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Health Sciences profile

Associate Professor Rosalina Richards

PositionCo-Deputy Director Coastal People: Southern Skies - Centre for Research Excellence
QualificationsBSc PGDipSci MSc PhD
Research summaryPacific health, sleep, coastal environments and wellbeing
TeachingThere are numerous health challenges currently facing Pacific populations. Growing a health workforce which is able to work effectively with Pacific families is an important part of responding to these challenges. Rosalina is currently convenor for the Division of Health Science Pacific Health Curriculum across the Physiotherapy, Pharmacy and Dental schools and contributes to teaching of the Pacific and Global Health major of the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

Research

It is an exciting time to be involved in Pacific Health Research, with a steadily building population of talented and committed Pacific Researchers, a growing collection of models and methodologies that allow Pacific experiences to be accurately and respectfully captured and a multitude of community strengths on which to base interventions to improve health and wellbeing.

Rosalina is Co-Deputy Director of the new Coastal People: Southern Skies Centre for Research Excellence which aims to connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems. She is also co-Principal Investigator on a Better Start National Science Challenge Project (Moemoea) exploring sleep intervention development and collaborates on work related to Pacific education, access to medicines and health service delivery.

Rosalina's background is in behavioural psychology and public health. As former Director of the Centre for Pacific Health and Co-Director of the Cancer Society and Behavioural Research Unit she has published across a variety of areas, including physical activity, nutrition, tobacco control and supportive cancer care.

Publications

Kumpula, E.-K., Richards, R., Norris, P., Symon, V., & Pomerleau, A. C. (2021). A retrospective analysis of calls to the New Zealand National Poisons Centre regarding Pacific patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1528), 26-34. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Farmer, V. L., Richards, R., Te Morenga, L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Mann, J. I. (2020). Do differences in compositional time use explain ethnic variation in the prevalence of obesity in children? Analyses using 24-hour accelerometry. International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders, 44, 94-103. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0377-1

George, M., Theodore, R., Richards, R., Galland, B., Taylor, R., Matahaere, M., & Te Morenga, L. A. (2020). Moe Kitenga: A qualitative study of perceptions of infant and child sleep practices among Māori whānau. AlterNative, 16(2), 153-160. doi: 10.1177/1177180120929694

Roy, M., Haszard, J. J., Savage, J. S., Yolton, K., Beebe, D. W., Xu, Y., Galland, B., … Taylor, B., Richards, R., … Taylor, R. W. (2020). Bedtime, body mass index and obesity risk in preschool-aged children. Pediatric Obesity, 15, e12650. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12650

Thompson, O., Anderson, J., Chen, M., Haack, G., Mane, R., Stewart, T., … Walthert, J., Jutel, S., Mapusua, T., Schwenke, D., Sopoaga, F., Walker, S., & Richards, R. (2020). Use of bodily tissues in research: Pacific perspectives from Dunedin, New Zealand. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(5), 245-252. doi: 10.26635/phd.2020.624

Journal - Research Article

Kumpula, E.-K., Richards, R., Norris, P., Symon, V., & Pomerleau, A. C. (2021). A retrospective analysis of calls to the New Zealand National Poisons Centre regarding Pacific patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1528), 26-34. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Farmer, V. L., Richards, R., Te Morenga, L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Mann, J. I. (2020). Do differences in compositional time use explain ethnic variation in the prevalence of obesity in children? Analyses using 24-hour accelerometry. International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders, 44, 94-103. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0377-1

Thompson, O., Anderson, J., Chen, M., Haack, G., Mane, R., Stewart, T., … Walthert, J., Jutel, S., Mapusua, T., Schwenke, D., Sopoaga, F., Walker, S., & Richards, R. (2020). Use of bodily tissues in research: Pacific perspectives from Dunedin, New Zealand. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(5), 245-252. doi: 10.26635/phd.2020.624

Roy, M., Haszard, J. J., Savage, J. S., Yolton, K., Beebe, D. W., Xu, Y., Galland, B., … Taylor, B., Richards, R., … Taylor, R. W. (2020). Bedtime, body mass index and obesity risk in preschool-aged children. Pediatric Obesity, 15, e12650. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12650

George, M., Theodore, R., Richards, R., Galland, B., Taylor, R., Matahaere, M., & Te Morenga, L. A. (2020). Moe Kitenga: A qualitative study of perceptions of infant and child sleep practices among Māori whānau. AlterNative, 16(2), 153-160. doi: 10.1177/1177180120929694

Tafuna'i, M., Matalavea, B., Voss, D., Turner, R. M., Richards, R., Sopoaga, F., … Walker, R. (2020). Kidney failure in Samoa. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 5, 100058. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2020.100058

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

Smith, L. A., Cameron, C., Waqawai, A., Foster Page, L., & Richards, R. (2019). Pasifika adolescents' recommendations for increasing access to oral health care. New Zealand Dental Journal, 115(1), 20-28.

