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Emeritus Professor Elisabeth Wells

Elisabeth WellsBSc(Hons) PhD

Email elisabeth.wells@otago.ac.nz

Projects

As a consultant biostatistician, I am involved with many projects, from providing minor assistance to being a co-investigator.

These projects come from nearly all departments of the CSMHS and range from laboratory science to clinical studies and epidemiology. Some of the variety of content areas is seen in my publication list.

Assistance is also provided for grant applications, ethics committee applications, referee and reviewer comments.

I am also involved as the principal statistician and a principal investigator of the Mental Health Epidemiology Study, which consists of a national survey in 2004 of 12,000 people aged 16 years and older (The New Zealand Mental Health Survey, Te Rau Hinengaro).

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Survey methods

Awards

2009: Gold Medal for Research Excellence, from the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Grants

  • 2012: (CMRF) Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus in breast cancer. (A. Richardson, B. Robinson, L. Walker, M. Currie, H. Morrin, E. Wells, J. Potter.)
  • 2011: (HRC) The Christchurch Health and Development Study – Birth to 35 Years. (D. Fergusson, J. Horwood, J. Boden, M. Kennedy, H. Gordon, A. Hikairo, R. Mulder, E. Wells, S. Gibb.) 
  • 2010: (CMRF and Genesis Oncology Trust (Bruce Blue Award)) Chemotherapy response in an obese mouse model with colorectal cancer. (G.U. Dachs, M.J. Currie, J. Willis, J.E. Wells, B.A. Robinson.)
  • 2007: (HRC) Longitudinal studies of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing (D Fergusson, J Horwood, A Beautrais, E Wells, L Woodward.)
  • 2005: (Lottery Health) New Zealand survey of mental health and well being. (JE Wells, MA Oakley Browne, J Baxter, AL Beautrais, KM Scott, R Tapsell, M Durie, D Schaaf.)
  • 2004: (HRC) Longitudinal studies of mental health and psychosocial well-being. A programme grant. (DM Fergusson, LJ Horwood, AL Beautrais, JE Wells.)
  • 2002: (HRC) A study of the dose response association between infant iron status and later cognitive functioning (D Richards, E Wells, L Toop et al.)
  • 2001: (HRC) Psychiatric Disorder: Prevalence, Comorbidity and Treatment Seeking in Young Adults (D Ferguson & E Wells [5%])
  • 2001: (HRC) Consequences of Alcohol Use/Abuse in Young Adulthood (D Ferguson & E Wells [5%])

Research Contracts and Consultancies

  • 2007 – 2008: (Ministry of Health) Further use of datasets from the New Zealand Mental Health Survey.
  • 2006 – 2008 (Ministry of Health) On the Interim Monitoring Group for the 2006-2007 New Zealand Health Survey.
  • 2006: (Health Research Council): Senior editor/author of several chapters in report on substance use disorder results in the New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey
  • 1999-2007: (Ministry of Health) Contract for the Mental Health Epidemiology Study, a New Zealand national survey of mental health.
  • 2003: (Ngai Tahu Development Corporation) For pilot of a survey
  • 1997: (Mental Health Commission) Appointed to a committee to review the ‘Blueprint for Mental Health Services’
  • 1993-1995: (Public Health Commission) Consultant
  • 1992-1994: (Ministry of Health). Consultant

Professional activities

  • Member of the New Zealand Statistical Association.
  • Elected member of the Epidemiology and Public Health Section of the World Psychiatric Association
  • Member of the Australasian Epidemiological Association.

Student Supervision

  • The mental health of Pacific people and their use of health services and practice for seeking help.
    [PhD, in progress] Jesse Kokaua
    (Primary supervisor with Patrick Graham and Richie Poulton as co-supervisors)
  • Decriminalisation: A harm minimisation and human rights approach to regulating sex work.
    [PhD] Gillian Abel, 2010
    (Primary supervisor with Lisa Fitzgerald and Cheryl Brunton as co-supervisors)
  • To establish the musculoskeletal treatment practices of primary health care practitioners to whom women can self refer, for chronic pelvic pain. [MHealSc] Warwick Shillitoe, 2009
    (Co-supervisor: Jim Borowczyk)

Publication Supplementary Material

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Publications

Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., & Beautrais, A. L. (2017). Response to Greaves et al.'s (2017) "The diversity and prevalence of sexual orientation self-labels in a New Zealand national sample". Archives of Sexual Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1047-9

MacLachlan, C., Shipton, E. A., & Wells, J. E. (2016). The cold pressor test as a predictor of prolonged postoperative pain: A prospective cohort study. Pain & Therapy, 5, 203-213. doi: 10.1007/s40122-016-0056-z

