Red X iconGreen tick iconYellow tick icon

Dr Nick Bowden

Contact Details

Phone
+64 27 201 1151
Email
nick.bowden@otago.ac.nz
Position
Research Fellow
Department
Department of Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
Qualifications
PhD (Otago)
Research summary
Quantitative social scientist
Memberships

Research

I am a quantitative social scientist specialising in using linked whole-of-population data.

Currently I lead three separate projects. The first examines health and non-health outcomes for autistic children and young people and their parents to better understand the impacts of autism. The aim is to establish a nationwide early screening programme to facilitate more timely diagnoses, and an early support programme for autistic children and their whānau.

The second project explores associations between the physical environment that young people grow up in and subsequent mental health outcomes. The third project examines educational outcomes for young people with type 1 diabetes.

More generally, my research explores the intersection between health and non-health outcomes using population level data and I’m involved in a number of ongoing projects in this space.

Publications

Vu, H., Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Audas, R., Dacombe, J., McLay, L., … Taylor, B., … Theodore, R., … Schluter, P. J. (2024). Mortality risk among Autistic children and young people: A nationwide birth cohort study. Autism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/13623613231224015

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

Bowden, N., Dixon, R., Anderson, V., de Bock, M., Boucsein, A., Kewene-Edwards, M., Gibb, S., Kokaua, J., Palmer, O., Paul, R., Taylor, B., Vu, H., & Wheeler, B. J. (2024). Associations between type 1 diabetes and educational outcomes: An Aotearoa/New Zealand nationwide birth cohort study using the Integrated Data Infrastructure. Diabetologia, 67, 62-73. doi: 10.1007/s00125-023-06026-y

Kokaua, J., Kolose-Pulefolau, B., Ruhe, T., Aldridge, F., Foliaki, S., Kokaua, L., Mapusua, T., Dacombe, J., Richards, R., Blakelock, R., & Bowden, N. (2023). Is parent education a factor in identifying autism/takiwātanga in an ethnic cohort of Pacific children in Aotearoa, New Zealand? A national cross-sectional study using linked administrative data. Autism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/13623613231217800

Gorman, E., Bowden, N., Kokaua, J., McNeill, B., & Schluter, P. J. (2023). A national multiple baseline cohort study of mental health conditions in early adolescence and subsequent educational outcomes in New Zealand. Scientific Reports, 13, 11025. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-38131-8

Bowden, N., Dixon, R., Anderson, V., de Bock, M., Boucsein, A., Kewene-Edwards, M., Gibb, S., Kokaua, J., Palmer, O., Paul, R., Taylor, B., Vu, H., & Wheeler, B. J. (2024). Associations between type 1 diabetes and educational outcomes: An Aotearoa/New Zealand nationwide birth cohort study using the Integrated Data Infrastructure. Diabetologia, 67, 62-73. doi: 10.1007/s00125-023-06026-y

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Vu, H., Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Audas, R., Dacombe, J., McLay, L., … Taylor, B., … Theodore, R., … Schluter, P. J. (2024). Mortality risk among Autistic children and young people: A nationwide birth cohort study. Autism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/13623613231224015

Journal - Research Article

Anns, F., D'Souza, S., MacCormick, C., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Clasby, B., Hughes, N., … Bowden, N. (2023). Risk of criminal justice system interactions in young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Findings from a national birth cohort. Journal of Attention Disorders, 27(12), 1332-1342. doi: 10.1177/10870547231177469

Journal - Research Article

Gorman, E., Bowden, N., Kokaua, J., McNeill, B., & Schluter, P. J. (2023). A national multiple baseline cohort study of mental health conditions in early adolescence and subsequent educational outcomes in New Zealand. Scientific Reports, 13, 11025. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-38131-8

Journal - Research Article

Hobbs, M., Bowden, N., Marek, L., Wiki, J., Kokaua, J., Theodore, R., Ruhe, T., Boden, J., … Milne, B. (2023). The environment a young person grows up in is associated with their mental health: A nationwide geospatial study using the integrated data infrastructure, New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 326, 115893. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115893

Journal - Research Article

Kokaua, J., Kolose-Pulefolau, B., Ruhe, T., Aldridge, F., Foliaki, S., Kokaua, L., Mapusua, T., Dacombe, J., Richards, R., Blakelock, R., & Bowden, N. (2023). Is parent education a factor in identifying autism/takiwātanga in an ethnic cohort of Pacific children in Aotearoa, New Zealand? A national cross-sectional study using linked administrative data. Autism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/13623613231217800

Journal - Research Article

Kokaua, J., Ruhe, T., Bowden, N., Theodore, R., Jensen, S., Jensen, W., … Richards, R. (2023). Parental education and hospitalisations among Pacific children: A cross-sectional study using linked administrative data in New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 53(5), 615-630. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2022.2094967

