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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85056

Brendan Stevenson MA, BA, DipDairyTech

Supernumerary Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Broad statistical analysis skills, multivariate/clustered/hierarchical data analysis and interpretation.
Experienced in multi-stage survey design (e.g. sample selection using Statistics New Zealand sampling frame).
Knowledge of psychological models of identity and bi/multi-lingual language development.
Designed, conducted, analysed and reported on experiments involving human participants (circadian rhythms)
Extensive computer background. Experience with programming languages (C++, BASIC, PASCAL, Visual Basic) and database design (ACCESS, Epidata, mySQL).
Designed and managed on-line address database (mySQL) and on-line survey tool (LimeSurvey) for use in Wave 5 of the longitudinal study Best Outcomes for Māori: Te Hoe Nuku Roa.
Advanced knowledge of EXCEL, WORD, PUBLISHER, and the statistical packages SPSS and STATA.

Assisted in the design and analysis of Ngati Raukawa Educations Strategy 2014

Assisted Te Rūnanga o Raukawa in the selection and training of researchers, in addition to statistical support for a housing survey of Ngāti Kauwhata.
Assisted Turanga-Nui-a-Kiwa in statistical and needs analysis matters.
Provided key information to Manukau city council, the Kaiti community, Waiuku Marae.

After completing my MA(psych) in 2000 looking at the link between Maori Cultural Identity and Health. I worked as a Research Officer for the next 15 years initially for a longitudinal study of Māori households (Best Outcomes form Māori: Te Hoe Nuku Roa - THNR) and then a suite of longitudinal studies of older New Zealanders (Health and Ageing Research Team - HART).  In 2015 I began work as a supernumerary lecturer at the same time as a full-time PhD in the school of Public Health. The PhD examines health trajectories for Maori as they age.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 85056
    Location: 6.24A, Social Sciences Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts - Massey University (2000)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Massey University (1998)
  • Diploma of Dairy Technology - Massey University (1993)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Maori Identity, Maori Health, Health in Aged Populations, Transitions from work to retirement, Data Linkage, Analytics, Infometrics, Health Trajectories

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Aged Health Care (111702): Maori Health (111713): Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Keywords

Maori Identity, Statistical Anaysis, Survey Design, Longitudinal Analysis, Health

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1
Team Member 0 5

Completed Projects

Project Title: Developing an Economic Living Standards Index for Elders

Living standards are proving to be an essential marker of economic status and well-being. By 2012 a theoretically based and statistically robust index of living standards for older people will be provided for use in population research (such as the NZ Longitudinal Study of Ageing), by Government research groups (such as the Ministry of Social Development), and for assessment use by community groups (such as Age Concern). This module will be used to assess and track changes in the living standards of older people. Limitations in standards of living constrain health and social participation and effective policy change to improve living standards requires early identification of deterioration. Measuring the living standards of older people effectively will provide a scientific basis for social policy advice to advance the independence and well-being of older people. The instrument developed in this project will equip researchers, policy makers, and community groups to assess gaps and recommend social and economic policies that ensure positive ageing and participation for older New Zealanders.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2012

Funding Body: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology

Project Team:

Project Title: TTW 1 Best Outcomes for Maori: Te Hoe Nuku Roa

The aim of Best Outcomes for Maori: Te Hoe Nuku Roa is to improve outcomes for Maori through the description, analysis and understanding of the social, cultural, economic and whanau wellbeing of Maori households in Aotearoa/NZ. The strength of this study lies in its vision, design and dataset: a vision for the best future for Maori; a longitudinal, geographically stratified, random panel design which allows the analysis of change, the analysis of causal links and the extrapolation of findings to the overall NZ Maori population; a dataset whose existence captures the past 12 years, continues to capture the present, and informs a Maori future. Best Outcomes for Maori: Te Hoe Nuku Roa is the only longitudinal, random household survey of Maori in existence. Over 12 years it has established the methodology, methods and skills to recruit and maintain a cohort which now represents over 700 Maori households and 2000 individual Maori. It has collected data on demographics, lifestyles, economic circumstances, housing, whanau dynamics, household dynamics, cultural diversity and language, educational attainment and aspirations, employment and health status. It has collected data on behaviours and attitudes to: voting, gambling, drinking, smoking, iwi/hapu support, contributions to community, church-going. It has collected data on aspirations: home ownership, education, health, cultural skills, and access to te ao Maori. These data are exciting, in and of themelves, and the achievement of a viable longitudinal study for Maori is a real accomplishment yielded from the RS&T investment in Maori development, yet the next phase of the programme is where the gains will emerge.
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Date Range: 2008 - 2014

Funding Bodies: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; Foundation for Research, Science & Technology

Project Team:

Project Title: The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Work, Social, and Psychological Participation in an Ageing Population: Enhancing Community Participation, Independence and Wellbeing

Date Range: 2007 - 2012

Funding Body: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology

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Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Megan Hempel - PhD
    Developing the health and ageing study as a lifetime longitudinal study

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