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Associate Professor Tamlin Conner

Tamlin Conner

Email tamlin.conner@otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 479 7624


Associate Professor Tamlin Conner’s research on emotional and physical well-being is distinguished by the use of mobile technology to measure people’s experiences in real-time in the context of daily life. She maintains several interdisciplinary collaborations and is currently interested in the links between nutrition and well-being, university student alcohol use, health behaviours, and smartphone based interventions to improve wellness.

She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life (2012), past vice president of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment, and Associate Editor for the journal Emotion.

Tamlin received her BA(Hons) in psychology from the University of Colorado, PhD in social psychology from Boston College, and postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center in the United States. She joined the University of Otago in 2008.

Tamlin supervises PhD, Masters, and postgraduate diploma students from New Zealand and overseas. She has successfully supervised over 40 postgraduate students and won the Otago University Students’ Association Supervisor of the Year award in 2017.

Teaching

Research Interests

  • Use of computerised experience sampling methods to study daily experience; experience sampling methods; ecological momentary assessment; ecological momentary interventions
  • Psychological, health, nutritional and genetic factors that affect emotional well-being in daily life
  • Well-being and happiness; health; nutrition; university student alcohol use

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Publications

Blank, M.-L., Hoek, J., Conner, T., & Teah, G. (2021). E-liquid flavour choices by New Zealand adult smokers using an electronic nicotine delivery system: A longitudinal exploration over 12-20 weeks. Proceedings of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 27th Annual Meeting. (pp. 223). Retrieved from https://www.srnt.org

Conner, T., He, V., Zeng, J., Blank, M.-L., & Hoek, J. (2021). Visualizing transitions from smoking to vaping: An intensive daily diary investigation using smartphone surveys. Proceedings of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 27th Annual Meeting. (pp. 221-222). Retrieved from https://www.srnt.org

Teah, G. E., & Conner, T. S. (2021). Psychological and demographic predictors of vaping and vaping susceptibility in young adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 659206. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.659206

Morley, K. C., Logge, W. B., Riordan, B. C., Brannon, S., Haber, P. S., & Conner, T. S. (2021). Daily experiences of hangover severity and food consumption in young adults. British Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12555

Riordan, B. C., Winter, T., Flett, J. A. M., Mason, A., Scarf, D., Jose, P. E., & Conner, T. S. (2021). Does the fear of missing out moderate the relationship between social networking use and affect: A daily diary study. Psychological Reports. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00332941211040441

Mehl, M. R., & Conner, T. S. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. New York: Guilford Press, 678p.

Edited Book - Research

Riordan, B. C., Flett, J. A. M., Conner, T. S., & Scarf, D. (2016). Text message interventions for alcohol use: Current research and future directions. In W. Gutierrez (Ed.), Alcohol consumption: Patterns, influences and health effects. (pp. 185-191). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Chapter in Book - Research

Riordan, B. C., Flett, J. A. M., Lam, T., Conner, T. S., & Scarf, D. (2016). The Jekyll and Hyde of our drinking: Event specific drinking, intervention, and prevention. In W. Gutierrez (Ed.), Alcohol consumption: Patterns, influences and health effects. (pp. 129-165). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Chapter in Book - Research

Conner, T. S., & Mehl, M. R. (2015). Ambulatory assessment: Methods for studying everyday life. In R. A. Scott & S. M. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences. John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0010

Chapter in Book - Research

Polak, M. A., Richardson, A. C., Flett, J. A. M., Brookie, K. L., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Measuring mood: Considerations and innovations for nutrition science. In T. Best & L. Dye (Eds.), Nutrition for brain health and cognitive performance. (pp. 95-122). Boca Raton, FL: CRC PRess.

Chapter in Book - Research

Conner, T. S., & Mehl, M. R. (2012). Preface. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. (pp. xix-xxiii). New York: Guilford Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Conner, T. S., & Lehman, B. J. (2011). Getting started: Launching a study in daily life. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. (pp. 89-107). New York: Guilford Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Conner, T. S., & Tennen, H. (2009). Diary methods. In D. Matsumoto (Ed.), Cambridge dictionary of psychology. (pp. 159-160). Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Conner, T. S., & Tennen, H. (2007). Personality. In W. A. Darity (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social sciences. (2nd ed.) (pp. 217-220). New York: MacMillan.