Journal - Research Article

Lorenzoni, L., Marino, A., Or, Z., Blankart, C. R., Shatrov, K., Wodchis, W., … Bowden, N., … Papanicolas, I. (2023). Why the US spends more treating high-need high-cost patients: A comparative study of pricing and utilization of care in six high-income countries. Health Policy, 128, 55-61. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2022.12.004

Journal - Research Article

Mujoo, H., Bowden, N., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., Audas, R., & Taylor, B. (2023). Identifying neurodevelopmental disabilities from nationalised preschool health check. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 57(8), 1140-1149. doi: 10.1177/00048674231151606

Journal - Research Article

Pugh, M., Bowden, N., Kokaua, J., Dawson, P., & Duncanson, M. (2023). Health outcomes of children in state care in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 59(7), 895-900. doi: 10.1111/jpc.16409

Journal - Research Article

Ruhe, T., Broadbent, J. M., Schluter, P. J., Bowden, N., Theodore, R., Richards, R., & Kokaua, J. (2023). Parents' education and Pasifika children's oral health in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A national linked data study using Aotearoa/New Zealand's integrated data infrastructure. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, 51, 936-944. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12791

Journal - Research Article

Thomas, C., Braund, R., Bowden, N., Hobbs, M., Kokaua, J., & Paterson, H. (2023). Disparities in utilisation of combined oral contraceptives in Aotearoa New Zealand: A cross-sectional whole-of-population study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 63(3), 441-447. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13672

Journal - Research Article

Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Audas, R., Clendon, S., Dacombe, J., Kokaua, J., … Mujoo, H., … Taylor, B. J. (2022). Association between high-need education-based funding and school suspension rates for autistic students in New Zealand. JAMA Pediatrics, 176(7), 664-671. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.1296

Journal - Research Article

Bowden, N., Milne, B., Audas, R., Clasby, B., Dacombe, J., Forster, W., Kokaua, J., Gibb, S., … Taylor, B., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2022). Criminal justice system interactions among young adults with and without autism: A national birth cohort study in New Zealand. Autism, 26(7), 1783-1794. doi: 10.1177/13623613211065541

Journal - Research Article

Cargo, T., Stevenson, K., Bowden, N., Milne, B., Hetrick, S., & D'Souza, S. (2022). Medication dispensing among Māori and non-Māori screened for preschool ADHD. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1565), 95-103. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/

Journal - Research Article

McLay, L. K., Bowden, N. J., Eggleston, M. J. F., Thabrew, H., Braund, R., & Schluter, P. J. (2022). Melatonin dispensing and polypharmacy rates for New Zealand children with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorders: A nationwide pharmacoepidemiological study. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 101948. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2022.101948

Journal - Research Article

Ruhe, T., Bowden, N., Theodore, R., Stanley-Wishart, B., Hetrick, S., Thabrew, H., … Boden, J., & Kokaua, J. (2022). Identification of mental health and substance use-related conditions among Pasifika young people in Aotearoa New Zealand: A cross-sectional study using the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI). Pacific Health Dialog, 21(10), 663-672. doi: 10.26635/phd.2022.147

Journal - Research Article

Ruhe, T., Kolose-Pulefolau, B., Foliaki, S. '., Bowden, N., Richards, R., & Kokaua, J. (2022). Examining case complexity among Pasifika with autism/Takiwātanga in Aotearoa New Zealand: A national cross-sectional study. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(10), 673-682. doi: 10.26635/phd.2024.144

Journal - Research Article

Thabrew, H., Aljawahiri, N., Kumar, H., Bowden, N., Milne, B., Prictor, M., … Hetrick, S. (2022). 'As long as it's used for beneficial things': An investigation of non-Māori, Māori and young people's perceptions regarding the research use of the Aotearoa New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI). Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 17(4), 471-482. doi: 10.1177/15562646221111294

Journal - Research Article

Theodore, R., Bowden, N., Kokaua, J., Ruhe, T., Hobbs, M., Hetrick, S., … Boden, J. (2022). Mental health inequities for Māori youth: A population-level study of mental health service data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1567), 79-90. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/

Journal - Research Article

Blankart, C. R., van Gool, K., Papanicolas, I., Bernal-Delgado, E., Bowden, N., Estupiñán-Romero, F., Gauld, R., … on behalf of the ICCONIC Collaboration. (2021). International comparison of spending and utilization at the end of life for hip fracture patients. Health Services Research, 56(Suppl. 3), 1370-1382. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13734

Journal - Research Article

Figueroa, J. F., Papanicolas, I., Riley, K., Abiona, O., Arvin, M., Atsma, F., … Bowden, N., … Gauld, R., … Jha, A. K. (2021). International comparison of health spending and utilization among people with complex multimorbidity. Health Services Research, 56(3), 1317-1334. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13708

Journal - Research Article

Findlay, R., Hamm, L., Anstice, N., Chelimo, C., Grant, C. C., Bowden, N., Kokaua, J., & Black, J. (2021). Vision screening in New Zealand pre-school children: Is it equitable? Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 57, 1594-1599. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15548

