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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

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

Smith, M., Chambers, T., Abbott, M., & Signal, L. (2019). High stakes: Children’s exposure to gambling and gambling marketing using wearable cameras. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11469-019-00103-3

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

Ferguson, C. A., Thomson, W. M., Smith, M. B., Kerse, N., Peri, K., & Gribben, B. (2019). Medication taking in a national sample of dependent older people. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.05.010

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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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

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

Ferguson, C. A., Thomson, W. M., Smith, M. B., Kerse, N., Peri, K., & Gribben, B. (2019). Medication taking in a national sample of dependent older people. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.05.010

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

Smith, M., Chambers, T., Abbott, M., & Signal, L. (2019). High stakes: Children’s exposure to gambling and gambling marketing using wearable cameras. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11469-019-00103-3

Liu, W., Barr, M., Pearson, A. L., Chambers, T., Pfeiffer, K. A., Smith, M., & Signal, L. (2019). Space-time analysis of unhealthy food advertising: New Zealand children's exposure and health policy options. Health Promotion International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daz083

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

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

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ger.12337

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gage, R., Leung, W., Stanley, J., Reeder, A., Mackay, C., Chambers, T., Smith, M., Barr, M., & Signal, L. (2017). Studying third-parties and environments: New Zealand sun-safety research. Health Promotion International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax094

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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Journal - Research Other

Gurtner, M., Gage, R., Thomson, G., Jaine, R., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., & Signal, L. (2018). 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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cch.12631

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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Thomson, M., Smith, M. B., Ferguson, C. A., Kerse, N., & Gribben, B. J. (2018). Medication use and xerostomia among older New Zealanders: Findings from a national survey. New Zealand Dental Journal, 114(4), (pp. 181-182). [Abstract]

Watkins, L., Aitken, R., Signal, L., Smith, M., & Gage, R. (2017). Documenting the commercial world of New Zealand children. In B. Wooliscroft & A. Ganglmair-Wooliscroft (Eds.), Proceedings of the Macromarketing Conference: Macromarketing Systems' Contributions to Society: Past, Present and Potential. (pp. 631-633). Dunedin, New Zealand: Macromarketing Society and the Marketing Department, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Smith, M., Balina, A., Stanley, J., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Ni Mhurchu, C., … Wilson, N., & Signal, L. (2017). Drink-up: Determining the nature and extent of children's beverage consumption using wearable cameras. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/782/26/1459

Barr, M., Signal, L., Smith, M., Smith, J., Chambers, T., Zhou, J., … Hoek, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Overexposed? Quantifying children's exposure to outdoor food advertising. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/554/26/1459

Robinson, A., Hulme-Moir, S., Puloka, V., Smith, M., Stanley, J., & Signal, L. (2017). Children's view of housing quality in Tonga. Proceedings of the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 10th Annual Conference. (pp. 5-6). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/global-health/annual-conference

Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Stanley, J., Zhou, J., … Lanumata, T., Pearson, A., … Hoek, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Saturated with junk: The extent of junk food marketing in children's everyday lives. Proceedings of the 7th Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa Conference. (pp. 52). Retrieved from https://ana.org.nz

Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Stanley, J., Zhou, J., … Hoek, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Marketing obesity? A real-time analysis of children's exposure to food marketing. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. (pp. 204). ISBNPA. Retrieved from https://www.isbnpa.org

Puloka, V., Smith, M., Stanley, J., Chambers, T., & Signal, L. (2017). Tonga's school food policy: An evaluation. Proceedings of the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 10th Annual Conference. (pp. 5). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/global-health/annual-conference

McKerchar, C., Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Stanley, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Confronting the convenience: The role of convenience stores in New Zealand children's food environments. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. (pp. 150). ISBNPA. Retrieved from https://www.isbnpa.org

Smith, M. (2017). Dental care and assessment for older adults [Invited]. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 36(Suppl. 2), (pp. 18). doi: 10.1111/ajag.12419

Barr, M., Signal, L., Smith, M., Stanley, J., Chambers, T., Zhou, J., … Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Quantifying children's exposure to outdoor food advertising. Proceedings of the 7th Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa Conference. (pp. 75). Retrieved from https://ana.org.nz

Ferguson, A., Smith, M., & Clarke, T. (2017). Rethinking and replacing sugar sweetened beverages: An innovative tool to reinstate water in children's environments. Proceedings of the 7th Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa Conference. (pp. 33). Retrieved from https://ana.org.nz

McKerchar, C., Smith, M., Stanley, J., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Signal, L. (2017). Confronting the convenience: The role of convenience stores in children's food environments. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/165/26/1459

Puloka, V., Signal, L., Smith, M., Stanley, J., & Lanumata, T. (2017). Kids'Cam Tonga: The world of Tongan children through their eyes. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/393/26/1459

Puloka, V., Smith, M., Stanley, J., & Signal, L. (2017). Kids'Cam Tonga: The world of Tongan children through their eyes. Proceedings of the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 10th Annual Conference. (pp. 5). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/global-health/annual-conference

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