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Health Sciences profile

Professor Sunny Collings

PositionProfessor
DepartmentDean's Department (UOW)
QualificationsMB ChB(Otago) MRCPsych
Research summarySocial psychiatry

Research

Sunny is the Dean of the University of Otago, Wellington. She is the Director, Suicide and Mental Health Research Group.

Her research interests include primary care mental health, suicide prevention, media, and community mental health issues.

Publications

Cunningham, R., Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2017). Like minds, like mine: Seventeen years of countering stigma and discrimination against people with experience of mental distress in New Zealand. In W. Gaebel, W. Rössler & N. Sartorius (Eds.), The stigma of mental illness: The end of the story? (pp. 263-287). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-27839-1_15

Canty, J., Stubbe, M., Steers, D., & Collings, S. (2016). The trouble with bullying: Deconstructing the conventional definition of bullying for a child-centred investigation into children's use of social media. Children & Society, 30(1), 48-58. doi: 10.1111/chso.12103

Dean, S., Britt, E., Bell, E., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2016). Motivational interviewing to enhance adolescent mental health treatment engagement: A randomized clinical trial. Psychological Medicine, 46(9), 1961-1969. doi: 10.1017/s0033291716000568

Mckenzie, S. K., Li, C., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2016). Ethical considerations in sensitive suicide research reliant on non-clinical researchers. Research Ethics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1747016116649996

Mckenzie, S. K., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2016). Men's perspectives of common mental health problems: A metasynthesis of qualitative research. International Journal of Men's Health, 15(1), 80-104. doi: 10.3149/jmh.1501.80

Edited Book - Research

Ellis, P. M., & Collings, S. C. D. (Eds.). (1997). Mental Health in New Zealand from a Public Health Perspective. Wellington: Ministry of Health, 514p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Cunningham, R., Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2017). Like minds, like mine: Seventeen years of countering stigma and discrimination against people with experience of mental distress in New Zealand. In W. Gaebel, W. Rössler & N. Sartorius (Eds.), The stigma of mental illness: The end of the story? (pp. 263-287). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-27839-1_15

Collings, S., & Seminiuk, D. (1998). The caring role. In S. Romans (Ed.), Folding Back the Shadows: A Perspective on Women's Mental Health. (pp. 115-130). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.

Collings, S., & Romans, S. (1998). Women and psychotherapy. In S. Romans (Ed.), Folding Back the Shadows: A Perspective on Women's Mental Health. (pp. 231-250). Dunedin: University of Otago.

Ellis, P., & Collings, S. C. D. (1997). Public health solutions to mental health problems. In P. M. Ellis & S. C. D. Collings (Eds.), Mental Health in New Zealand From a Public Health Perspective. (pp. 475-479). Wellington: Public Health Group, Ministry of Health.

Collings, S. C. D., & Ellis, P. (1997). Biological, social and economic risk factors. In P. M. Ellis & S. C. D. Collings (Eds.), Mental Health in New Zealand From a Public Health Perspective. (pp. 39-69). Wellington: Public Health Group, Ministry of Health.

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Journal - Research Article

Canty, J., Stubbe, M., Steers, D., & Collings, S. (2016). The trouble with bullying: Deconstructing the conventional definition of bullying for a child-centred investigation into children's use of social media. Children & Society, 30(1), 48-58. doi: 10.1111/chso.12103

Mckenzie, S. K., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2016). Men's perspectives of common mental health problems: A metasynthesis of qualitative research. International Journal of Men's Health, 15(1), 80-104. doi: 10.3149/jmh.1501.80

Mckenzie, S. K., Li, C., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2016). Ethical considerations in sensitive suicide research reliant on non-clinical researchers. Research Ethics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1747016116649996

Dean, S., Britt, E., Bell, E., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2016). Motivational interviewing to enhance adolescent mental health treatment engagement: A randomized clinical trial. Psychological Medicine, 46(9), 1961-1969. doi: 10.1017/s0033291716000568

