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MBChB, DPH, PhD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP

Sunny_Collings_profile

Director Suicide and Mental Health Research Group and Dean & Head of Campus University of Otago Wellington

Contact details  

Email deanseauow@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

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

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Publications

Mathieson, F., Stanley, J., Collings, C., Tester, R., & Dowell, A. (2019). Cluster randomised controlled trial of a guided self-help mental health intervention in primary care. BMJ Open, 9(2), e023481. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023481

McKenzie, S. K., Collings, S., Jenkin, G., & River, J. (2018). Masculinity, social connectedness, and mental health: Men's diverse patterns of practice. American Journal of Men's Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1557988318772732

Collings, S., Jenkin, G., Stanley, J., McKenzie, S., & Hatcher, S. (2018). Preventing suicidal behaviours with a multilevel intervention: A cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 18, 140. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5032-6

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2018). Systematic Exploration of Countertransference Phenomena in the Treatment of Patients at Risk for Suicide. Archives of Suicide Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506844

Davey, S., Halberstadt, J., Bell, E., & Collings, S. (2018). A scoping review of suicidality and alexithymia: The need to consider interoception. Journal of Affective Disorders, 238, 424-441. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.06.027

Edited Book - Research

Ellis, P. M., & Collings, S. C. D. (Eds.). (1997). Mental Health in New Zealand from a Public Health Perspective. Wellington: Ministry of Health, 514p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Cunningham, R., Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2017). Like minds, like mine: Seventeen years of countering stigma and discrimination against people with experience of mental distress in New Zealand. In W. Gaebel, W. Rössler & N. Sartorius (Eds.), The stigma of mental illness: The end of the story? (pp. 263-287). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-27839-1_15

Collings, S., & Seminiuk, D. (1998). The caring role. In S. Romans (Ed.), Folding Back the Shadows: A Perspective on Women's Mental Health. (pp. 115-130). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.

Collings, S., & Romans, S. (1998). Women and psychotherapy. In S. Romans (Ed.), Folding Back the Shadows: A Perspective on Women's Mental Health. (pp. 231-250). Dunedin: University of Otago.

Ellis, P., & Collings, S. C. D. (1997). Public health solutions to mental health problems. In P. M. Ellis & S. C. D. Collings (Eds.), Mental Health in New Zealand From a Public Health Perspective. (pp. 475-479). Wellington: Public Health Group, Ministry of Health.

Collings, S. C. D., & Ellis, P. (1997). Biological, social and economic risk factors. In P. M. Ellis & S. C. D. Collings (Eds.), Mental Health in New Zealand From a Public Health Perspective. (pp. 39-69). Wellington: Public Health Group, Ministry of Health.

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Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Stanley, J., Collings, C., Tester, R., & Dowell, A. (2019). Cluster randomised controlled trial of a guided self-help mental health intervention in primary care. BMJ Open, 9(2), e023481. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023481

McKenzie, S. K., Collings, S., Jenkin, G., & River, J. (2018). Masculinity, social connectedness, and mental health: Men's diverse patterns of practice. American Journal of Men's Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1557988318772732

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2018). Systematic Exploration of Countertransference Phenomena in the Treatment of Patients at Risk for Suicide. Archives of Suicide Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506844

Collings, S., Jenkin, G., Stanley, J., McKenzie, S., & Hatcher, S. (2018). Preventing suicidal behaviours with a multilevel intervention: A cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 18, 140. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5032-6

McKenzie, S. K., Li, C., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2017). Ethical considerations in sensitive suicide research reliant on non-clinical researchers. Research Ethics, 13(3-4), 173-183. doi: 10.1177/1747016116649996

Canty, J., Stubbe, M., Steers, D., & Collings, S. (2016). The trouble with bullying: Deconstructing the conventional definition of bullying for a child-centred investigation into children's use of social media. Children & Society, 30(1), 48-58. doi: 10.1111/chso.12103

McKenzie, S. K., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2016). Men's perspectives of common mental health problems: A metasynthesis of qualitative research. International Journal of Men's Health, 15(1), 80-104. doi: 10.3149/jmh.1501.80

