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Our people in the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group

Director

Dr Gabrielle JenkinDr Gabrielle Jenkin

I am a Social Scientist and the Director of the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group at the University of Otago, Wellington. I am currently engaged in mental health research with a focus on suicide and suicide prevention. I am the PI on a Marsden Fast Start to look at the design, philosophy and social regime of acute psychiatric facilities in New Zealand.

Email gabrielle.jenkin@otago.ac.nz

Sarah McKenzie

Deputy Director

Dr Sarah McKenzie

I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group. My research interests are in men’s mental health and suicide, with an emphasis on gender and social theory.

Email sarah.mckenzie@otago.ac.nz

Research Fellows

Dr Debbie Peterson

Dr Debbie Peterson

Senior Research Fellow

My research interests are in mental health research with an emphasis on issues affecting people with experience of mental illness for example: recovery; suicide; stigma; discrimination; consumer involvement; employment; quality of services. My own experience of mental illness informs my research practice.

Email debbie.peterson@otago.ac.nz

June Atkinson

June Atkinson

Senior Analyst

June's research interests include statistical programming and graphics, especially using SAS, as well as data management and generalising programs and systems.

Email june.atkinson@otago.ac.nz

Dr Denise Steers image 2020Dr Denise Steers

Research Fellow

Denise's research interests are focused on the complexity of sex, gender and sex characteristics, and the lived experience of people marginalised in society from a human rights perspective.

Email denise.steers@otago.ac.nz


Hannah Paap 2002 Image

Hannah Paap

Assistant Research Fellow

My research interests are in people’s experiences of mental illness and suicide, with an emphasis on stigma and discrimination, understanding why people turn to suicide, and the use of therapy animals as a form of treatment.

Email hannah.paap@otago.ac.nz

Current PhDs

Julie Artus

Inpatient psychiatric services for children and adolescents in NZ’s mental health system – meeting the needs of Kiwi kids?

My PhD employs a mixed methods research approach to explore the model of service delivery for acute inpatient psychiatric care for children and adolescents, and the role such services play within the contemporary mental health system in NZ.

Email julie.artus@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

Steven Davey

Steven Davey

Where is an emotion – and can finding it help to prevent suicide?

This is an investigation of whether emotion manifests in the body as a localised feeling (i.e. with a more or less clear boundary, as with physical pain).

Email davst397@student.otago.ac.nz

Rowan Magill

Rowan Magill

The Taranaki Retreat: An alternative response to suicidality and distress?

Email rowan.magill@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

Jacobo Picardo

Jacobo Picardo

Suicidal behavior on social media

My PhD is focused on how suicidality is being expressed in social media (across different platforms). In a broad scope, I hope to learn more about the relationship between social media and suicidal behaviours.

Email jacobo.picardo@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

Renan Lyra Image 2020Renan Lyra

Suicide exposure and the emotional impacts on first responders and clinicians

My PhD research investigates the reactions and emotional impacts of mental health professionals and first responders who deal with suicidal behaviours during their occupational duties. I am particularly interested in the impact of patient suicides on mental health clinicians.

Email renan.lyra@postgrad.otago.ac.nz

Julia Watkin image 2020Julia Watkin

The language of mental health

Concepts of depression, resilience and well-being are becoming more and more widespread, but are they helping or hindering our experience of life? This project will investigate the language used to tell the story of mental health in Aotearoa and how it may be impacting the experiences of everyday Kiwis.

Email watju500@student.otago.ac.nz

Completed PhDs and Masters'

Current Affiliated Researchers

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou, Senior Research Fellow
Bartlett School of Architecture
Faculty of the Built Environment
University College London

Professor Tony Dowell
Professor of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington

Dr Fabián A. Pavez Reyes
Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia, Spain

Associate Professor James Stanley
Research Associate Professor
Biostatistician
University of Otago, Wellington

Dr Susanna Every-Palmer
Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington

Dr Silke Kuehl
Honorary Clinical Lecturer
Capital and Coast DHB

Dr Elliot Bell
Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington

Dr Maria Stubbe
Senior Lecturer
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington

Associate Professor Angela Ballantyne
Senior Lecturer
Bioethics Centre, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago Wellington

Jacqueline McIntosh
Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Jamin Halberstadt
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Otago, Wellington