Journal - Research Article

Gibb, S., Brewer, N., & Bowden, N. (2021). Social impacts and costs of schizophrenia: A national cohort study using New Zealand linked administrative data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1537), 66-83. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Kokaua, J., Jensen, S., Theodore, R., Bowden, N., Blakelock, R., Sorensen, D., … Richards, R. (2021). Is parent education protective of mental wellbeing in Pacific young people? A cohort study of mental health and census data in Aotearoa/New Zealand's integrated data infrastructure. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(7), 361-372. doi: 10.26635/phd.2021.112

Journal - Research Article

McLay, L. K., Schluter, P. J., Eggleston, M. J. F., Woodford, E. C., & Bowden, N. (2021). Melatonin dispensing among New Zealand children aged 0-18 years with autism: A nationwide cross-sectional study. Sleep Medicine, 80, 184-192. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2021.01.028

Journal - Research Article

Or, Z., Shatrov, K., Penneau, A., Wodchis, W., Abiona, O., Blankart, C. R., Bowden, N., … Figueroa, J. F. (2021). Within and across country variations in treatment of patients with heart failure and diabetes. Health Services Research, 56(Suppl. 3), 1358-1369. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13854

Journal - Research Article

Papanicolas, I., Figueroa, J. F., Schoenfeld, A. J., Riley, K., Abiona, O., Arvin, M., … Bowden, N., … Gauld, R., … Jha, A. K. (2021). Differences in health care spending and utilization among older frail adults in high-income countries: ICCONIC hip fracture persona. Health Services Research, 56(Suppl. 3), 1335-1346. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13739

Journal - Research Article

Papanicolas, I., Riley, K., Abiona, O., Arvin, M., Atsma, F., Bernal-Delgado, E., Bowden, N., … Gauld, R., … Figueroa, J. F. (2021). Differences in health outcomes for high-need high-cost patients across high-income countries. Health Services Research, 56(Suppl. 3), 1347-1357. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13735

Journal - Research Article

Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., Audas, R., Merry, S., Taylor, B., & Hetrick, S. E. (2020). Case identification of mental health and related problems in children and young people using the New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making, 20, 42. doi: 10.1186/s12911-020-1057-8

Journal - Research Article

Bowden, N., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., & Braund, R. (2020). National prescribing rates and polypharmacy for children and young people in New Zealand with and without autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 78, 101642. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2020.101642

Journal - Research Article

Bowden, N., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., Audas, R., Milne, B., Smiler, K., … Taylor, B., & Gibb, S. (2020). Autism spectrum disorder/Takiwātanga: An Integrated Data Infrastructure-based approach to autism spectrum disorder research in New Zealand. Autism, 24(8), 2213-2227. doi: 10.1177/1362361320939329

Journal - Research Article

D'Souza, S., Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Shackleton, N., Audas, R., Hetrick, S., Taylor, B., & Milne, B. (2020). Medication dispensing for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to New Zealand youth. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1522), 84-95. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Thabrew, H., Audas, R., Camp, J., Taylor, B., & Hetrick, S. (2019). IDI trends in antidepressant dispensing to New Zealand children and young people between 2007/08 and 2015/16. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1505), 48-61. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Maw, M., & Bowden, N. (2023). Letter to the editor regarding 'Falling through the cracks in science and clinical service: A call to action for people with OCD'. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 57(2), 302-304. doi: 10.1177/00048674221134502

Journal - Research Other

McLay, L., Emerson, L. M., Waddington, H., van Deurs, J., Hunter, J., Blampied, N., … Bowden, N., … Rispoli, M. (2023). Telehealth-delivered naturalistic developmental behavioural intervention with and without caregiver acceptance and commitment therapy for autistic children and their caregivers: Protocol for a multi-arm parallel group randomised clinical trial. BMJ Open, 13, e071235. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-071235

Journal - Research Other

Boden, J., Hetrick, S., Bowden, N., Fortune, S., Marek, L., Theodore, R., Ruhe, T., Kokaua, J., & Hobbs, M. (2022). Empowering community control over alcohol availability as a suicide and self-harm prevention measure: Policy opportunity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 29, 100631. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2022.100631

Journal - Research Other

Chambers, T., Boden, J., Hobbs, M., & Bowden, N. (2022). Why New Zealand must consider restricting alcohol sponsorship of broadcast sports as part of a wider law reform. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/why-new-zealand-must-consider-restricting-alcohol-sponsorship-of-broadcast-sports-as-part-of-a-wider-law-reform-193523

Journal - Research Other

Figueroa, J. F., Horneffer, K. E., Riley, K., Abiona, O., Arvin, M., Atsma, F., … Bowden, N., … Gauld, R., … Papanicolas, I. (2021). A methodology for identifying high-need, high-cost patient personas for international comparisons. Health Services Research, 56(Suppl. 3), 1302-1316. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13890

Journal - Research Other

Back to top