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Health Sciences profile

Associate Professor Ricci Harris

PositionResearch Associate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (Wellington)
QualificationsMBChB MPH FAFPHM
Research summaryMaori health research

Research

Associate Professor Ricci Harris (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu) is a public health physician at Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare. She has a particular interest in Māori health research, epidemiology and the investigation of ethnic inequalities in Aotearoa. This has included research into sleep disorders, the classification of ethnicity, ethnic disparities in caesarean sections and cardiovascular procedures, the impact of socioeconomic position on ethnic inequalities in mortality, and the impact of racism on health and ethnic inequalities. More recently Ricci co-edited Hauora: Māori Standards of Health IV.

Ricci is currently working on the Unequal Treatment - The Role of Health Services project examining cervical cancer treatment and survival differences between Māori and non-Māori. She is also a member of Te ORA (the Māori Medical Practitioners Association of New Zealand).

Publications

King, P. T., Cormack, D., Edwards, R., Harris, R., & Paine, S.-J. (2022). Co-design for indigenous and other children and young people from priority social groups: A systematic review. SSM Population Health, 18, 101077. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101077

Talamaivao, N., Baker, G., Harris, R., Cormack, D., & Paine, S.-J. (2021). Informing anti-racism health policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Policy Quarterly, 17(4), 50-57. doi: 10.26686/pq.v17i4.7319

McLeod, M., Harris, R., Paine, S.-J., Crengle, S., Cormack, D., Scott, N., & Robson, B. (2021). Bowel cancer screening age range extension for Māori: What is all the fuss about? New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1535), 71-77. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Paine, S.-J., Cormack, D., Reid, P., Harris, R., & Robson, B. (2021). Kaupapa Māori-informed approaches to support data rights and self-determination. In M. Walter, T. Kukutai, S. R. Carroll & D. Rodriguez-Lonebear (Eds.), Indigenous data sovereignty and policy. (pp. 187-203). London, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429273957

Talamaivao, N., Harris, R., Cormack, D., Paine, S.-J., & King, P. (2020). Racism and health in Aotearoa New Zealand: A systematic review of quantitative studies. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1521), 55-68. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Robson, B., & Harris, R. (Eds.). (2007). Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, 273p.

Edited Book - Research

Paine, S.-J., Cormack, D., Reid, P., Harris, R., & Robson, B. (2021). Kaupapa Māori-informed approaches to support data rights and self-determination. In M. Walter, T. Kukutai, S. R. Carroll & D. Rodriguez-Lonebear (Eds.), Indigenous data sovereignty and policy. (pp. 187-203). London, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429273957

Chapter in Book - Research

Harris, R., Purdie, G., Robson, B., Wright, C., Zhang, J., & Baker, M. (2007). Appendix 3: Estimating Māori hospitalisations and cancer registrations. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 249-259). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., & Mihaere, K. (2007). Sleep Problems. In R. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 199-207). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Robson, B., Robson, C., Harris, R., & Purdie, G. (2007). Hospitalisations. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 63-101). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Talamaivao, N., Baker, G., Harris, R., Cormack, D., & Paine, S.-J. (2021). Informing anti-racism health policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Policy Quarterly, 17(4), 50-57. doi: 10.26686/pq.v17i4.7319

Journal - Research Article

Cormack, D., Harris, R., & Stanley, J. (2020). Māori experiences of multiple forms of discrimination: Findings from Te Kupenga 2013. Kōtuitui, 15(1), 106-122. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2019.1657472

Journal - Research Article

Paine, S.-J., Cormack, D., Stanley, J., & Harris, R. (2020). Caregiver experiences of racism are associated with adverse health outcomes for their children: A cross-sectional analysis of data from the New Zealand Health Survey. Critical Public Health, 30(5), 509-520. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2019.1626003

Journal - Research Article

Talamaivao, N., Harris, R., Cormack, D., Paine, S.-J., & King, P. (2020). Racism and health in Aotearoa New Zealand: A systematic review of quantitative studies. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1521), 55-68. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Harris, R. B., Cormack, D. M., & Stanley, J. (2019). Experience of racism and associations with unmet need and healthcare satisfaction: The 2011/12 adult New Zealand Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 43(1), 75-80. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12835

Journal - Research Article

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., Cormack, D., & Stanley, J. (2019). Self-reported sleep complaints are associated with adverse health outcomes: Cross-sectional analysis of the 2002/03 New Zealand Health Survey. Ethnicity & Health, 24(1), 44-56. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1315368

