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Dr Andy Towers

Senior Lecturer

School of Public Health

Dr Andy Towers teaches and researchers in the areas of older adults healthy ageing and alcohol consumption. His particular research interests focus on the prevalence and predictors of hazardous alcohol consumption in community-dwelling older adults, alcohol screening for older adults in primary health care settings, and older adult mobility and qualty of life.

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64-6-3569099 extn. 83504
    Location: 7.08, Social Sciences Towers
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • PhD - Massey University (2010)
  • Master of Arts - Massey University (2001)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Massey University (2000)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Alcohol use and abuse in older adults

Health trends & determinants across older adulthood

Patterns and determinants of exercise uptake

Emotions across the lifespan

Research Opportunities

  • Older adult alcohol consumption & health  (On going) The 'Health and Ageing Research Team' (HART) at Massey University are an award winning research group who have 5 waves of data on the health and wellbeing of ageing New Zealanders. We are very keen to explore and model (1) the predictors of heavy alcohol consumption across waves,, (2) the predictors of change in alcohol consumption in New Zealanders as they age, (3) the degree of alcohol consumption in the presence of comorbid health conditions and medication use, and (4) patterns of healthcare utilisation related to different drinking patterns.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Aged Health Care (111702):
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Preventive Medicine (111716): Primary Health Care (111717):
Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Public Health and Health Services (111700):
Social and Community Psychology (170113)

Keywords

Older adults alcohol use

Hazardous drinking

Older adults health & quality of life

Research methods

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

PositionCurrentCompleted
Project Leader25
Team Member01

Completed Projects

Project Title: Quantifying the rates, health outcomes and factors underpining hazardous drinking in older New Zealanders

