Associate Professor Robyn Shirley Dixon



Associate Professor Robyn Dixon is a register general and obstetric nurse and has a PhD in Educational Psychology. She is the immediate past  Director of the Centre for Child and Family Policy Research ( 12years) and currently a co -director of  the NEw Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse.  Robyn has wide experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in completing both research and evaluation projects. She has extensive experience in working with children, young people, families and their communities in  areas related to Health, Education, Justice and Welfare. In addition she is a member of two World University Network  Health Literacy collaborations and is in leading an international project on health literacy and health professionals and is a co -investigator on a project investigating understandings of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in a variety of communities.

Research | Current

Funded Research Grants

  1. 2014 -2017 Fanslow, J & Dixon R.S.  Family Violence Clearinghouse project - $1,048,806, Families Commission (3 year renewal of contract ).

  2. 2013 - 2014 Widdowson D.A.M., Dixon, R.S & Kushner, S. Stock take of Child Development Services in New Zealand, $120,000. HPA.

  3. 2012 - 2013 Dixon, R.S. Evaluation of the Blue Light Ventures Inc, Youth Life Skills Programme, $75,000, NZ Blue Light Ventures
  4. 2012 -2013  Dixon R.S.  How to best support young people who are concerned about their drinking. $85,000, ALAC (Sub contract to Youth 2000 UOA).
  5. 2011-2012  Fanslow, J & Dixon R.S.  Preliminary evaluation of the Blow the Whistle campaign, $15,000, Ministry of Social Development
  6. 2011 -2013 Dixon R.S. Evaluation of a cross cultural training programme – $92,000, Waitemata District Health Board

Research interests

  • Child and family studies
  • Adolescent health and development
  • Programme evaluation
  • Health Literacy
  • Family Violence

Teaching | Current

Nurs782  Research Methods

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised  over 200 Masters and Honours  students thesis , research portfolios and dissertations and 11 Doctoral students to completion.


I currently supervise  5 Masters and 10 Doctoral students


  • Master's supervision
  • PhD supervison

Areas of expertise

Mixed methods research and evaluation  - research leadership

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • 2004 - Member Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 2005 - 2006 Served on 2 HRC review committees

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Balmer, D., King, A., Moloney, W., Moselen, E., & Dixon, R. (2020). Nursing students and health literacy: The effect of region and programme level. Nursing Education in Practice, 42.10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102688
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Deborah Balmer, Willoughby Moloney
  • Budhathoki, S. S., Pokharel, P. K., Jha, N., Moselen, E., Dixon, R., Bhattachan, M., & Osborne, R. H. (2019). Health literacy of future healthcare professionals: a cross-sectional study among health sciences students in Nepal. International health, 11 (1), 15-23. 10.1093/inthealth/ihy090
  • Mullan, J., Burns, P., Weston, K., Crowther, S., Dixon, R., & Moselen, E. (2018). What do Australian & New Zealand caregivers know about children's ibuprofen? The results of an online survey?. BMC pediatrics, 18 (1)10.1186/s12887-018-1297-2
  • Oyamada, M., Lim, A., Dixon, R., Wall, C., & Bay, J. (2018). Development of understanding of DOHaD concepts in students during undergraduate health professional programs in Japan and New Zealand. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 9 (3), 253-259. 10.1017/s2040174418000338
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Wall, Jacquie Bay, Gigi Lim
  • Gulliver, P., Fanslow, J., Fleming, T., Lucassen, M., & Dixon, R. (2018). Uneven progress in reducing exposure to violence at home for New Zealand adolescents 2001-2012: a nationally representative cross-sectional survey series. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 42 (3), 262-268. 10.1111/1753-6405.12775
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janet Fanslow, Theresa Fleming, Pauline Gulliver, Mathijs Lucassen
  • Doughty, L., McKillop, A., Dixon, R., & Sinnema, C. (2018). Educating new graduate nurses in their first year of practice: The perspective and experiences of the new graduate nurses and the director of nursing. Nurse education in practice, 30, 101-105. 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.03.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lesley Doughty, Claire Sinnema, Ann McKillop
  • Masahito, O., Lim, A., Dixon, R., Wall, C., & Bay, J. (2017). Understanding of DOHaD concepts in Japanese pregnant women studied using a standardised questionnaire for international comparison. Paper presented at 10th World Congress Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: DOHaD Japan Symposium, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 15 October - 18 October 2017. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacquie Bay, Gigi Lim, Clare Wall
  • Mullan, J., Burns, P., Weston, K., McLennan, P., Rich, W., Crowther, S., ... Osborne, R. (2017). Health Literacy amongst Health Professional University Students: A Study Using the Health Literacy Questionnaire. Education Sciences, 7 (2), 54-54. 10.3390/educsci7020054

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 501 - Bldg 501
Level 2, Room 204
New Zealand