Dr Jemaima Sipaea Tiatia-Seath
PhD, DPH, MA (Hons), BA
Jemaima Tiatia-Seath is currently Co-Head of School, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies, University of Auckland. She is of Samoan descent and has a community/public health background. She was one of six panellists on the New Zealand Government’s 2018 Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry. Her research interests include: Pacific Studies, mental health and wellbeing, Pacific suicide prevention and postvention, youth development, Pacific health inequities.
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 1, 2019
PACIFIC 702 - Topics in Pacific Research, Semester 1, 2019
PACIFIC 105 - The Contemporary Pacific, Semester 2, 2019
PACIFIC 711 - Intervention, Prevention and Promotion of Pacific Wellbeing Semester 2, 2019
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
2018: Pauline Rupeni - Akaupokotuanga i te Reo Māori: Learnings from Cook Islands communities and their youth (with Marcia Leenen-Young). Master of Arts, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland
2018: 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
2018: Sonia Pope - Exploring the intergenerational views of wellbeing among Tongan women (with Tanya Samu). Master of Arts, Education, University of Auckland
2018: 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
2018: Sili Pita - Navigating the historical context of incest in Samoa: 1900’s–2000s (with Damon Salesa). Master of Arts, Pacific Studies, 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
2018: Ministerial Appointment to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry
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
2016-2017: Appointed to Unitec’s Standing Committee, Fono Faufautua Council
2016-2017: 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
Pacific Health Dialog
Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri - Pimatisiwin
New Zealand Medical Journal
Kotuitui: NZ Journal of Social Sciences
Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology
Pacific Health Review
International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare
Journal of Primary Health Care
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Clark, T. C., Le Grice, J., Moselen, E., Fleming, T., Crengle, S., Tiatia-Seath, J., & Lewycka, S. (2018). Health and wellbeing of Maori secondary school students in New Zealand: Trends between 2001, 2007 and 2012. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 42 (6), 553-561. 10.1111/1753-6405.12839
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Terryann Clark, Jade Le Grice, Theresa Fleming
- Tiatia-Seath, J., Underhill-Sem, Y., & Woodward, A. (2018). The nexus between climate change, mental health and wellbeing and Pacific peoples. Pacific Health Dialog, 21 (2), 47-49. 10.26635/phd.2018.911
- Tiatia-Seath, J. (2018). Damon Salesa, Island time: New Zealand’s Pacific futures [Book review]. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples10.1177/1177180118767434
- Thabrew, H., Gandeza, E., Bahr, G., Bettany, D., Bampton, C., Cooney, E., ... Tiatia-Seath, J. (2018). The management of young people who self-harm by New Zealand Infant, child and adolescent mental health services: cutting-edge or cutting corners?. Australasian Psychiatry10.1177/1039856217748248
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hiran Thabrew
- Tiatia-Seath, J. (2018). The importance of Pacific cultural competency in healthcare. Pacific Health Dialog, 21 (1), 8-9. 10.26635/phd.2018.909
- Tiatia-Seath, J., Lay-Yee, R., & Von Randow, M. (2017). Morbidity from intentional self-harm among Pacific peoples in New Zealand 1996–2015. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1467), 23-31.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin von Randow, Roy Lay-Yee
- Tucker-Masters, L., & Tiatia-Seath, J. (2017). Reviewing the literature on anxiety and depression in Pacific youth: A fresh perspective. New Zealand Medical Student Journal (25), 24-28. Related URL.
- 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.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roy Lay-Yee, Martin von Randow
Primary office location
FALE - OFFICE BUILDING - Bldg 273
Level 1, Room 103B
20 WYNYARD ST