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DSM staff profile

Dr Rosalina Richards

PositionDirector of the Centre for Pacific Health, Associate Dean (Pacific) DSM, and Senior Lecturer
QualificationsBSc PGDipSci MSc PhD
Research summaryPacific health, sleep and wellbeing

Research

Dr Richards is Associate Dean (Pacific) for the Dunedin School of Medicine, Director of the Centre for Pacific Health in Va’a o Tautai, Division of Health Sciences, and convenor for the new Pacific and Global Health major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

There are numerous health challenges currently facing Pacific populations. Growing a health workforce which is able to work effectively with Pacific families is an important part of responding to these challenges. It is an exciting time to be involved in Pacific Health Research, with a steadily building population of talented and committed Pacific Researchers, a growing collection of models and methodologies that allow Pacific experiences to be accurately and respectfully captured and a multitude of community strengths on which to base interventions to improve health and wellbeing.

Rosalina's background is in behavioural psychology and public health and she collaborates on research across a number of areas. She is currently Principal Investigator on a HRC Pacific Project about sleep health among Pacific families and collaborates on work related to education, brain health, migration and well-being. As former co-director of the Cancer Society and Behavioural Research Unit she has published across a variety of cancer prevention areas, including physical activity, nutrition, tobacco control and supportive care.

Publications

Smith, L. A., Cameron, C., Waqawai, A., Foster Page, L., & Richards, R. (2019). Pasifika adolescents' recommendations for increasing access to oral health care. New Zealand Dental Journal, 115(1), 20-28.

Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Farmer, V. L., Richards, R., Te Morenga, L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Mann, J. I. (2019). Do differences in compositional time use explain ethnic variation in the prevalence of obesity in children? Analyses using 24-hour accelerometry. International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0377-1

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., Richards, R., Ling, P., & Popova, L. (2019). Dual use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and smoked tobacco: A qualitative analysis. Tobacco Control, 28(1), 13-19. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054070

Sligo, J., Jones, B., Davies, C., Egan, R., Ingham, T., Hancox, B., & Richards, R. (2019). The experiences of young people with chronic illness in New Zealand: A qualitative study. Child: Care, Health & Development, 45(5), 660-669. doi: 10.1111/cch.12696

Kokaua, J., Jensen, S., Jensen, W., Sorensen, D., & Richards, R. (2019). Potential for using New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure in Pacific health and wellbeing research. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(4), 187-195. doi: 10.26635/phd.2019.623

Journal - Research Article

Smith, L. A., Cameron, C., Waqawai, A., Foster Page, L., & Richards, R. (2019). Pasifika adolescents' recommendations for increasing access to oral health care. New Zealand Dental Journal, 115(1), 20-28.

Kokaua, J., Jensen, S., Jensen, W., Sorensen, D., & Richards, R. (2019). Potential for using New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure in Pacific health and wellbeing research. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(4), 187-195. doi: 10.26635/phd.2019.623

Sligo, J., Jones, B., Davies, C., Egan, R., Ingham, T., Hancox, B., & Richards, R. (2019). The experiences of young people with chronic illness in New Zealand: A qualitative study. Child: Care, Health & Development, 45(5), 660-669. doi: 10.1111/cch.12696

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., Richards, R., Ling, P., & Popova, L. (2019). Dual use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and smoked tobacco: A qualitative analysis. Tobacco Control, 28(1), 13-19. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054070

Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Farmer, V. L., Richards, R., Te Morenga, L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Mann, J. I. (2019). Do differences in compositional time use explain ethnic variation in the prevalence of obesity in children? Analyses using 24-hour accelerometry. International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0377-1

Dekker, D., Kokaua, J., Oben, G., Simpson, J., & Richards, R. (2018). Are there differences within pre-school aged Pacific peoples’ hospital presentations with preventable conditions? Pacific Health Dialog, 21(1), 27-36. doi: 10.26635/phd.2018.904

Robinson, C., Cutfield, N., Mottershead, J., Sharples, K., Richards, R., Kingan, J., … Zhang, Z. (2018). Media reporting of health interventions in New Zealand: A retrospective analysis. Internal Medicine Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/imj.13936

Schluter, P. J., Kokaua, J., Tautolo, E.-S., Richards, R., Taleni, T., Kim, H. M., Audas, R., … Taylor, B., & Gillon, G. (2018). Patterns of early primary school-based literacy interventions among Pacific children from a nationwide health screening programme of 4 year olds. Scientific Reports, 8, 12368. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-29939-w

Smith, L. A., Cameron, C., Foster Page, L., Waqawai, A., & Richards, R. (2018). Pasifika adolescents' understanding and experiences of oral health care. New Zealand Dental Journal, 114(4), 165-173.

Ruhe, T., Waters, D., & Richards, R. (2018). Engaging Dunedin New Zealand Pacific people in falls prevention. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(2), 80-88. doi: 10.26635/phd.2018.917

Taua'i, E., Richards, R., & Kokaua, J. (2018). Is Pacific language ability protective of prevalence of mental disorders among Pacific peoples in New Zealand? Pacific Health Dialog, 21(1), 10-16. doi: 10.26635/phd.2018.902

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2018). Cancer information seeking among adult New Zealanders: A national cross-sectional study. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(3), 610-614. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1136-9

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., Richards, R., Ling, P., Popova, L., & McMillan, L. (2018). A qualitative exploration of information-seeking by electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) users in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 8(10), e023375. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023375

Vaipuna, T. F. W., Williams, S. M., Farmer, V. L., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Richards, R., Galland, B. C., Te Morenga, L., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). Sleep patterns in children differ by ethnicity: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses using actigraphy. Sleep Health, 4(1), 81-86. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.10.012

