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Research Fellow

BA, BSc(Hons), PhD (VUW)


Research interests

Dr Michaela Pettie (Ngāti Pūkenga) is a Research Fellow on the EDGI study. She is investigating perspectives and experiences of eating disorders, especially the experiences for Māori and Rainbow/LBGTQIA+ community members. She is also working with tangata whenua and key communities to understand their needs and how they might support their whānau impacted by eating disorders.

Dr Pettie completed her studies in Behavioural Neurogenetics at Victoria University of Wellington. Her PhD was on the genetic and environmental factors involved in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Since completing her PhD, she has been working with people and communities. As a wāhine rainbow community member with disabilities, she is an advocate for those that are affected by trauma and chronic health issues. Over the last four years, she has worked with sexual abuse support organisations, especially the organisations who support the needs of men and members of the rainbow community.


Frost, K., Graham-DeMello, A., Ball, J., Pettie, M., & Hoek, J. (2024). A qualitative analysis of how underage adolescents access nicotine vaping products in Aotearoa New Zealand. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, ntae096. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntae096 Journal - Research Article

Pettie, M., Poasa, L., & Ball, J. (2023). Shifting experiences and social meanings of substance use among Māori youth: A comparative study. Drug & Alcohol Review, 42(Suppl. 1), 240. doi: 10.1111/dar.13749 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ball, J., Pettie, M., Poasa, L., & Hoek, J. (2023). "It's the first thing you think about when you wake up, and it's the last thing you think about when you go to sleep": Nicotine vaping among New Zealand adolescents. Drug & Alcohol Review, 42(Suppl. 1), 257. doi: 10.1111/dar.13749 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kennedy, H. L., Hitchman, L. M., Pettie, M. A., Bulik, C. M., & Jordan, J. (2023). Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) in New Zealand and Australia: A scoping review. Journal of Eating Disorders, 11, 196. doi: 10.1186/s40337-023-00922-9 Journal - Research Other

Ball, J., Pettie, M. A., Poasa, L., & Abel, G. (2023). Understanding youth drinking decline: Similarity and change in the function and social meaning of alcohol use (and non-use) in adolescent cohorts 20 years apart. Drug & Alcohol Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/dar.13685 Journal - Research Article

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