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Health Sciences profile

Mrs Lesley Gray

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Primary Health Care and General Practice (Wellington)
QualificationsMPH MSc FFPHM
Research summaryPromotion of healthy behaviour

Research

Lesley joined the Department in 2008 as a senior lecturer. Lesley gained Fellowship with the UK Faculty of Public Health and has over 30 years’ experience establishing and managing services in Public Health and Primary Care. Lesley is particularly interested in health risk behaviours – why we do what we do – and how health professionals might positively influence health behaviour. She has a Masters in Public Health from Glasgow University and Masters in Interprofessional Collaboration with longstanding interest in the interface between primary health care, social welfare and public health.

Lesley’s research interests concern risk perception and health risk behaviours. Lesley is a member of the Applied Research on Communication in Health (ARCH) Group. She is also involved in the Health Workforce New Zealand funded project looking at interprofessional education (TIPE: Tairāwhiti interprofessional education programme) and the longitudinal interprofessional study (LIPS).

Publications

Darlow, B., Brown, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., Purdie, G., & Pullon, S. (2023). Influence of a rural interprofessional education placement on the rural health workforce: Working in primary care, rural settings, and with Māori [Short research report]. Journal of Primary Health Care, 15(1), 78-83. doi: 10.1071/hc22136

Parker, G., Pausé, C., Gillon, A., & Gray, L. (2023). Self-identified fat people’s understanding of the need for, and use of, long needles when being vaccinated against COVID-19: Findings from a international online exploratory survey [Short report]. Critical Public Health, 33(3), 375-382. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2022.2159789

Vinnell, L. J., Becker, J. S., Doyle, E. E. H., & Gray, L. (2023). COVID-19 vaccine intentions in Aotearoa New Zealand: Behaviour, risk perceptions, and collective versus individual motivations. Current Research in Ecological & Social Psychology, 4, 100082. doi: 10.1016/j.cresp.2022.100082

Carroll, R., Rose, S. B., Garrett, S. M., & Gray, L. (2022). Fifth year medical students' education, confidence and learning needs related to healthcare provision for sexual and gender minority patients: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC22082

Darlow, B., Brown, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., & Pullon, S. (2022). Factors influencing health career choices during clinicians' first three years in practice. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice & Education, 12(2), 1-13. doi: 10.22230/jripe.2022v12n2a347

Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Gray, L., Hilder, J., Dew, K., & Dowell, T. (2020). Talking about diabetes and healthy lifestyle in primary healthcare: Translating research findings into practice. In L. Mullany (Ed.), Professional communication: Consultancy, advocacy, activism. (pp. 129-150). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-41668-3_7

Chapter in Book - Research

Pullon, S., McKinlay, E., Gallagher, P., Gray, L., Skinner, M., & McHugh, P. (2015). Case study 14.4: Interprofessional education in a rural setting: A quick-start innovation for final-year health professional students. In K. Bin Abdulrahman, S. Mennin, R. Harden & C. Kennedy (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of medical education. (pp. 197). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [Case Study].

Chapter in Book - Research

Darlow, B., Brown, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., Purdie, G., & Pullon, S. (2023). Influence of a rural interprofessional education placement on the rural health workforce: Working in primary care, rural settings, and with Māori [Short research report]. Journal of Primary Health Care, 15(1), 78-83. doi: 10.1071/hc22136

Journal - Research Article

Vinnell, L. J., Becker, J. S., Doyle, E. E. H., & Gray, L. (2023). COVID-19 vaccine intentions in Aotearoa New Zealand: Behaviour, risk perceptions, and collective versus individual motivations. Current Research in Ecological & Social Psychology, 4, 100082. doi: 10.1016/j.cresp.2022.100082

Journal - Research Article

Brown, M., Pullon, S., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., & Darlow, B. (2022). Template analysis of a longitudinal interprofessional survey: Making sense of free-text comments collected over time. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice & Education, 12(1). doi: 10.22230/jripe.2022v12n1a337

