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Dr Jesse Kokaua

PositionResearch Fellow
Research summaryPacific research

Research

Jesse works in the Pacific Islands Research and Student Support Unit (PIRSSU). He undertakes research topics about the factors that contribute to increased academic achievement by Pacific students and evaluates the programmes provided by PIRSSU. Jesse provides statistical evidence that contributes to the efficacy of the work conducted by the Unit.

Jesse is a statistician who has worked for the Ministry of Health and has a special interest in mental health and the Pacific community. He is completing a PhD thesis that looks into mental illness among Cook Islanders and other Pacific people in New Zealand, and their use of mental health services. It draws on data from two sources that he has access to through his past work: Te Rau Hinengaro: the New Zealand Mental Health Survey and New Zealand's National Mental Health Service dataset (MHINC/PRIMHD).

Publications

Shackleton, N., Derraik, J. G. B., Audas, R., Taylor, R. W., Glover, M., Morton, S. M. B., … Kokaua, J., Taylor, B., … Milne, B. J. (2019). Decomposing ethnic differences in body mass index and obesity rates among New Zealand pre-schoolers. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0390-4

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

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

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

Theodore, R., Taumoepeau, M., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Unasa, C., Kokaua, J., Taylor, N., Ramrakha, S., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2018). Pacific university graduates in New Zealand: What helps and hinders completion. AlterNative. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1177180118764126

Chapter in Book - Research

Foliaki, S., Kokaua, J., Schaaf, D., & Tukuitonga, C. (2006). Pacific people. In M. A. Oakley Browne, J. E. Wells & K. M. Scott (Eds.), Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. (pp. 179-208). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

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Journal - Research Article

Shackleton, N., Derraik, J. G. B., Audas, R., Taylor, R. W., Glover, M., Morton, S. M. B., … Kokaua, J., Taylor, B., … Milne, B. J. (2019). Decomposing ethnic differences in body mass index and obesity rates among New Zealand pre-schoolers. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0390-4

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

Theodore, R., Taumoepeau, M., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Unasa, C., Kokaua, J., Taylor, N., Ramrakha, S., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2018). Pacific university graduates in New Zealand: What helps and hinders completion. AlterNative. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1177180118764126

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

Schluter, P. J., Audas, R., Kokaua, J., McNeill, B., Taylor, B., Milne, B., & Gillon, G. (2018). The efficacy of preschool developmental indicators as a screen for early primary school-based literacy interventions. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13145

Theodore, R., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Taylor, N., Hunter, J., … Poulton, R. (2018). Equity in New Zealand university graduate outcomes: Māori and Pacific graduates. Higher Education Research & Development, 37(1), 206-221. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2017.1344198

van der Meer, J., Wass, R., Scott, S., & Kokaua, J. (2017). Entry characteristics and participation in a peer learning program as predictors of first-year students’ achievement, retention, and degree completion. AERA Open, 3(3), 1-13. doi: 10.1177/2332858417731572

Theodore, R., Gollop, M., Tustin, K., Taylor, N., Kiro, C., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Hunter, J., & Poulton, R. (2017). Māori university success: What helps or hinders qualification completion. AlterNative, 13(2), 122-130. doi: 10.1177/1177180117700799

Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., Kokaua, J., & Covello, S. (2017). Training a medical workforce to meet the needs of diverse minority communities. BMC Medical Education, 17, 19. doi: 10.1186/s12909-017-0858-7

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

Kokaua, J., Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., & Van der Meer, J. (2014). The development of a pre-enrolment screening tool to inform targeted support services in the first year in health sciences. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5(1), 55-66. doi: 10.5204/intjfyhe.v5i1.205

Sopoaga, F., Zaharic, T., Kokaua, J., Ekeroma, A. J., Murray, G., & van der Meer, J. (2013). Pacific students undertaking the first year of health sciences at the University of Otago, and factors associated with academic performance. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Mauiliu, M., Derrett, S., Samaranayaka, A., Sopoaga, F., Kokaua, J., & Davie, G. (2013). Pacific peoples three months after injury: A comparison of outcomes between Pacific and non-Pacific participants in a NZ cohort study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(5), 463-469. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12124

Ekeroma, A. J., Ikenasio-Thorpe, B., Weeks, S., Kokaua, J., Puniani, K., Stone, P., & Foliaki, S. A. (2012). Validation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) as a screening tool for postnatal depression in Samoan and Tongan women living in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1355). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Scott, K. M., Kokaua, J., & Baxter, J. (2011). Does having a chronic physical condition affect the likelihood of treatment seeking for a mental health problem and does this vary by ethnicity. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 42(4), 421-436.

Tobias, M., Kokaua, J., Gerritsen, S., & Templeton, R. (2010). The health of children in sole-parent families in New Zealand: The results of a population-based cross-section survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(3), 274-280. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00526.x

Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., Taylor, A., Kokaua, J., Milne, B. J., Polanczyk, G., & Poulton, R. (2010). How common are common mental disorders? Evidence that lifetime prevalence rates are doubled by prospective versus retrospective ascertainment. Psychological Medicine, 40(6), 899-909. doi: 10.1017/s0033291709991036

Kokaua, J., & Wells, J. E. (2009). Twelve-month prevalences of mental disorders and treatment contact among Cook Islanders resident in New Zealand. Pacific Health Dialog, 15(1), 79-88.

Tobias, M., Gerritsen, S., Kokaua, J., & Templeton, R. (2009). Psychiatric illness among a nationally representative sample of sole and partnered parents in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(2), 136-144. doi: 10.1080/00048670802607196

Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Agnew, F., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2009). Onset and lifetime use of drugs in New Zealand: Results from Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey 2003-2004. Drug & Alcohol Review, 28(2), 166-174. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2008.00043.x

Kokaua, J., Schaaf, D., Wells, J. E., & Foliaki, S. A. (2009). Twelve-month prevalence, severity, and treatment contact of mental disorders in New Zealand born and migrant Pacific participants in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Pacific Health Dialog, 15(1), 9-17.

Schluter, P., Carter, S., & Kokaua, J. (2007). Indices and perception of crowding in Pacific households domicile within Auckland, New Zealand: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1248). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1248/2393/content.pdf

Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M. A., Scott, K. M., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Prevalence, interference with life and severity of 12 month DSM-IV disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 845-854.

Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M. A., Scott, K. M., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey: Overview of methods and findings. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 835-844.

Foliaki, S. A., Kokaua, J., Schaaf, D., & Tukuitonga, C. (2006). Twelve-month and Lifetime prevalences of mental disorders and treatment contact among Pacific people in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40(10), 924-934.

Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., Oakley Browne, M. A., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Ethnic comparisons of the 12 month prevalence of mental disorders and treatment contact in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 905-913.

Welsh, B., & Kokaua, J. (2005). New Zealand District Health Board Mental Health Service Profile. Benchmarking, 12(6), 508-514. doi: 10.1108/14635770510628645

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Journal - Research Other

Ramrakha, S., Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Dalgard, F., Ambler, A., Kokaua, J., Milne, B. J., & Poulton, R. (2016). Cumulative mental health consequences of acne: 23-year follow-up in a general population birth cohort study. British Journal of Dermatology, 175(15), 1079-1081. doi: 10.1111/bjd.13786

Sopoaga, F., Crampton, P., Ekeroma, A., Perez, D., Maoate, K., Watson, B., Kokaua, J., & Blattner, K. (2015). The role of New Zealand health professional training institutions in capacity building in the Pacific region. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1420). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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