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Profile_GabrielleJenkinBA (Sociology) DPH (Dist) MPH (Dist) PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Suicide and Mental Health Research Group

Contact details

Email gabrielle.jenkin@otago.ac.nz

PhD Supervision

Current PhD students

  • Julie Artus – Adolescent acute mental health services in NZ
  • Renan De Lyra Lopes De Lyra – Impact of suicides on clinicians and first responders
  • Anna von Tunzelmann – Is some binge-drinking a form of deliberate self-harm?
  • Julia Watkin – The language of mental health

Completed PhD Students

  • Sarah McKenzie – Masculinities and men’s mental health
  • Rowan Magill – The Taranaki Retreat: An alternative response to suicidality and distress?
  • Tess Soulie – Clinician treatment of suicidal patients

Research interests and activities

I am a social scientist with training in epidemiology and public health, I have undertaken quantitative and qualitative health research in many areas of public health. My current focus is on suicide, mental health and acute mental health services and I supervise a number of PhD students in these areas.

Completed projects

Calculating the suicide rate for the New Zealand construction industry
Gabrielle Jenkin, June Atkinson

Funded by BRANZ and NZ MATES in Construction

The proposed study aims to clarify what the true prevalence of suicide in the construction industry is, and if data allows, to calculate the industry specific suicide rate.

Acute Mental Health Facility Design: the NZ experience (2017–2020)
Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, Dr Susanna Every-Palmer, Dr Debbie Peterson, Chris Watson, Dr Evangelia Chrysikou, Professor Sunny Collings

The acute mental health ward is the modern equivalent of the old mental asylum but little is known about factors informing its design and use or the underpinning philosophy of care upon which these facilities are based and if they could benefit from improvements.

This multidisciplinary three year study will draw on perspectives from social science, psychiatry, nursing and architecture to understand the architectural design, therapeutic philosophy and social regime of the modern acute mental health unit in New Zealand.

It will examine as case studies, three acute adult psychiatric wards in New Zealand. Using multiple existing sources of data, including architects plans, briefs and grey literature and collecting new data via in-depth interviews and small focus groups with mental health consumers resident in the wards, staff and other ward users and stakeholders, the findings from this research will inform a much needed evidence base for optimal acute psychiatric facility design in NZ. This research is funded by a Marsden Fast Start.

Marsden Fund

See: Jenkin, G L S, McIntosh, J, and Every-Palmer, S (2021), Fit for what purpose? Exploring bicultural frameworks for the architectural design of acute mental health facilities. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health,  18(5), 2343. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18052343

A series published by news and current affairs website Newsroom highlights the findings of this project:
Shining a light on the shocking state of NZ’s acute mental health units

Current suicide prevention research – Suicide inquests: interviews with NZ Coroners (2016)
Dr Gabrielle Jenkin and Professor Sunny Collings
Little is known about the perspectives, experiences and decision-making processes of New Zealand coroners as they go about their business of investigating deaths by suicide and making recommendations. This study, based on interviews with NZ coroners, aims to uncover how suicide inquests are conducted in New Zealand. It will examine how coroners go about their investigations, what factors influence their decision-making and recommendations and, coroners' perspectives on these processes and suicide in general. This research is funded by a University of Otago Research Grant.
For further information email gabrielle.jenkin@otago.ac.nz

The effects of change in coronial attitude and practice on suicide news reporting in NZ (2014)
Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, Principal Investigator, and Professor Sunny Collings
The portrayal of suicide in the media is known to have an influence on suicide rates. Because of this, there are best practice guidelines restricting aspects of suicide reporting by the media. However, in August of 2010, the Chief Coroner suggested that there was a need to ‘open up’ the issue of suicide. This comment led to a controversial debate over the reporting of suicide in the media. This research will investigate this debate and assess its impact on the reporting of suicide by the New Zealand news media. This research is funded by a University of Otago Research Grant.