Cunningham, R., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2015). Cancer survival in the context of mental illness: A national cohort study. General Hospital Psychiatry, 37, 501-506. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.06.003

Hatcher, S., Sharon, C., House, A., Collins, N., Collings, S., & Pillai, A. (2015). The ACCESS study: Zelen randomised controlled trial of a package of care for people presenting to hospital after self-harm. British Journal of Psychiatry, 206(3), 229-236. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.135780

Collings, S., Mathieson, F., Dowell, A., Stanley, J., Hatcher, S., Goodyear-Smith, F., Lane, B., & Munsterman, A. (2015). Clinical effectiveness of an ultra-brief intervention for common mental health syndromes in primary care: Study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16(1), 260. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0778-y

Peterson, D. H. M., & Collings, S. C. (2015). "It's either do it or die": The role of self-management of suicidality in people with experience of mental illness. Crisis, 36(3), 173-178. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000308

Collings, S., Jenkin, G., Carter, K., & Signal, L. (2014). Gender differences in the mental health of single parents: New Zealand evidence from a household panel survey. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49(5), 811-821. doi: 10.1007/s00127-013-0796-6

Cunningham, R., Peterson, D., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2014). Premature mortality in adults using New Zealand psychiatric services. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1394). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

De Leo, D., Milner, A., Fleischmann, A., Bertolote, J., Collings, S., Amadeo, S., … Wang, X. (2013). The WHO START Study: Suicidal behaviors across different areas of the world. Crisis, 34(3), 156-163. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000193

Mathieson, F., Collings, S., Dowell, A., Goodyear-Smith, F., Stanley, J., & Hatcher, S. (2013). Collaborative research: A case example of dissemination of CBT in primary care. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 6, e4. doi: 10.1017/S1754470X13000093

Scott, K. M., & Collings, S. C. D. (2012). Gender differences in the disability (functional limitations) associated with cardiovascular disease: A general population study. Psychosomatics, 53(1), 38-43. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2011.05.005

Collings, S., Mathieson, F., Dowell, A., Stanley, J., Jenkin, G., Goodyear-Smith, F., & Hatcher, S. (2012). Acceptability of a guided self-help mental health intervention in general practice. Family Practice, 29(1), 43-49. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmr066

Mathieson, F., Mihaere, K., Collings, S., Dowell, A., & Stanley, J. (2012). Maori cultural adaptation of a brief mental health intervention in primary care. Journal of Primary Health Care, 4(3), 231-238. doi: 10.1071/HC12231

Kuehl, S., Nelson, K., & Collings, S. (2012). Back so soon: Rapid re-presentations to the emergency department following intentional self-harm. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1367). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Mitcheson, H., Collings, S., & Siebers, R. W. (2011). Authorship issues at a new zealand academic institution. International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 2(3), 166-171.

Kemp, C. G., & Collings, S. C. (2011). Hyperlinked suicide: Assessing the prominence and accessibility of suicide websites. Crisis, 32(3), 143-151. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000068

Carter, K. N., Kruse, K., Blakely, T., & Collings, S. (2011). The association of food security with psychological distress in New Zealand and any gender differences. Social Science & Medicine, 72(9), 1463-1471. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.03.009

Ivory, V. C., Collings, S. C., Blakely, T., & Dew, K. (2011). When does neighbourhood matter? Multilevel relationships between neighbourhood social fragmentation and mental health. Social Science & Medicine, 72(12), 1993-2002. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.04.015

Peterson, D., Currey, N., & Collings, S. (2011). "You don't look like one of them": Disclosure of mental illness in the workplace as an ongoing dilemma. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(2), 145-147. doi: 10.2975/35.2.2011.145.147

van der Deen, F. S., Carter, K. N., Wilson, N., & Collings, S. (2011). The association between failed quit attempts and increased levels of psychological distress in smokers in a large New Zealand cohort. BMC Public Health, 11, 598. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-598

Carter, K. N., Shaw, C., Collings, S., Blakely, T., & Richardson, K. (2011). The SoFIE-Health study: Are the results comparable to the New Zealand population? Australasian Epidemiologist, 18(1), 26-32.