Journal - Research Article

Cormack, D., Harris, R., Stanley, J., Lacey, C., Jones, R., & Curtis, E. (2018). Ethnic bias amongst medical students in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Findings from the Bias and Decision Making in Medicine (BDMM) study. PLoS ONE, 13(8), e0201168. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201168

Journal - Research Article

Cormack, D., Stanley, J., & Harris, R. (2018). Multiple forms of discrimination and relationships with health and wellbeing: Findings from national cross-sectional surveys in Aotearoa/New Zealand. International Journal for Equity in Health, 17, 26. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0735-y

Journal - Research Article

Harris, R. B., Stanley, J., & Cormack, D. (2018). Racism and health in New Zealand: Prevalence over time and associations between recent experience of racism and health and wellbeing measures using national survey data. PLoS ONE, 13(5), e0196476. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196476

Journal - Research Article

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Stanley, J., Curtis, E., Jones, R., & Lacey, C. (2018). Ethnic bias and clinical decision-making among New Zealand medical students: An observational study. BMC Medical Education, 18, 18. doi: 10.1186/s12909-018-1120-7

Journal - Research Article

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., Stanley, J., & Cormack, D. (2018). Caregiver experiences of racism and child healthcare utilisation: Cross-sectional analysis from New Zealand. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103(9), 873-879. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-313866

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Ben, J., Cormack, D., Harris, R., & Paradies, Y. (2017). Racism and health service utilisation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0189900. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189900

Journal - Research Article

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Curtis, E., Jones, R., Stanley, J., & Lacey, C. (2016). Development and testing of study tools and methods to examine ethnic bias and clinical decision-making among medical students in New Zealand: The Bias and Decision-Making in Medicine (BDMM) study. BMC Medical Education, 16, 173. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0701-6

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Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., Cormack, D., & Stanley, J. (2016). Racial discrimination and ethnic disparities in sleep disturbance: The 2002/03 New Zealand Health Survey. Sleep, 39(2), 477-485. doi: 10.5665/sleep.5468

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Harris, R., Cormack, D., Stanley, J., & Rameka, R. (2015). Investigating the relationship between ethnic consciousness, racial discrimination and self-rated health in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 10(2), e0117343. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117343

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McLeod, M., Blakely, T., Kvizhinadze, G., & Harris, R. (2014). Why equal treatment is not always equitable: The impact of existing ethnic health inequalities in cost-effectiveness modeling. Population Health Metrics, 12, 15. doi: 10.1186/1478-7954-12-15

Journal - Research Article

Bécares, L., Cormack, D., & Harris, R. (2013). Ethnic density and area deprivation: Neighbourhood effects on Māori health and racial discrimination in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 88, 76-82. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.04.007

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Cormack, D. M., Harris, R. B., & Stanley, J. (2013). Investigating the relationship between socially-assigned ethnicity, racial discrimination and health advantage in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e84039. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084039

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Harris, R. B., Cormack, D. M., & Stanley, J. (2013). The relationship between socially-assigned ethnicity, health and experience of racial discrimination for Māori: Analysis of the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. BMC Public Health, 13, 844. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-844

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Harris, R., Cormack, D., Tobias, M., Yeh, L.-C., Talamaivao, N., Minster, J., & Timutimu, R. (2012). The pervasive effects of racism: Experiences of racial discrimination in New Zealand over time and associations with multiple health domains. Social Science & Medicine, 74(3), 408-415. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.004

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Harris, R., Cormack, D., Tobias, M., Yeh, L.-C., Talamaivao, N., Minster, J., & Timutimu, R. (2012). Self-reported experience of racial discrimination and health care use in New Zealand: Results from the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. American Journal of Public Health, 102(5), 1012-1019. doi: 10.2105/ajph.2011.300626

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Fink, J. W., Paine, S.-J., Gander, P. H., Harris, R. B., & Purdie, G. (2011). Changing response rates from Māori and non-Māori in national sleep health surveys. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1328). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1328/4505/content.pdf

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McLeod, M., Cormack, D., Harris, R., Robson, B., Sykes, P., & Crengle, S. (2011). Achieving equitable outcomes for Māori women with cervical cancer in New Zealand: Health provider views. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1334). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1334/4661/content.pdf

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Cormack, D., Sarfati, D., Harris, R., Robson, B., Shaw, C., & Blakely, T. (2010). Re: 'An overview of cancer and beliefs about the disease in indigenous people of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US' [Letter]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(1), 90-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00481.x

