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Health Sciences profile

Dr Jesse Kokaua

PositionSenior Research Fellow
Research summaryPacific research

Research

Jesse works in the Pacific Islands Research and Student Support Unit (PIRSSU). He undertakes research topics about the factors that contribute to increased academic achievement by Pacific students and evaluates the programmes provided by PIRSSU. Jesse provides statistical evidence that contributes to the efficacy of the work conducted by the Unit.

Jesse is a statistician who has worked for the Ministry of Health and has a special interest in mental health and the Pacific community. His PhD thesis looked into mental illness among Cook Islanders and other Pacific people in New Zealand, and their use of mental health services. It draws on data from two sources that he has access to through his past work: Te Rau Hinengaro: the New Zealand Mental Health Survey and New Zealand's National Mental Health Service dataset (MHINC/PRIMHD).

Publications

Tamati, A., Treharne, G. J., Kokaua, J., Theodore, R., Ratima, M., Hond-Flavell, E., Edwards, W., … Poulton, R. (2021). He Piki Raukura: Assessing Ao Māori developmental constructs. Part II: Mapping positive change over 10 months among preschool Māori children. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 50(2), 35-45.

Winter, T., Riordan, B. C., Hunter, J. A., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Taylor, N., Kokaua, J., Poulton, R., & Scarf, D. (2021). A longitudinal study of mental wellbeing in students in Aotearoa New Zealand who transitioned into PhD study. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 659163. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.659163

Findlay, R., Hamm, L., Anstice, N., Chelimo, C., Grant, C. C., Bowden, N., Kokaua, J., & Black, J. (2021). Vision screening in New Zealand pre-school children: Is it equitable? Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15548

Naepi, S., Wilson, E., Lagos, S., Manuela, S., McAllister, T. G., Kidman, J., Theodore, R., & Kokaua, J. (2021). Where are we now? Patterns of Māori and Pasifika enrolment in the natural and physical science and society and culture fields in Aotearoa New Zealand. Higher Education Research & Development, 40(1), 90-103. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1857345

McAllister, T. G., Kokaua, J., Naepi, S., Kidman, J., & Theodore, R. (2021). Glass ceilings in New Zealand universities: Inequities in Māori and Pacific promotions and earnings. MAI Journal, 9(3), 272-285. doi: 10.20507/MAIJournal.2020.9.3.8

Foliaki, S., Kokaua, J., Schaaf, D., & Tukuitonga, C. (2006). Pacific people. In M. A. Oakley Browne, J. E. Wells & K. M. Scott (Eds.), Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 179-208). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

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Findlay, R., Hamm, L., Anstice, N., Chelimo, C., Grant, C. C., Bowden, N., Kokaua, J., & Black, J. (2021). Vision screening in New Zealand pre-school children: Is it equitable? Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15548

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McAllister, T. G., Kokaua, J., Naepi, S., Kidman, J., & Theodore, R. (2021). Glass ceilings in New Zealand universities: Inequities in Māori and Pacific promotions and earnings. MAI Journal, 9(3), 272-285. doi: 10.20507/MAIJournal.2020.9.3.8

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Naepi, S., Wilson, E., Lagos, S., Manuela, S., McAllister, T. G., Kidman, J., Theodore, R., & Kokaua, J. (2021). Where are we now? Patterns of Māori and Pasifika enrolment in the natural and physical science and society and culture fields in Aotearoa New Zealand. Higher Education Research & Development, 40(1), 90-103. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1857345

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Tamati, A., Treharne, G. J., Kokaua, J., Theodore, R., Ratima, M., Hond-Flavell, E., Edwards, W., … Poulton, R. (2021). He Piki Raukura: Assessing Ao Māori developmental constructs. Part II: Mapping positive change over 10 months among preschool Māori children. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 50(2), 35-45.

