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Department of Psychological Medicine staff profiles

Dr Charlene Rapsey

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (Dunedin)
QualificationsBA BSc(Hons) PhD PGDipCIPs
Research summaryPsychiatric epidemiology, childhood adversity, sexual health
Teaching

Human Sexuality and Health: PSME 201
MICN201, 301, 401, 501

Research

Charlene Rapsey is a clinical psychologist with an interest in mental disorder, childhood adversity, and sexual health and sexual difficulties. She uses quantitative and mixed methods and has a particular interest in applied research. Current research projects include:

  • Psychiatric epidemiology
    The WHO World Mental Health Surveys project is a unique international collaboration with over 30 countries focused on epidemiology and the prevention of mental disorder.
  • Childhood adversity
    The Otago Women’s Health Study is a 25-year longitudinal study investigating associations between childhood abuse and outcomes across the life course.
  • The Foster the Whanau project investigates the costs, benefits, and long-term outcomes for children when the mother participates in an intensive, residential intervention as an alternative to foster care.
  • Sexual health
    Charlene has a broad interest in sexual health including the experience of sexual difficulties and well-being. Several projects focused on sexual pain, sexual difficulties, and sexual health epidemiology are currently in process. Charlene is also involved with medical education research focused on best practice teaching of sexuality as well as teaching focused on healthcare for people who are LGBTQI

Additional details

Follow Charlene on twitter: https://twitter.com/charlene_rapsey

Publications

Bharat, C., Glantz, M. D., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Alonso, J., Bruffaerts, R., Bunting, B., … Rapsey, C., … Scott, K. M., … Degenhardt, L. (2023). Development and evaluation of a risk algorithm predicting alcohol dependence after early onset of regular alcohol use. Addiction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/add.16122

Waters, N., Taffs, L., Marino, J. L., Rapsey, C., Girling, J. E., & Peate, M. (2022). Unmet needs in Endometriosis: Lessons from COVID-19. Women's Health Reports, 3(1), 937-943. doi: 10.1089/whr.2022.0051

Mason, A., Johnstone, G., Riordan, B. C., Lie, C., Rapsey, C., Treharne, G. J., Jang, K., Collings, S., & Scarf, D. (2022). Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand university students intentions to seek help if experiencing mental distress: A comparison of naturalistic and interventional findings. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19, 15836. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192315836

Patterson, T., Hobbs, L., Lorimer, M., & Rapsey, C. (2022). Sexual developmental histories of adolescents who engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14789949.2022.2122856

Gmelin, J.-O. H., de Vries, Y. A., Baams, L., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Alonso, J., Borges, G., … Rapsey, C., … on behalf of the WHO World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2022). Increased risks for mental disorders among LGB individuals: Cross-national evidence from the World Mental Health Surveys. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00127-022-02320-z

Rapsey, C., & Murachver, T. (2006). Adolescent sexuality. In R. D. McAnulty & M. M. Burnette (Eds.), Sex and sexuality: Volume 1: Sexuality today: Trends and controversies. (pp. 61-101). Westport, CT: Praeger Perspectives.

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Bharat, C., Glantz, M. D., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Alonso, J., Bruffaerts, R., Bunting, B., … Rapsey, C., … Scott, K. M., … Degenhardt, L. (2023). Development and evaluation of a risk algorithm predicting alcohol dependence after early onset of regular alcohol use. Addiction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/add.16122

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Barak, Y., Rapsey, C., & Scott, K. M. (2022). Clusters of dementia literacy: Implications from a survey of older adults. Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease, 1(9), 172-177. doi: 10.14283/jpad.2021.66

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Beaglehole, B., Williman, J., Bell, C., Stanley, J., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Hoek, J., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2022). Thriving in a pandemic: Determinants of excellent wellbeing among New Zealanders during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional survey. PLoS ONE, 17(3), e0262745. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0262745

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Gmelin, J.-O. H., de Vries, Y. A., Baams, L., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Alonso, J., Borges, G., … Rapsey, C., … on behalf of the WHO World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2022). Increased risks for mental disorders among LGB individuals: Cross-national evidence from the World Mental Health Surveys. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00127-022-02320-z

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Graham, K., Patterson, T., Justice, T., & Rapsey, C. (2022). "It's not a great boulder, it's just a piece of baggage": Older women's reflections on healing from childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(1-2), 705-725. doi: 10.1177/0886260520916270

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Harris, M. G., Kazdin, A. E., Munthali, R. J., Vigo, D. V., Hwang, I., . . ., Rapsey, C., Scott, K. M., … Kessler, R. C. (2022). Perceived helpfulness of service sectors used for mental and substance use disorders: Findings from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 16, 6. doi: 10.1186/s13033-022-00516-z

