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+64 3 474 0999 extn 57299
Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychological Medicine (Dunedin)
BA BSc(Hons) PhD PGDipCIPs
Research summary
Psychiatric epidemiology, childhood adversity, sexual health

Human Sexuality and Health: PSME 201
MICN201, 301, 401, 501


Charlene Rapsey is a clinical psychologist with an interest in mental disorder, childhood adversity, and sexual health and sexual difficulties. She uses quantitative and mixed methods and has a particular interest in applied research. Current research projects include:

  • Psychiatric epidemiology
    The WHO World Mental Health Surveys project is a unique international collaboration with over 30 countries focused on epidemiology and the prevention of mental disorder.
  • Childhood adversity
    The Otago Women’s Health Study is a 25-year longitudinal study investigating associations between childhood abuse and outcomes across the life course.
  • The Foster the Whanau project investigates the costs, benefits, and long-term outcomes for children when the mother participates in an intensive, residential intervention as an alternative to foster care.
  • Sexual health
    Charlene has a broad interest in sexual health including the experience of sexual difficulties and well-being. Several projects focused on sexual pain, sexual difficulties, and sexual health epidemiology are currently in process. Charlene is also involved with medical education research focused on best practice teaching of sexuality as well as teaching focused on healthcare for people who are LGBTQI

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Pei, J., Amanvermez, Y., Vigo, D., Puyat, J., Kessler, R. C., Mortier, P., … Rapsey, C., … Garcia, C., & Cuijpers, P. (2024). Sociodemographic correlates of mental health treatment seeking among college students: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychiatric Services. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1176/ Journal - Research Article

Mitlash, A., Scarf, D., & Rapsey, C. (2023). Disordered eating in university students: Prevalence, predictors and intervention. Proceedings of the Psycolloquy Symposium. (pp. 26). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Psychology, University of Otago. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mooney, I., Clifford, A., Rapsey, C., & Scarf, D. (2023). Understanding treatment uptake in university students experiencing mental health challenges in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the Psycolloquy Symposium. (pp. 25). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Psychology, University of Otago. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mason, A., Schimanski, I., Treharne, G. J., Rapsey, C., & Scarf, D. (2023). A test of the Three Step Theory for suicide in Aotearoa New Zealand university students. Proceedings of the New Zealand Biostatistics Conference. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McGrath, J. J., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Altwaijri, Y., Andrade, L. H., Bromet, E. J., … Rapsey, C., and on behalf of the WHO World Mental Health Survey collaborators, including Scott, K. M. (2023). Age of onset and cumulative risk of mental disorders: A cross-national analysis of population surveys from 29 countries. Lancet Psychiatry, 10, 668-681. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(23)00193-1 Journal - Research Article

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