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

Deputy Director Suicide and Mental Health Research Group

Contact details

Email gabrielle.jenkin@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

I am a Social Scientist and the Deputy Director of the suicide and mental health research group at University of Otago, Wellington. My training is in public health with expertise in food policy and food politics. Recently I have been engaged in mental health research with a focus on suicide and suicide prevention.

As a social scientist with training in epidemiology and public health, I am have undertaken quantitative and qualitative health research in many areas including: tobacco and smoking, alcohol and drink driving, gambling, food and nutrition policy, food marketing, obesity, the politics of health promotion, mental health, suicide, and the framing of public health issues and debates.

My current research is focused on suicide. Recently I led a process evaluation of the Multi-level Intervention for Suicide Prevention in New Zealand, was PI on University of Otago funded research to study the media discourse on suicide news reporting in NZ, and was Co-PI (with Prof Sunny Collings) on the Suicide Mortality Review Feasibility Study (funded by the Health Quality of Safety Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Health).

Current projects

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

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 Prof 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.

Previous projects

Understanding the mental health of sole parents
Prof 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.

Other completed projects

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

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

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

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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Journal - Research Other

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1478862

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

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

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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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/

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/

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

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/

Smith, M., Signal, L., Barr, M., Stanley, J., Jenkin, G., Chambers, T., Gage, R., … Ni Mhurchu, C. (2016). Automated anthropology: A new method of working with children and exploring their world. Proceedings of the 3rd Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: Children and Childhoods: Agency, Participation and Contribution. (pp. 20-21). Retrieved from https://www.ivvy.com/event/A1ZAMK/

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]

Smith, M., Signal, L., Jenkin, G., & Barr, M. (2016). Prime Minister for a day: Children’s views on action on junk food advertising. Proceedings of the 3rd Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: Children and Childhoods: Agency, Participation and Contribution. (pp. 17-18). Retrieved from https://www.ivvy.com/event/A1ZAMK/

Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Stanley, J., Zhou, J., … Jenkin, G., Lanumata, T., … Pearson, A., Hoek, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2016). Kid's Cam: Cutting edge methodology to study obesogenic environments. Obesity Reviews, 17(Suppl. 2), (pp. 180-181). doi: 10.1111/obr.12403

Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Stanley, J., Jenkin, G., Chambers, T., Gage, R., … Ni Mhurchu, C. (2016). Automated anthropology: A new method of working with children and exploring their world. Saúde e Sociedade, 25(Suppl. 1), (pp. 1658). [Abstract]

Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Stanley, J., Zhou, J., … Jenkin, G., Lanumata, T., Pearson, A., … Hoek, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2016). Saturated with junk: The extent of junk food marketing in children's everyday. Obesity Reviews, 17(Suppl. 2), (pp. 182). doi: 10.1111/obr.12403

Smith, M., Jenkin, G., Signal, L., & McLean, R. (2015). Consuming calories and creating cavities: Beverages NZ children associate with sport. Proceedings of the Agencies for Nutrition Action (ANA) 6th National Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference. (pp. 24). Retrieved from http://www.ana.org.nz/news-and-events/events/anas-6th-national-nutrition-and-physical-activity-conference

Signal, L., Jenkin, G., Smith, M., & Barr, M. (2015). Prime Minister for a day: Children’s views on action on junk food advertising. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting. (pp. 353). Retrieved from http://eventmobi.com/isbnpa2015/documents/103270

Smith, M., Jenkin, G., Signal, L., & McLean, R. (2015). Consuming calories and creating cavities: Beverages NZ children associate with sport. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting. (pp. 349). Retrieved from http://eventmobi.com/isbnpa2015/documents/103270

Smith, M., Signal, L., Edwards, R., Hoek, J., & Jenkin, G. (2014). Do children have a sporting chance? Child and parent perspectives on the sport-related food environment. Proceedings of the Food, Children and Youth Conference: What's Eating? Retrieved from https://foodchildrenandyouth.wordpress.com/programme-3/

Barr, M., Signal, L., Smith, M., Jenkin, G., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2014). Children’s exposure to food and beverage marketing in public places. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 100). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

Jenkin, G., Signal, L., Jackman, E., Dew, H., & Smith, M. (2014). “In your face: food marketing to children on Facebook”. Proceedings of the Food, Children and Youth Conference: What's Eating? Retrieved from https://foodchildrenandyouth.wordpress.com/programme-3/

Barr, M., Signal, L., Jenkin, G., & Smith, M. (2013). Using SenseCam to capture children's exposure to food marketing: A feasibility study [Extended abstract]. Proceedings of the 4th International SenseCam & Pervasive Imaging Conference. (pp. 50-51). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2526667.2526675

Jenkin, G., & Signal, L. (2008). Rules of engagement: Public health and corporate partnerships. Proceedings of the New Zealand Public Health Association (PHA) Conference. (pp. 47). Retrieved from http://www.pha.org.nz/phaconference.html#pastconf

Jenkin, G. L. S. (2002). Social class and the determinants of smoking amongst young people. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115(1166). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Jenkin, G., Signal, L., Jackman, E., Dew, H., & Smith, M. (2014, February). In your face: Food marketing to children on Facebook. Verbal presentation at the Food, Children and Youth: What's Eating? Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.

Jenkin, G. (2014, February). Food marketing and NZ children. Verbal presentation at the Big Food Symposium: Food Policy, Politics & Population Health, Wellington, New Zealand.

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