Older adults are at serious risk of morbidity and mortality due to alcohol use, but they are also one of the least researched and least understood populations of drinkers worldwide. Using a new measure of older adult hazardous drinking developed by researchers at UCLA - the Alcohol-Related Problems Survey (ARPS) - Dr Towers will explore hazardous drinking in older New Zealanders and the factors underpinning drinking risk in this population. Over 800 people in the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing completed the ARPS in 2012. In collaboration with colleagues from the School of Medicine (UCLA), the Centre for Addiction Research (University of Auckland), and the School of Psychology (Massey University), Dr Towers will use this data in conjunction with linked historical data from the on-going longitudinal study of ageing to assess the (1) rate of older adults drinking despite the presence of chronic ill health and medication use, (2) degree to which the ARPS identifies hazardous older drinkers that traditional alcohol screens miss, and (3) the key social, economic and demographic factors leading to hazardous drinking in older New Zealanders.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Towers, A., Williams, MN., Hill, SR., Philipp, MC., & Flett, R. (2016). What makes for the most intense regrets? Comparing the effects of several theoretical predictors of regret intensity. Frontiers in Psychology. 7(DEC)
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Hill, S., Philipp, M., Towers, A., Williams, M.
Towers, A., Philipp, M., Dulin, P., & Allen, J. (2016). The "Health Benefits" of Moderate Drinking in Older Adults may be Better Explained by Socioeconomic Status.. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci.
[Journal article]Authored by: Allen, J., Towers, A.
Clausen, T., Martinez, P., Towers, A., Greenfield, T., & Kowal, P. (2015). Alcohol Consumption at Any Level Increases Risk of Injury Caused by Others: Data from the Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health.. Subst Abuse. 9(Suppl 2), 125-132
[Journal article]Authored by: Towers, A.
Tan, G., Newcombe, D., Towers, A., & Sheridan, J. (2015). COCKTAIL TIME? DRUG INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PRESCRIBED PHARMACEUTICAL MEDICINES AND ALCOHOL IN AN OLDER ADULT POPULATION. DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW. 34, 62-62
[Journal article]Authored by: Towers, A.
LaGrow, S., Towers, AJ., Kim, D., & Haneline, R. (2015). The applicability of the difficulty with mobility questionnaire (DMQ) as an outcome measure for guide dog instruction. International Journal of Orientation & Mobility. 7(1) Retrieved from http://www.ijorientationandmobility.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Towers, A.
LaGrow, S., Towers, AJ., Yeung, P., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2015). The Relationship between Loneliness and Perceived Quality of Life among Older Persons with Visual Impairment. Journal of Vision Impairment & Blindness. Retrieved from http://www.afb.org/info/publications/jvib/12
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Woods, M., Rodgers, V., Towers, A., & La Grow, S. (2015). Researching moral distress among New Zealand nurses: A national survey. Nursing Ethics. 22(1), 117-130
[Journal article]Authored by: Rodgers, V., Towers, A.
Towers, A., Yeung, P., Stevenson, B., Stephens, C., & Alpass, F. (2015). Quality of life in indigenous and non-indigenous older adults: assessing the CASP-12 factor structure and identifying a brief CASP-3. Quality of Life Research. 24(1), 193-203
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
LaGrow, S., Ebrahim, B., & Towers, AJ. (2014). Development of the difficulty with mobility questionnaire: A pilot study. International Journal of Orientation & Mobility. 6(1) Retrieved from http://www.ijorientationandmobility.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Towers, A.
Keeling, S., Byles, JE., & Towers, A. (2014). Trans-Tasman ageing: comparisons and collaborations. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. 38(5), 409-410
[Journal article]Authored by: Towers, A.
Kowal, P., Towers, A., & Byles, J. (2014). Ageing across the Tasman Sea: The demographics and health of older adults in Australia and New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 38(4), 377-383
[Journal article]Authored by: Towers, A.
Yeung, P., Towers, A., La Grow, S., Philipp, M., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2015). Mobility, satisfaction with functional capacity and perceived quality of life (PQOL) in older persons with self-reported visual impairment: The pathway between ability to get around and PQOL. Disability and Rehabilitation. 37(2), 113-120
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Philipp, M., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Alpass, F., Pond, R., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Keeling, S., & Towers, A. (2013). The influence of ethnicity and gender on caregiver health in older New Zealanders. Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 68(5), 783-793
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
La Grow, S., Yeung, P., Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2013). The impact of mobility on quality of life among older persons. Journal of Aging and Health. 25(5), 723-736
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Yeung, P., & Towers, A. (2014). An exploratory study examining the relationships between the personal, environmental and activity participation variables and quality of life among young adults with disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation. 36(1), 63-73
[Journal article]Authored by: Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Yeung, P., LaGrow, S., Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2011). The centrality of O&M in rehabilitation programs designed to enhance quality of life: A structural equation modelliing. International Journal of Orientation and Mobility. 4(1), 10 Retrieved from http://www.ijorientationandmobility.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Towers, A., Noone, J., & Stevenson, B. (2011). The effects of socioeconomic inequalities of working life on health: Implications for an ageing population. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. 6(1-2), 73-85 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1177083X.2011.614264
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Towers, A., & Stevenson, B. (2011). The effects of types of social networks, perceived social support, and loneliness on the health of older people: Accounting for the social context. Journal of Aging and Health. 23(6), 887-911
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
la Grow, S., Yeung, P., Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2011). Determinants of the overall quality of life of older persons who have difficulty seeing: The importance of the ability to get around. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 105(10), 720-730
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Towers, A., Stephens, C., Dulin, P., Kostick, M., Noone, J., & Alpass, F. (2011). Estimating older hazardous and binge drinking prevalence using AUDIT-C and AUDIT-3 thresholds specific to older adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 117(2-3), 211-218
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
La Grow, S., Alpass, F., Stephens, C., & Towers, A. (2011). Factors affecting perceived quality of life of older persons with self-reported visual disability. Quality of Life Research. 20(3), 407-413
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Taylor, JE., Alpass, F., Stephens, C., & Towers, A. (2011). Driving anxiety and fear in young older adults in New Zealand. Age and Ageing. 40(1), 62-66
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Taylor, J., Towers, A.
Stephens, C., Alpass, F., & Towers, A. (2010). Economic hardship among older people in new zealand: The effects of low living standards on social support, loneliness, and mental health. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 39(2), 49-55
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Baars, M., Towers, A., & Stevenson, B. (2010). SF-36v2 norms for New Zealanders aged 55-69 years. New Zealand Medical Journal. 123(1327), 47-57
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Towers, A. (2009). The psychology of ageing in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Introducing the health and ageing research team at Massey University. Psychology Aotearoa. 1(1), 23-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Towers, A.
Alpass, E., Stephens, C., Noone, J., & Towers, A. (2008). HEALTH DIFFERENCES AMONG RETIREES AND WORKERS: FINDINGS FROM THE NEW ZEALAND HEALTH, WORK AND RETIREMENT STUDY. GERONTOLOGIST. 48, 459-460
[Journal article]Authored by: Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, F., Towers, AJ., Stephens, C., Fitzgerald, E., Stevenson, B., & Davey, J. (2007). Independence, wellbeing and social participation in an ageing population. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1114, 241-250
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Girling-Butcher, R., Towers, A., Flett, R., & Seebeck, R. (2006). Influences on the Stages and Processes of Exercise Adoption in Women. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling. 12(2), 110-123
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Flett, RA., & Seebeck, RF. (2005). Assessing potential barriers to exercise adoption in middle-aged men: Over-stressed, under-controlled, or just too unwell?. International Journal of Men's Health. 4(1), 13-27
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Towers, A.
Kingi, D., Towers, A., Seebeck, R., & Flett, R. (2005). Pacific women's decisions about exercise adoption: Utilising the stage-of-exercise-adoption model. New Zealand Medical Journal. 118(1216)
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Towers, A.

