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Jen Desrosiers

Jen DesrosiersLecturer, MB ChB Co-Convenor

BPE (University of Alberta), MPH (University of Edinburgh)

Email jen.desrosiers@otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 364 3617

Department of Population Health
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Christchurch 8140

Background

Jen’s prior employment was in health promotion and curriculum development before she decided to pursue a new career direction in public health.

Teaching

Jen is the Convenor of the Public Health Module for 4th year undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) program. This four week attachment also includes a project called Sex Bugs and Rock n Roll which is aimed at sexual health with a focus on public health.

Each year the 4th year student who has achieved the best overall results will receive the AMI prize

Visit the 4th year undergraduate programme webpage to read more about Sex Bugs and Rock n Roll initiative and the AMI prize winners

Research Interests

Jen's research interests lie in two primary areas.

Firstly, she is interested in the relationships between maternal health and infant health outcomes and the mode of obstetric delivery. She is specifically interested in the exploration of health outcomes following caesarean delivery, as well as the cultural and socio-demographic influences that can impact women’s birth preferences.

Jen’s second research area is focused on the prevention of human trafficking, with a particular interest in raising public awareness about human trafficking to alter consumer purchasing decisions.

  • Infant Health
  • Maternal Health
  • Human Trafficking
  • Reducing Health Inequities
  • Global Health
  • HIV/Aids

Professional Activities

  • CFES Board of Advisors (2010 - present)
  • Stop The Traffik research contributor (2012 - present)
  • Baptist World Aid Australia research contributor (2012 – present)

Student Supervision

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Publications

Wilkinson, T., Jack, S., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Pattemore, P., Miller, A., & Bothara, R. (2018). The Global Health Classroom: Experiences and learning outcomes of collaborative global health learning between New Zealand and Samoan medical students in a virtual classroom. Proceedings of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference. (pp. 16). Retrieved from https://www.amee.org/

Bothara, R. K., Wilkinson, T., Murdoch, D. R., Jack, S., Sopoaga, F., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Walls, T., Pattemore, P. K., … Miller, A. (2018). Global Health Classroom: Experiences and learning outcomes of virtual collaborative learning between New Zealand and Samoan medical students. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. Renmark, Australia: ANZAHPE. [Abstract]

Bothara, R. K., Wilkinson, T., Murdoch, D. R., Jack, S., Sopoaga, F., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Walls, T., Pattemore, P. K., … Miller, A. (2018, June). Global Health Classroom: Experiences and learning outcomes of virtual collaborative learning between New Zealand and Samoan medical students. Verbal presentation at the Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Sim, H., Miller, A., Bothara, R., Wilkinson, T., Murdoch, D. R., Jack, S., Sopoaga, F., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Walls, T., Pattemore, P. K., & Shrestha, A. (2018, June). Samoan, New Zealand and Nepalese medical student perspectives and ideas regarding global health within medical curricula. Verbal presentation at the Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Brinsdon, A., Abel, G., & Desrosiers, J. (2017). "I'm taking control": How people living with HIV/AIDS manage stigma in health interactions. AIDS Care, 29(2), 185-188. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1204420

Commissioned Report for External Body

Magner, K., Desrosiers, J. E., Blunt, I., Hawken, T., & Brick, E. (2015). The role of faith based organisations in preventing and responding to sexual, intimate partner and gender-based violence in conflict settings: A modified critical interpretive synthesis. Commissioned by Sexual Violence Research Initiative. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. 32p. Retrieved from http://www.svri.org/

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Other Research Output

Desrosiers, J. E., Macpherson, S. E., Coughlan, E. P., & Dawson, N, M. (2016). Sex, bugs, and rock 'n' roll: A service-learning innovation to enhance medical student knowledge and comfort with sexual health. MedEdPORTAL Publications, 12, 10421. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10421

Desrosiers, J. (2015, May). Routinely asking about sexual orientation using non-binary measures: Implications for physicians and researchers, Canterbury District Health Board Canterbury Hospitals Friday Clinical Meeting. Christchurch, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Journal - Research Article

Brinsdon, A., Abel, G., & Desrosiers, J. (2017). "I'm taking control": How people living with HIV/AIDS manage stigma in health interactions. AIDS Care, 29(2), 185-188. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1204420

Desrosiers, J., Wilkinson, T., Abel, G., & Pitama, S. (2016). Curricular initiatives that enhance student knowledge and perceptions of sexual and gender minority groups: A critical interpretive synthesis. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 7(2), e121-e138.

