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Our people: the Integrated Data Research Group

Co-directors

Dr Sheree Gibb

Dr Sheree Gibb

Tel +64 4 918 5086
Email sheree.gibb@otago.ac.nz

Sheree Gibb is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health. She has a background in longitudinal health and social research and has worked on projects across a range of areas including mental health, suicide, poverty, and childhood obesity.

Sheree has worked on many projects using routine health data and is a leading expert in the use of the Integrated Data Infrastructure for research. She is one of New Zealand’s most experienced IDI users and has worked with IDI data in the university and government sectors since 2012.

Sheree is a member of the Virtual Health Information Network and the EleMent research group. She is part of the Big Data team for A Better Start National Science Challenge.

Associate Professor Nevil Pierse

Associate Professor Nevil Pierse

Tel +64 4 918 6853
Email nevil.pierse@otago.ac.nz

Nevil Pierse is co-leader of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme. Originally, a statistician by training, his current work is done in partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders including government and community organisations, and is focused on the design and implementation of randomised trials in the home and community. Nevil current leads the ‘Ending Homelessness in New Zealand: Housing First’ MBIE funded research programme. It this he is using the IDI to evaluate the effectiveness of the “Housing First” approach use by The People’s Project in Hamilton, in improving the lives of people who were homeless across health, education, training, social development, well-being and social connectedness.

Dr Andrea Teng

Dr Andrea Teng

Tel +64 4 806 1616
Email andrea.teng@otago.ac.nz

Andrea Teng is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and Senior Research Fellow. As a leader on the Virtual Health Information Network she is developing research capacity and promoting better quality research in the Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure. Andrea has led several big data studies in the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, including the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on cardiovascular disease, and a study about what protects against progression of prediabetes to diabetes in New Zealand.

Andrea has led studies on mortality, cancer and smoking for the New Zealand Census and Mortality Study & CancerTrends using census mortality linked data, and several studies on the contribution of H. pylori to ethnic inequities in stomach cancer in New Zealand.

She is currently doing a PhD investigating the impact of sugar sweetened beverage taxation in Pacific Island countries and territories.

Andrea’s interests are in epidemiology and public health, particularly in research that improves equity and health.

Dr James Stanley

 Associate Professor James Stanley

Tel +64 4 918 6044
Email james.stanley@otago.ac.nz

James Stanley is a biostatistician with interests in health equity and extensive experience in using large-scale routine health data to examine the factors that influence health outcomes. Recent work using these data sources has included looking at multimorbidity prevalence and outcomes in NZ; examining service utilisation for Māori with bipolar disorder; looking at delivery outcomes for infants of mothers who had a severe maternal morbidity during pregnancy; and examining amputation risk (and subsequent risk of mortality) amongst people with diabetes.

Dr Ruth Cunningham

Dr Ruth Cunningham

Tel +64 4 918 6725
Email ruth.cunningham@otago.ac.nz

Ruth is a public health physician and epidemiologist working in the areas of mental health research, social epidemiology, cancer epidemiology and health services research. The main focus of her current work is mental health epidemiology and the physical health of people with experience of mental health conditions.

Ruth leads the Electronic data for Mental health research (EleMent) group: Te Raraunga Hinengaro. EleMent are a multidisciplinary research group bringing together expertise in epidemiology, public health and data science with clinical and lived experience of mental distress. The group use routinely collected electronic data from health and other sources to understand the distribution and determinants of mental health and mental distress, with a focus is on making the best use of available information to improve the mental health of New Zealanders.

Members

Integrated Data Research Group members
Integrated Data Research Group members