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Janet Spittlehouse 2019 imageResearch Fellow

BSc(Hons)(Psychology)(Liverpool John Moores) PhD(Psychology)(Otago)

Email janet.spittlehouse@otago.ac.nz

Janet is the Principal Investigator of a CHDS sub-study funded by the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF): ‘Trajectories of depression to middle adulthood in a 40 year birth cohort’. This research aims to improve service delivery for New Zealanders experiencing depression by investigating:

  • changes in depressive symptoms from adolescence to age 40
  • childhood predictors of depression
  • outcomes of depression at age 40

Janet previously studied the health and wellbeing of the lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the CHDS cohort; and also hoarding, personality and mood disorders with another Christchurch-based team, the Canterbury Health Ageing and Lifecourse (CHALICE) study.

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Publications

Prickett, T. C. R., Spittlehouse, J. K., Miller, A. L., Liau, Y., Kennedy, M. A., Cameron, V. A., Pearson, J. F., Boden, J. M., Troughton, R. W., & Espiner, E. A. (2019). Contrasting signals of cardiovascular health among natriuretic peptides in subjects without heart disease. Scientific Reports, 9, 12108. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-48553-y

Boden, J. M., & Spittlehouse, J. K. (2019). What we know, and don't know, about cannabis, psychosis and violence. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1499), 76-77. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Boden, J. M., Newton-Howes, G., Foulds, J., Spittlehouse, J., & Cook, S. (2019). Trajectories of alcohol use problems based on early adolescent alcohol use: Findings from a 35 year population cohort. International Journal of Drug Policy, 74, 18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.06.011

Spittlehouse, J. K., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2019). Sexual orientation and mental health over the life course in a birth cohort. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0033291719001284

Spittlehouse, J. K. (2017). Personality associations with mood, hoarding, health and well-being (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/7186

Journal - Research Article

Boden, J. M., Newton-Howes, G., Foulds, J., Spittlehouse, J., & Cook, S. (2019). Trajectories of alcohol use problems based on early adolescent alcohol use: Findings from a 35 year population cohort. International Journal of Drug Policy, 74, 18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.06.011

Prickett, T. C. R., Spittlehouse, J. K., Miller, A. L., Liau, Y., Kennedy, M. A., Cameron, V. A., Pearson, J. F., Boden, J. M., Troughton, R. W., & Espiner, E. A. (2019). Contrasting signals of cardiovascular health among natriuretic peptides in subjects without heart disease. Scientific Reports, 9, 12108. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-48553-y

Spittlehouse, J. K., Boden, J. M., & Horwood, L. J. (2019). Sexual orientation and mental health over the life course in a birth cohort. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0033291719001284

Appleby, S., Pearson, J. F., Aitchison, A., Spittlehouse, J. K., Joyce, P. R., & Kennedy, M. A. (2017). Mean telomere length is not associated with current health status in a 50-year-old population sample. American Journal of Human Biology, 29(1), e22906. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22906

Pearson, J. F., Pullar, J. M., Wilson, R., Spittlehouse, J. K., Vissers, M. C. M., Skidmore, P. M. L., Willis, J., Cameron, V. A., & Carr, A. C. (2017). Vitamin C status correlates with markers of metabolic and cognitive health in 50-year-olds: Findings of the CHALICE Cohort Study. Nutrients, 9(8), 831. doi: 10.3390/nu9080831

Spittlehouse, J. K., Vierck, E., Pearson, J. F., & Joyce, P. R. (2016). Personality, mental health and demographic correlates of hoarding behaviours in a midlife sample. PeerJ, 4, e2826. doi: 10.7717/peerj.2826

Vierck, E., Porter, R. J., Spittlehouse, J. K., & Joyce, P. R. (2015). Evaluation of the Consonant Vowel Consonant (CVC) test as an assessment and screening instrument for mild cognitive impairment. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 7(4), 119-129. doi: 10.5539/ijps.v7n4p119

Thorpe, A. M., Pearson, J. F., Schluter, P. J., Spittlehouse, J. K., & Joyce, P. R. (2014). Attitudes to aging in midlife are related to health conditions and mood. International Psychogeriatrics, 26(12), 2061-2071. doi: 10.1017/s1041610214001550

Spittlehouse, J. K., Vierck, E., Pearson, J. F., & Joyce, P. R. (2014). Temperament and character as determinants of well-being. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55(7), 1679-1687. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.06.011

Spittlehouse, J. K., Joyce, P. R., Vierck, E., Schluter, P. J., & Pearson, J. F. (2014). Ongoing adverse mental health impact of the earthquake sequence in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(8), 756-763. doi: 10.1177/0004867414527522

Schluter, P. J., Spittlehouse, J. K., Cameron, V. A., Chambers, S., Gearry, R., Jamieson, H. A., Kennedy, M., Lacey, C. J., Murdoch, D. R., Pearson, J., Porter, R. J., Richards, M., Skidmore, P. M. L., Troughton, R., Vierck, E., & Joyce, P. R. (2013). Canterbury Health, Ageing and Life Course (CHALICE) study: Rationale, design and methodology. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1375). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Spittlehouse, J. K., Pearson, J. F., Luty, S. E., Mulder, R. T., Carter, J. D., McKenzie, J. M., & Joyce, P. R. (2010). Measures of temperament and character are differentially impacted on by depression severity. Journal of Affective Disorders, 126, 140-146. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2010.03.010

Slade, P., Morrell, C. J., Rigby, A., Ricci, K., Spittlehouse, J., & Brugha, T. S. (2010). Postnatal women's experiences of management of depressive symptoms: A qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice, 60(580), e440-e448. doi: 10.3399/bjgp10X532611

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Journal - Research Other

Boden, J. M., & Spittlehouse, J. K. (2019). What we know, and don't know, about cannabis, psychosis and violence. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1499), 76-77. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Spittlehouse, J. K., Vierck, E. K., & Joyce, P. R. (2015). Personality and its association to self-reported health after earthquake exposure. In M. Tummino, M. Bollati & M. Widmann (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th European Congress of Psychology: Linking Technology and Psychology: Feeding the Mind, Energy for Life. (pp. 1163). Milan, Italy: Innexta. [Abstract]

Jodczyk, S., Pearson, J. F., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Spittlehouse, J. K., Joyce, P. R., Hampton, M. B., & Kennedy, M. A. (2014). Association between telomere length and life stress in two New Zealand cohorts. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1396). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Jodczyk, S., Pearson, J. F., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Spittlehouse, J. K., Joyce, P. R., Hampton, M. B., & Kennedy, M. A. (2014). No association between telomere length and exposure to life course stress or adversity in two longitudinal New Zealand cohorts. Proceedings of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting. 1325M. Retrieved from http://www.ashg.org/

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Spittlehouse, J., Vierck, E., Pearson, J., & Joyce, P. (2014, July). Temperament and character as determinants of well-being. Poster session presented at the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP) 17th European Conference on Personality: Putting Personality in Context, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Slade, P., Morrell, J., Rigby, A., Ricci, K., Spittlehouse, J., & Brugha, T. S. (2009, September). Postnatal depression: Women's perspectives of care from the PoNDER Trial. Verbal presentation at the 29th Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology Annual Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Spittlehouse, J. K. (2017). Personality associations with mood, hoarding, health and well-being (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/7186

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