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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Vivienne Ivory

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (UOW)
QualificationsBA MA PhD
Research summaryHealth outcomes and public policy

Research

Vivienne's research interests include contextual influences on health, family and child health outcomes, and policy processes. As a social scientist working in the public health field, Vivienne has a background in child development, education and policy processes. Her doctorate examined the relationship between levels of neighbourhood fragmentation and individual health, using both epidemiology and social science disciplines.

Vivienne is Principal Investigator on the Neighbourhoods & Health project which is currently focused on physical activity and neighbourhood places. She is also part of the SoFIE-Health project with an interest in neighbourhood effects.

In addition, Vivienne is a named investigator in the Growing up in New Zealand birth cohort study. Her main interests in this project are examining the influence of the social context on family and child development. She has also convened summer school workshops, disseminating findings from the Neighbourhoods project.

Publications

Ivory, V. C., O'Donnell, K., & Schindler, M. (2018). Potentials, problems and possibilities for developing New Zealand’s built environment through high-value geospatial information. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1538053

Teng, A. M., Blakely, T., Ivory, V., Kingham, S., & Cameron, V. (2017). Living in areas with different levels of earthquake damage and association with risk of cardiovascular disease: A cohort-linkage study. Lancet Planetary Health, 1(6), e242-e253. doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30101-8

Ivory, V. C., Blakely, T., Richardson, K., Thomson, G., & Carter, K. (2015). Do changes in neighborhood and household levels of smoking and deprivation result in changes in individual smoking behavior? A large-scale longitudinal study of New Zealand adults. American Journal of Epidemiology, 182(5), 431-440. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv097

Hooper, C. M., Ivory, V. C., & Fougere, G. (2015). “Dinner's ready!”: A qualitative exploration of the food domain across the lifecourse. Appetite, 92, 133-142. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.04.073

Ivory, V. C., Russell, M., Witten, K., Hooper, C. M., Pearce, J., & Blakely, T. (2015). What shape is your neighbourhood? Investigating the micro geographies of physical activity. Social Science & Medicine, 133, 313-321. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.11.041

Chapter in Book - Research

Ivory, V., Morton, S., Schmidt, J., Kingi, T. K., & Atatoa-Carr, P. (2013). Capturing the capitals: A heuristic for measuring the “wealth” of New Zealand children in the twenty-first century: An application to the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal cohort. In C. Banwell, S. Ulijaszek & J. Dixon (Eds.), When culture impacts health: Global lessons for effective health research. (pp. 251-268). London: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-415921-1.00022-1

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Journal - Research Article

Ivory, V. C., O'Donnell, K., & Schindler, M. (2018). Potentials, problems and possibilities for developing New Zealand’s built environment through high-value geospatial information. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1538053

Teng, A. M., Blakely, T., Ivory, V., Kingham, S., & Cameron, V. (2017). Living in areas with different levels of earthquake damage and association with risk of cardiovascular disease: A cohort-linkage study. Lancet Planetary Health, 1(6), e242-e253. doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30101-8

Ivory, V. C., Blakely, T., Richardson, K., Thomson, G., & Carter, K. (2015). Do changes in neighborhood and household levels of smoking and deprivation result in changes in individual smoking behavior? A large-scale longitudinal study of New Zealand adults. American Journal of Epidemiology, 182(5), 431-440. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv097

Ivory, V. C., Russell, M., Witten, K., Hooper, C. M., Pearce, J., & Blakely, T. (2015). What shape is your neighbourhood? Investigating the micro geographies of physical activity. Social Science & Medicine, 133, 313-321. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.11.041

Hooper, C. M., Ivory, V. C., & Fougere, G. (2015). “Dinner's ready!”: A qualitative exploration of the food domain across the lifecourse. Appetite, 92, 133-142. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.04.073

Hooper, C. M., Ivory, V. C., & Fougere, G. (2015). Childhood neighbourhoods as third places: Developing durable skills and preferences that enhance wellbeing. Health & Place, 34, 34-45. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.03.017