Chapter in Book - Research

Conner, T. S., Barrett, L. F., Tugade, M. M., & Tennen, H. (2007). Idiographic personality: The theory and practice of experience sampling. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley & R. F. Krueger (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in personality psychology. (pp. 79-96). New York: Guildford Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Tugade, M. M., Conner, T., & Barrett, L. F. (2007). Assessment of mood. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman & R. West (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology, health and medicine. (2nd ed.) (pp. 278-286). Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Conner, T., & Bliss-Moreau, E. (2006). Sampling human experience in naturalistic settings. In S. N. Hesse-Biber & P. Leavy (Eds.), Emergent methods in social research. (pp. 109-129). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Chapter in Book - Research

Bartonicek, A., Wickham, S. R., Pat, N., & Conner, T. S. (2021). The value of Bayesian predictive projection for variable selection: An example of selecting lifestyle predictors of young adult well-being. BMC Public Health, 21, 695. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10690-3

Journal - Research Article

Conner, T. S., Zeng, J., Blank, M.-L., He, V., & Hoek, J. (2021). A descriptive analysis of transitions from smoking to electronic nicotine delivery system (Ends) use: A daily diary investigation. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18(12), 6301. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18126301

Journal - Research Article

Deng, Q., Haszard, J. J., Conner, T. S., Rapsey, C., Peng, M., & Venn, B. J. (2021). Cognitive performance, mood and satiety following ingestion of beverages imparting different glycaemic responses: A randomised double-blind crossover trial. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 75, 602-610. doi: 10.1038/s41430-020-00749-6

Journal - Research Article

Fletcher, B. D., Flett, J. A. M., Wickham, S.-R., Pullar, J. M., Vissers, M. C. M., & Conner, T. S. (2021). Initial evidence of variation by ethnicity in the relationship between vitamin C status and mental states in young adults. Nutrients, 13, 792. doi: 10.3390/nu13030792

Journal - Research Article

Hegarty, R. S. M., Conner, T. S., Stebbings, S., Fletcher, B. D., Harrison, A., & Treharne, G. J. (2021). Understanding fatigue-related disability in rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis: The importance of daily correlates. Arthritis Care & Research, 73(9), 1282-1289. doi: 10.1002/acr.24224

Journal - Research Article

Monds, L. A., Riordan, B. C., Flett, J. A. M., Conner, T. S., Haber, P., & Scarf, D. (2021). How intoxicated are you? Investigating self and observer intoxication ratings in relation to blood alcohol concentration. Drug & Alcohol Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/dar.13241

Journal - Research Article

Morley, K. C., Logge, W. B., Riordan, B. C., Brannon, S., Haber, P. S., & Conner, T. S. (2021). Daily experiences of hangover severity and food consumption in young adults. British Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12555

Journal - Research Article

Riordan, B. C., Flett, J. A. M., Cody, L. M., Conner, T. S., & Scarf, D. K. (2021). The Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) and event-specific drinking: The relationship between FoMO and alcohol use, harm, and breath alcohol concentration during orientation week. Current Psychology, 40, 3691-3701. doi: 10.1007/s12144-019-00318-6

Journal - Research Article

Riordan, B. C., Winter, T., Flett, J. A. M., Mason, A., Scarf, D., Jose, P. E., & Conner, T. S. (2021). Does the fear of missing out moderate the relationship between social networking use and affect: A daily diary study. Psychological Reports. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00332941211040441

Journal - Research Article

Tan, N. P., Conner, T. S., Sun, H., Loughnan, S., & Smillie, L. D. (2021). Who gives a veg? Relations between personality and veg*nism. Appetite. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105195

Journal - Research Article

Teah, G. E., & Conner, T. S. (2021). Psychological and demographic predictors of vaping and vaping susceptibility in young adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 659206. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.659206

