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Associate Professor
Department of Psychological Medicine (Wellington)
BA (Sociology), MPH (Dist), PhD
Research summary
Public health


I am a social scientist with the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group at University of Otago, Wellington. My training is in public health with expertise in food policy and food politics. Recently I have been engaged in mental health research with a focus on suicide and suicide prevention.

As a social scientist with training in epidemiology and public health, I am have undertaken quantitative and qualitative health research in many areas including: tobacco and smoking, alcohol and drink driving, gambling, food and nutrition policy, food marketing, obesity, the politics of health promotion, mental health, suicide, and the framing of public health issues and debates.

My current research is focused on suicide. Recently I led a process evaluation of the Multi-level Intervention for Suicide Prevention in New Zealand, was PI on University of Otago funded research to study the media discourse on suicide news reporting in NZ, and was Co-PI (with Professor Sunny Collings) on the Suicide Mortality Review Feasibility Study (funded by the Health Quality of Safety Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Health).


Hoskin, A., McKenzie, S. K., Cooney, E. B., & Jenkin, G. (2024). Should menstrual cycle data be collected during suspected suicide autopsies? [Research letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1592), 113-115. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Manning, R., Martin, G., Jenkin, G., & Gray, R. (2023). Review of the basic training component of public health medicine. (pp. 1-39). Wellington, New Zealand: Allen and Clarke. Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Faasen, K., Martin, G., Potiki, M., & Jenkin, G. (2023). Evidence brief: Primary healthcare needs of disabled children in care and protection. (pp. 1-45). Wellington, New Zealand: Oranga Tamariki: Ministry for Children. Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Aspin, C., & Jenkin, G. (2023). Māori suicide rates remain too high: Involving whānau more in coronial inquiries should be a priority. The Conversation. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Aspin, C., Ormerod, F. B., Bittar, A., Schimanski, I., & Jenkin, G. (2023). Engaging with whānau to improve coronial investigations into rangatahi suicide. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2023.2270007 Journal - Research Article

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