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Dr Rebecca Gray PhD, MA (Applied)

Senior Research Officer

School of Health Sciences

Rebecca is an applied social researcher with experience in government work and health promotion research and evaluation. She recently completed a mixed-methods PhD in public health at the University of Otago, looking at the concept of informed choice as it applies to young adults taking up smoking. Rebecca is currently working on the evaluation of the Healthy Families NZ initiative. 

Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Otago (2016)
  • Applied Master of Arts in Social Science Research - Victoria University of Wellington (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Otago (2003)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Public health, health promotion, disease prevention, health communication and messaging, social science, community interventions, social determinants of health, equity, complex systems, health literacy, cultural models of health and wellbeing, political discourse about health and responsibility, migration and settlement, evaluation of health-promoting initiatives.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100): Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801):
Health Promotion (111712): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Preventive Medicine (111716): Public Health and Health Services (111700): Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799):
Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104): Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Outputs

Journal

Matheson, AG., Walton, M., Gray, R., Lindberg, K., Shanthakumar, M., Fyfe, C., . . . Borman, B. (2017). Evaluating a community-based public health intervention using a complex systems approach. Journal of public health. In press
[Journal article]Authored by: Gray, R., Matheson, A., Shanthakumar, M., Walton, M.
Hoek, JA., Ball, J., Gray, RJ., & Tautolo, E-S. (2016). Smoking as an ‘informed choice’: implications for endgame strategies. Tobacco Control.
[Journal article]Authored by: Gray, R.Contributed to by: Gray, R.
Gifford, H., Tautolo, E-S., Erick, S., Hoek, JA., Gray, RJ., & Edwards, R. (2016). A qualitative analysis of Māori and Pacific smokers' views on informed choice and smoking. BMJ Open. 25(1), 46-51 Retrieved from http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/
[Journal article]Authored by: Gray, R.Contributed to by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., Hoek, JA., & Edwards, R. (2016). A qualitative analysis of 'informed choice' among young adult smokers. Tobacco Control. 25(1), 46-51
[Journal article]Authored by: Gray, R.
Tu, D., Gray, RJ., & Walton, DK. (2014). Household experience of gambling-related harm by socio-economic deprivation in New Zealand: Increases in inequality between 2008 and 2012. International Gambling Studies. 14(2), 330-334 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Gray, R.Contributed to by: Gray, R.
Walker, SE., Abbott, MW., & Gray, RJ. (2012). Knowledge, views and experiences of gambling and gambling-related harms in different ethnic and socio-economic groups in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 36(2), 153-159
[Journal article]Authored by: Gray, R.

Book

Gray, RJ.(2008). The First Door that Opened: Experiences of Migrants in Wellington’s Volunteer Sector. Wellington: Steele Roberts
[Authored Book]Authored by: Gray, R.

Thesis

Gray, RJ. (2016). Do young adults make informed choices about smoking?. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Gray, R.

Report

Matheson, AG., walton, ., & Gray, R.(2017). Interim Evaluation Report, Evaluation of Healthy Families NZ.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Gray, R., Matheson, A., Walton, M.

Conference

Rajiv, B., & Gray, RJ.Sun Protection Alert-a simple tool for a complex issue. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gray, R.Contributed to by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., Hoek, J., Edwards, R., Thomson, G., Gifford, H., & Erick, S.Exploring an oxymoron: Do young adults make an "informed choice" about smoking?. . Seattle
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ.“But It’s Not Me on the Packet”: Making Risk Communication Relevant for Young Adult Smokers. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ.Exploring an Oxymoron “Informed Adult Choice” at the Time of Smoking Uptake. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ.Talking about choices: discourse and the question of smokers’ “informed choice”. . Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ.Tanning, sun protection and skin cancer knowledge among 13-17 years olds: Preparing for a youth-targeted sun safety intervention. . Lincoln
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., & Beckman, W.Communicating UVR information to the public.. . Queenstown
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ.Shaping and evaluating a problem gambling public health campaign: the research behind Kiwi Lives. . Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Gray, R.

Other

Holland, K., Tu, D., Gray, R., Hudson, S., & Li, J. (2017). New Zealanders’ Knowledge, views and experience of gambling and gambling harm: Results from the 2014 Health and Lifestyles Survey. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.Contributed to by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2016). Cutting back on drinking: 2014/15 ABAS. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., & Cook, S. (2016). Experiences with drinking culture in New Zealand: 2014/15 ABAS. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., Nelson, S., & Gordon, C. (2016). People’s estimates of risky drinking behaviour in New Zealand: 2014/15 ABAS. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., & Cook, S. (2016). Perceptions of drinking culture in New Zealand: 2014/15 ABAS. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Nelson, S., Holland, K., & Gray, R. (2016). Attitudes towards alcohol use among 15 to 17-year-olds: 2014/15 ABAS: In Fact.
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Nelson, S., Gray, R., & Gordon, C. (2016). Profiling non-drinkers [In Fact, Volume 4, Issue 23]..
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2015). Cutting back on drinking. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., Gordon, C., & Newcombe, R. (2015). Experiences with alcohol consumption culture and environments. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., Gordon, C., & Newcombe, R. (2015). Perceptions of drinking culture in New Zealand. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., Newcombe, R., & Gordon, C. (2015). Profiling non-drinkers. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ., Gordon, C., & Holland, K. (2015). Last drinking occasion: Types of alcohol consumed by adults. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Health Promotion Agency, ., Gray, R., Peck, R., & Tu, D. (2014). Sun Exposure Survey 2013 Youth Report. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.Contributed to by: Gray, R.
Puthipiroj, P., & Gray, R. (2014). Attitude towards drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.Contributed to by: Gray, R.
Armstrong, L., Gray, R., Tu, D., & Walton, D. (2013). Sun Exposure Survey 2013: Topline Time Series Report. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.Contributed to by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). Never Let Your Child Get Sunburnt: Did the messages get through?. Health Sponsorship Council
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). Young People and Gambling. Health Sponsorship Council
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). Views about Raising Money for Communities from Gambling. Health Sponsorship Council
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). Local decisions about gaming machines.
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). Does concern about vitamin D affect people’s sun protection behaviour?. Health Sponsorship Council
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). Advertising and Promotion of Gambling. Health Sponsorship Council
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). Addressing Gambling Harm. Health Sponsorship Council
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). Sunbed users in New Zealand. Health Sponsorship Council
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.
Gray, RJ. (2011). New Zealanders’ Participation in Gambling: Results from the 2010 Health and Lifestyles Survey. Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit
[Other]Authored by: Gray, R.

Media and Links

Media

  • 15 Sep 2014 - Online
    Study highlights flaw in tobacco industry’s...
    Press release, nased on published journal article and picked up by several print and radio media outlets in New Zelaand. Full title is "Study highlights flaw in tobacco industry’s “informed adult choi
  • 15 Sep 2014 - Radio
    Young adults underestimate smoking risks

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