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Dr Karen Tustin

KTustin_smallEmail karen.tustin@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 479 5089

Karen completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Otago under the supervision of Professor Harlene Hayne. The focus of Karen’s PhD research was on childhood amnesia and memory development.

Since 2011, Karen has been working as a Research Fellow in the National Centre of Lifecourse Research (NCLR). She is the Project Manager for the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand, a longitudinal study designed to understand the value of a New Zealand tertiary education by following a cohort of students for 10 years post-graduation.

Research Interests

Childhood amnesia and episodic memory

The focus of Karen’s PhD research was on the specific mechanisms responsible for childhood amnesia (the inability of adults to recall their infancy and early childhood). In particular, Karen is interested in how the development of episodic memory contributes to our understanding of childhood amnesia. During the course of her PhD, Karen developed a new technique to interview children about their personal memories and she devised a new coding scheme to tap the episodic nature of the information that individuals report about their memories. One of the studies in her thesis represents the first systematic attempt to examine age-related changes in childhood amnesia across the lifespan.

Longitudinal outcomes of tertiary education

Karen’s current work on the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand (GLSNZ) aims to understand the value of a New Zealand tertiary education by exploring how graduates fare in the years following university, in terms of their lifestyles, employment and career development, and their health and well-being. It will provide critical information to both universities and government policy makers, who are seeking robust information on the cost-effectiveness of their significant financial investment in university education and how this is contributing to the social and economic goals of individual graduates and New Zealand society as a whole. The first wave of data collection for this study was completed in 2011, the second wave was completed in 2014 (2 years post-graduation), and subsequent waves will take place at 5 and 10 years post-graduation.

Visit the Graduate Longitudinal Study (GLSNZ) website for more information.

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Publications

Theodore, R., Gollop, M., Tustin, K., Taylor, N., Kiro, C., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2017). Māori university success: What helps or hinders qualification completion. AlterNative, 13(2), 122-130. doi: 10.1177/1177180117700799

Theodore, R., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Taylor, N., Hunter, J., … Poulton, R. (2017). Equity in New Zealand university graduate outcomes: Māori and Pacific graduates. Higher Education Research & Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2017.1344198

Blank, M.-L., Connor, J., Gray, A., & Tustin, K. (2016). Alcohol use, mental well-being, self-esteem and general self-efficacy among final-year university students. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(3), 431-441. doi: 10.1007/s00127-016-1183-x

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2016). Early memories come in small packages: Episodic memory in young children and adults. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(7), 852-865. doi: 10.1002/dev.21423

Theodore, R., Tustin, K., Kiro, C., Gollop, M., Taumoepeau, M., Taylor, N., Chee, K.-S., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2016). Māori university graduates: Indigenous participation in higher education. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(5), 604-618. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2015.1107883

Chapter in Book - Research

Hayne, H., & Tustin, K. (2014). Infants and young children as sources of information about their own lives: Methodology and findings. In G. B. Melton, A. Ben-Arieh, J. Cashmore, G. S. Goodman & N. K. Worley (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of child research. (pp. 575-592). Sage.

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Journal - Research Article

Theodore, R., Gollop, M., Tustin, K., Taylor, N., Kiro, C., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2017). Māori university success: What helps or hinders qualification completion. AlterNative, 13(2), 122-130. doi: 10.1177/1177180117700799

Theodore, R., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Taylor, N., Hunter, J., … Poulton, R. (2017). Equity in New Zealand university graduate outcomes: Māori and Pacific graduates. Higher Education Research & Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2017.1344198

Blank, M.-L., Connor, J., Gray, A., & Tustin, K. (2016). Alcohol use, mental well-being, self-esteem and general self-efficacy among final-year university students. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(3), 431-441. doi: 10.1007/s00127-016-1183-x

Theodore, R., Tustin, K., Kiro, C., Gollop, M., Taumoepeau, M., Taylor, N., Chee, K.-S., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2016). Māori university graduates: Indigenous participation in higher education. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(5), 604-618. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2015.1107883

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2016). Early memories come in small packages: Episodic memory in young children and adults. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(7), 852-865. doi: 10.1002/dev.21423

Blank, M.-L., Connor, J., Gray, A., & Tustin, K. (2015). Screening for hazardous alcohol use among university students using individual questions from the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption. Drug & Alcohol Review, 34(5), 540-548. doi: 10.1111/dar.12272

