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Emeritus Professor David Fergusson remembered

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Former Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study and former co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research passed away overnight on Wednesday, aged 74.

For nearly 40 years, Emeritus Professor Fergusson was the Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS), a longitudinal study of a cohort of 1265 children born in Christchurch in mid-1977. His longitudinal research enlightened debate and informed government policy decisions on the controversial, but significant, topics of child sexual abuse, youth drug use and abortion, amongst others. After his retirement from the University of Otago in 2015, Emeritus Professor Fergusson served as a scientific advisor to the Ministry of Social Development, where he continued his work in the development of interventions to reduce childhood behaviour disorder.

Tributes for David flowed yesterday from his closest colleagues who remembered him as a demanding colleague and mentor, who was committed to excellence in the practice and communication of social science. Read more about his decades of work here.