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DSM staff profile

Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine
QualificationsBSc PGDipSci(Credit) MSc(Dist) PhD(Otago)
Research summaryWellbeing; mental health; violence prevention
TeachingUndergraduate and postgraduate guest lectures on the epidemiology of self-harm and suicide and the application of web-based interventions to address mental health and self-harm.
ClinicalApplication of web-based interventions for mental health in primary care and small community clinical settings.

Research

  • Determinants of mental health and wellbeing in youth, including college students
  • Epidemiology of self-harm/suicide/violence
  • Web-based interventions for mental health and wellbeing

Publications

Coppersmith, D. D. L., Nada-Raja, S., & Beautrais, A. L. (2018). An examination of suicide research and funding in New Zealand 2006–16: Implications for new research and policies. Australian Health Review, 42(3), 356-360. doi: 10.1071/AH16189

Sopoaga, F., van der Meer, J., Nada-Raja, S., Wilkinson, T., & Jutel, S. (2018). Mental health and wellbeing of Pacific students starting University in New Zealand. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(2), 71-79.

Koziol-McLain, J., Vandal, A. C., Wilson, D., Nada-Raja, S., Dobbs, T., McLean, C., … Glass, N. E. (2018). Efficacy of a web-based safety decision aid for women experiencing intimate partner violence: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(12), e426. doi: 10.2196/jmir.8617

Coppersmith, D. D. L., Nada-Raja, S., & Beautrais, A. L. (2017). Non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts in a New Zealand birth cohort. Journal of Affective Disorders, 221, 89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.06.029

Kumpula, E.-K., Nada-Raja, S., Norris, P., & Quigley, P. (2017). A descriptive study of intentional self-poisoning from New Zealand national registry data. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(5), 535-540. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12702

Journal - Research Article

Coppersmith, D. D. L., Nada-Raja, S., & Beautrais, A. L. (2018). An examination of suicide research and funding in New Zealand 2006–16: Implications for new research and policies. Australian Health Review, 42(3), 356-360. doi: 10.1071/AH16189

Koziol-McLain, J., Vandal, A. C., Wilson, D., Nada-Raja, S., Dobbs, T., McLean, C., … Glass, N. E. (2018). Efficacy of a web-based safety decision aid for women experiencing intimate partner violence: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(12), e426. doi: 10.2196/jmir.8617

Sopoaga, F., van der Meer, J., Nada-Raja, S., Wilkinson, T., & Jutel, S. (2018). Mental health and wellbeing of Pacific students starting University in New Zealand. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(2), 71-79.

Coppersmith, D. D. L., Nada-Raja, S., & Beautrais, A. L. (2017). Non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts in a New Zealand birth cohort. Journal of Affective Disorders, 221, 89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.06.029

Kumpula, E.-K., Nada-Raja, S., Norris, P., & Quigley, P. (2017). A descriptive study of intentional self-poisoning from New Zealand national registry data. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(5), 535-540. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12702

Allenby, R., Dobbs, T., Diesfeld, K., Nada Raja, S., Wilson, D., & Koziol-McLain, J. (2017). Safety in online research with women experiencing intimate partner violence: What about the children? Ethics & Behavior, 27(1), 26-42. doi: 10.1080/10508422.2016.1140579

Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Batterham, P. J., Butterworth, P., & Nada-Raja, S. (2016). The impact of suicidality on health-related quality of life: A latent growth curve analysis of community-based data. Journal of Affective Disorders, 203, 14-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.05.067

Koziol-McLain, J., McLean, C., Rohan, M., Sisk, R., Dobbs, T., Nada-Raja, S., … Vandal, A. C. (2016). Participant recruitment and engagement in automated eHealth trial registration: Challenges and opportunities for recruiting women who experience violence. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(10), e281. doi: 10.2196/jmir.6515

Boucher, S., Edwards, O., Gray, A., Nada-Raja, S., Lillis, J., Tylka, T. L., & Horwath, C. C. (2016). Teaching intuitive eating and acceptance and commitment therapy skills via a web-based intervention: A pilot single-arm intervention study. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(4), e180. doi: 10.2196/resprot.5861

Koziol-McLain, J., Vandal, A. C., Nada-Raja, S., Wilson, D., Glass, N. E., Eden, K. B., … Case, J. (2015). A web-based intervention for abused women: The New Zealand isafe randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health, 15, 56. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1395-0

Cornwall, J., Schafer, C., Lal, N., D'Costa, R., & Nada-Raja, S. (2015). New Zealand university students' knowledge and attitudes to organ and tissue donation. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1418). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Goldman-Mellor, S. J., Caspi, A., Harrington, H., Hogan, S., Nada-Raja, S., Poulton, R., & Moffitt, T. E. (2014). Suicide attempt in young people: A signal for long-term health care and social needs. JAMA Psychiatry, 71(2), 119-127. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.2803

