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Dr Charlene Rapsey

PositionLecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Psychological Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsBA BSc(Hons) PhD PGDipCIPs
Research summaryPsychiatric epidemiology, childhood adversity, sexual health
Teaching

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

Research

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

Additional details

Follow Charlene on twitter: https://twitter.com/charlene_rapsey

Publications

Rapsey, C. M., Scott, K. M., & Patterson, T. (2019). Childhood sexual abuse, poly-victimization and internalizing disorders across adulthood and older age: Findings from a 25-year longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 244, 171-179. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.10.095

Rapsey, C. M., Wells, J. E., Bharat, M. C., Glantz, M., Kessler, R. C., & Scott, K. M. (2018). Transitions through stages of alcohol use, use disorder and remission: Findings from Te Rau Hinengaro, The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Alcohol & Alcoholism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agy069

Taylor, O., Rapsey, C. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Sexuality and gender identity teaching within preclinical medical training in New Zealand: Content, attitudes and barriers. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1477), 35-44. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Rapsey, C. M., Lim, C. C. W., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Bruffaerts, R., Caldas-de-Almeida, J. M., … Scott, K. M. (2015). Associations between DSM-IV mental disorders and subsequent COPD diagnosis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(5), 333-339. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.08.005

Rapsey, C. M. (2014). Age, quality, and context of first sex: Associations with sexual difficulties. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(12), 2873-2881. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12690

Journal - Research Article

Rapsey, C. M., Scott, K. M., & Patterson, T. (2019). Childhood sexual abuse, poly-victimization and internalizing disorders across adulthood and older age: Findings from a 25-year longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 244, 171-179. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.10.095

Mortier, P., Auerbach, R. P., Alonso, J., Axinn, W. G., Cuijpers, P., Ebert, D. D., … Rapsey, C., … Bruffaerts, R. (2018). Suicidal thoughts and behaviors among college students and same-aged peers: Results from the World Health Organization World Mental Health Surveys. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 53(3), 279-288. doi: 10.1007/s00127-018-1481-6

Rapsey, C. M., Wells, J. E., Bharat, M. C., Glantz, M., Kessler, R. C., & Scott, K. M. (2018). Transitions through stages of alcohol use, use disorder and remission: Findings from Te Rau Hinengaro, The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Alcohol & Alcoholism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agy069

Taylor, O., Rapsey, C. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Sexuality and gender identity teaching within preclinical medical training in New Zealand: Content, attitudes and barriers. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1477), 35-44. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Barak, Y., Rapsey, C., Fridman, D., & Scott, K. (2018). The Dunedin Dementia Risk Awareness Project: A convenience sample of general practitioners. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1474), 27-34. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Rapsey, C., Campbell, A., Clearwater, K., & Patterson, T. (2017). Listening to the therapeutic needs of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260517701453

Rapsey, C. M., Lim, C. C. W., Al-Hamzawi, A., Alonso, J., Bruffaerts, R., Caldas-de-Almeida, J. M., … Scott, K. M. (2015). Associations between DSM-IV mental disorders and subsequent COPD diagnosis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(5), 333-339. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.08.005

Rapsey, C. M. (2014). Age, quality, and context of first sex: Associations with sexual difficulties. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(12), 2873-2881. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12690

Patterson, T., Rapsey, C. M., & Glue, P. (2013). Systematic review of cognitive development across childhood in Down syndrome: Implications for treatment interventions. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57(4), 306-318. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01536.x

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