Rapata, H., Cutfield, W. S., Milne, B. J., Shackleton, N., Waetford, C., Richards, R., Taylor, R. W., Raureti, T., Derraik, J. G. B., & Camp, J. (2019). Stable prevalence of obesity among Ngāti Whātua 4-year-old children in 2010–2016. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 49(4), 449-458. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1691613

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

Sligo, J., Jones, B., Davies, C., Egan, R., Ingham, T., Hancox, B., & Richards, R. (2019). The experiences of young people with chronic illness in New Zealand: A qualitative study. Child: Care, Health & Development, 45(5), 660-669. doi: 10.1111/cch.12696

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., Richards, R., Ling, P., & Popova, L. (2019). Dual use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and smoked tobacco: A qualitative analysis. Tobacco Control, 28(1), 13-19. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054070

Ruhe, T., Waters, D., & Richards, R. (2018). Engaging Dunedin New Zealand Pacific people in falls prevention. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(2), 80-88. doi: 10.26635/phd.2018.917

Smith, L. A., Cameron, C., Foster Page, L., Waqawai, A., & Richards, R. (2018). Pasifika adolescents' understanding and experiences of oral health care. New Zealand Dental Journal, 114(4), 165-173.

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

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

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

Robertson, L., Hoek, J., Blank, M.-L., Richards, R., Ling, P., Popova, L., & McMillan, L. (2018). A qualitative exploration of information-seeking by electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) users in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 8(10), e023375. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023375

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2018). Cancer information seeking among adult New Zealanders: A national cross-sectional study. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(3), 610-614. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1136-9

Vaipuna, T. F. W., Williams, S. M., Farmer, V. L., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Richards, R., Galland, B. C., Te Morenga, L., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). Sleep patterns in children differ by ethnicity: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses using actigraphy. Sleep Health, 4(1), 81-86. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.10.012

Robinson, C., Cutfield, N., Mottershead, J., Sharples, K., Richards, R., Kingan, J., … Zhang, Z. (2018). Media reporting of health interventions in New Zealand: A retrospective analysis. Internal Medicine Journal, 48(8), 924-930. doi: 10.1111/imj.13936

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A. I., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Latu, A. T. F., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Cancer mortality, early detection and treatment among adult New Zealanders: Changes in perceptions between 2001 and 2014/5. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 18(12), 3401-3406. doi: 10.22034/APJCP.2017.18.12.3401

Cameron, C., Iosua, E., Parry, M., Richards, R., & Jaye, C. (2017). More than just numbers: Challenges for professional statisticians. Statistics Education Research Journal, 16(2), 362-375. Retrieved from http://iase-web.org/Publications.php?p=SERJ

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

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A. I., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Changes in awareness of cancer risk factors among adult New Zealanders (CAANZ): 2001 to 2015. Health Education Research, 32(2), 153-162. doi: 10.1093/her/cyx036

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Dawson, A., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Cancer Awareness in Aotearoa New Zealand (CAANZ), 2001 and 2015: Study protocols. Journal of Cancer Education, 32(4), 745-748. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1050-1

Richards, R., McNoe, B., Iosua, E., Reeder, A. I., Egan, R., Marsh, L., Robertson, L., Maclennan, B., Latu, A. T. F., Quigg, R., & Petersen, A.-C. (2017). Knowledge of evidence-based cancer risk factors remains low among New Zealand adults: Findings from two cross-sectional studies, 2001 and 2015. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 18(11), 2931-2936. doi: 10.22034/apjcp.2017.18.11.2931

Collins, C., Richards, R., Reeder, A. I., & Gray, A. R. (2015). Food for thought: Edible gardens in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26, 70-73. doi: 10.1071/HE14082

