Research Other

Boden, J. M., Crossin, R., Cook, S., Martin, G., Foulds, J., & Newton-Howes, G. (2021). Parenting and home environment in childhood and adolescence and alcohol use disorder in adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.12.136

Journal - Research Article

Boden, J. M. (2020). New Zealand’s Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: A viable approach to drug law reform. Australian Health Review, 44, 818. doi: 10.1071/AHv44n6_ED3

Journal - Research Other

Boden, J. (2020, July). Drugs, crime and other sensational stories from a career in research. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Inaugural Professorial Lecture].

Other Research Output

Fischer, B., Daldegan-Bueno, D., Bell, R., Boden, J. M., Bullen, C., Farrell, M., … Newcombe, D. (2020). The Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG): A ready-made targeted prevention tool for cannabis in New Zealand. Public Health in Practice, 100046. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.puhip.2020.100046

Journal - Research Article

Hobbs, M., Mackenbach, J. D., Wiki, J., Marek, L., McLeod, G. F. H., & Boden, J. M. (2020). Investigating change in the food environment over 10 years in urban New Zealand: A longitudinal and nationwide geospatial study. Social Science & Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113522

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, E. C., Demontis, D., Thorgeirsson, T. E., Walters, R. K., Polimanti, R., Hatoum, A. S., … Boden, J., … Pearson, J. F., … Horwood, J., … Kennedy, M. A., … Agrawal, A. (2020). A large-scale genome-wide association study meta-analysis of cannabis use disorder. Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 1032-1045. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30339-4

Journal - Research Article

Bradley, H. A., Campbell, S. A., Mulder, R. T., Henderson, J. M. T., Dixon, L., Boden, J. M., & Rucklidge, J. J. (2020). Can broad-spectrum multinutrients treat symptoms of antenatal depression and anxiety and improve infant development? Study protocol of a double blind, randomized, controlled trial (the 'NUTRIMUM' trial). BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 20, 488. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03143-z

Journal - Research Other

Boden, J., Blair, S., & Newton-Howes, G. (2020). Alcohol use in adolescents and adult psychopathology and social outcomes: Findings from a 35-year cohort study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 54(9), 909-918. doi: 10.1177/0004867420924091

Journal - Research Article

McKetin, R., Boden, J. M., Foulds, J. A., Najman, J. M., Ali, R., Degenhardt, L., … Weatherburn, D. (2020). The contribution of methamphetamine use to crime: Evidence from Australian longitudinal data. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 216, 108262. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108262

Journal - Research Article

Fischer, B., Daldegan-Bueno, D., & Boden, J. M. (2020). Facing the option for the legalisation of cannabis use and supply in New Zealand: An overview of relevant evidence, options and considerations. Drug & Alcohol Review, 39, 555-567. doi: 10.1111/dar.13087

Journal - Research Other

Boden, J. M., Cleland, L., Dhakal, B., & Horwood, L. J. (2020). Attitudes towards cannabis and cannabis law change in a New Zealand birth cohort. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1515), 79-88. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Poulton, R., Robertson, K., Boden, J., Horwood, J., Theodore, R., Potiki, T., & Ambler, A. (2020). Patterns of recreational cannabis use in Aotearoa-New Zealand and their consequences: Evidence to inform voters in the 2020 referendum. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 50(2), 348-365. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1750435

Journal - Research Other

Osborne, A. J., Pearson, J. F., Noble, A. J., Gemmell, N. J., Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., … Kennedy, M. A. (2020). Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis of heavy cannabis exposure in a New Zealand longitudinal cohort. Translational Psychiatry, 10, 114. doi: 10.1038/s41398-020-0800-3

Journal - Research Article

Beaglehole, B., Moor, S., Zhang, T., Hamilton, G. J., Mulder, R. T., Boden, J. M., Frampton, C. M. A., & Bell, C. J. (2020). Impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on dispensing of psychiatric medication for children and adolescents: Longitudinal quantitative study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 216(3), 151-155. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2019.273

Journal - Research Article

Noble, A., Pearson, J., Boden, J., Horwood, J., Kennedy, M., & Osborne, A. (2020). Understanding the interaction between maternal tobacco use during pregnancy and adult offspring with conduct disorder. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1524), (pp. 144). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Lee, J. O., Jeong, C. H., Yuan, C., Boden, J. M., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Noris, M., & Cederbaum, J. A. (2020). Externalizing behavior problems in offspring of teen mothers: A meta-analysis. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 49, 1146-1161. doi: 10.1007/s10964-020-01232-y

Journal - Research Article

Foulds, J. A., Boden, J. M., McKetin, R., & Newton-Howes, G. (2020). Methamphetamine use and violence: Findings from a longitudinal birth cohort. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 207, 107826. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107826

Journal - Research Article

Lee, J. O., Horwood, L. J., Lee, W. J., Hackman, D. A., McLeod, G. F. H., & Boden, J. M. (2020). Social causation, social selection, or common determinants? Examining competing explanations for the link between young adult unemployment and nicotine dependence. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 22(11), 2006-2013. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntz131

