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Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore

Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR)

Moana TheodoreEmail moana.theodore@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 479 4171

Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore is the Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR). She is an Investigator on the Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ (GLSNZ) and Te Kura Mai i Tawhiti – a Māori community research programme. She is a Co-Investigator on the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Moana is a member of the University of Otago Te Poutama Māori (Māori academic staff caucus), a Principal Investigator on the recently formed University of Otago Indigenous Science Research Theme, an Associate Investigator on the University of Otago Poutama Ara Rau Research Theme and a member of the University of Otago Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre. Moana is a former HRC Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Postdoctoral Fellow.

Her research interests include lifecourse research, Māori health and education, child health and development and the development of chronic disease. Her current research focuses on how education impacts on Māori health and wellbeing over time and primarily involves two research projects. The first is a joint partnership between the NCLR and the Taranaki-based community group Te Pou Tiringa (the Governance body for Te Kōpae Piripono). Moana and her colleagues at the NCLR are collaborating in a study (Te Kura mai i Tawhiti) about what effects early life kaupapa Māori programming has on the health and well-being of Māori tamariki and whanau over time. This involves evaluating Te Kōpae Piripono, a Māori immersion early childhood education and whānau programme in New Plymouth. As a part of this research, she is a Co-Investigator on a HRC Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Grant.

Moana is also involved with the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand which began in 2011 and surveyed approximately one third of all potential university graduates (in their final year of study) from the eight New Zealand universities. Moana’s focus is on the outcomes of the 600 Māori participants in the study. This will involve following the Maori graduates for 10 years post-graduation to determine the benefits of university education not only for the graduates themselves (e.g. their careers, their health and wellbeing), but for their whānau, communities and society more broadly.

Selected Publications

Theodore, R.F., Tustin, K., Kiro, C., Gollop, M., Taumoepeau, M., Taylor, N. Chee, K-S., Hunter, J. & Poulton, R. (In Press). Māori university graduates: Indigenous participation in higher education. Higher Education Research and Development.

Theodore, R.F., McLean, R. & Te Morenga, L. (In Press) Addressing obesity for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

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

Edwards, W., Theodore, R.F., Tamati, A., Hond-Flavell, E., Korewha, H., Ratima, M., Craig, D. & Poulton, R. Te Kura mai i Tawhiti: A lifecourse approach to health and wellbeing. Verbal presentation at HRC Hui Whakapiripiri 2014. Auckland, New Zealand (June 2014).

Ratima, M., Edwards, W., Hond-Flavell, E. & Theodore, R.F. Te Kura mai i Tawhiti: He Tau Kawekawea. Maximising the impact of research: the interface of Western Science and Māori Knowledge. Keynote paper presented at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Early Career Researcher Conference: Making an impact, challenging the world. Wellington, New Zealand. (May 2014).

Theodore, R.F. & Pehi, P. Mahitahi: Interconnectedness and Leading Together. Verbal presentation at the Ara Mai he Tētēkura: Visioning Our Futures Symposium and Book Launch. Wellington, New Zealand (November 2013).

Edwards, W., Craig, D., Theodore, M., Poulton, R., Korewha, H., Tamati, A., Hond-Flavell, E & Ratima, M. (2013). Exploring the knowledge interface: Partnership in a Taranaki Māori community health research programme. Verbal presentation at the Public Health Association of New Zealand 2013 Conference. New Plymouth, New Zealand (September, 2013)

Theodore, R.F., Broadbent, J. & Poulton, R. (2012). Systolic blood pressure trajectories from childhood to adulthood [abstract]. Journal of Hypertension, 30: e13.

Theodore, R.F. Māori university graduates: Findings from the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand. Verbal presentation at Kimihia, rangahau te wānanga inamata. Current Issues in Higher Education Research Seminar. Wellington, New Zealand (July 2013)

Theodore, R.F., Thompson, J.M.D., Wall, C.R., Waldie, K.E. & Mitchell, E.A. Foods associated with cognitive ability: Results from the Auckland Birthweight Collaborative (ABC) longitudinal study. Verbal presentation at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand conference. Nelson, New Zealand (October, 2006).