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Kessler, R. C., Kazdin, A. E., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Altwaijri, Y. A., … Rapsey, C., … Scott, K. M., … and on behalf of the WHO World Mental Health Survey collaborators. (2022). Patterns and correlates of patient-reported helpfulness of treatment for common mental and substance use disorders in the WHO World Mental Health Surveys. World Psychiatry, 21(2), 272-286. doi: 10.1002/wps.20971

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Mason, A., Johnstone, G., Riordan, B. C., Lie, C., Rapsey, C., Treharne, G. J., Jang, K., Collings, S., & Scarf, D. (2022). Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand university students intentions to seek help if experiencing mental distress: A comparison of naturalistic and interventional findings. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19, 15836. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192315836

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Patterson, T., Campbell, A., La Rooy, D., Hobbs, L., Clearwater, K., & Rapsey, C. (2022). Impact, ramifications and taking back control: A qualitative study of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/08862605221094629

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Patterson, T., Hobbs, L., Lorimer, M., & Rapsey, C. (2022). Sexual developmental histories of adolescents who engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14789949.2022.2122856

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Waters, N., Taffs, L., Marino, J. L., Rapsey, C., Girling, J. E., & Peate, M. (2022). Unmet needs in Endometriosis: Lessons from COVID-19. Women's Health Reports, 3(1), 937-943. doi: 10.1089/whr.2022.0051

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Bell, C., Williman, J., Beaglehole, B., Stanley, J., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Psychological distress, loneliness, alcohol use and suicidality in New Zealanders with mental illness during a strict COVID-19 lockdown. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00048674211034317

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Bell, C., Williman, J., Beaglehole, B., Stanley, J., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Challenges facing essential workers: A cross-sectional survey of the subjective mental health and well-being of New Zealand healthcare and 'other' essential workers during the COVID-19 lockdown. BMJ Open, 11(7), e048107. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048107

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Degenhardt, L., Bharat, C., Chiu, W. T., Harris, M. G., Kazdin, A. E., Vigo, D. V., … Rapsey, C., … on behalf of the WHO World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2021). Perceived helpfulness of treatment for alcohol use disorders: Findings from the World Mental Health Surveys. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 229, 109158. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109158

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Deng, Q., Haszard, J. J., Conner, T. S., Rapsey, C., Peng, M., & Venn, B. J. (2021). Cognitive performance, mood and satiety following ingestion of beverages imparting different glycaemic responses: A randomised double-blind crossover trial. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 75, 602-610. doi: 10.1038/s41430-020-00749-6

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Duthie, C. J., Graham, K., Rapsey, C. M., & Wibowo, E. (2021). Factors associated with various strategies for maintaining sexual activity after prostate cancer treatment. International Journal of Impotence Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41443-021-00466-z

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Fernández, D., Vigo, D., Sampson, N. A., Hwang, I., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A. O., … Rapsey, C., … and on behalf of the World Health Organization World Mental Health Surveys collaborators. (2021). Patterns of care and dropout rates from outpatient mental healthcare in low-, middle- and high-income countries from the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Survey Initiative. Psychological Medicine, 51, 2104-2116. doi: 10.1017/s0033291720000884

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Jenkins, M., Hoek, J., Jenkin, G., Gendall, P., Stanley, J., Beaglehole, B., Bell, C., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Silver linings of the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 16(4), e0249678. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249678

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Barak, Y., Gray, A. R., Rapsey, C., & Scott, K. (2020). The Dunedin Dementia Risk Awareness Project: Pilot study in older adults. International Psychogeriatrics, 32(2), 241-254. doi: 10.1017/s1041610219000772

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Duthie, C. J., Calich, H. J., Rapsey, C. M., & Wibowo, E. (2020). Maintenance of sexual activity following androgen deprivation in males. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 153, 103064. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2020.103064

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Every-Palmer, S., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Hoek, J., Beaglehole, B., Bell, C., Williman, J., Rapsey, C., & Stanley, J. (2020). Psychological distress, anxiety, family violence, suicidality, and wellbeing in New Zealand during the COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE, 15(11), e0241658. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0241658

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Glantz, M. D., Bharat, C., Degenhardt, L., Sampson, N. A., Scott, K. M., Lim, C. C. W., … Rapsey, C., … on behalf of the WHO World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2020). The epidemiology of alcohol use disorders cross-nationally: Findings from the World Mental Health Surveys. Addictive Behaviors, 102, 106128. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106128

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Marchand, O. M., Kendall, F. E., Rapsey, C. M., Haszard, J. J., & Venn, B. J. (2020). The effect of postprandial glycaemia on cognitive function: A randomised crossover trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 123, 1357-1364. doi: 10.1017/s0007114520000458