Understanding the mental health of sole parents
Professor Sunny Collings, Principal Investigator, Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, Dr Louise Signal and Dr Kristie Carter
Sole parent families account for 30% of families with children in NZ. Research has revealed that sole parents have considerably poorer socioeconomic resources and poorer mental health than couple parent families. Recent and proposed welfare reforms are attempting to address the problems faced by sole parent families by encouraging sole parents into paid employment. However, the association between poorer mental health and sole parent status has not been investigated and little is known about the impacts of employment on this association. This research aims to untangle these associations using cross-sectional data from the Survey of Families, Income and Employment (SoFIE). This research was funded by a University of Otago Research Grant.

See: Collings S, Jenkin G, Carter K, Signal L. (2013). Gender differences in the mental health of single parents: New Zealand evidence from a household panel survey. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: 1-11.

Multi-level Intervention for Suicide Prevention in New Zealand (MISP-NZ): Process Evaluation
The Multi-level Intervention for Suicide Prevention in New Zealand (MISP-NZ) was a 30 month intervention package designed for and implemented in eight DHB regions between 2010 and 2012.

Word of mouse’ internet junk food marketing to New Zealand children
The research aims to examine the nature and extent of internet food marketing to children. The research focuses on three internet platforms: food company/food product websites; websites popular with children; and the popular social media sites: Facebook and YouTube.

Television food advertising to New Zealand children and youth: does it protect their health?

Previous research

PhD Thesis: Individuals, the Environment or Inequalities? Industry and Public Health Framing of Obesity and its Presence in New Zealand Government Policy on Food and Nutrition.

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Publications

Chrysikou, E., Savvopoulou, E., Biddulph, J., & Jenkin, G. (2022). Decoding the psychiatric space: Cross country comparison of facilities for mental health service users. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19(14), 8832. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19148832

Jenkin, G., McIntosh, J., Marques, B., Peterson, D., Chrysikou, E., & Every-Palmer, S. (2022). Contemporary issues in acute mental health facility design: Insights from the Aotearoa-New Zealand experience. Kōtuitui. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2022.2093229

Cooper, A., Jenkin, G., Morton, E., Peterson, D., & McKenzie, S. K. (2022). ‘We have to band together’: Service user experiences of naturally occurring peer support on the acute mental health unit. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2022.2093230

Jenkin, G., Quigg, S., Paap, H., Cooney, E., Peterson, D., & Every-Palmer, S. (2022). Places of safety? Fear and violence in acute mental health facilities: A large qualitative study of staff and service user perspectives. PLoS ONE, 17(5), e0266935. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266935

Soulié, T., Levack, W., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2022). Learning from clinicians' positive inclination to suicidal patients: A grounded theory model. Death Studies, 46(2), 485-494. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1744201

Signal, L., Jenkin, G., Fougere, G., & Poata-Smith, E. (2015). The politics of health promotion. In L. Signal & M. Ratima (Eds.), Promoting health in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 162-187). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Chrysikou, E., Savvopoulou, E., Biddulph, J., & Jenkin, G. (2022). Decoding the psychiatric space: Cross country comparison of facilities for mental health service users. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19(14), 8832. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19148832

Journal - Research Article

Cooper, A., Jenkin, G., Morton, E., Peterson, D., & McKenzie, S. K. (2022). ‘We have to band together’: Service user experiences of naturally occurring peer support on the acute mental health unit. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2022.2093230

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G., Canty, J., Ernst, S., & Collings, S. (2022). Investigating suspected suicides: New Zealand coroners' experiences. Death Studies, 46(2), 314-322. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1699205

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G., McIntosh, J., Marques, B., Peterson, D., Chrysikou, E., & Every-Palmer, S. (2022). Contemporary issues in acute mental health facility design: Insights from the Aotearoa-New Zealand experience. Kōtuitui. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2022.2093229

