Director of NIHI

Associate Professor Chris Bullen


Associate Professor Chris Bullen is a graduate of the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine, and has postgraduate qualifications in obstetrics, child health and public health, and a PhD in Community Medicine from the University of Auckland.

Working as a District Medical Officer in Papua New Guinea for almost eight years was a formative experience, leading to his training in Public Health Medicine and interest in health research. Chris was a consultant in public health medicine with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (1997-2004) prior to joining the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) in 2003 as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2005 he was appointed Associate Director, and in 2009, Director of CTRU, and then of NIHI.

In addition to his role as Director of NIHI, Chris teaches public health to undergraduate medical students and was until recently Deputy Head of the School of Population Health. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and a member of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease. Chris is a member of the NZ RACP Policy and Advisory Committee and a Board member of the Heart Foundation and chairs the Heart Foundation’s Public Health Strategic Advisory Group.

His research interests focus primarily on tobacco control and innovative smoking cessation interventions research but he also has wider interests in research on global health, housing and health, and using rigorous methods to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of novel interventions on the leading risks to health. With Dr Marewa Glover, he co-directs the Tobacco Control Research Turanga, a programme of strategic innovative tobacco research. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Papua New Guinea Institute for Medical Research’s NCD Survey project.