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Lois Surgenor

Professor

MA DipClinPsych (Cant) PhD (Otago) FNZCCPsych

Email lois.surgenor@otago.ac.nz

Professor Lois Surgenor’s research interests are in the area of eating disorders, psychological aspects of long-term and life-shortening medical conditions, and health workforce well-being and regulation.

She publishes in a variety of fields including eating disorders, rehabilitation, and workforce health. Professor Surgenor supervises research projects across a range of health and mental health areas. She encourages students to contact her directly to discuss possible research proposals and supervision.

Professor Surgenor is the Associate Dean (Academic) in the Health Sciences Division. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Eating Disorders and on the Editorial Board of Eating Disorders, Journal of Treatment and Prevention.

She served on the NZ Psychologist Board between 2002–2011 and previous chair of the Health Regulatory Authorities of New Zealand.

Professor Surgenor is course convenor of a number of postgraduate papers including

As a registered clinical psychologist for just over 30 years, Professor Surgenor has worked in a variety of mental health and acute medical settings, as well as private practice.

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Publications

Surgenor, L. J., Diesfeld, K., & Rychert, M. (2019). Consensual sexual relationships between health practitioners and their patients: An analysis of disciplinary cases from New Zealand. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2019.1640801

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T. R., Anderson, T. J., & Hooper, G. J. (2019). Wrestling with uncertainty after mild traumatic brain injury: A mixed methods study. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1542461

Surgenor, L. J., Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Kelly, S., Flint, R., & Coulter, G. (2019). Psychometric characteristics of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) in people undergoing weight loss surgery. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10880-019-09624-4

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Macleod, A. D., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T., Hooper, G. J., & Anderson, T. (2018). Untangling chronic pain and post-concussion symptoms: The significance of depression. Brain Injury, 32(5), 583-592. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2018.1432894

Surgenor, L. J., & Diesfeld, K. (2018). Outcomes of notifications against psychologists in the New Zealand health regulation context 2004-2015. Journal of Law & Medicine, 25(3), 800-813.

Chapter in Book - Research

Surgenor, L. J. (2003). Counting the cost of counting the calories. In M. Maj, K. Halmi, J. J. López-Ibor & N. Sartorius (Eds.), Eating disorders. (pp. 418-419). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Surgenor, L. J., & Thornton, C. (2000). Eating disorders and disturbed body image: A view from psychology. In D. Gaskill & F. Sanders (Eds.), The encultured body: Policy implications for healthy body image and disordered eating behaviours. (pp. 106-118). Australia: Queensland University of Technology.

Webb, O. J., Deans, E., Jeffries, K., & Surgenor, L. J. (1997). An investigation of the effects of a one-year riding for the disabled programme on some aspects of sensori-motor behaviour and social behaviour: a field experiment. In B. T. Engel (Ed.), Rehabilitation With the Aid of a Horse: a Collection of Studies. (pp. 117-126). Durango, Colorado: Barabara Engle Therapy Services.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Beautrais, A. L., & Surgenor, L. J. (2007). Suicidal behaviour and practitioner issues. In I. M. Evans, J. J. Rucklidge & M. O'Driscoll (Eds.), Professional practice of psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 195-210). Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society.

Surgenor, L., & Complaints and Discipline Committee New Zealand Psychologists Board. (2007). Accountability and the complaint process. In I. M. Evans, J. J. Rucklidge & M. O'Driscoll (Eds.), Professional practice of psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 367-376). Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society.

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Journal - Research Article

Surgenor, L. J., Diesfeld, K., & Rychert, M. (2019). Consensual sexual relationships between health practitioners and their patients: An analysis of disciplinary cases from New Zealand. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2019.1640801

Surgenor, L. J., Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Kelly, S., Flint, R., & Coulter, G. (2019). Psychometric characteristics of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) in people undergoing weight loss surgery. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10880-019-09624-4

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T. R., Anderson, T. J., & Hooper, G. J. (2019). Wrestling with uncertainty after mild traumatic brain injury: A mixed methods study. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1542461

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Macleod, A. D., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T., Hooper, G. J., & Anderson, T. (2018). Untangling chronic pain and post-concussion symptoms: The significance of depression. Brain Injury, 32(5), 583-592. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2018.1432894

Surgenor, L. J., & Diesfeld, K. (2018). Outcomes of notifications against psychologists in the New Zealand health regulation context 2004-2015. Journal of Law & Medicine, 25(3), 800-813.