Book

Towers, AJ., stevenson, B., Breheny, M., & Allen, J. (2016). Health, work and retirement longitudinal study. In N. Pachana (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. (pp. 1025 - 1033). Singapore: Springer Singapore
[Chapter]Authored by: Allen, J., Breheny, M., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.

Thesis

Towers, A. (2009). Consolidating mistakes of the heart and mind: Toward a dual process theory of regret. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Towers, A.

Report

Towers, AJ.(2007). Health, work, and retirement survey: summary report for the 2006 data wave: methodology.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Towers, A.

Conference

Sheridan, J., Towers, A., Minicuci, N., Kowal, P., & Newcombe, D.HOW MUCH IS HOW MUCH? MEASUREMENT OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN LONGITUDINAL STUDIES OF AGEING. DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW. (pp. 67 - 68). 0959-5236.
[Conference]Authored by: Towers, A.
Wilkinson, JA., Carryer, JB., & Towers, A.(2016, September). Identifying advanced practice nursing in New Zealand: A national survey. .
[Conference]Authored by: Carryer, J., Towers, A., Wilkinson, J.Contributed to by: Wilkinson, J.
Allen, J., Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C.(2016, August). Considerations of response bias and value in linking an existing longitudinal cohort study with national health record data. International Journal of Population Data Science. 1 (1)(pp. 195 - 195). Retreived from https://www.ipdlnconference2016.org/Programme/Abstract/198
[Conference]Authored by: Allen, J., Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Yeung, PHY., La Grow, S., Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C.(2014, March). The impact of loneliness on older adults with difficulty seeing. .
[Conference]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
La Grow, S., Yeung, PHY., Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C.(2014, March). Ability to get around and quality of life in older persons who have difficulty seeing: Pathways of influence.. .
[Conference]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Williams, M., Towers, ., Philipp, MC., & Hill, S. (2014). Predictably regretful: A comparison of the effects of time, domain, justification, and life rule contradiction on the intensity of regrets.. In New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference: Ka tū, ka oho - Te matai hinengaro me te ao hou: Psychology in a Changing World: Programme(pp. 51 - 51). , New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference: Ka tū, ka oho - Te matai hinengaro me te ao hou: Psychology in a Changing World New Zealand: The New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Hill, S., Philipp, M., Towers, A., Williams, M.
LaGrow, S., Yeung, P., Towers, A., Alpass, FM., & Stephens, C. (2014). Ability to get around and quality of life in older persons who have difficulty seeing: Pathways of influence.. , Vision 2014, the 11th International Conference on Low Vision
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Yeung, P., LaGrow, S., Towers, A., Alpass, FM., & Stephens, C. (2014). The impact of loneliness on older adults with difficulty seeing.. , Vision 2014, the 11th International Conference on Low Vision
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Towers, AJ., LaGrow, S., Yeung, P., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2014). The onset of visual disability and its longitudinal impact on the health and quality of life of older adults. Vol. 97 (pp. 282 - 285). , Vision 2014: the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation's 11th International Conference on Low Vision Australia: Wiley Online
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Philipp, MC., & Towers, . (2013). Economic living standard indices mediate the apparent health benefits of alcohol consumption among older adults. Drug and Alcohol Review. Vol. 32 (pp. 58 - 58). : Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2013
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Philipp, M., Towers, A.
Towers, ., Newcombe, D., Sheridan, J., & Philipp, MC. (2013). Exploring the degree of alcohol consumption in the presence of chronic ill health and medication use in older New Zealanders.. Drug and Alcohol Review. Vol. 32 (pp. 68 - 68). : Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2013
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Philipp, M., Towers, A.
Towers, A., Newcombe, D., Sheridan, J., & Philipp, M.EXPLORING THE DEGREE OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN THE PRESENCE OF CHRONIC ILL HEALTH AND MEDICATION USE IN OLDER NEW ZEALANDERS.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M., Towers, A.
Philipp, M., & Towers, A.ECONOMIC LIVING STANDARD INDICES MEDIATE THE APPARENT HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AMONG OLDER ADULTS.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M., Towers, A.
Taylor, J., Stevenson, B., Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., & Connolly, M. (2013). Proceed with caution: What do we know about driving anxiety in older adults?. In 23rd New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists [NZCCP] National Conference: Upping our Game 'Nga Ringa Raupa': Programme and Abstracts(pp. 20 - 20). , 23rd New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists [NZCCP] National Conference: Upping our Game 'Nga Ringa Raupa' New Zealand: New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Taylor, J., Towers, A.
Taylor, JE., Stevenson, BS., Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., Towers, AJ., & Connolly, MJ. (2013, April). Proceed with caution: What do we know about driving anxiety in older adults?. Presented at 23rd New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists [NZCCP] National Conference: Upping our Game 'Nga Ringa Raupa'. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Taylor, J., Towers, A.
