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DSM staff profile

Dr Nicola Swain

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsBSc(Hons) PhD
Research summaryUnderstanding chronic pain conditions

Research

  • The experience and treatment of chronic pain
  • Psychological pain management techniques
  • Online health interventions
  • Positive health psychology
  • Reducing workplace aggression
  • Communication skills training

Publications

Baby, M., Gale, C., & Swain, N. (2018). Communication skills training in the management of patient aggression and violence in healthcare. Aggression & Violent Behavior, 39, 67-82. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2018.02.004

Leov, J., Barrett, E., Gallagher, S., & Swain, N. (2017). A qualitative study of pain experiences in patients requiring hip and knee arthroplasty. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(2), 186-196. doi: 10.1177/1359105315597054

Swain, N., & Bodkin-Allen, S. (2017). Developing singing confidence in early childhood teachers using acceptance and commitment therapy and group singing: A randomized trial. Research Studies in Music Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1321103X17700141

Howarth, A. M., Scott, K. M., & Swain, N. R. (2017). First-time fathers' perception of their childbirth experiences. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105316687628

Howarth, A. M., Scott, K. M., & Swain, N. R. (2017). Skills-based childbirth preparation reduces stress for midwives. Midwifery, 50, 235-238. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2017.05.001

Journal - Research Article

Baby, M., Gale, C., & Swain, N. (2018). Communication skills training in the management of patient aggression and violence in healthcare. Aggression & Violent Behavior, 39, 67-82. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2018.02.004

Leov, J., Barrett, E., Gallagher, S., & Swain, N. (2017). A qualitative study of pain experiences in patients requiring hip and knee arthroplasty. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(2), 186-196. doi: 10.1177/1359105315597054

Howarth, A. M., Scott, K. M., & Swain, N. R. (2017). Skills-based childbirth preparation reduces stress for midwives. Midwifery, 50, 235-238. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2017.05.001

Howarth, A. M., Scott, K. M., & Swain, N. R. (2017). First-time fathers' perception of their childbirth experiences. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105316687628

Swain, N., & Bodkin-Allen, S. (2017). Developing singing confidence in early childhood teachers using acceptance and commitment therapy and group singing: A randomized trial. Research Studies in Music Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1321103X17700141

Alghamdi, M., Regenbrecht, H., Hoermann, S., & Swain, N. (2017). Mild stress stimuli built into a non-immersive virtual environment can elicit actual stress responses. Behaviour & Information Technology, 36(9), 913-934. doi: 10.1080/0144929X.2017.1311374

Baby, M., Swain, N., & Gale, C. (2016). Healthcare managers' perceptions of patient perpetrated aggression and prevention strategies: A cross sectional survey. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(7), 507-516. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2016.1166300

Swain, N. (2015). Treatment of chronic pain in New Zealand: A community survey. Ngau Mamae, (Spring), 16-21.

Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, L. J., Swain, N. R., Chapple, S., & Poulton, R. (2015). Life satisfaction and mental health problems (18 to 35 years). Psychological Medicine, 45, 2427-2436. doi: 10.1017/s0033291715000422

Swain, N. R., Lim, C. C. W., Levinson, D., Fiestas, F., de Girolamo, G., Moskalewicz, J., … Scott, K. M. (2015). Associations between DSM-IV mental disorders and subsequent non-fatal, self-reported stroke. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79, 130-136. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.05.008

Quinlan, D. M., Swain, N., Cameron, C., & Vella-Brodrick, D. A. (2015). How 'other people matter' in a classroom-based strengths intervention: Exploring interpersonal strategies and classroom outcomes. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10(1), 77-89. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2014.920407

Swain, N., & Johnson, M. (2014). Chronic pain in New Zealand: A community sample. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1388). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Swain, N., & Gale, C. (2014). A communication skills intervention for community healthcare workers: A pretest-postest study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51, 1241-1245. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.01.016

Swain, N., & Bodkin-Allen, S. (2014). Can't sing? Won't sing? Aotearoa/New Zealand ‘tone-deaf’ early childhood teachers’ musical beliefs. British Journal of Music Education, 31(3), 245-263. doi: 10.1017/S0265051714000278

Swain, N. R., & Trevena, J. (2014). A comparison of therapist-present or therapist-free delivery of very brief mindfulness and hypnosis for acute experimental pain. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 43(3), 22-28.