Theodore, R.F., Thompson, J.M.D., Waldie, K.E. & Mitchell, E.A. Determinants of cognitive ability in 7-year old children and children born small-for-gestational age. Poster presentation at the International conference of child cohort studies. Oxford, United Kingdom (September 2006).

Theodore, R.F., Thompson, J.M.D., Waldie, K.E. & Mitchell, E.A. Determinants of cognitive ability in 7-year old children and children born small-for-gestational age. Verbal presentation at the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development Conference. Melbourne, Australia (July 2006).

Theodore, R.F., Thompson, J.M.D., Wall, C.R., Waldie, K.E. & Mitchell, E.A. Food intake and cognitive development in preschool children. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Human Development Conference. Perth, Australia (July 2005).

Theodore, R.F., Thompson, J.M.D., Wall, C.R., Waldie, K.E. & Mitchell, E.A. (2005). Food intake and cognitive development in preschool children [abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology, 57: S172-3.

Theodore, R.F., Thompson, J.M.D., Wall, C.R., Waldie, K.E. & Mitchell, E.A. Preschool nutrition: Food frequency information of three-year old New Zealand European children. Verbal presentation at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand conference. Rotorua, New Zealand (2004).

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Publications

Williams, M. J. A., Milne, B. J., Ambler, A., Theodore, R., Ramrakha, S., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., & Poulton, R. (2017). Childhood body mass index and endothelial dysfunction evaluated by peripheral arterial tonometry in early midlife. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.108

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

Broadbent, J. M., Theodore, R. F., Te Morenga, L., Thomson, W. M., & Brunton, P. A. (2016). Ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in dental treatment at a school of dentistry. New Zealand Dental Journal, 112(2), 55-61.

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

Pehi, P., & Theodore, R. (2013). Mahitahi: Interconnectedness and leading together. In P. Whitinui, M. Glover & D. Hikuroa (Eds.), Ara Mai he Tētēkura: Visioning our futures: New and emerging pathways of Māori academic leadership. (pp. 98-111). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Williams, M. J. A., Milne, B. J., Ambler, A., Theodore, R., Ramrakha, S., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., & Poulton, R. (2017). Childhood body mass index and endothelial dysfunction evaluated by peripheral arterial tonometry in early midlife. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.108

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

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

Broadbent, J. M., Theodore, R. F., Te Morenga, L., Thomson, W. M., & Brunton, P. A. (2016). Ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in dental treatment at a school of dentistry. New Zealand Dental Journal, 112(2), 55-61.

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

Theodore, R. F., Broadbent, J., Nagin, D., Ambler, A., Hogan, S., Ramrakha, S., … Williams, M. J. A., Harrington, H., Moffitt, T. E., … Milne, B., & Poulton, R. (2015). Childhood to early-midlife systolic blood pressure trajectories: Early-life predictors, effect modifiers, and adult cardiovascular outcomes. Hypertension, 66, 1108-1115. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.115.05831

Theodore, R. F., Thompson, J. M. D., Waldie, K. E., Wall, C., Becroft, D. M. O., Robinson, E., … Mitchell, E. A. (2009). Dietary patterns and intelligence in early and middle childhood. Intelligence, 37, 506-513. doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2009.07.001

Theodore, R. F., Thompson, J. M. D., Waldie, K. E., Becroft, D. M. O., Robinson, E., Wild, C. J., … Mitchell, E. A. (2009). Determinants of cognitive ability at 7 years: A longitudinal case-control study of children born small-for-gestational age at term. European Journal of Pediatrics, 168, 1217-1224. doi: 10.1007/s00431-008-0913-9

Theodore, R., Thompson, J., Wall, C., Becroft, D., Robinson, E., Clark, P., … Mitchell, E. (2006). Dietary patterns of New Zealand European preschool children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1235). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1235/1998/content.pdf

Caspi, A., Harrington, H., Milne, B. J., Amell, J., Theodore, R. F., & Moffitt, T. E. (2003). Children's behavioral styles at age 3 are linked to their adult personality traits at age 26. Journal of Personality, 71(4), 495-513.

