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Rangahau Ara Oranga: Lifecourse research in Aotearoa

Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore, Department of Psychology, University of Otago

Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago and the Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research. She has worked in national and international longitudinal studies. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious HRC Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie postdoctoral fellowship to undertake research on the relationship between education and Māori health over the lifecourse.

New Zealand’s world-leading lifecourse studies have shaped our understanding of human health and development. For example, studies like the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study have shown the importance of the early years and environments for shaping positive long-term outcomes. Moreover, these studies have informed age-appropriate prevention and intervention efforts to support those at higher risk of poorer outcomes later in life. Similar to other indigenous populations, Māori experience wide and enduring ethnic inequalities in a broad range of outcomes throughout the lifecourse. At present, little is known about programmes that successfully address these inequalities, are effective for Māori and achieve sustainable positive outcomes across the lifecourse. This talk will focus on two research projects that examine how educational exposures, experiences and programmes may improve Māori outcomes over time.

Theodore, R.F., Taumoepeau, M., Kokaua, J., Tustin, K., Gollop, M., Taylor, N., Hunter, J., Kiro, C., & Poulton, R. (2017). Equity in New Zealand university graduate outcomes: Māori and Pacific graduates. Higher Education Research and Development. doi:10.1080/07294360.2017

Theodore, R.F., Broadbent, J., Nagin, D., Ambler, A., Hogan, S., Ramrakha, S., Cutfield, W., Williams, M.J.A., Harrington, H.L., Moffitt, T., Caspi, A., & Poulton, R. (2015). Systolic blood pressure trajectories from childhood to early mid-life: Early life predictors, effect modifiers, and adult cardiovascular outcomes. Hypertension, 66, 1108-1115. doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.115.05831.

Date Thursday, 14 September 2017
Time 11:00am - 12:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Seminar
LocationMoot Court, Otago Campus
Contact NameNorma Bartlett
Contact Phone64 3 479 7644

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