Dr Rosie Dobson

BSc MSc PgDipHlthPsych PhD Auckland


Dr Rosie Dobson is a Registered Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow based at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland and i3 at Waitematā District Health Board. Her clinical work as a Health Psychologist highlighted the inequities in access to psychology services and led her to conduct research investigating how digital tools could make health services more accessible. Her research work focuses on the development and evaluation of digital health tools to provide accessible health care and support to people within their daily lives. She has experience in leading co-design and end-user engagement, study design and set-up, the conduct of randomised controlled trials and mixed methods evaluations, and implementation into practice. She has been involved in the development and trial of digital health tools in a range of areas, including diabetes, maternal and child health, smoking cessation, alcohol brief intervention, lifestyle behaviour change, and pulmonary rehabilitation. She is an invited expert to the WHO’s ‘Be Healthy Be Mobile’ global mHealth initiative for non-communicable diseases.

Research | Current

- The development and trial of individually tailored digital health interventions.

- The use of digital technology to increase the reach of health services to priority populations.

- Exploring patient perceptions on use and access to personal health information.

Postgraduate supervision

Julienne Falatau: Text messaging support for the Tongan community with pre-diabetes in Auckland, New Zealand

Amio Ikihele: Reducing CVD risk: An mHealth healthy living programme for Pacific people living in New Zealand


2019 - Emerging researcher first grant, Health Research Council (New Zealand)

2019 - Post Doctoral Fellowship, Health Reseach Council and Precision Driven Health (New Zealand)

Areas of expertise

Co-design; evaluation; mixed methods research; digital health; mHealth; behaviour change; health psychology; self-management intervention.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • New Zealand Registered Psychologist
  • Member New Zealand Psychological Society
  • Member HiNZ (Health Informatics New Zealand)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Yoshida, Y., Patil, S. J., Brownson, R. C., Boren, S. A., Kim, M., Dobson, R. R., ... Ramachandran, A. (2020). Using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate internal and external validity of mobile phone–based interventions in diabetes self-management education and support. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 27 (6), 946-956. 10.1093/jamia/ocaa041
  • Marsh, S., Dobson, R., & Maddison, R. (2020). The relationship between household chaos and child, parent, and family outcomes: a systematic scoping review. BMC public health, 20 (1)10.1186/s12889-020-08587-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Samantha Marsh
  • Whittaker, R., Dobson, R., Humphrey, G., & Friedman, L. (2020). Barriers and Enablers to Implementation of mHealth Programmes. In S. Sendra, Y. Murata, J. Civit-Masot, A. Rajh (Eds.) The Twelfth International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, 134-138. Valencia, Spain. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gayl Humphrey
  • Faletau, J., Nosa, V., Dobson, R., Heather, M., & McCool, J. (2020). Falling into a deep dark hole: Tongan people’s perceptions of being at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Health Expectations, online first10.1111/hex.13056
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vili Nosa, Judith McCool
  • Kool, B., Dobson, R., Sharpe, S., Humphrey, G., Whittaker, R., & Ameratunga, S. (2020). A Web-Based Alcohol Risk Communication Tool: Development and Pretesting Study. JMIR Formative Research, 4 (1)10.2196/13224
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bridget Kool, Gayl Humphrey, Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Dobson, R., Whittaker, R., Jiang, Y., McNamara, C., Shepherd, M., Maddison, R., ... Murphy, R. (2019). Long‐term follow‐up of a randomized controlled trial of a text‐message diabetes self‐management support programme, SMS4BG. Diabetic Medicine10.1111/dme.14182
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yannan Jiang, Rinki Murphy
  • Whittaker, R., McRobbie, H., Bullen, C., Rodgers, A., Gu, Y., & Dobson, R. R. (2019). Mobile phone text messaging and app‐based interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 1010.1002/14651858.CD006611.pub5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Bullen
  • Ni Mhurchu, C., Te Morenga, L., Tupai-Firestone, R., Grey, J., Jiang, Y., Jull, A., ... Funaki, T. (2019). A co-designed mHealth programme to support healthy lifestyles in Māori and Pasifika peoples in New Zealand (OL@-OR@): a cluster-randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Digital Health, 1 (6), e298-e307. 10.1016/S2589-7500(19)30130-X
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gayl Humphrey, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Yannan Jiang, Andrew Jull


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1069
New Zealand

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