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Moira Smith, Department of Public Health

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BDS PhD PGDipSci DPH

Senior Research Fellow; Deputy Director HePPRU
Postgraduate Convenor; Department of Public Health

Contact details  

Tel +64 4 385 5541 ext 4879
Fax +64 4 389 5319
Email moira.smith@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities  

Moira is a Senior Research Fellow in the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit. Her research interests lie in the area of policy development which create supportive environments, particularly in nutrition, children's health and oral health, and older people’s oral health. Moira's PhD explored children's and parents' perspectives on the sport-related food environment, based on a child rights approach. Moira's doctoral study was conducted during the tenure of a Health Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Moira has supervised four masters' to completion and currently co-supervises two PhDs. Moira has a background in clinical dentistry.

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Publications

Thomson, W. M., Smith, M. B., Ferguson, C. M., & Moses, G. (2021). The challenge of medication-induced dry mouth in residential aged care. Pharmacy, 9(4), 162. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy9040162

Gage, R., Gurtner, M., Signal, L., Keall, M., Smith, M., McKerchar, C., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2021). Children's journey to and from school: An analysis of travel modes, environments and eating behaviours using wearable cameras. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Annual Meeting (ISBNPA XChange): Thinking Independently Together: Let's Dance Around the World. (pp. 50). International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity. Retrieved from https://isbnpa2021.venuewest.com

Lochore, H., Smith, M., & McBain, L. (2021). Oral health education for non-oral health professions: A literature review on toothsome solutions for an ongoing problem. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. 193. Retrieved from https://eventstudio.eventsair.com/anzahpe-2021/anzahpe-abstract-book

Hyland, N. F., Smith, M. B., & Thomson, M. W. (2021). The residual dentition among home-based older New Zealanders receiving living support. Gerodontology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ger.12558

Smith, L., Smith, M., & Thomson, W. M. (2021). Recommendations for improving dental care for dentate home-based older people: A qualitative New Zealand study. Gerodontology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ger.12553

Smith, M. B. (2009). Increasing physical activity voucher programme: A Karori Primary Health Organisation and Wellington City Council health promotion initiative. In L. Signal, R. Egan & L. Cook (Eds.), Reviews of health promotion practice in Aotearoa New Zealand 2007-2008. (pp. 89-103). Auckland, New Zealand: Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand & Health Promotion and Policy Unit, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Freeman, N., Gage, R., Chambers, T., Blaschke, P., Cook, H., Stanley, J., Pearson, A., Smith, M., Barr, M., & Signal, L. (2021). Where do the children play? An objective analysis of children's use of green space. Health Promotion International, 36, 846-853. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daaa106

Journal - Research Article

Gage, R., Girling-Butcher, M., Joe, E., Smith, M., Ni Mhurchu, C., McKerchar, C., Puloka, V., McLean, R., & Signal, L. (2021). The frequency and context of snacking among children: An objective analysis using wearable cameras. Nutrients, 13, 103. doi: 10.3390/nu13010103

Journal - Research Article

Hyland, N. F., Smith, M. B., & Thomson, M. W. (2021). The residual dentition among home-based older New Zealanders receiving living support. Gerodontology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ger.12558

Journal - Research Article

Smith, L., Smith, M., & Thomson, W. M. (2021). Recommendations for improving dental care for dentate home-based older people: A qualitative New Zealand study. Gerodontology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ger.12553

Journal - Research Article

Thomson, W. M., Smith, M. B., Ferguson, C. M., & Moses, G. (2021). The challenge of medication-induced dry mouth in residential aged care. Pharmacy, 9(4), 162. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy9040162

Journal - Research Article

van Kuijk, M., Smith, M. B., Ferguson, C. A., Kerse, N. M., Teh, R., Gribben, B., & Thomson, W. M. (2021). Dentition and nutritional status of aged New Zealanders living in aged residential care. Oral Diseases, 27, 370-377. doi: 10.1111/odi.13536

