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DSM staff profile

Dr Jean Simpson

PositionDirector
QualificationsBA MPH(Dist) PhD(Otago)
Research summaryChildren’s and young people’s health

Research

Jean is the Director of the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health (NZCYES). The NZCYES provides the NZ health sector with information on child and youth health, and the determinants of health, highlighting areas of inequality, and identifying constructive practices that will improve the wellbeing of children and young people.

Jean’s background is in public health and her primary research focus is on the determinants that influence the wellbeing of children and young people. Her research involves both quantitative and qualitative methods and previous research projects include the development and evaluation of community and sports injury prevention, child restraint use, interventions for child safety, and qualitative studies related to motorcycling.

Her PhD was a qualitative study, using an ecological approach to examine upstream and downstream influences on carers seeking to keep young children safe in the complex and dynamic environment of the home.

Publications

Simpson, J., Fougere, G., & McGee, R. (2013). A wicked problem: Early childhood safety in the dynamic, interactive environment of home. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 10(5), 1647-1664. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10051647

Simpson, J. C., Wilson, S., & Currey, N. (2015). Motorcyclists' perceptions and experiences of riding and risk and their advice for safety. Traffic Injury Prevention, 16(2), 159-167. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2014.911852

Simpson, J. C., Turnbull, B. L., Ardagh, M., & Richardson, S. (2009). Child home injury prevention: Understanding the context of unintentional injuries to preschool children. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 16(3), 159-167. doi: 10.1080/17457300903135636

Simpson, J. C., & Nicholls, J. (2012). Preventing unintentional childhood injury at home: Injury circumstances and interventions. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 19(2), 141-151. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2011.635208

Journal - Research Article

Simpson, J. C., Wilson, S., & Currey, N. (2015). Motorcyclists' perceptions and experiences of riding and risk and their advice for safety. Traffic Injury Prevention, 16(2), 159-167. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2014.911852

Simpson, J., Fougere, G., & McGee, R. (2013). A wicked problem: Early childhood safety in the dynamic, interactive environment of home. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 10(5), 1647-1664. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10051647

Simpson, J. C., & Nicholls, J. (2012). Preventing unintentional childhood injury at home: Injury circumstances and interventions. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 19(2), 141-151. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2011.635208

Simpson, J. C., Turnbull, B. L., Ardagh, M., & Richardson, S. (2009). Child home injury prevention: Understanding the context of unintentional injuries to preschool children. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 16(3), 159-167. doi: 10.1080/17457300903135636

Fuamatu, N., Simpson, J., Allan-Moetaua, A., & Southwick, M. (2009). The Pacific advisory group: Reflections on its utility in health research. Pacific Health Dialog, 15(2), 107-115.

Langley, J. D., Davie, G. S., & Simpson, J. C. (2007). Quality of hospital discharge data for injury prevention. Injury Prevention, 13, 42-44. doi: 10.1136/ip.2006.013375

Simpson, J. (2007). What matters for children's bodies?: Perspectives from a panel of University of Otago researchers. Childrenz Issues, 11(2), 35-36.

Williden, M., Taylor, R. W., McAuley, K. A., Simpson, J. C., Oakley, M., & Mann, J. I. (2006). The APPLE project: An investigation of the barriers and promoters of healthy eating and physical activity in New Zealand children aged 5-12 years. Health Education Journal, 65(2), 135-148. doi: 10.1177/001789690606500204

Simpson, J. C., Turnbull, B. L., Stephenson, S. C. R., & Davie, G. S. (2006). Correct and incorrect use of child restraints: Results from an urban survey in New Zealand. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 13(4), 260-263. doi: 10.1080/17457300600678219

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Journal - Research Other

Langley, J., & Simpson, J. (2009). Injury surveillance: Unrealistic expectations of safe communities [Commentary]. Injury Prevention, 15(3), 146-149. doi: 10.1136/ip.2008.020974

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