Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Dr Matthew Jenkins, Department of Psychological Medicine

Matthew Jenkins 186Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

Email matthew.jenkins@otago.ac.nz

Twitter @Dr_MattJenkins

Research interests and activities

  • BSc Psychology (University of Birmingham, 2002–2005)
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (Staffordshire University, 2010–2012)
  • PhD Physical Education – Applied Exercise Psychology (University of Otago, 2014–2017)

Areas of research interest:

  • Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The effects of physical activity on health (mental, physical, and social) and, in particular nature-based physical activity
  • Motivational theory (self-determination theory, acceptance and commitment therapy)
  • Behaviour change and motivation for health behaviours in the general population and those with specific (those living with serious mental illness)
  • Health service user experiences and co-design
  • Qualitative and quantitative methodologies


Matthew is currently leading projects that investigate the physical health of people living with serious mental illness, including the co-design of a healthy lifestyle programme for young people experiencing first episode psychosis, funded by Otago Division of Health Sciences and Lotteries Health Research grants. He is passionate about disseminating research so that it creates impact, writing articles for the Conversation in addition to producing and hosting an Otago-funded radio show and podcast called One in Four.

One in Four podcast

Matthew is also passionate about creating community partnerships. For example, he recently led a research project with undergraduate student Ella Creagh that investigated the role of physical activity subsidies offered by Wellington City Mission, and organised the community event 'Mahi Tahi', which brought together physical activity promoters from across Wellington to learn about taonga tākaro from youth educator Wiremu Sarich (Te Rarawa).

Moving in the Margins - the role of physical activity subsidies offered by Wellington City Mission

Read more about the community event 'Mahi Tahi'

Matthew supports early career researchers from his position as a member of the Division of Health Sciences Early-to-Mid career management committee, and is the acting Postgraduate Co-ordinator for the Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington. He is interested in supervising Masters or PhD students whose research areas align with those outlined above.

Division of Health Sciences Early-to-Mid career management committee

^ Top of page

Publications

Perry, M. A., Jenkins, M., Jones, B., Bowick, J., Shaw, H., Robinson, E., … Neill, A., & Ingham, T. (2022). “Me and ‘that’ machine”: The lived experiences of people with neuromuscular disorders using non-invasive ventilation. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076939

Beaglehole, B., Williman, J., Bell, C., Stanley, J., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Hoek, J., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2022). Thriving in a pandemic: Determinants of excellent wellbeing among New Zealanders during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional survey. PLoS ONE, 17(3), e0262745. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0262745

Jenkins, M., Lee, C., Houge Mackenzie, S., Hargreaves, E. A., Hodge, K., & Calverley, J. (2022). Nature-based physical activity and hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing: The mediating roles of motivational quality and nature relatedness. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 783840. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.783840

Gomes, I. C., Tavares, V. D. O., Oliveira Neto, L., Agrícola, P. M. D., Jenkins, M., Smith, L., & Duart, Y. A. O. (2022). Associations between levels of physical activity and mortality in older adults: A prospective cohort study. Sport Sciences for Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11332-021-00891-z

Becker, I., Maleka, M. D., Stewart, A., Jenkins, M., & Hale, L. (2022). Community reintegration post-stroke in New Zealand: Understanding the experiences of stroke survivors in the lower South Island. Disability & Rehabilitation, 44(12), 2815-2822. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1839792

Beaglehole, B., Williman, J., Bell, C., Stanley, J., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Hoek, J., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2022). Thriving in a pandemic: Determinants of excellent wellbeing among New Zealanders during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional survey. PLoS ONE, 17(3), e0262745. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0262745

Journal - Research Article

Becker, I., Maleka, M. D., Stewart, A., Jenkins, M., & Hale, L. (2022). Community reintegration post-stroke in New Zealand: Understanding the experiences of stroke survivors in the lower South Island. Disability & Rehabilitation, 44(12), 2815-2822. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1839792

Journal - Research Article

Gomes, I. C., Tavares, V. D. O., Oliveira Neto, L., Agrícola, P. M. D., Jenkins, M., Smith, L., & Duart, Y. A. O. (2022). Associations between levels of physical activity and mortality in older adults: A prospective cohort study. Sport Sciences for Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11332-021-00891-z

Journal - Research Article

Jenkins, M., Lee, C., Houge Mackenzie, S., Hargreaves, E. A., Hodge, K., & Calverley, J. (2022). Nature-based physical activity and hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing: The mediating roles of motivational quality and nature relatedness. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 783840. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.783840

Journal - Research Article

Perry, M. A., Jenkins, M., Jones, B., Bowick, J., Shaw, H., Robinson, E., … Neill, A., & Ingham, T. (2022). “Me and ‘that’ machine”: The lived experiences of people with neuromuscular disorders using non-invasive ventilation. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076939

Journal - Research Article

Bell, C., Williman, J., Beaglehole, B., Stanley, J., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Challenges facing essential workers: A cross-sectional survey of the subjective mental health and well-being of New Zealand healthcare and 'other' essential workers during the COVID-19 lockdown. BMJ Open, 11(7), e048107. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048107

Journal - Research Article

Bell, C., Williman, J., Beaglehole, B., Stanley, J., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Psychological distress, loneliness, alcohol use and suicidality in New Zealanders with mental illness during a strict COVID-19 lockdown. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00048674211034317

Journal - Research Article

Every-Palmer, S., Cunningham, R., Jenkins, M., & Bell, E. (2021). The Christchurch mosque shooting, the media, and subsequent gun control reform in New Zealand: A descriptive analysis. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 28(2), 274-285. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2020.1770635

