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Sarah_McKenzie_profileBSc (Hons), DPH, MPH, PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Suicide and Mental Health Research Group, Department of Psychological Medicine

Contact details

Email sarah.mckenzie@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

Sarah is a social scientist specialising in mental health research, critical suicidology, and qualitative research methods. She has worked on a range of projects in the areas of mental health inequalities and the social determinants of mental health, primary mental health care and suicide prevention/intervention. Marsden logo 226pxHer current work is funded by a Marsden Fast-Start and explores men’s lived experiences of mental distress and suicidality using participatory visual research methods, critical gender theory and mental health geography.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Renan Lopes de Lyra PhD - Suicide exposure among first responders
  • Anna von Tunzelman PhD - Is some binge-drinking a form of deliberate self-harm?

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Publications

Morton, E. K., McKenzie, S. K., Cooper, A., Every-Palmer, S., & Jenkin, G. L. S. (2022). Gender and intersecting vulnerabilities on the mental health unit: Rethinking the dilemma. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, 940130. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.940130

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

McKenzie, S. K., Oliffe, J. L., Black, A., & Collings, S. (2022). Men's experiences of mental illness stigma across the lifespan: A scoping review. American Journal of Men's Health, 16(1). doi: 10.1177/15579883221074789

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

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

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

Morton, E. K., McKenzie, S. K., Cooper, A., Every-Palmer, S., & Jenkin, G. L. S. (2022). Gender and intersecting vulnerabilities on the mental health unit: Rethinking the dilemma. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, 940130. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.940130

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

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

Affleck, W., Oliffe, J. L., McKenzie, S., Ridge, D., Jenkins, E., & Broom, A. (2020). Addressing ethical issues in studying men's traumatic stress. International Journal of Men's Social & Community Health, 3(1), e16-e23. doi: 10.22374/ijmsch.v3i1.27

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

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

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

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

McKenzie, S. K., Imlach Gunasekara, F., Richardson, K., & Carter, K. (2014). Do changes in socioeconomic factors lead to changes in mental health? Findings from three waves of a population based panel study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68, 253-260. doi: 10.1136/jech-2013-203013

Journal - Research Article

van der Deen, F. S., Carter, K. N., McKenzie, S. K., & Blakely, T. (2014). Do changes in social and economic factors lead to changes in drinking behavior in young adults? Findings from three waves of a population based panel study. BMC Public Health, 14, 928. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-928

Journal - Research Article

Blakely, T., McKenzie, S., & Carter, K. (2013). Misclassification of the mediator matters when estimating indirect effects. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 67, 458-466. doi: 10.1136/jech-2012-201813

Journal - Research Article

Imlach Gunasekara, F., Carter, K., & McKenzie, S. (2013). Income-related health inequalities in working age men and women in Australia and New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(3), 211-217. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12061

Journal - Research Article

McKenzie, S. K., & Carter, K. (2013). Does transition into parenthood lead to changes in mental health? Findings from three waves of a population based panel study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 67(4), 339-345. doi: 10.1136/jech-2012-201765

Journal - Research Article

Carter, K. N., Imlach-Gunasekara, F., McKenzie, S. K., & Blakely, T. (2012). Differential loss of participants does not necessarily cause selection bias. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36(3), 218-222. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2012.00867.x

Journal - Research Article

Blakely, T., Ni Mhurchu, C., Jiang, Y., Matoe, L., Funaki-Tahifote, M., Eyles, H. C., Foster, R. H., McKenzie, S., & Rodgers, A. (2011). Do effects of price discounts and nutrition education on food purchases vary by ethnicity, income and education? Results from a randomised, controlled trial. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(10), 902-908. doi: 10.1136/jech.2010.118588

Journal - Research Article

McKenzie, S. K., Carter, K. N., Blakely, T., & Ivory, V. (2011). Effects of childhood socioeconomic position on subjective health and health behaviours in adulthood: How much is mediated by adult socioeconomic position? BMC Public Health, 11, 269. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-269

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

McKenzie, S., & Carter, K. (2010). Measuring Whānau: A review of longitudinal studies in New Zealand. MAI Review, 3. Retrieved from http://www.review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/MR/issue/view/17

Journal - Research Article

La Flamme, A. C., Harvie, M., Kenwright, D., Cameron, K., Rawlence, N., Low, Y. S., & McKenzie, S. K. (2007). Chronic exposure to schistosome eggs reduces serum cholesterol but has no effect on atherosclerotic lesion development. Parasite Immunology, 29, 259-266. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3024.2007.00942.x

Journal - Research Article

McKenzie, S. K., Oliffe, J. L., Black, A., & Collings, S. (2022). Men's experiences of mental illness stigma across the lifespan: A scoping review. American Journal of Men's Health, 16(1). doi: 10.1177/15579883221074789

Journal - Research Other

Jatrana, S., Carter, K., McKenzie, S., & Wilson, N. (2011). Binge drinking is patterned by demographic and socioeconomic position in New Zealand: Largest national survey to date [Letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1345). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1345/4954/content.pdf

Journal - Research Other

McKenzie, S. K., & Carter, K. N. (2009). Are retrospective measures of childhood socioeconomic position in prospective adult health surveys useful? [Roundtable: Lifecourse epidemiology]. Australasian Epidemiologist, 16(3), 22-24.