Journal - Research Article

Ferguson, C. A., Thomson, W. M., Smith, M. B., Kerse, N., Peri, K., & Gribben, B. (2020). Medication taking in a national sample of dependent older people. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 16, 299-307. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.05.010

Journal - Research Article

Liu, W., Barr, M., Pearson, A. L., Chambers, T., Pfeiffer, K. A., Smith, M., & Signal, L. (2020). Space-time analysis of unhealthy food advertising: New Zealand children's exposure and health policy options. Health Promotion International, 35, 812-820. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daz083

Journal - Research Article

Lundbeck, H. J., Smith, M. B., & Thomson, W. M. (2020). Clinical validity of self-rated oral health among New Zealand nursing home residents. Gerodontology, 37, 253-257. doi: 10.1111/ger.12458

Journal - Research Article

McKerchar, C., Smith, M., Gage, R., Williman, J., Abel, G., Lacey, C., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Signal, L. (2020). Kids in a candy store: An objective analysis of children's interactions with food in convenience stores. Nutrients, 12(7), 2143. doi: 10.3390/nu12072143

Journal - Research Article

McKerchar, C., Smith, M., Stanley, J., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Abel, G., Lacey, C., Gage, R., … Signal, L. (2020). Food store environment examination: FoodSee: A new method to study the food store environment using wearable cameras. Global Health Promotion, 27(3), 73-81. doi: 10.1177/1757975919859575

Journal - Research Article

Smith, L. A., Smith, M., & Thomson, W. M. (2020). Barriers and enablers for dental care among dentate home-based older New Zealanders who receive living support. Gerodontology, 37, 244-252. doi: 10.1111/ger.12464

Journal - Research Article

Smith, M., Chambers, T., Abbott, M., & Signal, L. (2020). High stakes: Children’s exposure to gambling and gambling marketing using wearable cameras. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, 18, 1025-1047. doi: 10.1007/s11469-019-00103-3

Journal - Research Article

Vaipuna, T., Allison, L., Bhasin, A., Choi, K., Chu, A., Grice, K., Hay, A., Huang, S., Jarvis, E.-M., Laing, B., Lewis, A., Moriarty, R. H., … Rajendra, P., Simpson, J., Tay, A., Yang, A., Smith, M., Gage, R., … Signal, L. (2020). An objective methodology capturing online commodity marketing and other harms. Health Promotion International, 35, 1312-1319. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daz131

Journal - Research Article

Chambers, T., Stanley, J., Pearson, A. L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Signal, L. (2019). Quantifying children's non-supermarket exposure to alcohol marketing via product packaging using wearable cameras. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 80(2), 158-166. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2019.80.158

Journal - Research Article

Gage, R., Leung, W., Stanley, J., Reeder, A., Mackay, C., Chambers, T., Smith, M., Barr, M., & Signal, L. (2019). Studying third-parties and environments: New Zealand sun-safety research. Health Promotion International, 34(3), 440-446. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax094

Journal - Research Article

Hyland, N., Smith, M. B., Gribben, B., & Thomson, W. M. (2019). The residual dentition among New Zealanders in aged residential care. Gerodontology, 36, 216-222. doi: 10.1111/ger.12414

Journal - Research Article

Signal, L. N., Jenkin, G. L. S., Barr, M., Smith, M., Chambers, T. J., Hoek, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2019). Prime Minister for a day: Children's views on junk food marketing and what to do about it. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1492), 36-45. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Veatupu, L., Puloka, V., Smith, M., McKerchar, C., & Signal, L. (2019). Me'akai in Tonga: Exploring the nature and context of the food Tongan children eat in Ha'apai using wearable cameras. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16(10), 1681. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16101681

Journal - Research Article

Barazanchi, A., Al Nabhani, A., Chen, A., Smith, M., & Broadbent, J. M. (2018). Oral health care needs among former refugees of the war in Syria. New Zealand Dental Journal, 114(3), 117-123.

