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John HorwoodEmeritus Professor

BA BSc(Auck) MSc(Cant)


John retired from the University in 2021 after 44 years' service as the lead biostatistician for the Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS). From 2015 to 2019, he served as the third Director in the history of the CHDS. He was a much respected academic and colleague and will be greatly missed.

His research focussed on aspects of psychosocial development in adolescence and young adulthood including:

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


Noble, A. J., Pearson, J. F., Kennedy, M. A., Boden, J. M., Horwood, L. J., & Osborne, A. J. (2021). Does DNA methylation link the association between maternal tobacco use during pregnancy and altered offspring neurodevelopment. Proceedings of the 16th Congress of the Federation of Asian & Oceanic Biochemists & Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB). (pp. 292). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Watson, H. J., Thornton, L. M., Yilmaz, Z., Baker, J. H., Coleman, J. R. I., Adan, R. A. H., … Boden, J. M., … Horwood, L. J., … Jordan, J., Kennedy, M., … Bulik, C. M. (2022). Common genetic variation and age at onset of anorexia nervosa. Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, 2, 368-378. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsgos.2021.09.001 Journal - Research Article

McLeod, G. F. H., Cleland, L., Welch, J., Spittlehouse, J. K., Fenton, A., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2022). Menopause status and climacteric symptoms in a birth cohort of mid-life New Zealand women. Climacteric, 25(3), 271-277. doi: 10.1080/13697137.2021.1948005 Journal - Research Article

Greer, C., Harris, S. L., Troughton, R., Adamson, P. D., Horwood, J., Frampton, C., & Darlow, B. A. (2021). Right ventricular structure and function in young adults born preterm at very low birth weight. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10(21), 4864. doi: 10.3390/jcm10214864 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

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