Journal - Research Other

Gunasekara, F. I., Carter, K., & McKenzie, S. (2011). Differences in health and health inequalities between Australia and New Zealand: A working paper. Proceedings of the Hilda Survey “10th Anniversary” Research Conference. Retrieved from http://melbourneinstitute.com/miaesr/events/conferences/conferences_HILDA_2011.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Blakely, T., Carter, K., & McKenzie, S. (2011). Fallibility in estimating indirect effects: Misclassification of the mediator matters more than collider bias. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(Suppl. 1), (pp. A11). doi: 10.1136/jech.2011.142976a.23

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Carter, K., Gunasekara, F. I., McKenzie, S., & Blakely, T. (2011). Differential loss of participants does not necessarily cause selection bias. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 65(Suppl. 1), (pp. A180). doi: 10.1136/jech.2011.142976f.99

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McKenzie, S. (2009). The association of childhood socioeconomic position and psychological distress: Is it mediated by adult socioeconomic position? Australasian Epidemiologist. 16(2), (pp. 37). [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McKenzie, S. (2017, November). Understanding men's suicide, mental health, and wellbeing. Verbal presentation at the Men's Health Conference: Meeting the Challenges, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

McKenzie, S. (2010, August). Participation action research: Involvement of DHB in research on management of mental health conditions. Verbal presentation at the Rehabilitation & Disability Research Theme Colloquium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Cunningham, R., Kvalsvig, A., Peterson, D., Kuehl, S., Gibb, S., McKenzie, S., Thornley, L., & Every-Palmer, S. (2018). Stocktake report for the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry: A background report prepared for the Inquiry panel. Commissioned by Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry. Wellington, New Zealand: EleMent Research Group, University of Otago. 267p. Retrieved from https://mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz/whats-new/resources/university-of-otago-stocktake-report-for-the-mental-health-and-addiction-inquiry

Commissioned Report for External Body

Carter, K., Filoche, S., & McKenzie, S. (2017). Alcohol and young people: A descriptive analysis of changes in alcohol use in young New Zealanders from 2004 to 2009. Commissioned by Health Promotion Agency. Wellington, New Zealand. 72p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Carter, K., Filoche, S., & McKenzie, S. (2017). Alcohol and young people: A review of New Zealand and other international literature. Commissioned by Health Promotion Agency. Wellington, New Zealand. 82p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Suicide Mortality Review Committee, including Jenkin, G., Atkinson, J., McKenzie, S., Peterson, D., Collings, S., & Mulder, R. (2016). Nga- Ra-hui Hau Kura Suicide Mortality Review Committee Feasibility Study 2014–15. Commissioned by Ministry of Health. Wellington, New Zealand: Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Commissioned Report for External Body

McKenzie, S., Carter, K., & Filoche, S. (2014). Alcohol and older people: A descriptive analysis of changes in alcohol use in older New Zealanders from 2004 to 2009. Commissioned by Health Promotion Agency. Wellington, New Zealand: Health Promotion Agency. 71p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

McKenzie, S., Collings, S., & Dowell, T. (2013). Implementing a Toolkit for primary mental health care development: Case study with Hutt Valley District Health Board. Commissioned by Research Partnerships for New Zealand Health Delivery. Wellington, New Zealand: Social Psychiatry and Population Mental Health Research Unit, University of Otago. 100p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Collings, S., Gandar, P., Dowell, A., Rees, D., McKenzie, S., & Currey, N. (2010). Toolkit for Primary Mental Health Care Development: Effective services for a sustainable future. Commissioned by Health Research Council. Wellington, New Zealand: University of Otago and Synergia Ltd. 247p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Collings, S., McKenzie, S., Dowell, A. C., Currey, N., Gandar, P., & Rees, D. (2010). Toolkit for Primary Mental Health Care Development: Report. Commissioned by Health Research Council. Wellington, New Zealand: University of Otago and Synergia Ltd. 194p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

McKenzie, S. (2017). Understanding men's mental health: Gender relations and mental well-being (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7572

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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