Journal - Research Article

Chambers, T., Pearson, A. L., Kawachi, I., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M., … Signal, L. (2018). Children's home and school neighbourhood exposure to alcohol marketing: Using wearable camera and GPS data to directly examine the link between retailer availability and visual exposure to marketing. Health & Place, 54, 102-109. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.09.012

Journal - Research Article

Chambers, T., Stanley, J., Signal, L., Pearson, A. L., Smith, M., Barr, M., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2018). Quantifying the nature and extent of children's real-time exposure to alcohol marketing in their everyday lives using wearable cameras: Children's exposure via a range of media in a range of key places. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 53(5), 626-633. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agy053

Journal - Research Article

Gage, R., Barr, M., Stanley, J., Reeder, A., Mackay, C., Smith, M., Chambers, T., Leung, W., & Signal, L. (2018). Sun protection and shade availability in New Zealand's outdoor recreation spaces. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1484), 30-37. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Gage, R., Leung, W., Stanley, J., Reeder, A., Mackay, C., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., & Signal, L. (2018). Sun protection among New Zealand primary school children. Health Education & Behavior, 45(5), 800-807. doi: 10.1177/1090198117741943

Journal - Research Article

Smith, M., Stanley, J., Signal, L., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Balina, A., … Wilson, N. (2018). Children's healthy and unhealthy beverage availability, purchase and consumption: A wearable camera study. Appetite, 133, 240-251. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.11.004

Journal - Research Article

Thomson, W. M., Smith, M. B., Ferguson, C. A., Kerse, N. M., Peri, K., & Gribben, B. (2018). Oral status, cognitive function and dependency among New Zealand nursing home residents. Gerodontology, 35(3), 185-191. doi: 10.1111/ger.12337

Journal - Research Article

Chambers, T., Pearson, A. L., Kawachi, I., Rzotkiewicz, Z., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M., … Signal, L. (2017). Kids in space: Measuring children’s residential neighborhoods and other destinations using activity space GPS and wearable camera data. Social Science & Medicine, 193, 41-50. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.046

Journal - Research Article

Chambers, T., Pearson, A. L., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Signal, L. (2017). Children's exposure to alcohol marketing within supermarkets: An objective analysis using GPS technology and wearable cameras. Health & Place, 46, 274-280. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.06.003

Journal - Research Article

Gage, R., Leung, W., Stanley, J., Reeder, A., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Smith, M., & Signal, L. (2017). Clothing protection from ultraviolet radiation: A new method for assessment. Photochemistry & Photobiology, 93(6), 1513-1518. doi: 10.1111/php.12803

Journal - Research Article

Pearson, A. L., Bottomley, R., Chambers, T., Thornton, L., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M., & Signal, L. (2017). Measuring blue space visibility and ‘blue recreation’ in the everyday lives of children in a capital city. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 14(6), 563. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14060563

Journal - Research Article

Robinson, A., Hulme-Moir, S., Puloka, V., Smith, M., Stanley, J., & Signal, L. (2017). Housing as a determinant of Tongan children's health: Innovative methodology using wearable cameras. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 14(10), 1170. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14101170

Journal - Research Article

Signal, L. N., Smith, M. B., Barr, M., Stanley, J., Chambers, T. J., Zhou, J., … Jenkin, G. L. S., Pearson, A. L., … Hoek, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Kids'Cam: An objective methodology to study the world in which children live. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 53(3), e89-e95. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.02.016

Journal - Research Article

Signal, L. N., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M. L., Chambers, T. J., Zhou, J., … McKerchar, C., Pearson, A. L., Hoek, J., Jenkin, G. L. S., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Children's everyday exposure to food marketing: An objective analysis using wearable cameras. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 14, 137. doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0570-3

Journal - Research Article

Smith, M. B., & Thomson, W. M. (2017). ‘Not on the radar’: Dentists' perspectives on the oral health care of dependent older people. Gerodontology, 34(1), 90-100. doi: 10.1111/ger.12227

Journal - Research Article

Smith, M., Signal, L., Edwards, R., & Hoek, J. (2017). Children's and parents' opinions on the sport-related food environment: A systematic review. Obesity Reviews, 18(9), 1018-1039. doi: 10.1111/obr.12558

Journal - Research Article

Barr, M., Signal, L., Jenkin, G., & Smith, M. (2015). Capturing exposures: Using automated cameras to document environmental determinants of obesity. Health Promotion International, 30(1), 56-63. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dau089

Journal - Research Article

Børsting, T., Stanley, J., & Smith, M. (2015). Factors influencing the use of oral health services among adolescents in New Zealand. New Zealand Dental Journal, 111(2), 49-57.