LaGrow, S., Yeung, P., Towers, A., Alpass, FM., & Stephens, C. (2012, February). Assessing the role of mobility in a model of rehabilitation with older persons.. Presented at ICM14 International Mobility Conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
LaGrow, S., Yeung, P., Towers, A., Alpass, FM., & Stephens, C. (2012, June). The impact of mobility on perceived quality of persons aged 55 to 72. Presented at Aging, Mobility and Quality of Life (AMQol). Ann, Arbo, Michigan, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Yeung, P., Towers, P., Alpass, FM., Stephens, C., & La Grow, S. (2012, June). The impact of mobility on perceived quality of persons aged 55 to 72. Presented at Aging, Mobility and Quality of Life (AMQoL). University of Michigan, USA..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
LaGrow, S., Yeung, P., Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2012). Assessing the role of mobility in a model of rehabilitation with older persons. In S. LaGrow (Ed.) IMC14: International Mobility Conference 2012: Mobility through the ages, up over & down under: Conference Proceedings on CD. (pp. 120 - 123). New Zealand: : International Mobility Conference 2012: Mobility through the ages, up over & down under
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., Yeung, P.
Towers, A., Stephens, C., Dulin, P., Kostick, M., Noone, J., & Alpass, FM. (2011). Estimating hazardous and binge drinking prevalence using threshold for the alcohol use disorders identification tests specific to older adults.. In Book of Abstracts(pp. 60 - 70). , Ninth Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (GERO2011): GERO2011 Congress Secretariat
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, F., Stephens, C., & Towers, A.HEALTH-BEHAVIOUR CHANGE IN OLDER NEW ZEALANDERS: FINDINGS FROM THE HEALTH, WORK AND RETIREMENT STUDY.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Pond, R., & Towers, A. (2010). GENDER, ETHNICITY AND THE IMPACT OF CAREGIVING ON THE HEALTH OF OLDER NEW ZEALANDERS. In GERONTOLOGIST Vol. 50 (pp. 186 - 186). : OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A., & Noone, J. (2010). WORK QUALITY OF LIFE AND INTENDED RETIREMENT AGE. In GERONTOLOGIST Vol. 50 (pp. 124 - 124). : OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Bhullar, N., Towers, A., Stephens, C., & Alpass, F. (2010). Longitudinal investigation of objective and subjective indicators of socioeconomic status in the elderly. In 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology(pp. 864 - 864). : The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Bhullar, N., Towers, A., Alpass, F., & Stephens, C. (2010). Activity restriction as a mediator of the relationship between ageing-related physical decline and mental health: A report from the New Zealand longitudinal study of aging. In 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology(pp. 721 - 721). : The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
LaGrow, S., Alpass, F., Stephens, C., & Towers, A. (2010, November). Mobility and quality of life among those in late middle age. Presented at Mobilities Symposium: Towards a movement-driven Social Sciences in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Stephens, C., Alpass, FM., Towers, AJ., Stevenson, B., Dulin, PL., Waldegrave, C., . . . King, P. (2009). The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Aging: A population based prospective exploration of health and well being. In AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING Vol. 28 (pp. A78 - A78). : WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Noone, J., & Towers, A. (2009). Social network types and implications for health among ageing New Zealanders. In The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging: 19th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics - Abstract Book(pp. 673 - 673). : Springer
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Noone, J., & Towers, A. (2009, February). Social network types and implications for health among ageing New Zealanders. Presented at Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine 6th Scientific Conference: Behavioural Medicine: Policy, People and Practice. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Noone, J., & Towers, A. (2009, July). Social network types and implications for health among ageing New Zealanders. Presented at 19th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Paris, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., Towers, AJ., & Noone, JH. (2009, July). The health effects of reason for retirement on older New Zealand workers. Presented at 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Paris, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., Towers, AJ., & Noone, JH. (2009). The health effects of reason for retirement on older New Zealand workers. In 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics(pp. 195 - 196). : Springer