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Journal - Research Other

Desrosiers, J. (2017). Learning about a new kind of cell: Sexual health and service learning in prison. Medical Education, 51(11), 1166-1167. doi: 10.1111/medu.13427

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wilkinson, T., Jack, S., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Pattemore, P., Miller, A., & Bothara, R. (2018). The Global Health Classroom: Experiences and learning outcomes of collaborative global health learning between New Zealand and Samoan medical students in a virtual classroom. Proceedings of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference. (pp. 16). Retrieved from https://www.amee.org/

Bothara, R. K., Wilkinson, T., Murdoch, D. R., Jack, S., Sopoaga, F., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Walls, T., Pattemore, P. K., … Miller, A. (2018). Global Health Classroom: Experiences and learning outcomes of virtual collaborative learning between New Zealand and Samoan medical students. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. Renmark, Australia: ANZAHPE. [Abstract]

Gilligan, C., DuVivier, R., Southgate, E., Outram, S., Zangger, M., Paras, L., & Desrosiers, J. (2017). Attitudes towards sexuality and sexual identities among Australian and New Zealand medical students. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. (pp. 32). Retrieved from http://www.anzahpe.org

Bothara, R. K., Murdoch, D. R., Jack, S., Sopoaga, F., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Walls, T., Pattemore, P. K., … Wilkinson, T., & Miller, A. (2017). Medical student experiences and outcomes from collaborative global health learning among New Zealand, Samoa and Nepal. Proceedings of the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 10th Annual Conference. (pp. 6). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/global-health/annual-conference

Miller, A. P., Shrestha, A., Murdoch, D. R., & Desrosiers, J. (2016). A global health classroom (GHCR): Collaborative case-based small-group learning activities between medical student at PAHS Medical School, Nepal and UOC, New Zealand: A pilot study utilising information and communications technology (ICT). Proceedings of the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 9th Annual Conference. (pp. 13). Retrieved from http://dnmeds.otago.ac.nz/departments/psm/research/international_hlth/conference/

Magner, K., Desrosiers, J., Blunt, I., & Hawken, T. (2016). The role of faith based organizations in preventing and responding to sexual, intimate partner and gender-based violence in conflict settings. Proceedings of the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 9th Annual Conference. (pp. 6). Retrieved from http://dnmeds.otago.ac.nz/departments/psm/research/international_hlth/conference/

Desrosiers, J., & Borlase, N. (2015). Routinely asking about sexual orientation using non-binary measures: Implications for physicians and researchers. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1421). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Tiplady, A., & Desrosiers, J. (2015). Results from the University of Otago LGBTI curriculum development group and implications for Indigenous health education. Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Conference: LIME Connection VI: Knowledge Systems, Social Justice and Racism in Health Professional Education. (pp. 54-55). Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au/

Woollett, J., & MacPherson, S. (2014). Sex, bugs and rock'n'roll: Enhancing student knowledge and attitudes about sexual health and sexual identity. Proceedings of the New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.nzshs.org/nzshs-hamilton-conference-2014.html

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bothara, R. K., Wilkinson, T., Murdoch, D. R., Jack, S., Sopoaga, F., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Walls, T., Pattemore, P. K., … Miller, A. (2018, June). Global Health Classroom: Experiences and learning outcomes of virtual collaborative learning between New Zealand and Samoan medical students. Verbal presentation at the Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Sim, H., Miller, A., Bothara, R., Wilkinson, T., Murdoch, D. R., Jack, S., Sopoaga, F., Desrosiers, J., Tafuna'i, M., Walls, T., Pattemore, P. K., & Shrestha, A. (2018, June). Samoan, New Zealand and Nepalese medical student perspectives and ideas regarding global health within medical curricula. Verbal presentation at the Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Desrosiers, J. (2015, April). Sex, bugs and rock'n'roll: Enhancing student knowledge and attitudes about sexual health and identity. Verbal presentation at the Sex and Consequences Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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