Swain, N., Gale, C., & Greenwood, R. (2014). Patient aggression experienced by staff in a public hospital setting. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1394). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Howarth, A., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. J. (2013). The safety-net: What influences New Zealand first-time mothers' perceptions of safety for self and unborn child? New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 48, 24-28.

Ang, W. C., Swain, N., & Gale, C. (2013). Evaluating communication in healthcare: Systematic review and analysis of suitable communication scales. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 6(4), 216-222. doi: 10.1179/1753807613Y.0000000041

Howarth, A. M., Swain, N. R., & Treharne, G. J. (2012). First-time mothers' perspectives on relationships with and between midwives and doctors: Insights from a qualitative study of giving birth in New Zealand. Midwifery, 28(4), 489-494. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2011.07.004

Swain, N. R., Gibb, S. J., Horwood, L. J., & Fergusson, D. M. (2012). Alcohol and cannabis abuse/dependence symptoms and life satisfaction in young adulthood. Drug & Alcohol Review, 31(3), 327-333. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00339.x

Quinlan, D., Swain, N., & Vella-Brodrick, D. A. (2012). Character strengths interventions: Building on what we know for improved outcomes. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13(6), 1145-1163. doi: 10.1007/s10902-011-9311-5

Howarth, A. M., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. J. (2011). Taking personal responsibility for well-being increases birth satisfaction of first time mothers. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(8), 1221-1230. doi: 10.1177/1359105311403521

Howarth, A., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. J. (2011). First-time New Zealand mothers' experience of birth: Importance of relationship and support. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 45(45), 6-11.

Jameson, E., Trevena, J., & Swain, N. (2011). Electronic gaming as pain distraction. Pain Research & Management, 16(1), 27-32.

Howarth, A., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. (2010). A review of psychosocial predictors of outcome in labour and childbirth. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 42, 17-20.

Gale, C., Hannah, A., Swain, N., Gray, A., Coverdale, J., & Oud, N. (2009). Patient aggression perceived by community support workers. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(6), 497-501. doi: 10.1080/10398560903287516

Swain-Campbell, N., & Quinlan, D. (2009). Children's school, classroom, social well-being and health in New Zealand mid to low decile primary schools. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 44(2), 79-92.

Fergusson, D., Swain-Campbell, N., & Horwood, J. (2004). How does childhood economic disadvantage lead to crime? Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 45(5), 956-966.

Fergusson, D. M., Wanner, B., Vitaro, F., Horwood, L. J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2003). Deviant peer affiliations and depression: Confounding or causation? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 31(6), 605-618.

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2003). Ethnicity and criminal convictions: Results of a 21-year longitudinal study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 36(3), 354-367.

Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2003). Risky driving behaviour in young people: Prevalence, personal characteristics and traffic accidents. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(3), 337-342.

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2003). Cannabis dependence and psychotic symptoms in young people. Psychological Medicine, 33, 15-21.

Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2003). Arrests and convictions for cannabis related offences in a New Zealand birth cohort. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 70, 53-63.

Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2002). Deviant peer affiliations, crime and substance use: A fixed effects regression analysis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 30(4), 419-430.

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2002). Cannabis use and psychosocial adjustment in adolescence and young adulthood. Addiction, 97, 1123-1135.

Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2002). Outcomes of leaving school without formal educational qualifications. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 37(1), 39-55.

Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2002). Does sexual violence contribute to elevated rates of anxiety and depression in females? Psychological Medicine, 32, 991-996.

Swain-Campbell, N. R., Surgenor, L. J., & Snell, D. L. (2001). An analysis of consumer perspectives following contact with an eating disorder service. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35, 99-103.

Prescott, J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2000). Responses to repeated oral irritation by capsaicin, cinnemaldehyde and ethanol in PROP tasters and non-tasters. Chemical Senses, (25), 239-246.

Colombo, M., Swain, N. R., Harper, D., & Alsop, B. (1997). The effects of hippocampal and area parahippocampalis lesions in pigeons I: Delayed matching to sample. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section B, 50(2), 149-171.

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