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Carroll, R., Rose, S. B., Garrett, S. M., & Gray, L. (2022). Fifth year medical students' education, confidence and learning needs related to healthcare provision for sexual and gender minority patients: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC22082

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Brown, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., & Pullon, S. (2022). Factors influencing health career choices during clinicians' first three years in practice. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice & Education, 12(2), 1-13. doi: 10.22230/jripe.2022v12n2a347

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Brown, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., Purdie, G., Pullon, S., the Longitudinal Interprofessional Study Group, including Beckingsale, L., Foster Page, L., Gallagher, P., Handley, J., Herkt, J., Kuperus, L., McHugh, P., Meldrum, A., Skinner, M., Schwass, R., Weaver, J., Wilson, C., & Windle, J. (2022). Longitudinal impact of preregistration interprofessional education on the attitudes and skills of health professionals during their early careers: A non-randomised trial with 4-year outcomes. BMJ Open, 12, e060066. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-060066

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Gray, L., Becker, J. S., MacDonald, C., & Johnston, D. (2022). Sizing up disaster risk reduction: A qualitative study of the voices of big bodied people in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 74, 102922. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2022.102922

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Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Becker, J. S., & Johnston, D. (2022). A qualitative study of emergency management considerations for big-bodied people in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 67, 102646. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102646

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Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Puloka, A., Bocock, C., Gwyther, R., Rushton, A., Puloka, V., … Kvalsvig, A., & Baker, M. G. (2022). The lived experience of hotel isolation and quarantine at the Aotearoa New Zealand border for COVID-19: A qualitative descriptive study. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 70, 102779. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102779

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Khorram-Manesh, A., Goniewicz, K., Phattharapornjaroen, P., Gray, L., Carlström, E., Sundwall, A., … Burkle, F. M. (2022). Differences in ethical viewpoints among civilian-military populations: A survey among practitioners in two European countries, based on a systematic literature review. Sustainability, 14, 1085. doi: 10.3390/su14031085

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Sørensen, J. L., Ranse, J., Gray, L., Khorram-Manesh, A., Goniewicz, K., & Hertelendy, A. J. (2022). Employees perception of organizational crises and their reactions to them: A Norwegian organizational case study. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 818422. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.818422

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Turnbull, S. M., Hobbs, M., Gray, L., Harvey, E. P., Scarrold, W. M. L., & O'Neale, D. R. J. (2022). Investigating the transmission risk of infectious disease outbreaks through the Aotearoa Co-incidence Network (ACN): A population-based study. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 20, 100351. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100351

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Canty, J., McBain, L., & Gray, L. (2021). Simulating ‘that jaw drop moment’: Challenging heteronormative assumptions in a novel clinical consultation skills session with undergraduate medical students. MedEdPublish, 10(1), 182. doi: 10.15694/mep.2021.000034.2

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Choi, K., Giridharan, N., Cartmell, A., Lum, D., Signal, L., Puloka, V., Crossin, R., Gray, L., Davies, C., Baker, M., & Kvalsvig, A. (2021). Life during lockdown: A qualitative study of low-income New Zealanders' experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1538), 52-67. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gray, L., Rose, S. B., Stanley, J., Zhang, J., Tassell-Matamua, N., Puloka, V., Kvalsvig, A., … Murton, S. A., … Baker, M. G. (2021). Factors influencing individual ability to follow physical distancing recommendations in Aotearoa New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic: A population survey. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 51(Suppl. 1), S107-S126. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2021.1879179

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Hilder, J., Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Duncan, S., & Dowell, A. C. (2021). 'Water dripping on a stone': A feasibility study of a healthy weight management conversation approach in routine general practice consultations. Family Practice, 38(3), 246-252. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmaa122

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Misztal-Okońska, P., Goniewicz, K., Goniewicz, M., Ranse, J., Hertelendy, A. J., Gray, L., … Khorram-Manesh, A. (2021). Importance of immediate electronic-based feedback to enhance feedback for first-time CPR trainees. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18, 3885. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18083885

