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Dr Gareth Treharne

Gareth Treharne

Email gtreharne@psy.otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 479 7630

Dr Gareth Treharne’s research interests are in health psychology, illness perceptions, sexuality and gender, and the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods. He has been involved in a range of projects investigating the predictors of well-being among people with chronic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, particularly in collaboration with colleagues in medicine and physiotherapy. He has carried out research into medication adherence and the provision of non-pharmacological interventions, particularly tailored exercise and smoking cessation support. Gareth takes a social justice approach to research, informed by critical theory, reflexivity and targeting inequalities. He has led research into identity, discrimination and well-being in relation to sexuality, gender and ethnicity.

Gareth has been an author of over 100 papers and chapters. He is on the editorial board of Musculoskeletal Care, Qualitative Research in Psychology and Stress & Health, and previously co-edited a special issue of Gay & Lesbian Issues & Psychology Review. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, having joined the Society as a Graduate Member in 1999. He is the current Chair of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology and was the Society’s Vice-Chair for 2015-2017 and Secretary for 2009–2015. He has been a past recipient of a Matariki Network of University’s travel award, a Wellcome Trust (UK) Value in People award, a European League Against Rheumatism conference award and a British Society for Rheumatology Young Investigator award. In 2015 he was awarded for exemplary student support by the University of Otago’s Disability Information & Support service.

Gareth joined the Department in 2007 and teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is available to supervise postgraduate students in his areas of interest.

Teaching

Research Interests

  • Health psychology and illness perceptions
  • Treatment adherence and communication
  • Critical theory and social constructionism
  • Reflexivity and research methods

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Publications

Treharne, G. J., Richardson, A. C., Neha, T., Fanning, N., Janes, R., Hudson, B., … Pitama, S., & Stamp, L. K. (2017). Education preferences of people with gout: Exploring differences between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples from rural and urban locations. Arthritis Care & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/acr.23272

Graham, K., Treharne, G. J., & Nairn, K. (2017). Using Foucault's theory of disciplinary power to critically examine the construction of gender in secondary schools. Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 11(2), e12302. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12302

Aimer, P., Stamp, L. K., Stebbings, S., Cameron, V., Kirby, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2017). Exploring perceptions of a rheumatoid arthritis-specific smoking cessation programme. Musculoskeletal Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/msc.1209

Riggs, D. W., & Treharne, G. J. (2017). Decompensation: A novel approach to accounting for stress arising from the effects of ideology and social norms. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(5), 592-605. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2016.1194116

Aldaz, B. E., Treharne, G. J., Knight, R. G., Conner, T. S., & Perez, D. (2017). Oncology healthcare professionals' perspectives on the psychosocial support needs of cancer patients during oncology treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(10), 1332-1344. doi: 10.1177/1359105315626999

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, C. M., Treharne, G. J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. A. (2016). Using qualitative evidence to develop an intervention for enabling people with chronic disabling conditions to be more physically active. In K. Olson, R. A. Young & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice. (pp. 453-472). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2920-7_27

Treharne, G. J., & Riggs, D. W. (2015). Ensuring quality in qualitative research. In P. Rohleder & A. C. Lyons (Eds.), Qualitative research in clinical and health psychology. (pp. 57-73). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Hale, E. D., & Treharne, G. J. (2010). Applying psychological interventions in rheumatic disease. In K. Dziedzic & A. Hammond (Eds.), Rheumatology: Evidence-based practice for physiotherapists and occupational therapists. (pp. 151-162). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

Hale, E. D., & Treharne, G. J. (2010). Health Psychology. In K. Dziedzic & A. Hammond (Eds.), Rheumatology: Evidence-based practice for physiotherapists and occupational therapists. (pp. 10-11). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

Hale, E. D., Treharne, G. J., & Kitas, G. D. (2009). Mood disorders and lupus. In Y. Norton (Ed.), Lupus: Diagnosis and treatment. (pp. 72-76). Romford, UK: LUPUS UK.

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Journal - Research Article

Treharne, G. J., Richardson, A. C., Neha, T., Fanning, N., Janes, R., Hudson, B., … Pitama, S., & Stamp, L. K. (2017). Education preferences of people with gout: Exploring differences between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples from rural and urban locations. Arthritis Care & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/acr.23272

Aldaz, B. E., Treharne, G. J., Knight, R. G., Conner, T. S., & Perez, D. (2017). Oncology healthcare professionals' perspectives on the psychosocial support needs of cancer patients during oncology treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(10), 1332-1344. doi: 10.1177/1359105315626999

Riggs, D. W., & Treharne, G. J. (2017). Decompensation: A novel approach to accounting for stress arising from the effects of ideology and social norms. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(5), 592-605. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2016.1194116

Aimer, P., Stamp, L. K., Stebbings, S., Cameron, V., Kirby, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2017). Exploring perceptions of a rheumatoid arthritis-specific smoking cessation programme. Musculoskeletal Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/msc.1209