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Mathew, S., Rapsey, C. M., & Wibowo, E. (2020). Psychosocial barriers and enablers for prostate cancer patients in starting a relationship. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 46(8), 736-746. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2020.1808549

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Rapsey, C. M., & Rolston, C. J. (2020). Fostering the family, not just the child: Exploring the value of a residential family preservation programme from the perspectives of service users and staff. Children & Youth Services Review, 108, 104505. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104505

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Rapsey, C., Campbell, A., Clearwater, K., & Patterson, T. (2020). Listening to the therapeutic needs of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35(9-10), 2033-2054. doi: 10.1177/0886260517701453

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Stein, D. J., Harris, M. G., Vigo, D. V., Chiu, W. T., Sampson, N., Alonso, J., … Rapsey, C., … the WHO World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2020). Perceived helpfulness of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: Findings from the World Mental Health Surveys. Depression & Anxiety, 37, 972-994. doi: 10.1002/da.23076

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Stevens, R., Moore, A., & Rapsey, C. (2020). Access to intrauterine contraceptives in the Southern District Health Board catchment. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1524), 11-19. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Stokes, C. M., Alonso, J., Andrade, L. H., Atwoli, L., Cardoso, G., Chiu, W. T., … Rapsey, C., … Scott, K., … on behalf of the WHO World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2020). Pre-marital predictors of marital violence in the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) Surveys. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 55, 393-405. doi: 10.1007/s00127-019-01703-z

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Harris, M. G., Bharat, C., Glantz, M. D., Sampson, N. A., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., … Rapsey, C., … on behalf of the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Surveys collaborators. (2019). Cross-national patterns of substance use disorder treatment and associations with mental disorder comorbidity in the WHO World Mental Health Surveys. Addiction, 114(8), 1446-1459. doi: 10.1111/add.14599

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Keesing, C., Mills, B., Rapsey, C., Haszard, J., & Venn, B. (2019). Cognitive performance following ingestion of glucose-fructose sweeteners that impart different postprandial glycaemic responses: A randomised control trial. Nutrients, 11(11), 2647. doi: 10.3390/nu11112647

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Rapsey, C. M., Scott, K. M., & Patterson, T. (2019). Childhood sexual abuse, poly-victimization and internalizing disorders across adulthood and older age: Findings from a 25-year longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 244, 171-179. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.10.095

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Rapsey, C. M., Wells, J. E., Bharat, M. C., Glantz, M., Kessler, R. C., & Scott, K. M. (2019). Transitions through stages of alcohol use, use disorder and remission: Findings from Te Rau Hinengaro, The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 54(1), 87-96. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agy069

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Barak, Y., Rapsey, C., Fridman, D., & Scott, K. (2018). The Dunedin Dementia Risk Awareness Project: A convenience sample of general practitioners. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1474), 27-34. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Mortier, P., Auerbach, R. P., Alonso, J., Axinn, W. G., Cuijpers, P., Ebert, D. D., … Rapsey, C., … Bruffaerts, R. (2018). Suicidal thoughts and behaviors among college students and same-aged peers: Results from the World Health Organization World Mental Health Surveys. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 53(3), 279-288. doi: 10.1007/s00127-018-1481-6

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Taylor, O., Rapsey, C. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Sexuality and gender identity teaching within preclinical medical training in New Zealand: Content, attitudes and barriers. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1477), 35-44. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Rapsey, C. M., Lim, C. C. W., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Bruffaerts, R., Caldas-de-Almeida, J. M., … Scott, K. M. (2015). Associations between DSM-IV mental disorders and subsequent COPD diagnosis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(5), 333-339. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.08.005

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Rapsey, C. M. (2014). Age, quality, and context of first sex: Associations with sexual difficulties. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(12), 2873-2881. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12690

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Patterson, T., Rapsey, C. M., & Glue, P. (2013). Systematic review of cognitive development across childhood in Down syndrome: Implications for treatment interventions. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57(4), 306-318. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01536.x

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Scarf, D., Lim, A., Riordan, B. C., Winter, T., Mason, A., Rapsey, C. M., & Graham, S. (2022). A longitudinal study of depression before, during, and following the COVID-19 nation-wide lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand [Short Communication]. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 34(4), 420-422. doi: 10.1177/10105395221074536

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Marchand, O. M., Kendall, F. E., Rapsey, C. M., Haszard, J. J., & Venn, B. J. (2021). The effect of postprandial glycaemia on cognitive function: Response to Young and Benton. British Journal of Nutrition, 125(9), 1079. doi: 10.1017/S0007114520001920

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Steele, E., Bush, D., Healey, M., Rapsey, C. M., Peate, M., & Girling, J. E. (2019). Investigating the care needs of those with endometriosis: Are we listening to the patients? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 59, 877-879. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13080

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Rapsey, C. (2010). Sexual Health. Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, 20(1), 9-14.

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