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Curtis, E., Harwood, M., Riddell, T., Robson, B., Harris, R., Mills, C., & Reid, P. (2010). Access and society as determinants of Ischaemic Heart Disease in indigenous populations. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 19, 316-324. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.04.129

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McLeod, M., Harris, R., Purdie, G., Cormack, D., Robson, B., Sykes, P., Crengle, S., Iupati, D., & Walker, N. (2010). Improving survival disparities in cervical cancer between Māori and non-Māori women in New Zealand: A National Retrospective Cohort Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(2), 193-199. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00506.x

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Mihaere, K. M., Harris, R., Gander, P. H., Reid, P. M., Purdie, G., Robson, B., & Neill, A. (2009). Obstructive sleep apnea in New Zealand adults: Prevalence and risk factors among Māori and non-Māori. Sleep, 32(7), 949-956.

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Harris, R., Robson, B., Curtis, E., Purdie, G., Cormack, D., & Reid, P. (2007). Māori and non-Māori differences in caesarean section rates: A national review. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1250). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1250/2444/content.pdf

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Bramley, D., Broad, J., Jackson, R., Reid, P., Harris, R., Ameratunga, S., & Connor, J. (2006). Cardiovascular risk factors and their associations with alcohol consumption: Are there differences between Māori and non-Māori in Aotearoa (New Zealand)? New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1232). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1232/1929/content.pdf

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Harris, R., Tobias, M., Jeffreys, M., Waldegrave, K., Karlsen, S., & Nazroo, J. (2006). Effects of self-reported racial discrimination and deprivation on Māori health and inequalities in New Zealand: Cross-sectional study. Lancet, 367, 2005-2009. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(06)68890-9

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Harris, R., Tobias, M., Jeffreys, M., Waldegrave, K., Karlsen, S., & Nazroo, J. (2006). Racism and health: The relationship between experience of racial discrimination and health in New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 63, 1428-1441. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.04.009

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Gander, P. H., Marshall, N. S., Harris, R., & Reid, P. (2005). The Epworth Sleepiness Scale: Influence of age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic deprivation. Epworth Sleepiness scores of adults in New Zealand. Sleep, 28(2), 249-253.

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Paine, S.-J., Gander, P. H., Harris, R. B., & Reid, P. (2005). Prevalence and consequences of insomnia in New Zealand: Disparities between Maori and non-Maori. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29(1), 22-28. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00743.x

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Paine, S.-J., Gander, P. H., Harris, R., & Reid, P. (2004). Who reports insomnia? Relationships with age, sex, ethnicity, and socioeconomic deprivation. Sleep, 27(6), 1163-1169.

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Bramley, D., Broad, J., Harris, R., Reid, P., Jackson, R., for the Alcohol Burden of Disease and Disability Group. (2003). Differences in patterns of alcohol consumption between Maori and non-Maori in Aotearoa (New Zealand). New Zealand Medical Journal, 116(1184). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/116-1184/645/content.pdf

Journal - Research Article

King, P. T., Cormack, D., Edwards, R., Harris, R., & Paine, S.-J. (2022). Co-design for indigenous and other children and young people from priority social groups: A systematic review. SSM Population Health, 18, 101077. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101077

Journal - Research Other

McLeod, M., Harris, R., Paine, S.-J., Crengle, S., Cormack, D., Scott, N., & Robson, B. (2021). Bowel cancer screening age range extension for Māori: What is all the fuss about? New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1535), 71-77. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Scott, N., Bennett, H., Masters-Awatere, B., Sarfati, D., Atatoa-Carr, P., & Harris, R. (2020). Indigenous cancer research: Reflections on roles and responsibilities. JCO Global Oncology, 6, 143-147. doi: 10.1200/jgo.19.00124

Journal - Research Other

Stanley, J., Harris, R., Cormack, D., Waa, A., & Edwards, R. (2019). The impact of racism on the future health of adults: Protocol for a prospective cohort study. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 346. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6664-x

Journal - Research Other

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R. B., & Mihaere, K. M. (2011). Managing obstructive sleep apnoea and achieving equity: Implications for health services [Viewpoint]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1334). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1334/4655/content.pdf

Journal - Research Other

Tobias, M., & Harris, R. (2010). Racism and health in New Zealand [Editorial]. Ethnicity & Health, 15(4), 318-320. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2010.500803

Journal - Research Other

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