Graham, K., Treharne, G. J., & Nairn, K. (2017). Using Foucault's theory of disciplinary power to critically examine the construction of gender in secondary schools. Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 11(2), e12302. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12302

Kibblewhite, J. R., Treharne, G. J., Stebbings, S., & Hegarty, R. S. M. (2017). Enjoyment of exercise among people with arthritis: An inductive thematic analysis. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105317733320

Aimer, P., Treharne, G. J., Stebbings, S., Frampton, C., Cameron, V., Kirby, S., & Stamp, L. K. (2017). Efficacy of a rheumatoid arthritis-specific smoking cessation programme: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Arthritis Care & Research, 69(1), 28-37. doi: 10.1002/acr.22960

Smith, C. M., Treharne, G. J., & Tumilty, S. (2017). "All those ingredients of the walk": The therapeutic spaces of dog-walking for people with long-term health conditions. Anthrozoös, 30(2), 327-340. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2017.1311063

Campbell, K., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., Cameron, C., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). How does dog-walking influence perceptions of health and wellbeing in healthy adults? A qualitative dog-walk-along study. Anthrozoös, 29(2), 181-192. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2015.1082770

Baxter, S. V., Hale, L. A., Stebbings, S., Gray, A. R., Smith, C. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Walking is a feasible physical activity for people with rheumatoid arthritis: A feasibility randomized controlled trial. Musculoskeletal Care, 14(1), 47-56. doi: 10.1002/msc.1112

Paterson, H., Hay-Smith, J., Treharne, G., Herbison, P., & Horwath, C. (2016). Validation of the Intuitive Eating Scale in pregnancy. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105316671186

Sangelaji, B., Smith, C. M., Paul, L., Kovanur Sampath, K., Treharne, G. J., & Hale, L. A. (2016). The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(6), 559-576. doi: 10.1177/0269215515595274

Hegarty, R. S. M., Treharne, G. J., Stebbings, S., & Conner, T. S. (2016). Fatigue and mood among people with arthritis: Carry-over across the day. Health Psychology, 35(5), 492-499. doi: 10.1037/hea0000321

Aimer, P., Stamp, L. K., Stebbings, S., Cameron, V., Kirby, S., Croft, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Developing a tailored smoking cessation intervention for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Musculoskeletal Care, 14(1), 2-14. doi: 10.1002/msc.1106

Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Brown, M., Anderson, L., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Once a clinician, always a clinician: A systematic review to develop a typology of clinician-researcher dual-role experiences in health research with patient-participants. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16, 95. doi: 10.1186/s12874-016-0203-6

Clay, L., Hay-Smith, J., Treharne, G., & Milosavljevic, S. (2016). "There are risks to be taken and some just push it too far": How farmers perceive quad-bike incident risk. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(1), 55-61. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12454

Hall-McMaster, S. M., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2016). 'The positive feel': Unpacking the role of positive thinking in people with multiple sclerosis's thinking aloud about staying physically active. Journal of Health Psychology, 21(12), 3026-3036. doi: 10.1177/1359105315592047

Paterson, H., Hay-Smith, E. J., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Women’s experiences of changes in eating during pregnancy: A qualitative study in Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 52, 5-11. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl52.2016.1.5-11

Kibblewhite, J. R., Hegarty, R. S. M., Stebbings, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). The role of enjoyment in exercise for people with arthritis: Four different viewpoints from a Q-methodology study. Musculoskeletal Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/msc.1175

Baxter, S., Smith, C., Treharne, G., Stebbings, S., & Hale, L. (2016). What are the perceived barriers, facilitators and attitudes to exercise for women with rheumatoid arthritis? A qualitative study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(8), 773-780. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1061602

Treharne, G. J., & Beres, M. A. (2016). Writing survey questions to operationalise sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation in New Zealand: Perspectives from psychological and sociological research with the LGBT community. New Zealand Sociology, 31(1), 173-180.

Aldaz, B. E., Treharne, G. J., Knight, R. G., Conner, T. S., & Perez, D. (2016). 'It gets into your head as well as your body': The experiences of patients with cancer during oncology treatment with curative intent. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105316671185

Hale, L. A., Mirfin-Veitch, B. F., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Prevention of falls for adults with intellectual disability (PROFAID): A feasibility study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(1), 36-44. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1017613

Johnston, M. E., Treharne, G. J., Chapman, P. T., & Stamp, L. K. (2015). Patient information about gout: An international review of existing educational resources. Journal of Rheumatology, 42(6), 975-978. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.141442

Riggs, D. W., Ansara, G. Y., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). An evidence-based model for understanding the mental health experiences of transgender Australians. Australian Psychologist, 50(1), 32-39. doi: 10.1111/ap.12088

Graham, K., Treharne, G. J., Ruzibiza, C., & Nicolson, M. (2015). The importance of health(ism): A focus group study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer and transgender individuals' understandings of health. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(2), 237-247. doi: 10.1177/1359105315600236

