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DSM staff profile

Professor Jennie Connor

PositionChair of Preventive and Social Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsMB ChB MPH BSc PhD DipObst FAFPHM
Research summaryEpidemiology: Alcohol, sexual health, injury


Jennie Connor was the Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine from 2010 to 2015. She is a public health physician and epidemiologist, involved in teaching epidemiology in the Department. She has 15 years' experience in public health research that has largely focussed on the health effects of alcohol, injury prevention, and sexual and reproductive health. She has recently completed an assessment of the "Alcohol-attributable burden of disease and injury in New Zealand" with Robyn Kydd and international collaborators.

Current research interests include a programme of work on alcohol use and health effects in university students with Professor Kyp Kypri and Dr Kimberly Cousins, and reproductive and sexual health in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study with Associate Professor Nigel Dickson.


Righarts, A., Osborne, L., Connor, J., & Gillett, W. (2018). The prevalence and potential determinants of dysmenorrhoea and other pelvic pain in women: A prospective study. BJOG. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15247

Begg, D., Brookland, R., & Connor, J. (2017). Associations of repeated high alcohol use with unsafe driving behaviours, traffic offences, and traffic crashes among young drivers: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Traffic Injury Prevention, 18(2), 111-117. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1224345

Boniface, S., Scholes, S., Shelton, N., & Connor, J. (2017). Assessment of non-response bias in estimates of alcohol consumption: Applying the continuum of resistance model in a general population survey in England. PLoS ONE, 12(1), e0170892. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170892

Sellman, D., Connor, J., Robinson, G., & McBride, S. (2017). Alcohol reform – New Zealand style: Reflections on the process from 1984 to 2012. Psychotherapy & Politics International, 15(1), e1398. doi: 10.1002/ppi.1398

Kypri, K., Davie, G., McElduff, P., Langley, J., & Connor, J. (2017). Long-term effects of lowering the alcohol minimum purchasing age on traffic crash injury rates in New Zealand. Drug & Alcohol Review, 36(2), 178-185. doi: 10.1111/dar.12378