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Doug SellmanEmeritus Professor



Doug Sellman retired from the University in December 2022, bringing to an end a 34-year academic career.

He was Director of the National Addiction Centre, University of Otago, Christchurch from 1996 to 2017 and Professor of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine within the Department of Psychological Medicine from 2006 to 2022.

He is continuing alcohol law reform advocacy work as a medical spokesperson for Alcohol Action New Zealand, and undertaking a small private clinical practice.


Cridge, B., Broadbent, J., & Sellman, D. (2022, November). Supporting scientists who communicate contentious issues. Panel discussion at the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) Conference: Communicating through the Noise, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Sutcliffe, O., Crossin, R., & Sellman, J. D. (2021). A citizens' wānanga on alcohol policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Drug & Alcohol Review, 40(Suppl. 1), (pp. S139). doi: 10.1111/dar.13384

Sellman, D. (2020). Alcohol is more harmful than cannabis. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1520), 15-18. Retrieved from

Sellman, D., Adamson, S., Foulds, J., Beaglehole, B., & Mulder, R. (2019). Another government ignores a recommendation to strengthen alcohol regulations. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1498), 7-9. Retrieved from

Sellman, D. (2018, August). Food addicts and smoking. Verbal presentation at the 9th South General Practice Conference & Medical Exhibition (GP CME), Christchurch, New Zealand.

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