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Research Fellow
Research summary
Safe and optimal use of medicines, medicines communication, Māori health, health equity


Karyn has a background in pharmacology and psychology, has worked broadly across pharmaceutical medicine in New Zealand and the UK and is a member of the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network Core Academic Group.

She has a strong interest in public outreach and communication about medicines, Māori health, health inequities, and partnering with community groups to collaborate on locally relevant research projects. Her current research includes:

  • Interactive public outreach about the science of medicines, which aims to empower children and their whānau to have confident discussions and make informed, shared, and positive decisions about medicines
  • A participatory science project with Cystic Fibrosis Otago investigating safe disposal of antibiotic residue in nebulisers
  • Exploring the supportive care needs of Māori cancer survivors
  • Exploring whānau acceptability of CovidCard contact tracing technology in the Ngongotahā CovidCard trial


Bateman, J., Egan, R., & Maclennan, K. (2023). 'Survivorship care is one big gap': A qualitative study of post-treatment supportive care in Aotearoa New Zealand. BMC Health Services Research, 23, 594. doi: 10.1186/s12913-023-09580-8 Journal - Research Article

Maclennan, K. (2022). Reaching our rangatahi: Creating conversations about medicines and going viral with a D-Bug game design challenge. Proceedings of the 7th Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network Symposium. (pp. 7). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Chambers, T., Egan, R., Maclennan, K., Emery, T., & Derrett, S. (2022). Expert insights on digital contact tracing: interviews with contact tracing policy professionals in New Zealand. Health Promotion International. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daac059 Journal - Research Article

Maclennan, K. (2021). Engaging communities in conversations about COVID-19, vaccines, and community immunity. Proceedings of the 6th Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network Symposium. (pp. 8-9). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Parkin, L., Maclennan, K., Te Morenga, L., Inder, M., & Moata'ane, L. (2021). What helps and hinders metformin adherence and persistence: A qualitative study exploring the views of people with type 2 diabetes. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1536), 25-40. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

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