Journal - Research Article

Sanders, J., Munford, R., Boden, J., & Johnston, W. (2020). Earning, learning, and access to support: The role of early engagement in work, employment skills development and supportive relationships in employment outcomes for vulnerable youth in New Zealand. Children & Youth Services Review, 110, 104753. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104753

Journal - Research Article

Boden, J. M., Dhakal, B., Foulds, J. A., & Horwood, L. J. (2020). Life-course trajectories of cannabis use: A latent class analysis of a New Zealand birth cohort. Addiction, 115(2), 279-290. doi: 10.1111/add.14814

Journal - Research Article

Boden, J. M., & Monk, N. J. (2020). Commentary on Pacek et al. (2020): Cannabis and major depression: A network theory proposal. Addiction, 115, 944-945. doi: 10.1111/add.14949

Journal - Research Other

Osborne, A. J., Pearson, J. F., Noble, A. J., Gemmell, N. J., Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., … Kennedy, M. A. (2019). Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis of heavy cannabis exposure in a New Zealand longitudinal cohort. bioRxiv. Retrieved from https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/829598v2.supplementary-material

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Munn-Chernoff, M. A., Johnson, E. C., Chou, Y.-L., Coleman, J. R. I., Thornton, L. M., Walters, R. K., … Boden, J. M., … Horwood, L. J., … Pearson, J. F., … Jordan, J., Kennedy, M. A., … Agrawal, A. (2019). Shared genetic risk between eating disorder- and substance-use-related phenotypes: Evidence from genome-wide association studies. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/741512

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Osborne, A., Pearson, J., Gemmell, N., Boden, J., Horwood, J., & Kennedy, M. (2019). Methylome impacts of cannabis use in the Christchurch Health and Development Study. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 29(Suppl. 3), (pp. S851). doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2017.08.125

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Glass, M., Boden, J., Potiki, T., & Lennox Thompson, B. (2019, July). Legalising cannabis: Will it be wise, or why did we? Hear what the experts think. Panel discussion at the University of Otago Winter Symposium Series, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Noble, A., Pearson, J., Boden, J., Horwood, J., Kennedy, M., & Osborne, A. (2019, August-September). Understanding the relationship between maternal tobacco smoking and offspring conduct disorder: Are metastable epialleles present? Verbal presentation at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meetings, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Beaglehole, B., Frampton, C., Boden, J., Mulder, R., & Bell, C. (2019). The impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on psychiatric medication dispensing for children & adolescents and older persons. Proceedings of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) 2019 New Zealand Conference. Retrieved from https://www.ranzcp2019.co.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Boden, J. M. (2019). Cannabis in New Zealand: A conundrum, and some good news. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1500), 9-11. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Boden, J. M., Newton-Howes, G., Foulds, J., Spittlehouse, J., & Cook, S. (2019). Trajectories of alcohol use problems based on early adolescent alcohol use: Findings from a 35 year population cohort. International Journal of Drug Policy, 74, 18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.06.011

Journal - Research Article

Boden, J. M., & Spittlehouse, J. K. (2019). What we know, and don't know, about cannabis, psychosis and violence. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1499), 76-77. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Spittlehouse, J. K., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2020). Sexual orientation and mental health over the life course in a birth cohort. Psychological Medicine, 50, 1348-1355. doi: 10.1017/S0033291719001284

Journal - Research Article

Beaglehole, B., Bloomer, C., Zhang, T., Hamilton, G., Boden, J. M., Mulder, R. T., Bell, C., & Frampton, C. (2019). The impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on dispensing for older person's mental health. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 34, 1599-1604. doi: 10.1002/gps.5171

Journal - Research Article

Watson, H. J., Yilmaz, Z., Thornton, L. M., Hübel, C., Coleman, J. R. I., Gaspar, H. A., … Roberts, M., … Boden, J. M., … Horwood, L. J., … Pearson, J. F., … Jordan, J., Kennedy, M., … Bulik, C. M. (2019). Genome-wide association study identifies eight risk loci and implicates metabo-psychiatric origins for anorexia nervosa. Nature Genetics, 51, 1207-1214. doi: 10.1038/s41588-019-0439-2

Journal - Research Article

Beaglehole, B., Foulds, J., Mulder, R. T., & Boden, J. M. (2019). Dispensing of medication for alcohol use disorder: An examination of large databases in a New Zealand context. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1495), 42-47. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Beaglehole, B., Mulder, R. T., Boden, J. M., & Bell, C. J. (2019). A systematic review of the psychological impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes on mental health. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 43(3), 274-280. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12894

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Other

Borschmann, R., Becker, D., Spry, E., Youssef, G. J., Olsson, C. A., Hutchinson, D. M., … Boden, J. M., … for the Cannabis Cohorts Research Consortium. (2019). Alcohol and parenthood: An integrative analysis of the effects of transition to parenthood in three Australasian cohorts. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 197, 326-334. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.02.004

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