Olsson, C. A., McGee, R., Nada-Raja, S., & Williams, S. M. (2013). A 32-year longitudinal study of child and adolescent pathways to well-being in adulthood. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14(3), 1069-1083. doi: 10.1007/s10902-012-9369-8

McGee, R., Williams, S., Nada-Raja, S., & Olsson, C. A. (2013). Tobacco smoking in adolescence predicts maladaptive coping styles in adulthood. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15(12), 1971-1977. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt081

Nada-Raja, S., & Skegg, K. (2011). Victimization, posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology, and later nonsuicidal self-harm in a birth cohort. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(9), 3667-3681. doi: 10.1177/0886260511403757

Skegg, K., Nada-Raja, S., Dickson, N., & Paul, C. (2010). Perceived ″out of control″ sexual behavior in a cohort of young adults from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 968-978. doi: 10.1007/s10508-009-9504-8

Marsh, L., McGee, R., Nada-Raja, S., & Williams, S. (2010). Text bullying and traditional bullying among New Zealand secondary school students. Journal of Adolescence, 33(1), 237-240. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2009.06.001

Marsh, L., McGee, R., Nada-Raja, S., & Williams, S. (2008). Perceptions of physical aggression in New Zealand secondary schools. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 43(2), 89-104.

Skegg, K., Nada-Raja, S., Paul, C., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2007). Body piercing, personality, and sexual behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 47-54.

Marsh, L., McGee, R., Nada-Raja, S., & Currey, N. (2007). Adolescents' perceptions of violence and its prevention. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 31(3), 224-229.

McGee, R., Williams, S., & Nada-Raja, S. (2005). Is cigarette smoking associated with suicidal ideation among young people? American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(3), 619-620.

Skegg, K., Nada-Raja, S., & Moffitt, T. E. (2004). Minor self-harm and psychiatric disorder: A population-based study. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 34(2), 187-196.

Nada-Raja, S., Skegg, K., Langley, J., Morrison, D., & Sowerby, P. (2004). Self-harmful behaviors in a population-based sample of young adults. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 34(2), 177-186.

Skegg, K. M., Nada-Raja, S., Dickson, N. P., Paul, C. E., & Williams, S. (2003). Sexual orientation and self-harm in men and women. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160(3), 541-546.

Nada-Raja, S., Morrison, D. N., & Skegg, K. M. (2003). A population-based study of help-seeking for self-harm in young adults. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 37, 600-605.

Feehan, M., Nada-Raja, S., Martin, J. A., & Langley, J. D. (2001). The prevalence and correlates of psychological distress following physical and sexual assault in a young adult cohort. Violence & Victims, 16(1), 49-63.

McGee, R. O., Williams, S. M., & Nada-Raja, S. (2001). Low self-esteem and hopelessness in childhood and suicidal ideation in early adulthood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 29(4), 281-291.

Langley, J. D., Nada-Raja, S., & Alsop, J. C. (2000). Changes in methods of male youth suicide: 1980-95. New Zealand Medical Journal, 113, 264-265.

Martin, J. L., Nada-Raja, S., Langley, J. D., Feehan, M., McGee, R. O., Clarke, J. A., Begg, D. J., … Moffitt, T. E., & Rivara, F. P. (1998). Physical assault in New Zealand: the experience of 21 year old men and women in a community sample. New Zealand Medical Journal, 111, 158-160.

Reeder, A. I., Alsop, J. C., Begg, D. J., Nada-Raja, S., & McLaren, R. L. (1998). A longitudinal investigation of psychological and social predictors of traffic convictions among young New Zealand drivers. Transportation Research Part F, Part F(1), 25-45.

Nada-Raja, S., Langley, J. D., McGee, R. O., Williams, S. M., Begg, D. J., & Reeder, A. I. (1997). Inattentive and hyperactive behaviors and driving offences in adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 36(4), 515-522.

Langley, J. D., Martin, J. L., & Nada-Raja, S. (1997). Physical assault among 21-year-olds by partners. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 12(5), 675-684.

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Journal - Research Other

Macleod, E., Nada-Raja, S., Beautrais, A., Shave, R., & Jordan, V. (2015). Primary prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviour for adolescents in school settings (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12, CD007322. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007322.pub2

Cornwall, J., Schafer, C., D'Costa, R., Lal, N., & Nada-Raja, S. (2015). Do non-body donors understand what the term “Body donation” really means? Anatomical Sciences Education, 8(6), 593-594. doi: 10.1002/ase.1561

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