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ. (2009, October). Barriers to exercise for indigenous cultures: Results from New Zealand's 'Health, Work & Retirement Longitudinal Study'. Presented at 2009 SNU-UT-APRU Joint Conference on Aging: "Challenges and Opportunities of Aging Asia: Toward the New Social System and Culture for Aging Society". Seoul, South Korea.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Alpass, FM., & Stephens, CV. (2009, October). Introducing the New Zealand longitudinal study of ageing. Presented at Korea Labor Institute. Seoul, South Korea.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Hill, SR., & Flett, RA. (2009, August). What the hell was I thinking? Understanding the precursors to real-life regret.. Presented at The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009. Conflict ... Process ... Resolution. Papa ... Mahi ... Ratanga.. Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Flett, R., Hill, S., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Flett, RA., Hill, SR., & Alpass, FM. (2008). The changing nature of life regrets. Poster session presented at the meeting of 7th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing "Shaping Research Landscapes". Fremantle, WA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Alpass, F., Flett, R., Hill, S., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., & Noone, JH. (2008, November). The health of older caregivers: Findings from the New Zealand health work and retirement study. Presented at Australian Association of Gerontology 41st National Conference: Ageing Landscapes. Fremantle, WA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Stephens, CV., Alpass, FM., Noone, JH., Towers, AJ., Stevenson, BS., & Fitzgerald, ED. (2008, January). Ageing, health, and social structure: Findings from the first wave of a longitudinal study of ageing in New Zealand. Presented at Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine 5th Scientific Conference - Behavioural Medicine: Making a Difference to Health. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Walsh, J., Towers, AJ., Alpass, FM., & Stephens, CV. (2007, November). The impact of caregiving on the mental and physical health of older New Zealanders. Presented at New Zealand Association of Gerontology 2007 Conference - Ageing: The Everyday Experience. University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., Davey, J., Fitzgerald, ED., Stevenson, BS., Pennington, H., . . . Towers, AJ. (2007, April). Factors influencing workforce participation for 65-70 year-olds in New Zealand. Presented at Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) 22nd Annual Conference. New York, NY.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., Towers, AJ., Stevenson, BS., Fitzgerald, ED., & Davey, J. (2007, November). Older workers and their expectations about retirement adjustment. Presented at New Zealand Association of Gerontology 2007 Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Walsh, J., Towers, AJ., Alpass, FM., & Stephens, C. (2007). The impact of caregiving on the mental and physical health of older New Zealanders. In Conference Handbook(pp. 68). , New Zealand Association of Gerontology 2007 Conference Hamilton, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Gerontology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Towers, A.
Stephens, CV., Alpass, FM., Towers, AJ., Stevenson, BS., Fitzgerald, ED., & Davey, J. (2007, November). Social networks and health among the young-old. Presented at New Zealand Association of Gerontology 2007 Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Alpass, F., Towers, A., Stephens, C., Fitzgerald, E., Stevenson, B., & Davey, J. (2007). Independence, well-being, and social participation in an aging population. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1114 (pp. 241 - 250).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Stephens, CV., Alpass, FM., Davey, J., Fitzgerald, ED., Stevenson, BS., . . . Pennington, H. (2006). Maximising response rates in postal surveys: Lessons from the health, work and retirement study. In Ageing in New Zealand: Reporting Research Progress Conference(pp. 48). : New Zealand Association of Gerontology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., Davey, J., Fitzgerald, ED., Stevenson, BS., Pennington, H., . . . Towers, AJ. (2006). The health, work and retirement study: Preliminary findings. In Ageing in New Zealand: Reporting Research Progress Conference(pp. 39). : New Zealand Association of Gerontology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Stephens, CV., Alpass, FM., Davey, J., Fitzgerald, ED., Stevenson, BS., . . . Pennington, H. (2006). Maximising response rates in postal surveys: Lessons from the health, work and retirement study. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ageing in New Zealand: Reporting Research Progress Conference. Wellington, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., Pennington, HR., Towers, AJ., Davey, J., & Fitzgerald, ED. (2006). Independence, wellbeing and social participation in an ageing population. In 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity(pp. 100). : International Research Centre for Healthy Ageing and Longevity
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., Pennington, HR., & Towers, AJ. (2005). Correlates of anticipated retirement adjustment in midlife workers. Poster session presented at the meeting of 6th Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference. Gold Coast, QLD
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Flett, RA., & Seebeck, RF. (2005). Why so unfit?: Assessing potential barriers to exercise adoption in middle-aged men. Poster session presented at the meeting of Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine. Melbourne, VIC
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Flett, R., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Flett, RA., & Hill, SR. (2005). The decision appraisal model of regret. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Judgment and Decision Making Annual Conference. Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Flett, R., Hill, S., Towers, A.
Towers, A., & Flett, R. (2004). A recipe for academic paralysis: Predicting student procrastination. In AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 56 (pp. 95 - 95). : AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Flett, R., Towers, A.