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Winter, T., Riordan, B. C., Hunter, J. A., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Taylor, N., Kokaua, J., Poulton, R., & Scarf, D. (2021). A longitudinal study of mental wellbeing in students in Aotearoa New Zealand who transitioned into PhD study. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 659163. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.659163

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Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., Audas, R., Merry, S., Taylor, B., & Hetrick, S. E. (2020). Case identification of mental health and related problems in children and young people using the New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making, 20, 42. doi: 10.1186/s12911-020-1057-8

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Bowden, N., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., & Braund, R. (2020). National prescribing rates and polypharmacy for children and young people in New Zealand with and without autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 78, 101642. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2020.101642

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Bowden, N., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., Audas, R., Milne, B., Smiler, K., … Taylor, B., & Gibb, S. (2020). Autism spectrum disorder/Takiwātanga: An Integrated Data Infrastructure-based approach to autism spectrum disorder research in New Zealand. Autism, 24(8), 2213-2227. doi: 10.1177/1362361320939329

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Hohmann-Marriott, B., Choe, L., Schilperoort, L., Tustin, K., Taylor, N., Gollop, M., Theodore, R., Kokaua, J., Hunter, J., Taumoepeau, M., & Poulton, R. (2020). Family and career plans of students graduating from New Zealand universities. New Zealand Population Review, 46, 100-126. Retrieved from https://population.org.nz/latest-journals/

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Kokaua, J., Jensen, S., Ruhe, T., Camp, J., Jensen, W., Sorensen, D., Lucas, A., & Richards, R. (2020). An application of a Tivaivai Research framework to a quantitative Pacific health research project using New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(5), 206-215. doi: 10.26635/phd.2020.621

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Schluter, P. J., Audas, R., Kokaua, J., McNeill, B., Taylor, B., Milne, B., & Gillon, G. (2020). The efficacy of preschool developmental indicators as a screen for early primary school-based literacy interventions. Child Development, 91(1), e59-e76. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13145

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Schluter, P. J., Collet, O. A. M., Tautolo, E.-S., Iusitini, L., Kokaua, J., & Paterson, J. (2020). Pacific and English language fluency and mental disorder symptom indications among Pacific mothers in New Zealand: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 33(6-7), 753-760. doi: 10.1177/1010539520956433

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Schluter, P. J., Kokaua, J., & Lee, M. (2020). Severe early childhood caries: A modern (neglected) epidemic? New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1518), 10-18. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Theodore, R., Tustin, K., Kokaua, J., Gollop, M., Kiro, C., Taylor, N., & Poulton, R. (2020). Occupations and industries of employment of Māori university graduates: Early career aspirations and destinations. Kōtuitui, 15(1), 140-153. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2019.1669671

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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

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Shackleton, N., Derraik, J. G. B., Audas, R., Taylor, R. W., Glover, M., Morton, S. M. B., … Kokaua, J., Taylor, B., … Milne, B. J. (2019). Decomposing ethnic differences in body mass index and obesity rates among New Zealand pre-schoolers. International Journal of Obesity, 43, 1951-1960. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0390-4

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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

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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

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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

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Theodore, R., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Taylor, N., Hunter, J., … Poulton, R. (2018). Equity in New Zealand university graduate outcomes: Māori and Pacific graduates. Higher Education Research & Development, 37(1), 206-221. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2017.1344198

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Theodore, R., Taumoepeau, M., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Unasa, C., Kokaua, J., Taylor, N., Ramrakha, S., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2018). Pacific university graduates in New Zealand: What helps and hinders completion. AlterNative, 14(2), 138-146. doi: 10.1177/1177180118764126

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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

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Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., Kokaua, J., & Covello, S. (2017). Training a medical workforce to meet the needs of diverse minority communities. BMC Medical Education, 17, 19. doi: 10.1186/s12909-017-0858-7

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Theodore, R., Gollop, M., Tustin, K., Taylor, N., Kiro, C., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2017). Māori university success: What helps or hinders qualification completion. AlterNative, 13(2), 122-130. doi: 10.1177/1177180117700799

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van der Meer, J., Wass, R., Scott, S., & Kokaua, J. (2017). Entry characteristics and participation in a peer learning program as predictors of first-year students’ achievement, retention, and degree completion. AERA Open, 3(3), 1-13. doi: 10.1177/2332858417731572

