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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.

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MacDermod, C., Pettie, M. A., Carrino, E. A., Cruz Garcia, S., Padalecki, S., Finch, J. E., … Kennedy, H. L., … Kennedy, M. A., Cleland, L., Jordan, J., … Bulik, C. M. (2022). Recommendations to encourage participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds in psychiatric genetic studies. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32906

Pettie, M., Dixon, L., Treharne, G., Bowden, C., Patterson, T., Beres, M., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Shaw, R., … Eketone-Kelly, K. (2021). What helps and hinders male survivors’ help-seeking behaviour in Aotearoa New Zealand? Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP). (pp. 43). Retrieved from