McKinlay, E., Garrett, S., McBain, L., Dowell, T., Collings, S., & Stanley, J. (2011). New Zealand general practice nurses' roles in mental health care. International Nursing Review, 58(2), 225-233. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2010.00859.x

Hatcher, S., Sharon, C., House, A., Collings, S., Parag, V., & Collins, N. (2011). The ACCESS study a Zelen randomised controlled trial of a treatment package including problem solving therapy compared to treatment as usual in people who present to hospital after self-harm: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 12, 135. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-12-135

Airini, Collings, S., Conner, L., McPherson, K., Midson, B., & Wilson, C. (2011). Learning to be leaders in higher education: What helps or hinders women's advancement as leaders in universities. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 39(1), 44-62. doi: 10.1177/1741143210383896

Andrés, A. R., Collings, S., & Qin, P. (2010). Sex-specific impact of socio-economic factors on suicide risk: A population-based case-control study in Denmark. European Journal of Public Health, 20(3), 265-270. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckp183

Collings, S., & Kemp, C. G. (2010). Death knocks, professional practice, and the public good: The media experience of suicide reporting in New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 71, 244-248. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.03.017

Scott, K. M., & Collings, S. C. D. (2010). Gender and the association between mental disorders and disability. Journal of Affective Disorders, 125, 207-212. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2010.06.022

McKenzie, S. K., Carter, K., Blakely, T., & Collings, S. (2010). The association of childhood socio-economic position and psychological distress in adulthood: Is it mediated by adult socio-economic position? Longitudinal & Life Course Studies, 1(4), 339-358.

Carter, K. N., Blakely, T., Collings, S., Gunasekara, F. I., & Richardson, K. (2009). What is the association between wealth and mental health? Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63(3), 221-226. doi: 10.1136/jech.2008.079483

Collings, S., Ivory, V., Blakely, T., & Atkinson, J. (2009). Are neighbourhood social fragmentation and suicide associated in New Zealand? A national multilevel cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63(12), 1035-1042. doi: 10.1136/jech.2009.090985

Tobias, M., Templeton, R., & Collings, S. (2008). How much do mental disorders contribute to New Zealand's tobacco epidemic? Tobacco Control, 17(5), 347-350. doi: 10.1136/tc.2008.026005

Dew, K., Morgan, S., Dowell, A., McLeod, D., Bushnell, J. A., & Collings, S. (2007). ′It puts things out of your control′: Fear of consequences as a barrier to patient disclosure of mental health issues to general practitioners. Sociology of Health & Illness, 29(7), 1-16.

Pearce, J., Barnett, R., Collings, S., & Jones, I. (2007). Did geographical inequalities in suicide among men aged 15-44 in New Zealand increase during the period 1980-2001? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 359-365.

Beautrais, A., Fergusson, D., Coggan, C., Collings, C., Doughty, C., Ellis, P., … Horwood, J., … Mulder, R., Poulton, R., & Surgenor, L. (2007). Effective strategies for suicide prevention in New Zealand: A review of the evidence. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1251). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1251/2459/content.pdf

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Ivory, V., Collings, S., Wilton, J., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2006). No association of neighbourhood volunteerism with mortality in New Zealand: A national multilevel cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, 981-989.

Roberts, S. L., Bushnell, J. A., Collings, S. C., & Purdie, G. L. (2006). Psychological health of men with partners who have post-partum depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 704-711.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Dowell, A., Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2006). The treatment of common mental health problems in general practice. Family Practice, 23, 53-59.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Dowell, A., Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). The effectiveness of case-finding for mental health problems in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 55, 665-669.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including McLeod, D., Bushnell, J., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). General practitioners' perceptions of barriers to their provision of mental healthcare: A report on Mental Health and General Practice Investigation (MaGPIe). New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1222). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/118-1222/1654/content.pdf

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Kljakovic, M., Dowell, A., McLeod, D., Bushnell, J., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., & McBain, L. (2005). Recognition of physical and psychological symptoms: No influence of GP demographic factors. Australian Family Physician, 34(8), 1-4.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including McLeod, D., Bushnell, J., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). Do patients want to disclose psychological problems to GPs? Family Practice, 22(6), 631-637.

