Dr Jemaima Sipaea Tiatia-Seath
PhD, DPH, MA (Hons), BA
Jemaima Tiatia-Seath is currently Co-Head of School and Head of Pacific Studies (Acting), Te Wānanga o Waipapa, School of Māori Stuides and Pacific Studies, University of Auckland. She is of Samoan descent and has a community/public health background. 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 I, 2018
PACIFIC 702 - Topics in Pacific Research, Semester 1, 2018
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
2017: 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
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
2016: Sili Pita - Navigating the historical context of incest in Samoa: 1900’s–2000s (with Damon Salesa). Master of Arts, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland
2016: Sonia Pope - Exploring the intergenerational views of wellbeing among Tongan women (with Tanya Samu). Master of Arts, Education, 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
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
Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri - Pimatisiwin
New Zealand Medical Journal
Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology
Pacific Health Review
Journal of Primary Health Care
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- 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. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: 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.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin von Randow, Roy Lay-Yee
- Teevale, T., Lee, A. C.-L., Tiatia-Seath, J., Clark, T. C., Denny, S., Bullen, P., ... Peiris-John, R. J. (2016). Risk and Protective Factors for Suicidal Behaviors Among Pacific Youth in New Zealand. Crisis, 37 (5), 335-346. 10.1027/0227-5910/a000396
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Terryann Clark, Arier Lee, Simon Denny, Theresa Fleming, Roshini Peiris-John, Pat Bullen
- Tiatia-Seath, J. (2016). Suicide Postvention: Support for Pacific Communities: Report for Waka Hourua - National Suicide Prevention Programme for Māori and Pasifika Communities. Auckland: Hibiscus Research Ltd. Related URL.
- Tiatia-Seath, J. (2015). Tongan youth suicide study: Report to the Health Research Council of New Zealand and Ministry of Health for the Pacific partnership programme. Auckland, New Zealand.
- Tiatia-Seath, J. (2014). Pacific peoples, mental health service engagement and suicide prevention in Aotearoa New Zealand. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 7 (3), 111-121. 10.1108/EIHSC-10-2013-0023
- Tiatia, J. (2012). Commentary on ‘Cultural Diversity Across the Pacific’: Samoan Cultural Constructs of Emotion, New Zealand-Born Samoan Youth Suicidal Behaviours, and Culturally Competent Human Services. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 6 (02), 75-79. 10.1017/prp.2012.9