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A. I., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Latu, A. T. F., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Cancer mortality, early detection and treatment among adult New Zealanders: Changes in perceptions between 2001 and 2014/5. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 18(12), 3401-3406. doi: 10.22034/APJCP.2017.18.12.3401

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A. I., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Changes in awareness of cancer risk factors among adult New Zealanders (CAANZ): 2001 to 2015. Health Education Research, 32(2), 153-162. doi: 10.1093/her/cyx036

Sopoaga, F., Kokaua, J., van der Meer, J., Lameta-Huro, M., Zaharic, T., Richards, R., & Inder, M. (2017). Evaluating the effectiveness of a programme for improving the participation and academic success of an underrepresented minority group in New Zealand. Evaluation & Program Planning, 65, 20-29. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.06.002

Cameron, C., Iosua, E., Parry, M., Richards, R., & Jaye, C. (2017). More than just numbers: Challenges for professional statisticians. Statistics Education Research Journal, 16(2), 362-375. Retrieved from http://iase-web.org/Publications.php?p=SERJ

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Cancer Awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand (CAANZ), 2001 and 2015: Study protocols. Journal of Cancer Education, 32(4), 745-748. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1050-1

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A. I., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Latu, A. T. F., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Knowledge of evidence-based cancer risk factors remains low among New Zealand adults: Findings from two cross-sectional studies, 2001 and 2015. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 18(11), 2931-2936. doi: 10.22034/apjcp.2017.18.11.2931

Collins, C., Richards, R., Reeder, A. I., & Gray, A. R. (2015). Food for thought: Edible gardens in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26, 70-73. doi: 10.1071/HE14082

Clark, E. M., Quigg, R., Wong, J. E., Richards, R., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2014). Is the food environment surrounding schools associated with the diet quality of adolescents in Otago, New Zealand? Health & Place, 30, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.008

Robertson, L., Richards, R., Egan, R., & Szymlek-Gay, E. A. (2013). Promotion and support of physical activity among cancer survivors: A service provider perspective. Psycho-Oncology, 22(2), 441-446. doi: 10.1002/pon.3032

Egan, R., McKechnie, R., Jopson, J., Herbison, P., & Richards, R. (2013). Perspectives on psychosocial and spiritual cancer support services in New Zealand. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31(6), 659-674. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2013.835017

Dawson, A., Richards, R., Collins, C., Reeder, A. I., & Gray, A. (2013). Edible gardens in early childhood education settings in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 24(3), 214-218. doi: 10.1071/he13066

Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Richards, R., & Egan, R. (2011). Physical activity among cancer survivors: A literature review. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1337). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1337/4746/content.pdf

Richards, R., Murdoch, L., Reeder, A. I., & Amun, Q.-t.-a. (2011). Political activity for physical activity: Health advocacy for active transport. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 8, 52. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-52

Richards, R., McGee, R., Williams, S. M., Welch, D., & Hancox, R. J. (2010). Adolescent screen time and attachment to parents and peers. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164(3), 258-262. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.280

Richards, R., Murdoch, L., Reeder, A. I., & Rosenby, M. (2010). Advocacy for active transport: Advocate and city council perspectives. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 7. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-7-5

Richards, R., Poulton, R., Reeder, A. I., & Williams, S. (2009). Childhood and contemporaneous correlates of adolescent leisure time physical inactivity: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(3), 260-267. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.08.005

Richards, R., Williams, S., Poulton, R., & Reeder, A. I. (2007). Tracking club sport participation from childhood to early adulthood. Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport, 78(5), 413-419.

Richards, R., Darling, H., & Reeder, A. I. (2005). Sponsorship and fund-raising in New Zealand schools: Implications for health. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29(4), 331-336.

Richards, R., Reeder, A., & Darling, H. (2004). Interest and participation in selected sports among New Zealand adolescents. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1195). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1195/906/content.pdf

Richards, R., Reeder, A. I., & Bulliard, J.-L. (2004). Fine forecasts: Encouraging the media to include ultraviolet radiation information in summertime weather forecasts. Health Education Research, 19(6), 677-685.

Poulton, R., Trevena, J., Reeder, A. I., & Richards, R. (2002). Physical health correlates of overprediction of physical discomfort during exercise. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 40(4), 401-414.

Richards, R., McGee, R., & Knight, R. G. (2001). Sun protection practices, knowledge and attitudes to tans among New Zealand adolescents, 1991-1997. New Zealand Medical Journal, 114(1132), 229-231.

Richards, R., McGee, R. O., & Knight, R. G. (2001). Sunburn and sun protection among New Zealand adolescents over a summer weekend. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25(4), 352-354.

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Journal - Research Other

Stokes, T., Atmore, C., Penno, E., Richard, L., Wyeth, E., Richards, R., Doolan-Noble, F., Gray, A. R., Sullivan, T., & Gauld, R. (2019). Protocol for a mixed methods realist evaluation of regional District Health Board groupings in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 9, e030076. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030076

Richards, R., & Egan, R. (2018). Reflections: Spirituality and cancer researchers. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(1), 245-247. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1072-8

Peterson, E., Richards, R., McNoe, B., & Reeder, A. I. (2018). SunSmart news? Traditional media coverage of sun protection issues during springtime in New Zealand [Brief report]. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/hpja.210

Darling, H., & Richards, R. (2008). Kids on bikes: A community intervention [Letter to the editor]. Preventive Medicine, 46(1), 82. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.07.033

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