Dew, K., Dowell, A., McLeod, D., Collings, S., & Bushnell, J. (2005). ″This glorious twilight zone of uncertainty″: Mental health consultations in general practice in New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 61, 1189-1200.

Bush, A., Collings, S., Tamasese, K., & Waldegrave, C. (2005). Samoan and psychiatrists' perspectives on the self: Qualitative comparison. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 621-626.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). Mental disorders among Maori attending their general practitioner. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(5), 401-406.

Collings, S., The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., Dowell, A., McLeod, D., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). Disability and the detection of mental disorder in primary care. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 40(12), 994-1002. doi: 10.1007/s00127-005-0984-0

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2004). General practitioner recognition of mental illness in the absence of a 'gold standard'. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38, 789-794.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2004). Frequency of consultations and general practitioner recognition of psychological symptoms. British Journal of General Practice, 54, 838-842.

Blakely, T. A., Collings, S. C. D., & Atkinson, J. (2003). Unemployment and suicide. Evidence for a casual association? Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 57(8), 594-600. doi: 10.1136/jech.56.10.722

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Cave, R., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2003). The nature and prevalence of psychological problems in New Zealand primary healthcare: A report on Mental Health and General Practice Investigation (MaGPIe). New Zealand Medical Journal, 116(1171). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/116-1171/379/content.pdf

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., Dowell, A., Friedli, K., McLeod, D., McMurray, K., Salmond, C., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., McBain, L., & Salmond, G. (2001). Psychological problems in New Zealand primary health care: A report on the pilot phase of the Mental Health and General Practice Investigation (MaGPIe). New Zealand Medical Journal, 114(1124), 11-13.

Welch, S., Collings, S. C. D., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2000). Lesbians in New Zealand: Their mental health and satisfaction with mental health services. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 34(2), 256-263. doi: 10.1080/j.1440-1614.2000.00710.x

Welch, S., Howden-Chapman, P., & Collings, S. C. D. (1998). Survey of drug and alcohol use by lesbians in New Zealand. Addictive Behaviors, 23(4), 543-548. doi: 10.1016/S0306-4603(98)00036-7

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Journal - Research Other

Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2014). To disclose or not: Does a decision tool help? Evidence-Based Mental Health, 17(2), 61. doi: 10.1136/eb-2013-101677

Collings, S., & Niederkrotenthaler, T. (2012). Suicide prevention and emergent media: Surfing the opportunity. Crisis, 33(1), 1-4. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000141

Minas, H., Chopra, P., Collings, S., Harvey, C., & Currey, N. (2011). The section of social and cultural psychiatry: Scope and priorities [Correspondence]. Australasian Psychiatry, 19(2), 177-178. doi: 10.3109/10398562.2011.561847

Wilson, N., Weerasekera, D., Collings, S., Edwards, R., & van der Deen, F. S. (2010). Poorer mental health in many New Zealand smokers: National survey data from the ITC project [Letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1326). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1326/4455/content.pdf

Mathieson, F., Collings, S., & Dowell, A. (2009). Sub-threshold mental health syndromes: Finding an alternative to the medication of unhappiness [Essay]. Journal of Primary Health Care, 1(1), 74-77.

Garrett, S., Dowell, T., Bos, V., Collings, S., McBain, L., & McKinlay, E. (2007). The challenge of improving access to mental health services within a primary care setting. New Zealand Family Physician, 34(1), 25-29.

Collings, S., & Kake, T. (2007). Is there a systematic bias in the prosecution of psychiatric patients who assault staff? [Correspondence]. Australasian Psychiatry, 15(1), 77.

Collings, S. (2005). The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy consultation round: An open submission to the Ministry of Health [Viewpoint]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1216). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/118-1216/1501/content.pdf

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