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Our people in the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group

Researchers

Sarah McKenzie

Dr Sarah McKenzie

Senior Research Fellow

Email sarah.mckenzie@otago.ac.nz

Dr Gabrielle JenkinDr Gabrielle Jenkin

Senior Research Fellow

Email gabrielle.jenkin@otago.ac.nz

Dr Debbie Peterson

Dr Debbie Peterson

Senior Research Fellow

Email debbie.peterson@otago.ac.nz

Dr Denise Steers image 2020Dr Denise Steers

Postdoctoral Fellow

Email denise.steers@otago.ac.nz

June Atkinson

June Atkinson

Senior Data Analyst

Email june.atkinson@otago.ac.nz

Current PhD students

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

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

Anna von Tunzelmann imageAnna von Tunzelmann

Is some binge-drinking a form of deliberate self-harm?

Young New Zealanders aged 18–24 are the demographic most likely to experience harm from hazardous drinking and also to be hospitalised for self-injurious behaviour. Focusing on the lived-experience of young adults, this research investigates whether some instances of binge-drinking may be deliberate acts of self-harm.

Email vonan077@student.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

Graduates

Current Affiliated Researchers

Jacqueline McIntosh
Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture
Victoria University of Wellington

Associate Professor Susanna Every-Palmer
Associate Professor
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington

Dr Silke Kuehl
Honorary Clinical Lecturer
Capital and Coast DHB

Dr Emily Cooney
Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington

Dr Matthew Jenkins
Research Fellow
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington

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

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

Professor Esko Wiltshire
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
University of Otago, Wellington

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