I am a social scientist with training in epidemiology and public health. I work as a Research Associate Professor at University of Otago Wellington.
For the past 25 years I have undertaken quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods and transdisciplinary research on critical social and public health issues documented in 50+ peer reviewed publications and 30+ research reports.
My work has included qualitative interview-based research, media and interest group analyses, suicide prevention, analyses of multiple government agency datasets and files, panel surveys, longitudinal cohort studies, gender and cultural analyses.
I have been on the editorial board of several scientific journals including being guest editor for a special issue on Innovations in Architecture for Mental Health (IJERPH) and I have served on the NZ National Health and Disability Ethics Committee. I also continue to supervise PhD students in mental health research at the University of Otago.
Recent research has focused on acute mental health care based on a 4-year transdisciplinary research project into the architectural, social, political and therapeutic dimensions of acute mental health facilities in New Zealand.