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Kokaua, J., Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., & Van der Meer, J. (2014). The development of a pre-enrolment screening tool to inform targeted support services in the first year in health sciences. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5(1), 55-66. doi: 10.5204/intjfyhe.v5i1.205

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Mauiliu, M., Derrett, S., Samaranayaka, A., Sopoaga, F., Kokaua, J., & Davie, G. (2013). Pacific peoples three months after injury: A comparison of outcomes between Pacific and non-Pacific participants in a NZ cohort study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(5), 463-469. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12124

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Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., Kokaua, J., Ekeroma, A. J., Murray, G., & van der Meer, J. (2013). Pacific students undertaking the first year of health sciences at the University of Otago, and factors associated with academic performance. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Ekeroma, A. J., Ikenasio-Thorpe, B., Weeks, S., Kokaua, J., Puniani, K., Stone, P., & Foliaki, S. A. (2012). Validation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) as a screening tool for postnatal depression in Samoan and Tongan women living in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1355). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Scott, K. M., Kokaua, J., & Baxter, J. (2011). Does having a chronic physical condition affect the likelihood of treatment seeking for a mental health problem and does this vary by ethnicity. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 42(4), 421-436.

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Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., Taylor, A., Kokaua, J., Milne, B. J., Polanczyk, G., & Poulton, R. (2010). How common are common mental disorders? Evidence that lifetime prevalence rates are doubled by prospective versus retrospective ascertainment. Psychological Medicine, 40(6), 899-909. doi: 10.1017/s0033291709991036

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Tobias, M., Kokaua, J., Gerritsen, S., & Templeton, R. (2010). The health of children in sole-parent families in New Zealand: The results of a population-based cross-section survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(3), 274-280. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00526.x

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Kokaua, J., & Wells, J. E. (2009). Twelve-month prevalences of mental disorders and treatment contact among Cook Islanders resident in New Zealand. Pacific Health Dialog, 15(1), 79-88.

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Kokaua, J., Schaaf, D., Wells, J. E., & Foliaki, S. A. (2009). Twelve-month prevalence, severity, and treatment contact of mental disorders in New Zealand born and migrant Pacific participants in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Pacific Health Dialog, 15(1), 9-17.

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Tobias, M., Gerritsen, S., Kokaua, J., & Templeton, R. (2009). Psychiatric illness among a nationally representative sample of sole and partnered parents in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(2), 136-144. doi: 10.1080/00048670802607196

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Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Agnew, F., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2009). Onset and lifetime use of drugs in New Zealand: Results from Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey 2003-2004. Drug & Alcohol Review, 28(2), 166-174. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2008.00043.x

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Schluter, P., Carter, S., & Kokaua, J. (2007). Indices and perception of crowding in Pacific households domicile within Auckland, New Zealand: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1248). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1248/2393/content.pdf

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Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., Oakley Browne, M. A., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Ethnic comparisons of the 12 month prevalence of mental disorders and treatment contact in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 905-913.

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Foliaki, S. A., Kokaua, J., Schaaf, D., & Tukuitonga, C. (2006). Twelve-month and Lifetime prevalences of mental disorders and treatment contact among Pacific people in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40(10), 924-934.

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Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M. A., Scott, K. M., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Prevalence, interference with life and severity of 12 month DSM-IV disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 845-854.

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Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M. A., Scott, K. M., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey: Overview of methods and findings. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 835-844.

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Welsh, B., & Kokaua, J. (2005). New Zealand District Health Board Mental Health Service Profile. Benchmarking, 12(6), 508-514. doi: 10.1108/14635770510628645

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Ramrakha, S., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Dalgard, F., Ambler, A., Kokaua, J., Milne, B. J., & Poulton, R. (2016). Cumulative mental health consequences of acne: 23-year follow-up in a general population birth cohort study. British Journal of Dermatology, 175(15), 1079-1081. doi: 10.1111/bjd.13786

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Sopoaga, F., Crampton, P., Ekeroma, A., Perez, D., Maoate, K., Watson, B., Kokaua, J., & Blattner, K. (2015). The role of New Zealand health professional training institutions in capacity building in the Pacific region. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1420). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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