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DSM staff profile

Dr Rose Richards Hessell

PositionCancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit (Co-Director, Senior Research Fellow), Dunedin School of Medicine (Associate Dean Pacific), Kōhatu - Centre for Hauora Māori (Senior Research Fellow)
DepartmentsDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM), Department of Women's and Children's Health (DSM)
QualificationsBSc PGDipSci MSc PhD
Research summaryCancer awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand, Pacific health, physical activity, and health equity

Research

The work of the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) is closely aligned with the Cancer Society goal of improving community wellbeing by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer. The Cancer Awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand (CAANZ) research programme explores how to raise awareness and uptake of cancer protective behaviours at an individual/whānau level and evidence based interventions at organisation, community and policy levels. Current research includes a national survey of cancer awareness among adults and monitoring of media communication of cancer risk and treatments.

There are numerous health challenges currently facing Pacific populations. Growing our Pacific health workforce is an important part of responding to these challenges. It is an exciting time to be involved in Pacific Health Research, with a steadily building population of talented and committed Pacific Researchers, a growing collection of models and methodologies that allow Pacific experiences to be accurately and respectfully captured and a multitude of community strengths on which to base interventions to improve health and wellbeing.

Food, nutrition, physical activity, and body composition (overweight and obesity) have been identified as playing a central part in the prevention of cancer. Physical activity and healthy nutrition are complex behaviours. Over the years, SBRU work has explored individual and societal influences on physical activity and nutrition, developed and tested new interventions and supported the translation of this research evidence into policy and practice. While, to date, the majority of the SBRU research programme has focused on physical activity and healthy nutrition for cancer risk reduction, our research has also highlighted the benefits of physical activity for cancer survivors, and has explored barriers and opportunities for the provision of physical activity services for cancer survivors by the Cancer Society.

Additional details

Dr Richards Hessell's Health Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship profile

Publications

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Cancer Awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand (CAANZ), 2001 and 2015: Study protocols. Journal of Cancer Education, 32(4), 745-748. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1050-1

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2016). Cancer information seeking among adult New Zealanders: A national cross-sectional study. Journal of Cancer Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1136-9

Richards, R., & Egan, R. (2016). Reflections: Spirituality and cancer researchers. Journal of Cancer Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1072-8

Collins, C., Richards, R., Reeder, A. I., & Gray, A. R. (2015). Food for thought: Edible gardens in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26, 70-73. doi: 10.1071/HE14082

Clark, E. M., Quigg, R., Wong, J. E., Richards, R., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2014). Is the food environment surrounding schools associated with the diet quality of adolescents in Otago, New Zealand? Health & Place, 30, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.008

Journal - Research Article

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Cancer Awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand (CAANZ), 2001 and 2015: Study protocols. Journal of Cancer Education, 32(4), 745-748. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1050-1

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2016). Cancer information seeking among adult New Zealanders: A national cross-sectional study. Journal of Cancer Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1136-9

Collins, C., Richards, R., Reeder, A. I., & Gray, A. R. (2015). Food for thought: Edible gardens in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26, 70-73. doi: 10.1071/HE14082

Clark, E. M., Quigg, R., Wong, J. E., Richards, R., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2014). Is the food environment surrounding schools associated with the diet quality of adolescents in Otago, New Zealand? Health & Place, 30, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.008

Robertson, L., Richards, R., Egan, R., & Szymlek-Gay, E. A. (2013). Promotion and support of physical activity among cancer survivors: A service provider perspective. Psycho-Oncology, 22(2), 441-446. doi: 10.1002/pon.3032

Egan, R., McKechnie, R., Jopson, J., Herbison, P., & Richards, R. (2013). Perspectives on psychosocial and spiritual cancer support services in New Zealand. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31(6), 659-674. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2013.835017

Dawson, A., Richards, R., Collins, C., Reeder, A. I., & Gray, A. (2013). Edible gardens in early childhood education settings in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 24(3), 214-218. doi: 10.1071/he13066

Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Richards, R., & Egan, R. (2011). Physical activity among cancer survivors: A literature review. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1337). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1337/4746/content.pdf

Richards, R., Murdoch, L., Reeder, A. I., & Amun, Q.-t.-a. (2011). Political activity for physical activity: Health advocacy for active transport. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 8, 52. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-52

Richards, R., Murdoch, L., Reeder, A. I., & Rosenby, M. (2010). Advocacy for active transport: Advocate and city council perspectives. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 7. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-7-5

Richards, R., McGee, R., Williams, S. M., Welch, D., & Hancox, R. J. (2010). Adolescent screen time and attachment to parents and peers. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164(3), 258-262. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.280

Richards, R., Poulton, R., Reeder, A. I., & Williams, S. (2009). Childhood and contemporaneous correlates of adolescent leisure time physical inactivity: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(3), 260-267. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.08.005

Richards, R., Williams, S., Poulton, R., & Reeder, A. I. (2007). Tracking club sport participation from childhood to early adulthood. Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport, 78(5), 413-419.

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Journal - Research Other

Richards, R., & Egan, R. (2016). Reflections: Spirituality and cancer researchers. Journal of Cancer Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1072-8

Darling, H., & Richards, R. (2008). Kids on bikes: A community intervention [Letter to the editor]. Preventive Medicine, 46(1), 82. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.07.033

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