Clark, E. M., Quigg, R., Wong, J. E., Richards, R., Black, K. E., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2014). Is the food environment surrounding schools associated with the diet quality of adolescents in Otago, New Zealand? Health & Place, 30, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.008

Robertson, L., Richards, R., Egan, R., & Szymlek-Gay, E. A. (2013). Promotion and support of physical activity among cancer survivors: A service provider perspective. Psycho-Oncology, 22(2), 441-446. doi: 10.1002/pon.3032

Egan, R., McKechnie, R., Jopson, J., Herbison, P., & Richards, R. (2013). Perspectives on psychosocial and spiritual cancer support services in New Zealand. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31(6), 659-674. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2013.835017

Dawson, A., Richards, R., Collins, C., Reeder, A. I., & Gray, A. (2013). Edible gardens in early childhood education settings in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 24(3), 214-218. doi: 10.1071/he13066

Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Richards, R., & Egan, R. (2011). Physical activity among cancer survivors: A literature review. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1337). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1337/4746/content.pdf

Richards, R., Murdoch, L., Reeder, A. I., & Amun, Q.-t.-a. (2011). Political activity for physical activity: Health advocacy for active transport. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 8, 52. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-52

Richards, R., Murdoch, L., Reeder, A. I., & Rosenby, M. (2010). Advocacy for active transport: Advocate and city council perspectives. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 7. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-7-5

Richards, R., McGee, R., Williams, S. M., Welch, D., & Hancox, R. J. (2010). Adolescent screen time and attachment to parents and peers. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164(3), 258-262. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.280

Richards, R., Poulton, R., Reeder, A. I., & Williams, S. (2009). Childhood and contemporaneous correlates of adolescent leisure time physical inactivity: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(3), 260-267. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.08.005

Richards, R., Williams, S., Poulton, R., & Reeder, A. I. (2007). Tracking club sport participation from childhood to early adulthood. Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport, 78(5), 413-419.

Richards, R., Darling, H., & Reeder, A. I. (2005). Sponsorship and fund-raising in New Zealand schools: Implications for health. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29(4), 331-336.

Richards, R., Reeder, A. I., & Bulliard, J.-L. (2004). Fine forecasts: Encouraging the media to include ultraviolet radiation information in summertime weather forecasts. Health Education Research, 19(6), 677-685.

Richards, R., Reeder, A., & Darling, H. (2004). Interest and participation in selected sports among New Zealand adolescents. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1195). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1195/906/content.pdf

Poulton, R., Trevena, J., Reeder, A. I., & Richards, R. (2002). Physical health correlates of overprediction of physical discomfort during exercise. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 40(4), 401-414.

Richards, R., McGee, R. O., & Knight, R. G. (2001). Sunburn and sun protection among New Zealand adolescents over a summer weekend. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25(4), 352-354.

Richards, R., McGee, R., & Knight, R. G. (2001). Sun protection practices, knowledge and attitudes to tans among New Zealand adolescents, 1991-1997. New Zealand Medical Journal, 114(1132), 229-231.

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Ward, A. L., Galland, B. C., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., Morrison, S., McIntosh, D. R., Jackson, R., … Fangupo, L., Richards, R., Te Morenga, L., Smith, C., Elder, D. E., & Taylor, R. W. (2019). The effect of mild sleep deprivation on diet and eating behaviour in children: Protocol for the Daily Rest, Eating, and Activity Monitoring (DREAM) randomized cross-over trial. BMC Public Health, 19, 1347. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7628-x

Stokes, T., Atmore, C., Penno, E., Richard, L., Wyeth, E., Richards, R., Doolan-Noble, F., Gray, A. R., Sullivan, T., & Gauld, R. (2019). Protocol for a mixed methods realist evaluation of regional District Health Board groupings in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 9, e030076. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030076

Peterson, E., Richards, R., McNoe, B., & Reeder, A. I. (2019). SunSmart news? Traditional media coverage of sun protection issues during springtime in New Zealand [Brief report]. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 30, 272-275. doi: 10.1002/hpja.210

Richards, R., & Egan, R. (2018). Reflections: Spirituality and cancer researchers. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(1), 245-247. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1072-8

Darling, H., & Richards, R. (2008). Kids on bikes: A community intervention [Letter to the editor]. Preventive Medicine, 46(1), 82. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.07.033

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