Jude Ball

Jude joined the Department in November 2014 as a senior research fellow in the ASPIRE Aotearoa tobacco control research group, with a background in critical psychology, health promotion and applied research. She completed a PhD in 2019 exploring the drivers of long term trends in adolescent risk behaviour, in particular smoking, cannabis use, binge drinking and sexual behaviour. Her research focuses on the impact of the changing social context on youth trends, and the inter-relationships between smoking and other risk behaviours in young people. She is a member of the Adolescent Health Research Group, the team behind the Youth 2000 series, and is a long-term active member of the Public Health Association.

Current projects include:

  • A qualitative project investigating the change function and meaning of substance use (and non-use) in young people’s lives (Funding: Marsden Fast Start)
  • Leading the young adult strand of the EASE cohort study of smokers and recent quitters (Funding: HRC Programme Grant)
  • Analysis of Youth Insights Survey data 2012-2018 to explore the determinants of smoking and smoking decline in Māori and non-Māori Year 10 students aged 14-15 years (Funding: Cancer Society Programme Grant)
  • Investigation of cannabis use trends and self-reported cannabis harm in New Zealand adolescents (Funding: University of Otago Research Grant)
  • Analysis of youth vaping based on the Youth19 survey, the latest in the Youth 2000 surveys of secondary school students (Funding: HRC)

Recent publications

  1. Hammond, D Reid, J Burkhalter, R
    ITC Youth & Young Adult Survey: support and perceived impact of key Smokefree policies in Aotearoa/New Zealand

    A national survey was conducted in 2023 in Aotearoa /New Zealand among 3,414 youth (aged 16-19) and young adults (aged 20-29) as part of the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Pr

  2. Kaai, S.C. Ouimet, J. Martin, N. Quah, A.C.K. Fong, G.T.
    The New Zealand smokefree 2025 action plan: support for and anticipated behavioural responses to key measures among smokers in the ITC New Zealand (EASE) 2018 and 2020 surveys (Poster).
    Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Baltimore, Maryland, USA,
    March 15-18, 2022.
  3. Fleming, T. Drayton, B. Sutcliffe, K. Lewycka, S. Clark, T. C.
    New Zealand Youth19 survey: Vaping has wider appeal than smoking in secondary school students, and most use nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.
    Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health,
    Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13169
  4. Zhang, J. Gurram, N.
    Has increasing internet use contributed to the decline in adolescent smoking?
    Drug and Alcohol Review,
    2022; 41(2): 365-376.
  5. Cook, H. Sim, D.
    Trends in smoking, drinking, cannabis use and sexual behavior in Australia, England, New Zealand and the United States, 1990-2017: What are the patterns, and what do they suggest about the causes of declining adolescent risk behaviour? [Oral presentation]
    Youth Drinking in Decline: Thematic Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society, Krakow, Poland,
    2019, April 10-12
  6. Sex, drugs, smokes and booze: What’s driving teen trends? Describing and explaining trends in adolescent sexual behaviour, cannabis use, smoking and alcohol use in the early 21st century.
    OUR Archive - Doctoral thesis
    University of Otago
  7. Addressing ethnic disparities in adolescent smoking: Is reducing exposure to smoking in the home a key? [Poster].
    Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Conference, Baltimore,
    22-24 February 2018.
  8. Exposure to smoking in the home: A key to reducing ethnic disparities in smoking among adolescents? [Poster].
    Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SNRT) 24th Annual Meeting, Baltimore,
    22-24 February 2018.
  9. The effect of tobacco price changes on adolescent smoking [Poster].
    Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SNRT) 24th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland,
  10. Adolescent smoking decline: Analyses of ASH Y10 and Youth 2000 data.
    ASPIRE-NIHI Smokefree 2025 Research Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand,
  11. Why are New Zealand’s rates of teen smoking, drinking, drug use and pregnancy much lower now than in the 1990s? (Oral presentation).
    PHANZ Conference, Ōtautahi, Christchurch,
    2017, October
  12. Why are the adolescents of today in many high-income countries less likely to smoke, drink, take drugs or have sexual intercourse than those of the 1990s? (Oral presentation).
    15th World Congress on Public Health, Melbourne, Australia,
    2017, April
  13. Gifford, H. Tautolo, E.S. Erick, S. Taylor, T.
    Young adult smokers’ perceptions of endgame interventions: A qualitative analysis (Oral presentation).
    Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 23rd Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy,
    2017, March
  14. Sim, D. Erick, S.
    Declining exposure to smoking in the home is an important driver of rapidly declining smoking in 14-15 year olds in New Zealand (Oral presentation).
    Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 23rd Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy,
    2017, March
  15. Gifford, H. Tautolo, E.S. Taylor, T. Erick, S.
    When should a nudge become a shove? Young adult smokers’ perceptions of tobacco endgame strategies (Oral presentation).
    Marketing and Public Policy Conference, San Luis, Obispo, USA,
    June 2016.
  16. Tautolo, E.-S.
    Appraisal of radical options for achieving New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal: Maori, Pacific, and policy experts’ perspectives (Poster).
    22nd Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA,
    March 2016.
  17. Appraisal of radical options for achieving New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal.
    Presented at Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, Perth, Australia,
    October, 2015
  18. An in-depth analysis of novel on-pack warning labels (Poster).
    Poster presented at Society for Research into Nicotine and Tobacco –Europe Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands,
    September, 2015