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 Joseph Boden

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


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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During its more than 30 years of existence, researchers from the Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) have published an average of one paper every month.
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Buchanan, M., Newton-Howes, G., Cunningham, R., McLeod, G. F. H., & Boden, J. M. (2024). The role of social support in reducing the long-term burden of cumulative childhood adversity on adulthood internalising disorder. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00127-024-02674-6 Journal - Research Article

Greenwood, C. J., Letcher, P., Laurance, E., Boden, J. M., Foulds, J., Spry, E. A., Kerr, J. A., … Olsson, C. A. (2024). The Monitoring Illicit Substance Use Consortium: A study protocol. JAACAP Open. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jaacop.2024.03.002 Journal - Research Other

Davies, J. N., Harty, S. C., & Boden, J. M. (2024). The roles of extraversion and neuroticism in the relationship between childhood adversity and adolescent substance misuse. Personality & Mental Health. doi: 10.1002/pmh.1611 Journal - Research Article

Sulaiman-Hill, R., Porter, R., Schluter, P., Beaglehole, B., Dean, S., Tanveer, S., Boden, J., & Bell, C. (2024). Research following trauma in minority ethnic and faith communities: Lessons from a study of the psychosocial sequelae of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks. BJPsych Open, 10(1), 1-4. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2023.641 Journal - Research Other

Dhakal, B., McLeod, G. F. H., Insch, A., & Boden, J. M. (2024). Modified inverse propensity weighting method to alleviate estimation errors in the model with multiple endogenous variables. MethodsX, 12, 102513. doi: 10.1016/j.mex.2023.102513 Journal - Research Article

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