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Dr Matthew Jenkins, Department of Psychological Medicine

Matthew Jenkins 2019 thumbnailResearch 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)

As a research fellow within the Department of Psychological Medicine, Matthew works to develop his own academic interests, in addition to supporting other departmental staff in achieving their research goals. He also works to disseminate and communicate the research that goes in the department through various media.

Both his MSc and PhD research focused on physical activity promotion and behaviour change at an individual level, using the combined frameworks of self-determination theory, motivational interviewing and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Since then, Matthew has broadened his research interests to include psychometric development, mental health, positive psychology, cognitive decline and dementia, and the experiences of health service users. His research has utilised both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including structural equation modelling, mediation analysis, and single case designs.

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Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Becker, I., Maleka, M. D., Stewart, A., Jenkins, M., & Hale, L. (2020). Community reintegration post-stroke in New Zealand: Understanding the experiences of stroke survivors in the lower South Island. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1839792

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. Advance online publication. 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

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