Journal - Research Article

Pearson, A. L., de Latour, P., Kemp, G., Findlay, N., Halim, A., Atkinson, N., Chong, M., Cameron, R., Brown, C., Kim, G., Campbell, P., Hills, T., Jayawant, A., Chae, M., Bhagavan, C., French, C., Jenkin, G., Smith, M., & Signal, L. (2014). Understanding differences in access to water fountains and sugar-sweetened beverages in children. Health & Place, 30, 94-97. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.013

Journal - Research Article

Smith, M., Jenkin, G., Signal, L., & McLean, R. (2014). Consuming calories and creating cavities: Beverages NZ children associate with sport. Appetite, 81, 209-217. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.06.015

Journal - Research Article

Smith, M. B. (2010). Oral health and well-being of older adults in residential aged-care facilities: Issues for public health policy. New Zealand Dental Journal, 106(2), 67-73.

Journal - Research Article

Smith, M. B., & Signal, L. (2009). Global influences on milk purchasing in New Zealand: Implications for health and inequalities. Globalization & Health, 5. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-5-1

Journal - Research Article

Smith, M. B., & Parnell, W. (2008). Teeth for life? Aspects of oral health status influencing the nutrition of older adults. Nutrition & Dietetics, 65(3), 211-215. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2008.00272.x

Journal - Research Article

Thomson, W. M., Ferguson, C. A., Janssens, B. E., Kerse, N. M., Ting, G. S., & Smith, M. B. (2021). Xerostomia and polypharmacy among dependent older New Zealanders: A national survey [Short report]. Age & Ageing, 50, 248-251. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afaa099

Journal - Research Other

Smith, M. B., Ferguson, C. A., & Thomson, W. M. (2020). Public sector oral health service provision for high needs and vulnerable New Zealanders: An executive summary. New Zealand Dental Journal, 116(1), 29-35. [Commentary].

Journal - Research Other

Gurtner, M., Gage, R., Thomson, G., Jaine, R., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., & Signal, L. (2019). Are children smoke-free at home? Using wearable cameras to study children's exposure to smoking and smoking paraphernalia in private spaces [Short report]. Child: Care, Health & Development, 45, 306-309. doi: 10.1111/cch.12631

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Quigley, R., Mansoor, O., Smith, M., & Signal, L. (2015). Mandatory regulation or self-regulation in the age of the Volkswagen saga. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1425). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Smeaton, A., McGuinness, K., Gurrin, C., Zhou, J., O'Connor, N. E., Wang, P., … Signal, L., Smith, M., Stanley, J., Barr, M., Chambers, T., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2016). Semantic indexing of wearable camera images: Kids’ Cam concepts. Proceedings of the ACM workshop on Vision and Language Integration Meets Multimedia Fusion. (pp. 27-34). New York, NY: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2983563.2983566

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Gage, R., Gurtner, M., Signal, L., Keall, M., Smith, M., McKerchar, C., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2021). Children's journey to and from school: An analysis of travel modes, environments and eating behaviours using wearable cameras. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Annual Meeting (ISBNPA XChange): Thinking Independently Together: Let's Dance Around the World. (pp. 50). International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity. Retrieved from https://isbnpa2021.venuewest.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Lochore, H., Smith, M., & McBain, L. (2021). Oral health education for non-oral health professions: A literature review on toothsome solutions for an ongoing problem. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. 193. Retrieved from https://eventstudio.eventsair.com/anzahpe-2021/anzahpe-abstract-book

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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