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Pausé, C., Parker, G., & Gray, L. (2021). Resisting the problematisation of fatness in COVID-19: In pursuit of health justice. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 54, 102021. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.102021

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Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Tassell-Matamua, N., Stanley, J., Kvalsvig, A., Zhang, J., Murton, S., … Puloka, V., … Baker, M. G. (2020). Wearing one for the team: Views and attitudes to face covering in New Zealand/Aotearoa during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(3), 199-206. doi: 10.1071/HC20089

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Gray, L., Rushton, A., & Hobbs, M. (2020). “We only have the one”: Mapping the prevalence of people with high body mass to aid regional emergency management planning in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 51, 101859. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101859

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Hales, C., Amankwaa, I., Gray, L., & Rook, H. (2020). Providing care for older adults with extreme obesity in aged residential care facilities: An environmental scan. Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand, 36(3), 24-36. doi: 10.36951/27034542.2020.012

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Kupietz, K., & Gray, L. (2020). Fear, history, stigma, and bias in the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Emergency Management, 18(7). doi: 10.5055/jem.0541

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Hales, C., Gray, L., MacDonald, C., & Purdie, G. (2019). Dissonance in naming adiposity: A quantitative survey of naming preferences from a convenience sample of health professional and lay population in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1496), 20-30. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Dowell, A., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Gray, L., Vernall, S., … Dew, K. (2018). A longitudinal study of interactions between health professionals and people with newly diagnosed diabetes. Annals of Family Medicine, 16(1), 37-44. doi: 10.1370/afm.2144

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Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Hilder, J., & Dowell, A. C. (2018). A taboo topic? How general practitioners talk about overweight and obesity in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(2), 150-158. doi: 10.1071/HC17075

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Hales, C., Gray, L., Russell, L., & MacDonald, C. (2018). A qualitative study to explore the impact of simulating extreme obesity on health care professionals’ attitudes and perceptions. Ostomy Wound Management, 1, 18-24.

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Gray, L. (2017). Social determinants of health, disaster vulnerability, severe and morbid obesity in adults: Triple jeopardy? International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 14(2), 1452. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14121452

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Barton, J., Dew, K., Dowell, A., Sheridan, N., Kenealy, T., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., … Gray, L., & Stubbe, M. (2016). Patient resistance as a resource: Candidate obstacles in diabetes consultations. Sociology of Health & Illness, 38(7), 1151-1166. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12447

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Foster Page, L. A., Gray, L., Gallagher, P., McKinlay, E., & Rich, A. M. (2016). Untangling the web of influences on dental students' participation in interprofessional education programs. Journal of Dental Education, 80(6), 677-685.

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Gray, L., Chamberlain, R., & Morris, C. (2016). "Basically you wait for an 'in'": Community pharmacist views on their role in weight management in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(4), 365-371. doi: 10.1071/HC16026

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McKinlay, E., Gallagher, P., Wilson, C., Gray, L., McHugh, P., & Pullon, S. (2016). Social learning, shared accommodation and interprofessional education: I think those conversations that you have at the dinner table …. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 5, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2016.07.001

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Pullon, S., Wilson, C., Gallagher, P., Skinner, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., & McHugh, P. (2016). Transition to practice: Can rural interprofessional education make a difference? A cohort study. BMC Medical Education, 16, 154. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0674-5

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McKinlay, E. M., Gallagher, P. A., Gray, L. A., Wilson, C. L., & Pullon, S. R. H. (2015). Sixteen months “from square one”: The process of forming an interprofessional clinical teaching team. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice & Education, 5(2). Retrieved from http://www.jripe.org/index.php/journal/article/view/191

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Woodbridge, M. R., Dowell, A. C., & Gray, L. (2015). 'He said he had been out doing the traffic': General practitioner perceptions of sexually transmitted infection and HIV testing strategies for men. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(1), 50-56.