Journal - Research Article

Winter, T., Conner, T. S., & Jose, P. E. (2021). Identifying profiles of affective change: An ecological momentary assessment of flourishers. Emotion, 21(3), 584-594. doi: 10.1037/emo0000741

Journal - Research Article

Winter, T., Riordan, B., Conner, T., & Jose, P. (2021). Methodological and conceptual complexities of assessing relationships between single-occasion CRP inflammation and daily affect. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity: Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.bbih.2021.100240

Journal - Research Article

Aldaz, B. E., Hegarty, R. S. M., Conner, T. S., Perez, D., & Treharne, G. J. (2020). Correlates of cancer illness uncertainty, experiential avoidance of uncertainty and well-being during oncology treatment with curative intent. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 49(2), 15-22.

Journal - Research Article

Chung, P., Logge, W. B., Riordan, B. C., Haber, P. S., Merriman, M. E., Phipps-Green, A., Topless, R. K., Merriman, T. R., Conner, T., & Morley, K. C. (2020). Genetic polymorphisms on OPRM1, DRD2, DRD4, and COMT in young adults: Lack of association with alcohol consumption. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 549429. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.549429

Journal - Research Article

Conner, T. S., Fletcher, B. D., Pullar, J. M., Spencer, E., Mainvil, L. A., & Vissers, M. C. M. (2020). KiwiC for vitality: Results of a randomized placebo-controlled trial testing the effects of kiwifruit or vitamin C tablets on vitality in adults with low vitamin C levels. Nutrients, 12, 2898. doi: 10.3390/nu12092898

Journal - Research Article

Flett, J. A. M., Conner, T. S., Riordan, B. C., Patterson, T., & Hayne, H. (2020). App-based mindfulness meditation for psychological distress and adjustment to college in incoming university students: A pragmatic, randomised, waitlist-controlled trial. Psychology & Health, 35(9), 1049-1074. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2019.1711089

Journal - Research Article

Hegarty, R. S. M., Fletcher, B. D., Conner, T. S., Stebbings, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2020). Acceptance and commitment therapy for people with rheumatic disease: Existing evidence and future directions. Musculoskeletal Care, 18, 330-341. doi: 10.1002/msc.1464

Journal - Research Article

Jenkins, B. N., Hunter, J. F., Richardson, M. J., Conner, T. S., & Pressman, S. D. (2020). Affect variability and predictability: Using recurrence quantification analysis to better understand how the dynamics of affect relate to health. Emotion, 20(3), 391-402. doi: 10.1037/emo0000556

Journal - Research Article

Riordan, B. C., Cody, L., Flett, J. A. M., Conner, T. S., Hunter, J., & Scarf, D. (2020). The development of a single item FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) scale. Current Psychology, 39, 1215-1220. doi: 10.1007/s12144-018-9824-8

Journal - Research Article

Wickham, S.-R., Amarasekara, N. A., Bartonicek, A., & Conner, T. S. (2020). The big three health behaviors and mental health and well-being among young adults: A cross-sectional investigation of sleep, exercise, and diet. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 579205. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.579205

Journal - Research Article

Aldaz, B. E., Hegarty, R. S. M., Conner, T. S., Perez, D., & Treharne, G. J. (2019). Is avoidance of illness uncertainty associated with distress during oncology treatment? A daily diary study. Psychology & Health, 34(4), 422-437. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2018.1532511

Journal - Research Article

Blank, M.-L., Hoek, J., George, M., Gendall, P., Conner, T. S., Thrul, J., … Langlotz, T. (2019). An exploration of smoking-to-vaping transition attempts using a "smart" electronic nicotine delivery system. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 21(10), 1339-1346. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nty093

Journal - Research Article

Flett, J. A. M., Fletcher, B. D., Riordan, B. C., Patterson, T., Hayne, H., & Conner, T. S. (2019). The peril of self-reported adherence in digital interventions: A brief example. Internet Interventions, 18, 100267. doi: 10.1016/j.invent.2019.100267

