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Our people in the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group

Director

Professor Sunny Collings

Professor Sunny Collings

Sunny’s research interests are in primary care mental health, suicide prevention, media and community mental health issues.

Email deanseauow@otago.ac.nz

Deputy Directors

Dr Gabrielle Jenkin

Dr Gabrielle Jenkin

I am a Social Scientist and the Deputy Director of the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group at the University of Otago, Wellington. My training is in public health with expertise in food policy and food politics. 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

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

Current PhDs

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

Shaystah Dean

Shaystah Dean

Enhancing Engagement for Adolescent Mental Health Treatment

Rowan Magill

Rowan Magill

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

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

Denise Steers

Denise Steers

Gender bender, mender or defender? Differences of sex development: navigating clinical decision making in the New Zealand context

I am currently working on my PhD which explores the decision-making process for infants born with a variation of sex characteristics (commonly referred to DSD in the medical world or intersex within the advocacy sector). This quantitative research aims to understand the perspectives of three groups :-young people with a variation in sex characteristics (16-26 years);parents of young people with a child born with a variation in sex characteristics and health professionals working in the area of those born with a variation in sex development.

Email denise.steers@otago.ac.nz

Tess Soulie

Tess Soulie

Clinician treatment of suicidal patients I am undertaking PhD studies on the topic of countertransference with patients at risk for suicide. The first phase of the project explored systematically patterns of countertransference to suicidal patients in a sample of NZ clinicians. The second phase uses a qualitative methodology to look into experiences of clincians who feel positively inclined towards suicidal patients.

Email tess.soulie@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

Completed PhDs and Masters'

Dr Silke Kuehl, PhD

Dr Sarah Mckenzie, PhD

Dr Nandika Currey, PhD

Dr Ruth Cunningham, PhD

Dr Justin Canty, PhD

Dr Adam Sims, 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, University of Victoria, Wellington

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