Peek, K. N., Khashram, M., Wells, J. E., & Roake, J. A. (2016). The costs of elective and emergency abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: A comparative single centre study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1433), 55-65. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Mangin, D., Dowson, C., Mulder, R., Wells, E., Toop, L., Dowell, T., & Arroll, B. (2016). Can't fight this feeling? When and how to stop antidepressants [Invited]. Proceedings of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Conference for General Practice. Retrieved from http://www.generalpractice.org.nz/gp16

Whalley, G. A., Pitama, S., Troughton, R. W., Doughty, R. N., Gamble, G. D., Gillies, T., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Huria, T., Richards, M., & Cameron, V. A. (2015). Higher prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy in two Māori cohorts: Findings from the Hauora Manawa/Community Heart Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(1), 26-31. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12300

Edited Book - Research

Oakley Browne, M. A., Wells, J. E., & Scott, K. M. (Eds.). (2006). Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health, 280p.

Wells, J. E., Baxter, J., & Schaaf, D. (Eds.). (2006). Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand, 138p.

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Edited Book - Other

Oakley Browne, M. A., Wells, J. E., & Scott, K. M. (Eds.). (2006). Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey: Summary. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health, 18p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Faatoese, A. F., Pitama, S. G., Wells, J. E., & Cameron, V. A. (2013). Understanding cardiovascular disparities between Māori and non-Māori in New Zealand: Is there a way to reduce these disparities? In O. T. Jackson & K. A. Evans (Eds.), Health disparities: Epidemiology, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic risk factors and strategies for elimination. (pp. 77-102). Nova.

Bruffaerts, R., Vilagut, G., Al-Hamzawi, A. O., Bunting, B., Demyttenaere, K., He, Y., … Wells, J. E., & Xavier, M. (2013). Partial disability associated with common mental and physical disorders. In J. Alonso, S. Chatterji & Y. He (Eds.), The burdens of mental disorders: Global perspectives from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys. (pp. 149-170). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Wang, P. S., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A. O., Alonso, J., Andrade, L. H., Angermeyer, M. C., … Wells, J. E., & Kessler, R. C. (2011). Treated and untreated prevalence of mental disorders: Results from the World Health Organization World Mental Health (WMH) surveys. In G. Thornicroft, G. Szmukler, K. T. Mueser & R. E. Drake (Eds.), Oxford textbook of community mental health. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/med/9780199565498.003.0027

Wang, P. S., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Alonso, J., Angermeyer, M. C., Borges, G., . . ., & Wells, J. E. (2008). Recent treatment of mental disorders in the World Mental Health Survey Initiative. In R. C. Kessler & T. B. Üstün (Eds.), The WHO World Mental Health Surveys: Global perspectives on the epidemiology of mental disorders. (pp. 541-554). Cambridge University Press.

Oakley-Browne, M. A., Wells, J. E., & Scott, K. M. (2008). Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. In R. C. Kessler & T. B. Üstün (Eds.), The WHO World Mental Health Surveys: Global perspectives on the epidemiology of mental disorders. (pp. 486-508). Cambridge University Press.

Heeringa, S. G., Wells, J. E., Hubbard, F., Mneimneh, Z. N., Chiu, W.-T., Sampson, N. A., & Berglund, P. A. (2008). Sample designs and sampling procedures. In R. C. Kessler & T. B. Üstün (Eds.), The WHO World Mental Health Surveys: Global perspectives on the epidemiology of mental disorders. (pp. 14-32). Cambridge University Press.

Pennell, B.-E., Mneimneh, Z. N., Bowers, A., Chardoul, S., Wells, J. E., & et al (2008). Implementation of the World Mental Health Surveys. In R. C. Kessler & T. B. Üstün (Eds.), The WHO World Mental Health Surveys: Global perspectives on the epidemiology of mental disorders. (pp. 33-57). Cambridge University Press.

Beautrais, A. L., & Wells, J. E. (2006). Suicidal behaviour. In J. E. Wells, J. Baxter & D. Schaaf (Eds.), Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 67-78). Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

Wells, J. E. (2006). Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. In J. E. Wells, J. Baxter & D. Schaaf (Eds.), Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 95-108). Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

Oakley Browne, M. A., & Wells, J. E. (2006). Health services. In J. E. Wells, J. Baxter & D. Schaaf (Eds.), Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 79-94). Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., & Oakley Browne, M. A. (2006). Methods. In M. A. Oakley Browne, J. E. Wells & K. M. Scott (Eds.), Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 218-251). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Oakley Browne, M. A., & Wells, J. E. (2006). Introduction. In M. A. Oakley Browne, J. E. Wells & K. M. Scott (Eds.), Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 1-22). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Wells, J. E., & Oakley Browne, M. A. (2006). Prevalence. In J. E. Wells, J. Baxter & D. Schaaf (Eds.), Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 19-48). Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M. A., & McGee, M. A. (2006). Introduction. In J. E. Wells, J. Baxter & D. Schaaf (Eds.), Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 1-17). Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

