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+64 3 372 6744
Department of Psychological Medicine (Christchurch)
Research summary
Longitudinal health studies


Joe was trained as an experimental social psychologist and worked in the US, UK, and Australia, before coming to New Zealand. He is the Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study.

He was awarded a UOC Gold Medal for Research Excellence in March 2017, and has recently been appointed by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor tot he Expert Panel on Cannabis.

His research interests include:

  • 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


Deng, B., McLeod, G. F. H., Boden, J., Sabel, C. E., Campbell, M., Eggleton, P., & Hobbs, M. (2024). The impact of area-level socioeconomic status in childhood on mental health in adolescence and adulthood: A prospective birth cohort study in Aotearoa New Zealand. Health & Place, 88, 103246. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2024.103246 Journal - Research Article

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

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