Journal - Research Article

Hale, L. A., Jenkins, M. L., Mayland, B., Buttery, Y., Norris, P., Butler, M., … Kayes, N. (2021). Living with dementia: The felt worth of support workers. Ageing & Society, 41, 1453-1473. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X19001636

Journal - Research Article

Hargreaves, E. A., Lee, C., Jenkins, M., Calverley, J. R., Hodge, K., & Houge Mackenzie, S. (2021). Changes in physical activity levels pre-, during and post-lockdown COVID-19 restrictions in New Zealand and the explanatory role of daily hassles. Frontiers in Psychology, 642954, 642954. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.642954

Journal - Research Article

Jenkins, M., Hoek, J., Jenkin, G., Gendall, P., Stanley, J., Beaglehole, B., Bell, C., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Silver linings of the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 16(4), e0249678. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249678

Journal - Research Article

Jenkins, M., Houge Mackenzie, S., Hodge, K., Hargreaves, E. A., Calverley, J. R., & Lee, C. (2021). Physical activity and psychological well-being during the COVID-19 lockdown: Relationships with motivational quality and nature contexts. Frontiers in Sports & Active Living, 3, 637576. doi: 10.3389/fspor.2021.637576

Journal - Research Article

Tavares, V. D. O., Schuch, F. B., Vancampfort, D., Jenkins, M., Rego, M. L. M., Galvāo-Coelho, H. L., & Cabral, D. A. R. (2021). Does being overweight play a role in the reduced inhibitory control of patients receiving treatment for substance use disorder? Physiology & Behavior, 241, 113587. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2021.113587

Journal - Research Article

Every-Palmer, S., Jenkins, M., Gendall, P., Hoek, J., Beaglehole, B., Bell, C., Williman, J., Rapsey, C., & Stanley, J. (2020). Psychological distress, anxiety, family violence, suicidality, and wellbeing in New Zealand during the COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE, 15(11), e0241658. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0241658

Journal - Research Article

Hargreaves, E. A., Hayr, K. T., Jenkins, M., Perry, T., & Peddie, M. (2020). Interrupting sedentary time in the workplace using regular short activity breaks: Practicality from an employee perspective. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 62(4), 317-324. doi: 10.1097/jom.0000000000001832

Journal - Research Article

Jenkins, M., Hargreaves, E. A., & Hodge, K. (2020). Examining the relationships among cognitive acceptance, behavioral commitment, autonomous extrinsic motivation, and physical activity. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 42(3), 177-184. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2018-0276

Journal - Research Article

Hale, L., Mayland, E., Jenkins, M., Buttery, Y., Norris, P., Butler, M., … Ngocha-Chaderopa, E., … Kayes, N. (2019). Constructing normalcy in dementia care: Carers' perceptions of their roles and the supports they need. Gerontologist, 60(5), 905-915. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz151

Journal - Research Article

Jenkins, M., Hargreaves, E. A., & Hodge, K. (2019). The role of psychological flexibility in physical activity maintenance. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 41, 185-193. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2018-0311

Journal - Research Article

Gendall, P., Hoek, J., Stanley, J., Jenkins, M., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Changes in tobacco use during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand [Brief report]. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 23(5), 866-871. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntaa257

Journal - Research Other

Maddison, R., Hargreaves, E. A., Jiang, Y., Calder, A. J., Wyke, S., Gray, C. M., … Jenkins, M., & Marsh, S. (2020). Rugby Fans in Training New Zealand (RUFIT-NZ): Protocol for a randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a healthy lifestyle program for overweight men delivered through professional rugby clubs in New Zealand. Trials, 21, 139. doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-4038-4

Journal - Research Other

Hale, L., Kayes, N., Norris, P., Jenkins, M., Mayland, B., Buttery, Y., … Sezier, A. (2019). Enhancing person centre care in dementia: Physiotherapists valuing and respecting paid support workers to collaboratively improve patient outcomes. Proceedings of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress. PL-2147. Retrieved from https://www.wcpt.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jenkins, M., Hargreaves, E., Rehrer, N., & Falcous, M. (2019). The experiences of electric bike users within the Dunedin community. In S. Mandic & K. Coppell (Eds.), Proceedings of The Active Living and Environment Symposium (TALES): Linking Transport, Health and Sustainability. (pp. 58). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jenkins, M., Hodge, K., & Hargreaves, E. (2017). Using single-case designs to assess physical activity interventions: Observations and lessons learned from a multiple-baseline design study. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. (pp. 485). ISBNPA. Retrieved from https://www.isbnpa.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jenkins, M., Hargreaves, E. A., & Hodge, K. (2016). Exploring the role of acceptance and commitment in physical activity motivation and behaviour. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 15th Annual Scientific Meeting. (pp. 663). ISBNPA. Retrieved from https://www.isbnpa.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jenkins, M., Hargreaves, E., & Hodge, K. (2016). Acceptance, commitment and motivation: Exploring the role of mindfulness in physical activity behaviour. Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health (ISPAH). (pp. 539). Retrieved from http://www.ispah2016.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jenkins, M., & Hargreaves, E. (2015, August-September). Motivation and mindfulness: Psychological flexibility and autonomous motivation for physical activity. Poster session presented at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Jenkins, M. (2020, December). Mental health and physical activity COVID-19. Verbal presentation at the Men's Health Colloquium: Advancing Advocacy to Enhance Men's Health in NZ, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Jenkins, M. (2017). ACTing with self-determination: Psychological flexibility and motivation for physical activity (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7622

Awarded Doctoral Degree

More publications...