Dr Judith Patricia McCool



  • Judith’s research interests include: global health, tobacco control, mass media, social determinants of health.
  • She is a co-investigator for a number of research projects: Progressing tobacco control in Niue; Appraisals of graphic health warnings on cigarettes packs, strategies to reduce smoking uptake and second-hand smoke exposure of N.Z. children; ‘Keeping Kids Smokefree’, a community intervention to reduce smoking among young people; as well as The NZ Youth Tobacco Monitor, a national cross-sectional study of youth smoking.
  • Her previous research has looked into: sun protection interventions for outdoor workers; perceptions of drowning risk on west coast beaches; a cinema intervention to reduce youth smoking; and the Health Behaviours Survey for the Ministry of Health.
  • Judith also reviews articles for academic journals, presents papers at international conferences, supervises post-graduate students and is an examiner for Masters’ and PhD theses.

Masters Research Topic

Perceptions of risk of developing Type Two diabetes among youth in Fiji: preventing the preventable.

  1. A study designed to explore how young people living in Fiji appraise their risk of developing diabetes based on existing knowledge about diabetes, risk factors and perceived personal vulnerability.
  2. Using media to inform and entertain:  the case of Shortland Street on prime time in Fiji.

Honours / Dissertation Research Topics

  1. Public opinions of global health matters – what really counts and why.
  2. Do young people change their perceptions of smokers in media over time?  An analysis of how young people construct their appraisals of pro and anti-smoking imagery in media between ages 12-14 years. 
  3. A systematic review of diabetes prevention initiatives in low-income settings: a global perspective.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine  - Member
  • New Zealand Youth Tobacco Monitor - Member of expert advisory panel, Health Sponsorship Council/Ministry of Health
  • Auckland Tobacco Research Group - Founding member of an interdisciplinary research group established to provide support and collaboration on tobacco -related research topics.
  • Alcohol, Drug Research Collaboration (ADRC) - Member of an interdisciplinary research group set up to collaborate and network on addiction related issues.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tanielu, H., McCool, J., Umali, E., & Whittaker, R. (2017). Samoan smokers talk about smoking and quitting: A focus group study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research10.1093/ntr/ntx152
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elaine Umali
  • Waqa, G., McCool, J., Snowdon, W., & Freeman, B. (2015). Adolescents perceptions of pro- and antitobacco imagery and marketing: Qualitative study of students from Suva, Fiji. Biomed Research International, 2015.10.1155/2015/602635.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26740
  • Wilkinson, B., McCool, J. P., & Bois, G. (2014). Voluntourism: an analysis of the online marketing of a fast-growing industry. International journal of communication and health, 2014 (4), 10-15. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26730
  • Fa'alili-Fidow J, McCool, J., & Percival, T. (2014). Trade and health in Samoa: views from the insiders. BMC public health, 1410.1186/1471-2458-14-309
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Teuila Percival, Jacinta Fa'alili-Fidow
  • McCool, J., Freeman, B., & Tanielu, H. (2014). Perceived social and media influences on tobacco use among Samoan youth. BMC public health, 14.10.1186/1471-2458-14-1100
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25630
  • McCool, J., Hoek, J., Edwards, R., Thomson, G., & Gifford, H. (2013). Crossing the smoking divide for young adults: Expressions of stigma and identity among smokers and nonsmokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15 (2), 552-556. 10.1093/ntr/nts136
  • Gendall, P., Hoek, J., Edwards, R., & McCool, J. (2012). A cross-sectional analysis of how young adults perceive tobacco brands: Implications for FCTC signatories. BMC Public Health, 12 (796).10.1186/1471-2458-12-796
  • McCool, J. P., Webb, L., Cameron, L. D., & Hoek, J. (2012). Graphic warning labels on plain cigarette packs: Will they make a difference to adolescents?. Social Science and Medicine, 74 (8), 1269-1273. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.12.043
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Linda Cameron


Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 353
New Zealand

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