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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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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

Hetrick, S. E., Hobbs, M., Fortune, S., Marek, L., Wiki, J., Boden, J. M., Theodore, R., Ruhe, T., Kokaua, J. J., … Bowden, N. (2024). Proximity of alcohol outlets and presentation to hospital by young people after self-harm: A retrospective geospatial study using the integrated data infrastructure. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 58(2), 152-161. doi: 10.1177/00048674231203909

Donovan, K. A., Beaglehole, B., Frampton, C. M. A., Currie, M., Boden, J. M., & Jordan, J. (2023). Tōku Oranga: The subjective wellbeing and psychological functioning of postgraduate and medical students in Ōtautahi Christchurch. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1586), 51-62. Retrieved from

Greenwood, C. J., Letcher, P., Laurance, E., Boden, J. M., Foulds, J., Spry, E. A., Kerr, J. A., … Olsson, C. A. (2023). The Monitoring Illicit Substance USE Consortium: A study protocol for investigating low prevalence substance use behaviours in population cohort studies. Drug & Alcohol Review, 42(Suppl. 1), 205. doi: 10.1111/dar.13749

Kerr, J. A., Gillespie, A. N., O'Connor, M., Deane, C., Borschmann, R., Dashti, S. G., … Boden, J. M., … Patton, G. C. (2023). Intervention targets for reducing mortality between mid-adolescence and mid-adulthood: A protocol for a machine-learning facilitated systematic umbrella review. BMJ Open, 13(10), e068733. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-068733

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