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Claridge, R., Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., & Dowell, A. C. (2014). General practitioner opinion of weight management interventions in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(3), 212-220.

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Lim, B. T., Moriarty, H., Huthwaite, M., Gray, L., Pullon, S., & Gallagher, P. (2013). How well do medical students rate and communicate clinical empathy? Medical Teacher, 35(2), e946-e951. doi: 10.3109/0142159x.2012.715783

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Macdonald, L., Stubbe, M., Tester, R., Vernall, S., Dowell, T., Dew, K., Kenealy, T., Sheridan, N., Docherty, B., Gray, L., & Raphael, D. (2013). Nurse-patient communication in primary care diabetes management: An exploratory study. BMC Nursing, 12(20). doi: 10.1186/1472-6955-12-20

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Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Mackie, B., Paton, D., Johnston, D., & Baker, M. G. (2012). Community responses to communication campaigns for influenza A (H1N1): A focus group study. BMC Public Health, 12, 205. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-205

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Parker, G., Pausé, C., Gillon, A., & Gray, L. (2023). Self-identified fat people’s understanding of the need for, and use of, long needles when being vaccinated against COVID-19: Findings from a international online exploratory survey [Short report]. Critical Public Health, 33(3), 375-382. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2022.2159789

Journal - Research Other

Campbell, J., Hobbs, M., O'Hara, L., Ballantyne, A., Heywood, A., & Gray, L. (2021). Equity in vaccine trials for higher weight people? Protocol for a rapid review of inclusion and exclusion criteria for higher weight people in clinical trials for COVID-19. BMJ Open, 11(5), e050114. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050114

Journal - Research Other

Campbell, J., Sutherland, J., Bucknall, D., O'Hara, L., Heywood, A., Hobbs, M., Ballantyne, A., & Gray, L. (2021). Equity in vaccine trials for higher weight people? A rapid review of weight-related inclusion and exclusion criteria for COVID-19 clinical trials. Vaccines, 9(12), 1466. doi: 10.3390/vaccines9121466

Journal - Research Other

Carroll, R., & Gray, L. (2021). Diversifying clinical education case studies. Clinical Teacher, 18, 494-496. doi: 10.1111/tct.13369

Journal - Research Other

Hall, K. H., Doolan-Noble, F., McKinlay, E., Currie, O., Gray, B., Gray, L., Richard, L., Stubbe, M., & Jaye, C. (2020). Ethics and equity in the time of coronavirus. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(2), 102-106. doi: 10.1071/HCv12n2_ED2

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Kvalsvig, A., Summers, J., Gray, L., Telfar Barnard, L., & Baker, M. G. (2020). COVID-19 outbreaks in Aotearoa New Zealand: Urgent action is required to address systematic causes and consequences of border failures. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1527), 8-14. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Rushton, A., Gray, L., Canty, J., & Blanchard, K. (2019). Beyond binary: (Re)defining "gender" for 21st century disaster risk reduction research, policy, and practice. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16, 3984. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16203984

Journal - Research Other

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Gallagher, P., Gray, L., McKinlay, E., Purdie, G., Wilson, C., & Pullon, S. (2018). Longitudinal impact of interprofessional education on attitudes, skills and career trajectories: A protocol for a quasi-experimental study in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 8, e018510. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018510

Journal - Research Other

Gray, L. A. (2017). Central obesity and waist-to-height ratio as proxy for routine health risk assessment. British Medical Journal. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j2033

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Gray, L., & MacDonald, C. (2016). Morbid obesity in disasters: Bringing the "conspicuously invisible" into focus. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 13, 1029. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13101029

Journal - Research Other

Gallagher, P., Pullon, S., Skinner, M., McHugh, P., McKinlay, E., & Gray, L. (2015). An interprofessional community education project as a socially accountable assessment [Short report]. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(5), 509-511. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2015.1004040

Journal - Research Other

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