Dean, S., Britt, E., Bell, E., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2016). Motivational interviewing to enhance adolescent mental health treatment engagement: A randomized clinical trial. Psychological Medicine, 46(9), 1961-1969. doi: 10.1017/s0033291716000568

Collings, S., Mathieson, F., Dowell, A., Stanley, J., Hatcher, S., Goodyear-Smith, F., Lane, B., & Munsterman, A. (2015). Clinical effectiveness of an ultra-brief intervention for common mental health syndromes in primary care: Study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16, 260. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0778-y

Hatcher, S., Sharon, C., House, A., Collins, N., Collings, S., & Pillai, A. (2015). The ACCESS study: Zelen randomised controlled trial of a package of care for people presenting to hospital after self-harm. British Journal of Psychiatry, 206(3), 229-236. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.135780

Cunningham, R., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2015). Cancer survival in the context of mental illness: A national cohort study. General Hospital Psychiatry, 37, 501-506. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.06.003

Peterson, D. H. M., & Collings, S. C. (2015). "It's either do it or die": The role of self-management of suicidality in people with experience of mental illness. Crisis, 36(3), 173-178. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000308

Cunningham, R., Peterson, D., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2014). Premature mortality in adults using New Zealand psychiatric services. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1394). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Collings, S., Jenkin, G., Carter, K., & Signal, L. (2014). Gender differences in the mental health of single parents: New Zealand evidence from a household panel survey. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49(5), 811-821. doi: 10.1007/s00127-013-0796-6

Mathieson, F., Collings, S., Dowell, A., Goodyear-Smith, F., Stanley, J., & Hatcher, S. (2013). Collaborative research: A case example of dissemination of CBT in primary care. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 6, e4. doi: 10.1017/S1754470X13000093

De Leo, D., Milner, A., Fleischmann, A., Bertolote, J., Collings, S., Amadeo, S., … Wang, X. (2013). The WHO START Study: Suicidal behaviors across different areas of the world. Crisis, 34(3), 156-163. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000193

Scott, K. M., & Collings, S. C. D. (2012). Gender differences in the disability (functional limitations) associated with cardiovascular disease: A general population study. Psychosomatics, 53(1), 38-43. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2011.05.005

Mathieson, F., Mihaere, K., Collings, S., Dowell, A., & Stanley, J. (2012). Maori cultural adaptation of a brief mental health intervention in primary care. Journal of Primary Health Care, 4(3), 231-238. doi: 10.1071/HC12231

Kuehl, S., Nelson, K., & Collings, S. (2012). Back so soon: Rapid re-presentations to the emergency department following intentional self-harm. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1367). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Collings, S., Mathieson, F., Dowell, A., Stanley, J., Jenkin, G., Goodyear-Smith, F., & Hatcher, S. (2012). Acceptability of a guided self-help mental health intervention in general practice. Family Practice, 29(1), 43-49. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmr066

van der Deen, F. S., Carter, K. N., Wilson, N., & Collings, S. (2011). The association between failed quit attempts and increased levels of psychological distress in smokers in a large New Zealand cohort. BMC Public Health, 11, 598. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-598

Carter, K. N., Kruse, K., Blakely, T., & Collings, S. (2011). The association of food security with psychological distress in New Zealand and any gender differences. Social Science & Medicine, 72(9), 1463-1471. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.03.009

Hatcher, S., Sharon, C., House, A., Collings, S., Parag, V., & Collins, N. (2011). The ACCESS study a Zelen randomised controlled trial of a treatment package including problem solving therapy compared to treatment as usual in people who present to hospital after self-harm: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 12, 135. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-12-135

McKinlay, E., Garrett, S., McBain, L., Dowell, T., Collings, S., & Stanley, J. (2011). New Zealand general practice nurses' roles in mental health care. International Nursing Review, 58(2), 225-233. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2010.00859.x

Mitcheson, H., Collings, S., & Siebers, R. W. (2011). Authorship issues at a new zealand academic institution. International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 2(3), 166-171.