Barakat, S., Maguire, S., Surgenor, L., Donnelly, B., Miceska, B., Fromholtz, K., … Touyz, S. (2017). The role of regular eating and self-monitoring in the treatment of bulimia nervosa: A pilot study of an online guided self-help CBT program. Behavioral Sciences, 7, 39. doi: 10.3390/bs7030039

Maguire, S., Surgenor, L. J., Le Grange, D., Lacey, H., Crosby, R. D., Engel, S. G., … Touyz, S. (2017). Examining a staging model for anorexia nervosa: Empirical exploration of a four stage model of severity. Journal of Eating Disorders, 5, 41. doi: 10.1186/s40337-017-0155-1

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2017). What's wrong with me? Seeking a coherent understanding of recovery after mild traumatic brain injury. Disability & Rehabilitation, 39(19), 1968-1975. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1213895

Akarawi, D., Bartrop, R., Surgenor, L., Shanmugam, S., Potter, U., & Touyz, S. (2017). The relationship between spiritual, religious and personal beliefs and disordered eating psychopathology. Translational Developmental Psychiatry, 5(1), 1305719. doi: 10.1080/20017022.2017.1305719

Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Surgenor, L. J., Dunn, J. A., & Hooper, G. J. (2016). Evaluating quality of life outcomes following joint replacement: Psychometric evaluation of a short form of the WHOQOL-Bref. Quality of Life Research, 25, 51-61. doi: 10.1007/s11136-015-1044-1

Snell, D. L., Surgenor, L. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Williman, J., & Siegert, R. J. (2015). The contribution of psychological factors to recovery after mild traumatic brain injury: Is cluster analysis a useful approach? Brain Injury, 29(3), 291-299. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2014.976594

Surgenor, L. J., Snell, D. L., & Dorahy, M. J. (2015). Posttraumatic stress symptoms in police staff 12-18 months after the Canterbury earthquakes. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(2), 162-166. doi: 10.1002/jts.21991

Snell, D. L., Surgenor, L. J., Dorahy, M. J., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2014). Coping and adjustment in New Zealand Police staff 12-18 months after the Canterbury earthquakes: A directed qualitative content analysis. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 43(3), 5-13.

Snell, D. L., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Surgenor, L. J., & Siegert, R. J. (2013). Examination of outcome after mild traumatic brain injury: The contribution of injury beliefs and Leventhal's common sense model. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 23(3), 333-362. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2012.758419

Surgenor, L. J., & Maguire, S. (2013). Assessment of anorexia nervosa: An overview of universal issues and contextual challenges. Journal of Eating Disorders, 1, 29. doi: 10.1186/2050-2974-1-29

Maguire, S., Touyz, S., Surgenor, L., Crosby, R. D., Engel, S. G., Lacey, H., … Le Grange, D. (2012). The Clinician Administered Staging Instrument for Anorexia Nervosa: Development and psychometric properties. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45(3), 390-399. doi: 10.1002/eat.20951

Dickie, L., Wilson, M., McDowall, J., & Surgenor, L. J. (2012). What components of perfectionism predict drive for thinness? Eating Disorders, 20(3), 232-247. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2012.668484

Dickie, L., Surgenor, L. J., Wilson, M., & McDowall, J. (2012). The structure and reliability of the Clinical Perfectionism Questionnaire. Personality & Individual Differences, 52(8), 865-869. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2012.02.003

Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Surgenor, L. J. (2011). Associations between illness perceptions, coping styles and outcome after mild traumatic brain injury: Preliminary results from a cohort study. Brain Injury, 25(11), 1126-1138. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2011.607786

Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Surgenor, L. J. (2011). Factor structure of the Brief COPE in people with mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(6), 468-477. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3181fc5e1e

Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Surgenor, L. J. (2010). An examination of the factor structure of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire modified for adults with mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 24(13-14), 1595-1605. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2010.523048

Gibb, S. J., Beautrais, A. L., & Surgenor, L. J. (2010). Health-care staff attitudes towards self-harm patients. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(8), 713-720. doi: 10.3109/00048671003671015

Surgenor, L. J., Spearing, R. L., Horn, J., Beautrais, A. L., Mulder, R. T., & Chen, P. (2009). Burnout in hospital-based medical consultants in the New Zealand public health system. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1300). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1300/3737/content.pdf

Soh, N. L.-W., Touyz, S. W., Dobbins, T. A., Surgenor, L. J., Clarke, S., Kohn, M. R., … Walter, G. (2009). Nutrition knowledge in young women with eating disorders in Australia and Singapore: A pilot study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(12), 1178-1184. doi: 10.3109/00048670903279846

Snell, D. L., Surgenor, L. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Siegert, R. J. (2009). A systematic review of psychological treatments for mild traumatic brain injury: An update on the evidence. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 31(1), 20-38. doi: 10.1080/13803390801978849

Soh, N. L.-W., Touyz, S., Dobbins, T., Surgenor, L., Clarke, S., Kohn, M., … Walter, G. (2008). Body image disturbance in young North European and East Asian women with and without eating disorders in Australia and in Singapore. European Eating Disorders Review, 16(4), 287-296. doi: 10.1002/erv.836

Clay, H., Surgenor, L. J., & Frampton, C. M. (2008). Assessing emotional and behavioural problems in children: Factors associated with multiple informant consistency in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 37(1), 10-16.

