Dr Jemaima Sipaea Tiatia-Seath

PhD, DPH, MA (Hons), BA

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HOS - Te Wananga o Waipapa

Biography

Jemaima Tiatia-Seath is currently Co-Head of School and Head of Pacific Studies (Acting), Te Wānanga o Waipapa, School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies, University of Auckland. She is of Samoan descent and has a community/public health background. She is one of six panelists on the government's Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry. Her research interests include: mental health, Pacific suicide prevention and postvention, youth development, Pacific health and wellbeing and inequities and inequalities in health.

Research | Current

  • Principal investigator - Pacific Health Research Knowledge Translation project, Health Research Council of NZ (HRC) funded - 'Heilala Malu – Tongan Framework for Suicide Prevention Resource’ (2017).
  • Principal investigator for Te Ra o Te Waka Hourua funded - 'Pacific Suicide Postvention Guidelines' with Hibiscus Research Ltd (2017).
  • Principal investigator for Te Ra o Te Waka Hourua funded - 'Suicide Postvention: Support for Pacific Communities' with Hibiscus Research Ltd (2016) http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32391
  • Co-investigator - The University of Auckland Adolescent Health Research Group https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/en/faculty/adolescent-health-research-group.html
  • Principal investigator - HRC and Ministry of Health Pacific Partnership Programme funded project - ‘Suicide Prevention for Tongan Youth in New Zealand' (2015).
  • Postdoctoral Pacific Health Research Fellowship HRC funded - 'Suicide and Samoans: The Journey Towards Prevention’ (2014).
  • HRC Pacific Health PhD Research Award - ‘Reasons to Live: NZ-born Samoan Young People's Responses to Suicidal Behaviours’ (2003).
  • Principal investigator - HRC Project Grant - ‘Pacific Youth Emergency Department Suicide Study’ (2000).  

Teaching | Current

PACIFIC 100 Introduction to Pacific Studies, Semester 1, 2018

PACIFIC 206/306 - Pacific Youth: Contemporary Realities in the Pacific Region, Semester 1, 2018

PACIFIC 702 - Topics in Pacific Research, Semester 1, 2018

PACIFIC 105 - The Contemporary Pacific, Semester 2, 2018

 

Postgraduate supervision

PhD in progress

2017: Caleb Marsters - Run it straight! - Pasifika men, mental wellbeing and elite sports, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland

2016: Therese Kiely - Pacific young women’s images of God and mental wellbeing (with Caroline Blyth). Theology,  University of Auckland

2015: Eliza Puna - Cook Islands youth: Positive mental health wellbeing and suicide prevention. Pacific Studies, University of Auckland

 

Masters in progress

2016: Joanna Minster -  Cultural resilience and mental wellbeing among multi-ethnic Cook Islands young adults. Master of Public Health, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

 

Masters completed

2018: Sonia Pope - Exploring the intergenerational views of wellbeing among Tongan women (with Tanya Samu). Master of Arts, Education, University of Auckland

2018: Rose Palmer -  Factors that foster positive mental health status in unpaid at-home caregivers for the elderly in New Zealand (with Ngaire Kerse). Dissertation for Master of Public Health, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

2018: Sili Pita - Navigating the historical context of incest in Samoa: 1900’s–2000s (with Damon Salesa). Master of Arts, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland

2017: Caleb Marsters - Young Pacific male athletes and positive mental health wellbeing. Master of Public Health, Pacific Health, University of Auckland

2016: Tony Patolo - Exploring young Pacific tertiary students’ views and experiences of bullying. Master of Arts, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland

2016: Desiree Chan Chui - Violence against women in Samoa: 1970s-1990s (with Damon Salesa). Master of Arts, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland

2015: Cecelia Faumuina Khaka - Malanga: The voice of positive dissonance. Master of Philosophy - Art and Design, AUT (with Dr Webley Ings and David Sinfield)

2013: Eliza Puna - New Zealand born Cook Islands youth views towards positive mental wellbeing and suicide prevention. Master of Public Health, University of Auckland

2013: Drollet Joseph - Culturally competent approaches in reducing obesity for Cook Islands people in New Zealand. Dissertation for Master of Arts, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland

Areas of expertise

  • Pacific suicide prevention, postvention and research 
  • Pacific health and wellbeing 
  • Youth development 
  • Pacific studies
  • Mental health 
  • Pacific cultural competencies
  • Injury prevention

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2018: Ministerial Appointment to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

2017-current: Member of the New Zealand Rugby League NZ Wellbeing Committee

2014-2017: Appointed to the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s New Zealand Suicide Mortality Review Committee

2016-current: Appointed to Unitec’s Standing Committee, Fono Faufautua Council 

2016-current: Committee member of the Health Promotion Agency's National Depression Initiative Advisory Group 

2014-current: Committee member of the Mental Health Foundation's Suicide Bereavement Advisory 

2014-current: Member of Ara Taiohi: For People Working with Young People

2014-current: Member of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

2012-2014: Member of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry

2005-current: Member of PACIFICA (Pacific Allied Women’s Council Inspires Faith and Ideals Concerning All) Auckland Central Branch

 

Reviewer for:

Pacific Health Dialog

Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri - Pimatisiwin

New Zealand Medical Journal

Kotuitui: NZ Journal of Social Sciences 

Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology

Pacific Health Review

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Journal of Primary Health Care

Religions

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tiatia-Seath, J. (2018). Damon Salesa, Island time: New Zealand’s Pacific futures [Book review]. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples10.1177/1177180118767434
  • Thabrew, H., Gandeza, E., Bahr, G., Bettany, D., Bampton, C., Cooney, E., ... Tiatia-Seath, J. (2018). The management of young people who self-harm by New Zealand Infant, child and adolescent mental health services: cutting-edge or cutting corners?. Australasian Psychiatry10.1177/1039856217748248
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hiran Thabrew
  • Tiatia-Seath, J. (2018). The importance of Pacific cultural competency in healthcare. Pacific Health Dialog, 21 (1), 8-9. 10.26635/phd.2018.909
  • Tiatia-Seath, J., Lay-Yee, R., & Von Randow, M. (2017). Morbidity from intentional self-harm among Pacific peoples in New Zealand 1996–2015. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1467), 23-31.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin von Randow, Roy Lay-Yee
  • Tucker-Masters, L., & Tiatia-Seath, J. (2017). Reviewing the literature on anxiety and depression in Pacific youth: A fresh perspective. New Zealand Medical Student Journal (25), 24-28. Related URL.
  • Tiatia-Seath, J., Lay-Yee, R., & von Randow, M. (2017). Supporting the bereavement needs of Pacific communities in Aotearoa New Zealand following a suicide. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri-Pimatisiwin, 2 (2), 129-141.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roy Lay-Yee, Martin von Randow
  • Puna, E. P., & Tiatia-Seath, J. (2017). Defining positive mental wellbeing for New Zealand-born Cook Islands youth. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, 2 (1), 97-107. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Eliza Puna
  • Tiatia-Seath, J., Lay-Yee, R., & Von Randow, M. (2017). Suicide Mortality among Pacific peoples in New Zealand, 1996–2013. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1454), 21-29. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34320
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin von Randow, Roy Lay-Yee

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FALE - OFFICE BUILDING - Bldg 273
Level 1, Room 103B
20 WYNYARD ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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