Oliver, M., Witten, K., Blakely, T., Parker, K., Badland, H., Schofield, G., Ivory, V., … Kearns, R. (2015). Neighbourhood built environment associations with body size in adults: Mediating effects of activity and sedentariness in a cross-sectional study of New Zealand adults. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 956. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2292-2

Pearson, A. L., Breetzke, G., & Ivory, V. (2015). The effect of neighborhood recorded crime on fear: Does neighborhood social context matter? American Journal of Community Psychology, 56(1-2), 170-179. doi: 10.1007/s10464-015-9741-z

Ivory, V. C., Blakely, T., Pearce, J., Witten, K., Bagheri, N., Badland, H., & Schofield, G. (2015). Could strength of exposure to the residential neighbourhood modify associations between walkability and physical activity? Social Science & Medicine, 147, 232-241. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.10.053

Pearson, A. L., Ivory, V., Breetzke, G., & Lovasi, G. S. (2014). Are feelings of peace or depression the drivers of the relationship between neighbourhood social fragmentation and mental health in Aotearoa/New Zealand? Health & Place, 26, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.11.002

Morton, S. M. B., Grant, C. C., Wall, C. R., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Bandara, D. K., Schmidt, J. M., Ivory, V., … Camargo, Jr, C. A. (2014). Adherence to nutritional guidelines in pregnancy: Evidence from the Growing Up in New Zealand birth cohort study. Public Health Nutrition, 17(9), 1919-1929. doi: 10.1017/S1368980014000482

Hinckson, E. A., Duncan, S., Oliver, M., Mavoa, S., Cerin, E., Badland, H., … Ivory, V., … Schofield, G. (2014). Built environment and physical activity in New Zealand adolescents: A protocol for a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 4(4), e004475. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004475

Morton, S. M. B., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Grant, C. C., Robinson, E. M., Bandara, D. K., Bird, A., Ivory, V. C., … Reese, E., … Wall, C. (2013). Cohort profile: Growing up in New Zealand. International Journal of Epidemiology, 42(1), 65-75. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr206

Witten, K., Blakely, T., Bagheri, N., Badland, H., Ivory, V., Pearce, J., … Schofield, G. (2012). Neighborhood built environment and transport and leisure physical activity: Findings using objective exposure and outcome measures in New Zealand. Environmental Health Perspectives, 120(7), 971-977. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1104584

Ivory, V., Witten, K., Salmond, C., Lin, E.-Y., You, R. Q., & Blakely, T. (2012). The New Zealand index of neighbourhood social fragmentation: Integrating theory and data. Environment & Planning A, 44(4), 972-988. doi: 10.1068/a44303

Mckenzie, S. K., Carter, K. N., Blakely, T., & Ivory, V. (2011). Effects of childhood socioeconomic position on subjective health and health behaviours in adulthood: How much is mediated by adult socioeconomic position? BMC Public Health, 11, 269. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-269

Ivory, V. C., Collings, S. C., Blakely, T., & Dew, K. (2011). When does neighbourhood matter? Multilevel relationships between neighbourhood social fragmentation and mental health. Social Science & Medicine, 72(12), 1993-2002. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.04.015

Collings, S., Ivory, V., Blakely, T., & Atkinson, J. (2009). Are neighbourhood social fragmentation and suicide associated in New Zealand? A national multilevel cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63(12), 1035-1042. doi: 10.1136/jech.2009.090985

Stevenson, A., Pearce, J., Blakely, T., Ivory, V., & Witten, K. (2009). Neighbourhoods and health: A review of the New Zealand literature. New Zealand Geographer, 65(3), 211-221. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7939.2009.01164.x

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Ivory, V., Collings, S., Wilton, J., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2006). No association of neighbourhood volunteerism with mortality in New Zealand: A national multilevel cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, 981-989.

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Journal - Research Other

Blakely, T., & Ivory, V. (2006). Bonding, bridging, and linking: But still not much going on [Commentary]. International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, 614-615.

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