Hayne, H., Gross, J., McNamee, S., Fitzgibbon, O., & Tustin, K. (2011). Episodic memory and episodic foresight in 3- and 5-year-old children. Cognitive Development, 26, 343-355. doi: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2011.09.006

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2010). Defining the boundary: Age-related changes in childhood amnesia. Developmental Psychology, 46(5), 1049-1061. doi: 10.1037/a0020105

Tustin, K., Gross, J., & Hayne, H. (2004). Maternal exposure to first-trimester sunshine is associated with increased birth weight in human infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 45, 221-230.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Tustin, K. (2013). Assessing the long-term value of tertiary education in New Zealand. Genius, (June), 4-5.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Schaughency, E., Suggate, S., & Tustin, K. (2010). Using local norms to describe reading achievement: A longitudinal examination from third to fifth grade. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net/

Tustin, K., Gross, J., & Hayne, H. (2008). Memory by association: Deferred imitation prolongs retention for the VRM paradigm. Proceedings of the XVIth International Conference on Infant Studies. (pp. 255). Retrieved from http://www.isisweb.org/ICIS08%20Abstract%20Volume.pdf

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2008). Episodic memory and autonoetic consciousness in children, adolescents, and adults. Developmental Psychobiology. 50(7), (pp. 748). doi: 10.1002/dev.20341

Gross, J., Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2003). Does season of birth influence birth weight in human infants. Developmental Psychobiology. 43(3), (pp. 257). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Schaughency, E., Suggate, S., Tustin, K., & Madigan, S. (2009, November). From research and theory in reading development, for practice to assist learning: Preliminary evaluation of brief self-ratings of reading. Poster session presented at the Second Educational Psychology Forum, Wellington, New Zealand.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2007, October-November). What do young children remember about a unique experience after a long delay? Poster session presented at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology 40th Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2007, March-April). ″And the whistle goed whoo whoo!″ A new task to study age-related changes in memory during early childhood. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Boston, USA.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2006, July). A new method to measure childhood amnesia in children, adolescents, and adults. Poster session presented at the 19th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Melbourne, Australia.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2006, October). A new task to study memory development during early childhood. Poster session presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Tustin, K., Wright, F., & Hayne, H. (2005, April). Defining the boundary: Age-related changes in childhood amnesia. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Theodore, R., Tustin, K., Poulton, R., & Kiro, C. (2015, January). Māori university graduates: Analysis of the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Thirteenth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tustin, K. (2014, November). The Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand National Liaison Officers' Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Tustin, K. (2013, July). What is the value of graduates to the economy? Plenary presentation at the Association of Commonwealth Universities' (ACU) Graduate Employment Network Conference: Exploring the Value of Higher Education to the Economy, Auckland, New Zealand.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2008, November). Episodic memory and autonoetic consciousness in children, adolescents, and adults. Verbal presentation at the Psycolloquy Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2007, November). The best memories sometimes come in small packages: Children's and adults' recollections of a unique event. Verbal presentation at the Psycolloquy Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2006, July). Age-related changes in long-term retention: Implications for childhood amnesia. Verbal presentation at the 4th International Conference on Memory, Sydney, Australia.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2006, November). ″And the big whistle goes toot toot!″ Using the train task to study memory development during early childhood. Verbal presentation at the Psycolloquy Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2005, September). The timeline: A unique method for interviewing children about what they remember. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services National Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Tustin, K., Wright, F., & Hayne, H. (2005, January). Childhood amnesia in children, adolescents and adults. Verbal presentation at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 6th Biennial Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Tustin, K., & Hayne, H. (2005, September). Remembering the past: The role of encoding, retention, and retrieval. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference and AGM, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Theodore, R., Taumoepeau, M., Taylor, N., Hunter, J., Chapple, S., Chee, K.-S., & Poulton, R. (2015). First follow-up descriptive report: Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand. Commissioned by Universities New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Unievrsity of Otago. 343p.

Tustin, K., Chee, K.-S., Taylor, N., Gollop, M., Taumoepeau, M., Hunter, J., Harold, G., & Poulton, R. (2012). Extended Baseline Report: Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand. Commissioned by Universities New Zealand. 293p. Retrieved from http://www.glsnz.org.nz/

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Other Research Output

Tustin, K., Theodore, M., & Taumoepeau. (2015, June). The Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ. Invited presentation at the Global Women Meetup: How can we best create a diverse and inclusive workforce for our new graduates? Auckland, New Zealand. [Invited Presentation].

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