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G., Quigg, S., Paap, H., Cooney, E., Peterson, D., & Every-Palmer, S. (2022). Places of safety? Fear and violence in acute mental health facilities: A large qualitative study of staff and service user perspectives. PLoS ONE, 17(5), e0266935. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266935

Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T., Levack, W., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2022). Learning from clinicians' positive inclination to suicidal patients: A grounded theory model. Death Studies, 46(2), 485-494. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1744201

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G. L. S., McIntosh, J., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Fit for what purpose? Exploring bicultural frameworks for the architectural design of acute mental health facilities. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18(5), 2343. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18052343

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G., McIntosh, J., Hoek, J., Mala, K., Paap, H., Peterson, D., Marques, B., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). There's no smoke without fire: Smoking in smoke-free acute mental health wards. PLoS ONE, 16(11), e0259984. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0259984

Journal - Research Article

Jenkins, M., Hoek, J., Jenkin, G., Gendall, P., Stanley, J., Beaglehole, B., Bell, C., Rapsey, C., & Every-Palmer, S. (2021). Silver linings of the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 16(4), e0249678. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249678

Journal - Research Article

Lyra, R. L. d., McKenzie, S. K., Every-Palmer, S., & Jenkin, G. (2021). Occupational exposure to suicide: A review of research on the experiences of mental health professionals and first responders. PLoS ONE, 16(4), e0251038. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0251038

Journal - Research Article

Magill, R., Collings, S., & Jenkin, G. (2021). The provision of comprehensive crisis intervention by a charitable organisation: Findings from a realist evaluation. Voluntary Sector Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1332/204080521X16346520274134

Journal - Research Article

Magill, R., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2021). 'Really there because they care': The importance of service users' interpretations of staff motivations at a crisis intervention service in New Zealand. Health & Social Care in the Community. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13603

Journal - Research Article

McKenzie, S. K., Jenkin, G., Steers, D., Magill, R., & Collings, S. (2021). Young people's perspectives and understanding of the suicide story in 13 Reasons Why: A qualitative study. Crisis, 42, 64-70. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000688

Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T., Jenkin, G., Collings, S., & Bell, E. (2021). Relationship between clinicians’ inclination toward patients at risk for suicide (PRS) and self-reported countertransference. Archives of Suicide Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2021.1972883

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G. L. S., Slim, B. E., & Collings, S. (2020). News media coverage of stakeholder views on suicide and its reporting in New Zealand. Crisis, 41(4), 248-254. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000629

Journal - Research Article

Picardo, J., McKenzie, S. K., Collings, S., & Jenkin, G. (2020). Suicide and self-harm content on Instagram: A systematic scoping review. PLoS ONE, 15(9), e0238603. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238603

Journal - Research Article

Soulié, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2020). Systematic exploration of countertransference phenomena in the treatment of patients at risk for suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 24(1), 96-118. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1506844

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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, 12(5), 1247-1261. doi: 10.1177/1557988318772732

Journal - Research Article

Signal, L. N., Bowers, S. G., Edwards, R., Gifford, H., Hudson, S., Jenkin, G. L. S., Lanumata, T. S., Russell, M. L., Thomson, G., & Walton, M. D. (2018). Process, pitfalls and profits: Lessons from interviewing New Zealand policy-makers. Health Promotion International, 33(2), 187-194. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw065

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G. L., Pearson, A. L., Bentham, G., Day, P., & Kingham, S. (2015). Neighbourhood influences on children’s weight-related behaviours and Body Mass Index. AIMS Public Health, 2(3), 501-515. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2015.3.501

Journal - Research Article

Kelly, B., Vandevijvere, S., Freeman, B., & Jenkin, G. (2015). New media but same old tricks: Food marketing to children in the digital age. Current Obesity Reports, 4(1), 37-45. doi: 10.1007/s13679-014-0128-5

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G., Madhvani, N., Signal, L., & Bowers, S. (2014). A systematic review of persuasive marketing techniques to promote food to children on television. Obesity Reviews, 15(4), 281-293. doi: 10.1111/obr.12141

