School of Health: Thesis Topics and Supervisors

Staff from the School of Health offer postgraduate supervision covering a range of health related topics.

Research interests: health psychology; health behaviours; lived experiences of illness; media and health; digital technologies, social media and identity; gender; embodiment; alcohol consumption; drinking cultures; innovative methodologies;

Methodological expertise: mixed methods, qualitative and critical approaches.

Research interests: epidemiology, medical informatics, data analytics, health quality and safety, respiratory disease with a focus on asthma, COPD and influenza

Methodological expertise: observational and quasi-experimental study designs, frequentist statistics and machine learning approaches.

Research interests: digital health including the development, testing and implementation of apps; online programs; digital tools for mental health; youth health and wellbeing; LGBTI friendly health services.

Methodological expertise: RCTS, trials, surveys, user centred design and co-design, mixed methods.

Research interests: evaluation of changes to improve the delivery of health services, health and public policy, integrated care, quality improvement, primary health care, realist evaluation methodologies and implementation science.

Methodological expertise: realist research, mixed methods, policy analysis, quality improvement methodologies and evaluation.

Research interests: social complexity, health inequalities and evidence, health and prevention systems, effectiveness of health interventions and social change design and implementation, community and policy relationship, action for health system reorientation and transformation.

Methodological expertise: complexity and systems-informed methods, case-based design, multi-perspective approaches, qualitative and mixed methods, learning and adaptive frameworks.

Research interests: issues of inclusion, marginalisation, and diversity in healthcare and illness experiences; cancer screening, prevention practices, and healthcare experiences of people with cancer; LGBTIQ health and healthcare; online dating and relationships; medical education.

Research interests: the role of diet (particularly dietary carbohydrates) in the treatment and prevention of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the relationship between nutrition, hauora (Māori health) and health equity. Lisa’s primary motivation is to undertake research that is of direct benefit to Māori and thus focuses on the role of nutrition in the development of preventable diseases that inflict a particularly high health burden on the Maori community. Recently she has started examining the role of adequate sleep in the development and prevention of obesity.

Methodological expertise: epidemiological studies; dietary intervention studies, and systematic review and meta-analyses examining the effects of macronutrient composition (including free sugars, dietary fibre, carbohydrates, fats and protein) on physiological endpoints associated with increased risk of preventable diseases including obesity; the metabolic syndrome; diabetes and cardiovascular disease; use of co-design to develop more effective community-based lifestyle interventions.

Research interests: Maternal health, breastfeeding, childbirth, experiences and discourse of health promotion, empowerment, health promoting settings, school health promotion, food practices, health promotion advocacy and social change, positive body image, holistic health and health promotion, social cohesion, connectedness and relationships, community-driven approaches to health.

Methodological expertise: Critical and qualitative methodologies, ethnography, photovoice, participatory approaches.

Research interests: diagnosis, professional power, medicalisation.

Methodological expertise: sociology of diagnosis, medical humanities, literary criticism.

Research interests: patient experience of long term conditions across the spectrum, especially people with multiple conditions; nursing care in acute clinical settings; health of older people; evidence-based practice; evidence-informed practice.

Methodological expertise: qualitative interpretive methodology, interpretive description, qualitative description, thematic analysis, case study.