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Journal - Research Other

Theodore, R., McLean, R., & TeMorenga, L. (2015). Challenges to addressing obesity for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(6), 509-512. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12418

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Edwards, W., Craig, D., Theodore, M., Poulton, R., Korewha, H., Tamati, A., … Ratima, M. (2013). Exploring the knowledge interface: Partnership in a Taranaki Māori community health research programme. In A. Zander & H. Came (Eds.), Proceedings of the Public Health Association Conference: Partnership or Collaboration: Is there a difference? (pp. 83-88). Auckland, New Zealand: Public Health Association. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Tamati, A., Poulton, R., Theodore, R., Ratima, M., & Treharne, G. (2016). He Piki Raukura: Health and well-being through the lifecourse: An early life whānau development approach. Proceedings of the Psycolloquy Seminar. (pp. 11). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Psychology, University of Otago. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/psychology/research/otago059081.html

Theodore, R., Tamati, A., Hond-Flavell, E., & Ratima, M. (2015). Te Kura Mai i Tawhiti: A lifecourse approach to health and wellbeing. Proceedings of the Public Health Association Conference. (pp. 83). Retrieved from https://www.ivvy.com/event/PHA15/

Theodore, R., Broadbent, J., & Poulton, R. (2012). Systolic blood pressure trajectories from childhood to adulthood. Journal of Hypertension, 30, (pp. e13). doi: 10.1097/01.hjh.0000419866.49474.4b

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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.

Theodore, R. (2015, May). Te Kura mai i Tawhiti: A research collaboration exploring health and wellbeing across the lifecourse. Verbal presentation at the Hui Poutama: Māori Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Theodore, M. (2014, February). Undertaking community research on early life programming and whanau development: Where to from here? Verbal presentation at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine In-House Convention, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Edwards, W., Theodore, R., Tamati, A., Hond-Flavell, E., Korewha, H., Ratima, M., Craig, D., & Poulton, R. (2014, July). Te Kura mai i Tawhiti: A lifecourse approach to health and wellbeing. Verbal presentation at the HRC Hui Whakapiripiri, Auckland, New Zealand.

Theodore, M. (2013, July). Māori university graduates: Findings from the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE): Kimihia, Rangahaua Te Wananga Inamata: Current Issues In Higher Education Research Seminar, Wellington, New Zealand.

Theodore, R. F., Pehi, P. T., Tamati, A., Korewha, H. M. T., Hond-Flavell, E. L. M., Craig, D. A., … Ratima, M. M., & Poulton, R. G. (2012, August). Contribution in emerging leadership and research involvement. Verbal presentation at the Hui Poutama: Māori Research Symposium: Ka Haere Whakamua, Ka Titiro Whakamuri, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Theodore, R., Broadbent, J., & Poulton, R. (2011, November). Early life determinants of systolic blood pressure trajectories from 7 to 32 years of age. Verbal presentation at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand.

Theodore, R. F., & Poulton, R. (2011, August). Identifying high blood pressure in children & young people. Verbal presentation at the Hui Poutama: Māori Research Symposium: Past Present Future: Ka Haere Whakamua, Ka Titiro Whakamuri, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Theodore, R., Wyeth, E., & Baxter, J. (2008, June). Māori ethnicity in the Dunedin Study birth cohort: Challenges and opportunities. Verbal presentation at the National Academic Conference of Māori Social Scientists - Critical Mass Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Wyeth, E., & Theodore, M. (2008, July). Disseminating health research findings from the Dunedin Longitudinal Study. Verbal presentation at the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Theodore, M. (2008, June). Māori ethnicity in the Dunedin Study. Verbal presentation at the Findings from the Dunedin Longitudinal Study Dissemination Hui, 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.

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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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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Theodore, R. F. (2008). Factors associated with cognitive ability in middle childhood (PhD). University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

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