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Health Sciences profile

Dr Helen Owen

PositionAssistant Research Fellow
QualificationsBSc(Hons) Psychology (First Class) PhD
Research summaryMental health outcomes post-injury, healthcare integration and access inequities, provider burnout
TeachingFormerly a laboratory demonstrator for PSYC111 and PSYC112, guest lectured in PUBH 304 (Māori Health Research) and PSYC 426 (Social Cognition)
MembershipsCo-chair for DSM Postgraduate and Early Career Research Committee (PERC)


I have a background in Psychology, and my research was originally focused in the areas of human-technology interactions, person perception, and social behaviour, communication, and well-being of older adults. After completing my PhD, I worked for two-years as a paid Associate Editor for Social Behaviour and Personality: An International Journal but have since returned to research.

I feel privileged to be contributing to research that aims to reduce healthcare access inequities, improve outcomes following injury, and improve healthcare service integration. I am project manager on three externally funded longitudinal cohort studies exploring long-term injury outcomes: the New Zealand Prospective Outcomes of Injury, ten-year follow-up Studies (POIS-10 and POIS-10 Māori) and the Trauma Outcomes Project. My more specific research areas include:

  • Exploring long-term psychological distress following injury in New Zealand
  • Māori experiences accessing injury-related health services long-term
  • Interviewers’ experiences conducting follow-up interviews with injured New Zealanders
  • Health provider perceptions of care integration, teamwork, and burnout during the Primary and Community Care Strategy roll-out
  • Integration of mental health services and associated health and well-being outcomes for service users and staff

Additional details

Examples of previous media contributions (from PhD):

Awarded grants

  • Accelerator Grant (Early Career), Division of Health Sciences (2022)
  • Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE) Early Career Researcher Conference Scholarship (2019)


Owen, H. E., & Licorish, S. A. (2020). Game-based student response system: The effectiveness of Kahoot! on junior and senior information science students' learning. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 19, 511-553. doi: 10.28945/4608

Licorish, S. A., Owen, H. E., Daniel, B., & George, J. L. (2018). Students’ perception of Kahoot!’s influence on teaching and learning. Research & Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 13, 9. doi: 10.1186/s41039-018-0078-8

Owen, H. E., Halberstadt, J., Carr, E. W., & Winkielmann, P. (2016). Johnny Depp, reconsidered: How category-relative processing fluency determines the appeal of gender ambiguity. PLoS ONE, 11(2), e0146328. doi: 10.1371/journal. pone.0146328

Owen, H. E., & Halberstadt, J. (2014). Truth in text: The influence of language complexity and style on perceived self-reflection and truthfulness. In S. R. Nasato (Ed.), Advances in social cognition research. (pp. 199-213). New York: Nova Science.