Dr Marjolein Verbiest


Marjolein Verbiest is a health psychologist with an expertise in health promotion and disease prevention, with a particular focus on health behaviour change. She did her PhD research at the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands in which she focused on the implementation of smoking cessation care in general practice.

Marjolein's main research interests lie at the intersection of health behaviour and public health and as such she has now worked for several years as a postdoctoral researcher on multiple research projects in this area both in the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Currently she works at the National Institute for Health Innovation (0.8 fte) where she is involved in four large, world-leading clinical trials focusing on the evaluation of novel smoking cessation strategies for high-risk population groups (e.g. Maori, COPD patients and people with co-existing problems). She is also involved in a project that aims to co-design a culturally-tailored, lifestyle support mHealth programme to decrease the risk of non-communicable disease among Maori and Pasifika in New Zealand.

Within the Centre for Longitudinal Research (0.2fte) Marjolein is currently also involved in New Zealand largest longitudinal birth-cohort study Growing Up in New Zealand and a related cross-sectional project Who Are Today's Dads? In these projects she focuses on the involvement and health and wellbeing of father-figures in the lives of children growing up in contemporary New Zealand.

Main research interests: health behaviour change including smoking cessation, alcohol abuse, nutrition, and physical activity; high-risk populations; health risk communication; implementation research; eHealth and mHealth; co-design; clinical trials.

Research | Current

ASCEND-II trial: Pragmatic clinical trial of e-cigarettes combined with nicotine patches for smoking cessation

RAUORA trial: Non-inferiority clinical trial of cytisine versus Champix for smoking cessation among Māori and whānau of Māori.

SPACE trial: Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of smoking relapse prevention among COPD patients (extended maintenance treatment of Champix versus placebo)

STATUS trial: Pragmatic, three-arm clinical trial of adaptive smoking cessation treatment for smoking cessation among people with mental health and/or drug or alcohol addiction

Ola-Ora study: Co-design of a culturally-tailored, lifestyle support mHealth programme to reduce risk of non communicable diseases among Māori and Pasifika in New Zealand

Growing Up in New Zealand study: New Zealand's largest contemporary longitudinal birth-cohort study

Who Are Today's Dads study: Cross-sectional project involving father-figures of six-year old children in the Growing up in New Zealand cohort

Areas of expertise

Health psychology (i.e. health behaviour change)

Public health (i.e. health promotion / disease prevention)

Tobacco control / smoking cessation

Implementation research

Risk communication

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lai, H. K., Berry, S. D., Verbiest, M. E. A., Tricker, P. J., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Morton, S. M. B., & Grant, C. C. (2017). Emergency department visits of young children and long-term exposure to neighbourhood smoke from household heating - The Growing Up in New Zealand child cohort study. Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987), 231 (Pt 1), 533-540. 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.08.035
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Morton, Cameron Grant, Hakkan Lai
  • Verbiest, M., Brakema, E., van der Kleij, R., Sheals, K., Allistone, G., Williams, S., ... Chavannes, N. (2017). National guidelines for smoking cessation in primary care: a literature review and evidence analysis. npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, 27 (1).10.1038/s41533-016-0004-8
  • Underwood, L., Waldie, K. E., Peterson, E., D'Souza S, Verbiest, M., McDaid, F., & Morton, S. (2017). Paternal Depression Symptoms During Pregnancy and After Childbirth Among Participants in the Growing Up in New Zealand Study. JAMA psychiatry, 74 (4), 1-10. 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.4234
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Underwood, Karen Waldie, Susan Morton, Elizabeth Peterson
  • Underwood, L., Atatoa Carr, P., Berry, S., Grant, C., Kingi, T. K., Pryor, J., ... Morton, S. (6/7/2016). Who are Today's Dads?. Poster presented at 14th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29893
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Underwood, Cameron Grant, Susan Morton
  • van der Kleij, R., Coster, N., Verbiest, M., van Assema, P., Paulussen, T., Reis, R., & Crone, M. (2015). Implementation of intersectoral community approaches targeting childhood obesity: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews, 16 (6), 454-472. 10.1111/obr.12273
  • Verbiest, M. E. A., Chavannes, N. H., Passchier, E., Noordman, J., Scharloo, M., Kaptein, A. A., ... Crone, M. R. (2014). Sequence-analysis of video-recorded practitioner–patient communication about smoking in general practice: Do smokers express negative statements about quitting?. Patient Education and Counseling, 97 (3), 352-360. 10.1016/j.pec.2014.08.006
  • Verbiest, M. E. A., Presseau, J., Chavannes, N. H., Scharloo, M., Kaptein, A. A., Assendelft, W. J. J., & Crone, M. R. (2014). Use of action planning to increase provision of smoking cessation care by general practitioners: role of plan specificity and enactment. Implementation Science, 9 (1).10.1186/s13012-014-0180-2
  • Verbiest, M. E. A., Crone, M. R., Scharloo, M., Chavannes, N. H., van der Meer, V., Kaptein, A. A., & Assendelft, W. J. J. (2014). One-Hour Training for General Practitioners in Reducing the Implementation Gap of Smoking Cessation Care: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16 (1), 1-10. 10.1093/ntr/ntt100


Contact details

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 301
New Zealand

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