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Thomson, G., Russell, M., Jenkin, G., Patel, V., & Wilson, N. (2013). Informing outdoor smokefree policy: Methods for measuring the proportion of people smoking in outdoor public areas. Health & Place, 20, 19-24. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.11.006

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G., Signal, L., & Thomson, G. (2012). Nutrition policy in whose interests? A New Zealand case study. Public Health Nutrition, 15(8), 1483-1488. doi: 10.1017/s1368980011003028

Journal - Research Article

Mules, T., Taylor, J., Price, R., Walker, L., Singh, B., Newsam, P., Palaniyappan, T., Snook, T., Ruselan, M., Ryan, J., Santhirasegaran, J., Shearman, P., Watson, P., Zino, R., Signal, L., Fougere, G., Moriarty, H., & Jenkin, G. (2012). Addressing patient alcohol use: A view from general practice. Journal of Primary Health Care, 4(3), 217-222. doi: 10.1071/HC12217

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G. L., Signal, L., & Thomson, G. (2011). Framing obesity: The framing contest between industry and public health at the New Zealand inquiry into obesity. Obesity Reviews, 12(12), 1022-1030. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00918.x

Journal - Research Article

Jenkin, G., Wilson, N., & Hermanson, N. (2009). Identifying 'unhealthy' food advertising on television: A case study applying the UK Nutrient Profile model. Public Health Nutrition, 12(5), 614-623. doi: 10.1017/S1368980008003029

Journal - Research Article

Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., & Jenkin, G. (2007). Childhood social disadvantage and smoking in adulthood: Results of a 25-year longitudinal study. Addiction, 102(3), 475-482.

Journal - Research Article

Davis, P., Jenkin, G., Coope, P., Blakely, T., Sporle, A., & Kiro, C. (2004). The New Zealand Socio-economic Index of Occupational Status: Methodological revision and imputation for missing data. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 28(2), 113-119.

Journal - Research Article

Collings, S., Slim, B., Stanley, J., & Jenkin, G. (2018). Suicide reports in the news: Impact of Chief Coroner's call to open up suicide reporting. Kōtuitui, 13(2), 285-292. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1478862

Journal - Research Other

Ernst, S., & Jenkin, G. (2017). Is your mental health covered by your health insurance? New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1458), 63-65. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Thomson, G., & Jenkin, G. (2007). More evidence for action on New Zealand's obesogenic school environment and food pricing [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1248). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1248/2397/content.pdf

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Watts, C., Mansoor, O., Jenkin, G., & Baker, M. (2007). Cheaper than chicken: Protein foods ranked by supermarket prices [Letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1259). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1259/2665/content.pdf

Journal - Research Other

Soulie, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., & Collings, S. (2018). Understanding clinicians' positive inclination to patients at risk for suicide: Preliminary findings. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 119). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Soulie, T., Bell, E., Jenkin, G., Sim, D., & Collings, S. (2018). Effect of clinicians' profession and theoretical orientation on levels of endorsement of countertransference to suicidal patients. Proceedings of the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Suicide Prevention (IASP). (pp. 118-119). Retrieved from https://iasp.info/newzealand/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jenkin, G., & Every-Palmer, S. (2017). Designer mental health facilities: What do service users want from the design of the adult inpatient facility? Proceedings of the 7th Service User Academia Symposium. (pp. 9). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/psychologicalmedicine/suas/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jenkin, G., Chrysikou, E., Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2017). Acute psychiatric facilities: Therapeutic spaces or stigmatising places? Proceedings of the European Healthcare Design Conference. (pp. 163). Retrieved from www.europeanhealthcaredesign.eu

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Stanley, J., Jenkin, G., Ni Mhurchu, C., … Gurrin, C. (2016). Kid's Cam: The frequency, duration and nature of children's everyday exposure to food and beverage marketing. Saúde e Sociedade, 25(Suppl. 1), (pp. 151-152). [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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