Sanders, J., Pithie, A., Ganly, P., Surgenor, L., Wilson, R., Merriman, E., … Chambers, S. (2008). A prospective double-blind randomized trial comparing intraluminal ethanol with heparinized saline for the prevention of catheter-associated bloodstream infection in immunosuppressed haematology patients. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 62(4), 809-815. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkn284

Soh, N. L.-W., Touyz, S., Dobbins, T., Surgenor, L., Clarke, S., Kohn, M., … Walter, G. (2008). Cross-cultural differences in the macronutrient intakes of women with anorexia nervosa in Australia and Singapore. European Eating Disorders Review, 16(6), 427-435. doi: 10.1002/erv.876

Soh, N., Surgenor, L. J., Touyz, S., & Walter, G. (2007). Eating disorders across two cultures: Does the expression of psychological control vary? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 351-358.

Surgenor, L. J., Maguire, S., Russell, J., & Touyz, S. (2007). Self-liking and self-competence: Relationship to symptoms of anorexia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 15, 139-145.

Soh, N. L.-W., Touyz, S., Dobbins, T. A., Surgenor, L. J., Clarke, S., Kohn, M. R., … Walter, G. (2007). Restraint and eating concern in North European and East Asian women with and without eating disorders in Australia and Singapore. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(6), 536-545.

Beautrais, A., Fergusson, D., Coggan, C., Collings, C., Doughty, C., Ellis, P., … Horwood, J., … Mulder, R., Poulton, R., & Surgenor, L. (2007). Effective strategies for suicide prevention in New Zealand: A review of the evidence. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1251). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1251/2459/content.pdf

Snell, D., & Surgenor, L. (2006). An analysis of referees and referrals to a specialist concussion clinic in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1231). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1231/1902/content.pdf

Surgenor, L. J., Horn, J., Hudson, S. M., Adamson, S., & Robertson, P. (2006). Alcohol dependence and psychological sense of control: Refining the links. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 35(3), 146-152.

Surgenor, L. J., Dunn, J., & Horn, J. (2005). Nursing student attitudes to psychiatric nursing and psychiatric disorders in New Zealand. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 14, 103-108.

Surgenor, L. J., Maguire, S., & Beumont, P. J. V. (2004). Drop-out from inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa: Can risk factors be identified at point of admission? European Eating Disorders Review, 12, 94-100. Wiley and Sons Ltd.

Surgenor, L. J. (2003). Treatment coercion: Listening carefully to client and clinician experiences. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 26, 709-712.

Maguire, S., Surgenor, L. J., Abraham, S., & Beumont, P. (2003). An international collaborative database: Its use in predicting length of stay for inpatient treatment of anorexia nervosa. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 37, 741-747.

Surgenor, L. J., Horn, J., & Hudson, S. M. (2003). Empirical scrutiny of a familiar narrative: Sense of control in anorexia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review, 11, 291-305.

Surgenor, L. J., Plumridge, E. W., & Horn, J. (2003). 'Knowing one's self' anorexic: Implications for therapeutic practice. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 33, 22-32.

Surgenor, L. J., Horn, J., & Hudson, S. M. (2002). Links between psychological sense of control and disturbed eating behaviour in women with diabetes mellitus: Implications for predictors of metabolic control. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 52, 121-128.

Surgenor, L. J., Horn, J., Plumridge, E. W., & Hudson, S. M. (2002). Anorexia nervosa and psychological control: A reexamination of selected theoretical accounts. European Eating Disorders Review, 10(2), 85-101.

Swain-Campbell, N. R., Surgenor, L. J., & Snell, D. L. (2001). An analysis of consumer perspectives following contact with an eating disorder service. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35, 99-103.

Surgenor, L. J., Horn, J., Hudson, S. M., Lunt, H., & Tennent, J. (2000). Metabolic control and psychological sense of control in women with diabetes mellitus: Alternative considerations of the relationship. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 49, 267-273.

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