Wells, J. E., & Oakley Browne, M. A. (2006). The study in perspective. In J. E. Wells, J. Baxter & D. Schaaf (Eds.), Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 109-116). Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

Wells, J. E. (2006). Prevalence and severity across aggregated disorders. In M. A. Oakley Browne, J. E. Wells & K. M. Scott (Eds.), Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 23-36). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M. A., & Scott, K. M. (2006). Executive summary. In J. E. Wells, J. Baxter & D. Schaaf (Eds.), Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. xxi-xxviii). Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

Wells, J. E. (2006). Twelve-month prevalence. In M. A. Oakley Browne, J. E. Wells & K. M. Scott (Eds.), Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 37-56). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Oakley Browne, M. A., & Wells, J. E. (2006). Health services. In M. A. Oakley Browne, J. E. Wells & K. M. Scott (Eds.), Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 115-138). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

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Journal - Research Article

MacLachlan, C., Shipton, E. A., & Wells, J. E. (2016). The cold pressor test as a predictor of prolonged postoperative pain: A prospective cohort study. Pain & Therapy, 5, 203-213. doi: 10.1007/s40122-016-0056-z

Peek, K. N., Khashram, M., Wells, J. E., & Roake, J. A. (2016). The costs of elective and emergency abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: A comparative single centre study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1433), 55-65. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Whalley, G. A., Pitama, S., Troughton, R. W., Doughty, R. N., Gamble, G. D., Gillies, T., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Huria, T., Richards, M., & Cameron, V. A. (2015). Higher prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy in two Māori cohorts: Findings from the Hauora Manawa/Community Heart Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(1), 26-31. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12300

Wells, J. E., & McGee, M. A. (2015). Past year alcohol consumption patterns, alcohol problems and alcohol-related diagnoses in the New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Journal of Addiction & Prevention, 3(1), 11. doi: 10.13188/2330-2178.1000019

Simcock, B., Narayan, K., Drummond, E., Bernshaw, D., Wells, E., & Hicks, R. J. (2015). The role of positron emission tomography/computed tomography in planning radiotherapy in endometrial cancer. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 25(4), 645-649. doi: 10.1097/igc.0000000000000393

MacLachlan, C., Shipton, E. A., & Wells, J. E. (2015). Perioperative pain correlates and prolonged postoperative pain predictors: Demographic and psychometric questionnaires. Pain & Therapy, 4(1), 119-133. doi: 10.1007/s40122-015-0037-7

Allen, C. L., Hooper, G. J., Oram, B. J., & Wells, J. E. (2014). Does computer-assisted total knee arthroplasty improve the overall component position and patient function? International Orthopaedics, 38(2), 251-257. doi: 10.1007/s00264-013-1996-0

Andrade, L. H., Alonso, J., Mneimneh, Z., Wells, J. E., Al-Hamzawi, A., Borges, G., … Kessler, R. C. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment: Results from the WHO World Mental Health surveys. Psychological Medicine, 44(6), 1303-1317. doi: 10.1017/S0033291713001943

Glantz, M. D., Medina-Mora, M. E., Petukhova, M., Andrade, L. H., Anthony, J. C., de Girolamo, G., … Wells, J. E., … Kessler, R. C. (2014). Alcohol abuse in developed and developing countries in the World Mental Health Surveys: Socially defined consequences or psychiatric disorder? American Journal on Addictions, 23(2), 145-155. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12082.x

Foulds, J., Wells, J. E., & Mulder, R. (2014). The association between material living standard and psychological distress: Results from a New Zealand population survey. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 60(8), 766-771. doi: 10.1177/0020764014521394

Shipton, E., Ponnamperuma, D., Wells, E., & Trewin, B. (2013). Demographic characteristics, psychosocial measures, and pain in a sample of patients with persistent pain referred to a New Zealand tertiary pain medicine center. Pain Medicine, 14(7), 1101-1107. doi: 10.1111/pme.12113

Stamp, L. K., Wells, J. E., Pitama, S., Faatoese, A., Doughty, R. N., Whalley, G., Richards, A. M., & Cameron, V. A. (2013). Hyperuricaemia and gout in New Zealand rural and urban Māori and non- Māori communities. Internal Medicine Journal, 43(6), 678-684. doi: 10.1111/imj.12062

Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Angermeyer, M. C., … Kessler, R. C. (2013). Drop out from out-patient mental healthcare in the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Survey initiative. British Journal of Psychiatry, 202(1), 42-49. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.112.113134

Foulds, J., Wells, J. E., Lacey, C., Adamson, S., Sellman, J. D., & Mulder, R. (2013). A comparison of alcohol measures as predictors of psychological distress in the New Zealand population. International Journal of Alcohol & Drug Research, 2(1), 59-67. doi: 10.7895/ijadr.v2i1.73

Walker, L. C., McDonald, M., Wells, J. E., Harris, G. C., Robinson, B. A., & Morris, C. M. (2013). Dual-color fluorescence in situ hybridization reveals an association of chromosome 8q22 but not 8p21 imbalance with high grade invasive breast carcinoma. PLoS ONE, 8(7), e70790. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0070790

Currie, M. J., Beardsley, B. E., Harris, G. C., Gunningham, S. P., Dachs, G. U., Dijkstra, B., Morrin, H. R., Wells, J. E., & Robinson, B. A. (2013). Immunohistochemical analysis of cancer stem cell markers in invasive breast carcinoma and associated ductal carcinoma in situ: Relationships with markers of tumor hypoxia and microvascularity. Human Pathology, 44(3), 402-411. doi: 10.1016/j.humpath.2012.06.004

Troost, J. P., Barondess, D. A., Storr, C. L., Wells, J. E., Al-Hamzawi, A. O., Andrade, L. H., … Anthony, J. C. (2012). An updated global picture of cigarette smoking persistence among adults. Journal of Epidemiology & Global Health, 2(3), 135-144. doi: 10.1016/j.jegh.2012.06.003

Cameron, V. A., Faatoese, A. F., Gillies, M. W., Robertson, P. J., Huria, T. M., Doughty, R. N., … Richards, M. A., Troughton, R. W., Tikao-Mason, K. N., Wells, E. J., Sheerin, I. G., & Pitama, S. G. (2012). A cohort study comparing cardiovascular risk factors in rural Māori, urban Māori and non-Māori communities in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 2(3), e000799. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000799

Mangin, D., Murdoch, D., Wells, J. E., Coughlan, E., Bagshaw, S., Corwin, P., Chambers, S., & Toop, L. (2012). Chlamydia trachomatis testing sensitivity in midstream compared with first-void urine specimens. Annals of Family Medicine, 10(1), 50-53. doi: 10.1370/afm.1323

Hudson, B., Zarifeh, A., Young, L., & Wells, J. E. (2012). Patients' expectations of screening and preventive treatments. Annals of Family Medicine, 10(6), 495-502. doi: 10.1370/afm.1407

Foulds, J., Wells, J. E., Lacey, C., Adamson, S., & Mulder, R. (2012). Harmful drinking and talking about alcohol in primary care: New Zealand population survey findings. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 126(6), 434-439. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2012.01871.x

Volkova, E., Willis, J. A., Wells, J. E., Robinson, B. A., Dachs, G. U., & Currie, M. J. (2011). Association of angiopoietin-2, C-reactive protein and markers of obesity and insulin resistance with survival outcome in colorectal cancer. British Journal of Cancer, 104, 51-59. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6606005

Pitama, S., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Tikao-Mason, K., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Gillies, T., … Troughton, R., Sheerin, I., Richards, M., & Cameron, V. A. (2011). A Kaupapa Māori approach to a community cohort study of heart disease in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(3), 249-255. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00702.x

Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., & Beautrais, A. L. (2011). Multiple aspects of sexual orientation: Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates in a New Zealand National Survey. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(1), 155-168. doi: 10.1007/s10508-010-9636-x

Merikangas, K. R., Jin, R., He, J.-P., Kessler, R. C., Lee, S., Sampson, N. A., … Wells, J. E., & Zarkov, Z. (2011). Prevalence and correlates of bipolar spectrum disorder in the World Mental Health Survey Initiative. Archives of General Psychiatry, 68(3), 241-251. doi: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.12

Moesbergen, T. C., de Ryke, R. J., Dunbar, S., Wells, J. E., & Anderson, N. G. (2011). Distal ureteral calculi: US Follow-up. Radiology, 260(2), 575-580. doi: 10.1148/radiol.11101077

Gale, C. K., Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., & Oakley Browne, M. A. (2011). A latent class analysis of psychosis-like experiences in the New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 124(3), 205-213. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2011.01707.x

Harley, J. A., Wells, J. E., Frampton, C. M. A., & Joyce, P. R. (2011). Bipolar disorder and the TCI: Higher self-transcendence in bipolar disorder compared to major depression. Depression Research & Treatment, 529638. doi: 10.1155/2011/529638

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