Carter, K. N., Shaw, C., Collings, S., Blakely, T., & Richardson, K. (2011). The SoFIE-Health study: Are the results comparable to the New Zealand population? Australasian Epidemiologist, 18(1), 26-32.

Peterson, D., Currey, N., & Collings, S. (2011). "You don't look like one of them": Disclosure of mental illness in the workplace as an ongoing dilemma. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(2), 145-147. doi: 10.2975/35.2.2011.145.147

Airini, Collings, S., Conner, L., McPherson, K., Midson, B., & Wilson, C. (2011). Learning to be leaders in higher education: What helps or hinders women's advancement as leaders in universities. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 39(1), 44-62. doi: 10.1177/1741143210383896

Kemp, C. G., & Collings, S. C. (2011). Hyperlinked suicide: Assessing the prominence and accessibility of suicide websites. Crisis, 32(3), 143-151. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000068

Ivory, V. C., Collings, S. C., Blakely, T., & Dew, K. (2011). When does neighbourhood matter? Multilevel relationships between neighbourhood social fragmentation and mental health. Social Science & Medicine, 72(12), 1993-2002. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.04.015

Collings, S., & Kemp, C. G. (2010). Death knocks, professional practice, and the public good: The media experience of suicide reporting in New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 71, 244-248. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.03.017

Andrés, A. R., Collings, S., & Qin, P. (2010). Sex-specific impact of socio-economic factors on suicide risk: A population-based case-control study in Denmark. European Journal of Public Health, 20(3), 265-270. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckp183

McKenzie, S. K., Carter, K., Blakely, T., & Collings, S. (2010). The association of childhood socio-economic position and psychological distress in adulthood: Is it mediated by adult socio-economic position? Longitudinal & Life Course Studies, 1(4), 339-358.

Scott, K. M., & Collings, S. C. D. (2010). Gender and the association between mental disorders and disability. Journal of Affective Disorders, 125, 207-212. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2010.06.022

Carter, K. N., Blakely, T., Collings, S., Gunasekara, F. I., & Richardson, K. (2009). What is the association between wealth and mental health? Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63(3), 221-226. doi: 10.1136/jech.2008.079483

Collings, S., Ivory, V., Blakely, T., & Atkinson, J. (2009). Are neighbourhood social fragmentation and suicide associated in New Zealand? A national multilevel cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63(12), 1035-1042. doi: 10.1136/jech.2009.090985

Tobias, M., Templeton, R., & Collings, S. (2008). How much do mental disorders contribute to New Zealand's tobacco epidemic? Tobacco Control, 17(5), 347-350. doi: 10.1136/tc.2008.026005

Pearce, J., Barnett, R., Collings, S., & Jones, I. (2007). Did geographical inequalities in suicide among men aged 15-44 in New Zealand increase during the period 1980-2001? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 359-365.

Dew, K., Morgan, S., Dowell, A., McLeod, D., Bushnell, J. A., & Collings, S. (2007). ′It puts things out of your control′: Fear of consequences as a barrier to patient disclosure of mental health issues to general practitioners. Sociology of Health & Illness, 29(7), 1-16.

Beautrais, A., Fergusson, D., Coggan, C., Collings, C., Doughty, C., Ellis, P., … Horwood, J., … Mulder, R., Poulton, R., & Surgenor, L. (2007). Effective strategies for suicide prevention in New Zealand: A review of the evidence. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1251). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1251/2459/content.pdf

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Dowell, A., Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2006). The treatment of common mental health problems in general practice. Family Practice, 23, 53-59.

Roberts, S. L., Bushnell, J. A., Collings, S. C., & Purdie, G. L. (2006). Psychological health of men with partners who have post-partum depression. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 704-711.

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Ivory, V., Collings, S., Wilton, J., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2006). No association of neighbourhood volunteerism with mortality in New Zealand: A national multilevel cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, 981-989.

Bush, A., Collings, S., Tamasese, K., & Waldegrave, C. (2005). Samoan and psychiatrists' perspectives on the self: Qualitative comparison. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 621-626.

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