Other

Gorman, E., Scobie, G., & Towers, AJ. (2012). Health and retirement of older New Zealanders.. In Wellington; New Zealand: The Treasury
[Working Paper]Authored by: Towers, A.
Towers, AJ. (2011, June). New Zealand’s ‘silent epidemic’: Hazardous drinking in older adults and its association with health and health service use.. In Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit at the University of Sydney.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Towers, A.
Towers, AJ. (2011, June). Beware of the booze-fuelled silver tsunami: Assessing hazardous drinking rates across the older adult spectrum and their impact on health and health services use.. In Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing at the University of Newcastle.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Towers, A.
Towers, AJ., Stephens, CV., & Alpass, FM. (2008, August). Barriers to exercise in an ageing population. In NZAG Palmerston North Group. Presented at Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Towers, AJ. (2008). Regrets, we've had a few.. (pp. 19 - 21).
[Other]Authored by: Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., & Towers, AJ. (2007, October). Health, work, and retirement study: An overview of the Wave One findings. In Age Concern Manawatu Forum. Presented at Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., Stephens, CV., & Towers, AJ. (2006, October). An overview of the HWR study. In Older Peoples Policy team, Ministry of Social Development. Presented at Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Stephens, C., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., & Towers, AJ. (2006, May). Health, work, and retirement study: Design and methodology. In Survey Research Centre. Presented at University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, MI.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Towers, A.
Alpass, FM., & Towers, AJ. (2006, May). Health, work and retirement study: A study of the health of older adults in the transition from work to retirement. In Health and Retirement Study Research Group. Presented at University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, MI.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alpass, F., Towers, A.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 20 October - 26th October 2012 - Health Promotion Agency
    Reviewer for the HPA's report: “Alcohol and older people: A descriptive analysis of changes in alcohol use in older New Zealanders from 2004 to 2009.”

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

PositionCurrentCompleted
CoSupervisor11

Teaching

147.203 Measurement in Rehabilitation

147.302 Alcohol & Drug Use

147.704 Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation

250.333 Health & Ageing

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Eddie Barnard - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Combined Use of Alcohol and Alcohol-Interactive Medication in Older New Zealanders and The Potential Moderating Role of Depression

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

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