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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

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

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.

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. 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

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/

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

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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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