Journal - Research Article

Flett, J. A. M., Hayne, H., Riordan, B. C., Thompson, L. M., & Conner, T. S. (2019). Mobile mindfulness meditation: A randomised controlled trial of the effect of two popular apps on mental health. Mindfulness, 10(5), 863-876. doi: 10.1007/s12671-018-1050-9

Journal - Research Article

Hegarty, R. S. M., Treharne, G. J., Stebbings, S., Graham, K., & Conner, T. S. (2019). Optimising daily diary questionnaires about fatigue, psychological flexibility and well-being: Perspectives of people with rheumatic disease. Psychology & Health, 34(2), 181-199. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2018.1520232

Journal - Research Article

Brookie, K. L., Best, G. I., & Conner, T. S. (2018). Intake of raw fruits and vegetables is associated with better mental health than intake of processed fruits and vegetables. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 487. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00487

Journal - Research Article

Choukri, M. A., Conner, T. S., Haszard, J. J., Harper, M. J., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). Effect of vitamin D supplementation on depressive symptoms and psychological wellbeing in healthy adult women: A double-blind randomised controlled clinical trial. Journal of Nutritional Science, 7, e23. doi: 10.1017/jns.2018.14

Journal - Research Article

Conner, T. S., DeYoung, C. G., & Silvia, P. J. (2018). Everyday creative activity as a path to flourishing. Journal of Positive Psychology, 13(2), 181-189. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2016.1257049

Journal - Research Article

Conner, T. S., McFarlane, K. G., Choukri, M., Riordan, B. C., Flett, J. A. M., Phipps-Green, A. J., Topless, R. K., Merriman, M. E., & Merriman, T. R. (2018). The oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) variant rs53576 is not related to emotional traits or states in young adults [Brief research report]. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2548. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02548

Journal - Research Article

Conner, T. S., Mirosa, M., Bremer, P., & Peniamina, R. (2018). The role of personality in daily food allergy experiences. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 29. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00029

Journal - Research Article

Riordan, B. C., Conner, T. S., Flett, J. A. M., Droste, N., Cody, L., Brookie, K. L., Riordan, J. K., & Scarf, D. K. (2018). An intercept study to measure the extent to which New Zealand university students pre-game. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(1), 30-34. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12754

Journal - Research Article

Riordan, B. C., Conner, T. S., Thrul, J., Flett, J. A. M., Carey, K. B., & Scarf, D. (2018). Just a first-year thing? The relations between drinking during Orientation Week and subsequent academic year drinking across class years. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(9), 1501-1510. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1415354

Journal - Research Article

Rolston, C. J., Conner, T. S., Stamp, L. K., Neha, T., Pitama, S., Fanning, N., … Hudson, B., Hegarty, R. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Improving gout education from patients’ perspectives: A focus group study of Māori and Pākehā people with gout. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(3), 194-200. doi: 10.1071/HC18010

Journal - Research Article

Sato, I., Jose, P. E., & Conner, T. S. (2018). Savoring mediates the effect of nature on positive affect. International Journal of Wellbeing, 8(1), 18-33. doi: 10.5502/ijw.v8i1.621

Journal - Research Article

Aldaz, B. E., Treharne, G. J., Knight, R. G., Conner, T. S., & Perez, D. (2017). Oncology healthcare professionals' perspectives on the psychosocial support needs of cancer patients during oncology treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(10), 1332-1344. doi: 10.1177/1359105315626999

Journal - Research Article

Brookie, K. L., Mainvil, L. A., Carr, A. C., Vissers, M. C. M., & Conner, T. S. (2017). The development and effectiveness of an ecological momentary intervention to increase daily fruit and vegetable consumption in low-consuming young adults. Appetite, 108, 32-41. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.09.015

Journal - Research Article

Conner, T. S., Brookie, K. L., Carr, A. C., Mainvil, L. A., & Vissers, M. C. M. (2017). Let them eat fruit! The effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on psychological well-being in young adults: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 12(2), e0171206. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171206

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