Dr Amanda Kvalsvig has a dual background in clinical paediatrics and epidemiology, and is a Research Associate Professor in the Department. Her research activities currently have a strong focus on New Zealand's response to the COVID-19 pandemic; she is the lead researcher of Co-Search, a COVID-19 research collaborative led by Professor Michael Baker. She is also lead researcher of SYMBIOTIC, a newly-funded HRC programme led by Michael Baker which aims to investigate the two-way relationships between infectious disease and long-term conditions.
Amanda's other research interests are centred on the social determinants of health and wellbeing: topics include other infectious diseases (particularly meningococcal disease), breastfeeding, child poverty, and early child development. She supervises postgraduate students undertaking research on these topics, and also has a methodological interest in the challenges of analysing existing data to develop high-quality evidence for policy and practice.
Kvalsvig, A., Tuari-Toma, B., Timu-Parata, C., Bennett, J., Sinnema, C., Summers, J., Davies, C., Jackson, C., … Telfar Barnard, L., & Baker, M. G. (2023). Protecting school communities from COVID-19 and other infectious disease outbreaks: The urgent need for healthy schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1571), 7-19. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/
Wilson, N., Telfar Barnard, L., Bennett, J., Kvalsvig, A., Halley, C., Kerr, J., & Jarman, J. (2023). Poor ventilation in public transport settings in Aotearoa NZ: New data for buses and trains. The Briefing, (10 July). Retrieved from https://www.phcc.org.nz/briefing/poor-ventilation-public-transport-settings-aotearoa-nz-new-data-buses-and-trains
Murray, C., Rose, S. B., Kvalsvig, A., & Baker, M. G. (2023). Contact tracing for sexually transmitted infections in Aotearoa New Zealand: A review of clinician-notified gonorrhoea and syphilis data. Journal of Primary Health Care, 15(2), 167-171. doi: 10.1071/HC22147
Davies, C., Timu-Parata, C., Stairmand, J., Robson, B., Kvalsvig, A., Lum, D., & Signal, V. (2022). A kia ora, a wave and a smile: An urban marae-led response to COVID-19, a case study in manaakitanga. International Journal for Equity in Health, 21, 70. doi: 10.1186/s12939-022-01667-8
Kvalsvig, A., Telfar Barnard, L., Summers, J., & Baker, M. G. (2022). Integrated prevention and control of seasonal respiratory infections in Aotearoa New Zealand: Next steps for transformative change. Policy Quarterly, 18(1), 44-51. doi: 10.26686/pq.v18i1.7500