Clay, L., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Treharne, G. J., & Milosavljevic, S. (2015). Unrealistic optimism, fatalism, and risk-taking in New Zealand farmers' descriptions of quad-bike incidents: A directed qualitative content analysis. Journal of Agromedicine, 20(1), 11-20. doi: 10.1080/1059924x.2014.976727

Aimer, P., Stamp, L., Stebbings, S., Valentino, N., Cameron, V., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). Identifying barriers to smoking cessation in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 67(5), 607-615. doi: 10.1002/acr.22503

Mayland, E. C., Hay-Smith, E. J., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). Recovery-related anxiety and disability following upper limb injury: The importance of context. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(19), 1753-1759. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.976719

Hegarty, R. S. M., Conner, T. S., Stebbings, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). Feel the fatigue and be active anyway: Physical activity on high-fatigue days protects adults with arthritis from decrements in same-day positive mood. Arthritis Care & Research, 67(9), 1230-1236. doi: 10.1002/acr.22582

Clay, L., Treharne, G. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Milosavljevic, S. (2014). Are agricultural quad bike loss-of-control events driven by unrealistic optimism? Safety Science, 66, 54-60. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2014.02.002

Anderson-Lister, G., & Treharne, G. J. (2014). 'Healthy' individuals' perceptions of type 1 and type 2 diabetes cause and management: A ‘think-aloud,’ mixed-methods study using video-based vignettes. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(11), 1371-1381. doi: 10.1177/1359105313490315

Stebbings, S. M., Treharne, G. J., Jenks, K., & Highton, J. (2014). Fatigue in patients with spondyloarthritis associates with disease activity, quality of life and inflammatory bowel symptoms. Clinical Rheumatology, 33(10), 1467-1474. doi: 10.1007/s10067-013-2445-6

Hyland, G., Hay-Smith, J., & Treharne, G. (2014). Women's experiences of doing long-term pelvic floor muscle exercises for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse symptoms. International Urogynecology Journal, 25(2), 265-271. doi: 10.1007/s00192-013-2202-z

Cameron, C., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2014). The feasibility and acceptability of using mobile methods for capturing and analysing data about dog-walking and human health [ML Roberts Prize Winner]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(2), 163-169.

Clay, L., Treharne, G. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Milosavljevic, S. (2014). Is workplace satisfaction associated with self-reported quad bike loss of control events among farm workers in New Zealand? Applied Ergonomics, 45(3), 496-502. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2013.07.003

Mulligan, H., Treharne, G. J., Hale, L. A., & Smith, C. (2013). Combining self-help and professional help to minimize barriers to physical activity in persons with multiple sclerosis: A trial of the "Blue Prescription" approach in New Zealand. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 37, 51-57. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0b013e318292799e

John, H., Hale, E. D., Treharne, G. J., Kitas, G. D., & Carroll, D. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of a cognitive behavioural patient education intervention vs a traditional information leaflet to address the cardiovascular aspects of rheumatoid disease. Rheumatology, 52(1), 81-90. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kes237

Howarth, A., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. J. (2013). The safety-net: What influences New Zealand first-time mothers' perceptions of safety for self and unborn child? New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 48, 24-28.

Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Mulligan, H. F., & Treharne, G. J. (2013). Participant perceptions of a novel physiotherapy approach ("Blue Prescription") for increasing levels of physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study following intervention. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(14), 1174-1181. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.723792

Dimitroulas, T., Douglas, K. M. J., Panoulas, V. F., Toms, T., Smith, J. P., Treharne, G. J., … Kitas, G. D. (2013). Derangement of hemostasis in rheumatoid arthritis: Association with demographic, inflammatory and metabolic factors. Clinical Rheumatology, 32(9), 1357-1364. doi: 10.1007/s10067-013-2283-6

Hale, L. A., Mulligan, H. F., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2013). The feasibility and short-term benefits of Blue Prescription: A novel intervention to enable physical activity for people with multiple sclerosis. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(14), 1213-1220. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.723787

Stebbings, S., Jenks, K., Treharne, G. J., García, J. A., Schultz, M., Highton, J., & Dudley-Brown, S. (2012). Validation of the Dudley Inflammatory Bowel Symptom Questionnaire for the assessment of bowel symptoms in axial SpA: Prevalence of clinically relevant bowel symptoms and association with disease activity. Rheumatology, 51(5), 858-865. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/ker359

Howarth, A. M., Swain, N. R., & Treharne, G. J. (2012). First-time mothers' perspectives on relationships with and between midwives and doctors: Insights from a qualitative study of giving birth in New Zealand. Midwifery, 28(4), 489-494. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2011.07.004

Hale, L. A., Smith, C., Mulligan, H., & Treharne, G. J. (2012). "Tell me what you want, what you really really want....": Asking people with multiple sclerosis about enhancing their participation in physical activity. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(22), 1887-1893. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.670037

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