Dr Caleb Panapa Edward Marsters

CertHSc, BHSc, MPH, PhD


Caleb Marsters is currently a Research Fellow at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies. He is of Cook Islands (Rarotonga/Takitumu/Ngati Uirangi and Palmerston) and NZ Papa'a descent and has a community/public health background. His research interests include Pacific wellbeing, men's mental health, positive youth development, Pacific education, and sports in the Pacific. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the HRC funded project entitled 'The importance of informal mental health help-seeking for Pacific men in New Zealand', which looks to bring Pacific men’s experiences to the fore with informal help-seeking for mild-to-moderate mental health challenges, examine the perceived efficacy and importance of informal help-seeking for Pacific men's 'recovery', and explore how help-seeking influences attitudes towards formal help-seeking for Pacific men. Ultimately, this research hopes to identify how we can best support the informal support that goes on within our families and communities.

Research | Current

  • Exploring informal mental health help-seeking among Pacific men in New Zealand

Teaching | Current

  • PACIFIC 313: Pacific Wellbeing: Empowering Dimensions (Semester One, 2021)

Postgraduate supervision

Masters Completed

2017: Sarah McClean - Depression in young Samoan females: The views of mental health service providers (with Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath). Master of Arts, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland. (First class honours)

Masters in Progress

2021: Tammy Tekori - An exploration of the cultural needs of Pacific service users in FMHIS (with Dr Kate Prebble and Professor Brian McKenna)



  • 2020 Health Research Council of New Zealand Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2017 University of Auckland Pacific Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2016 Health Research Council of New Zealand Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarship
  • 2016 Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant, University of Auckland
  • 2016 Ministry of Health Aniva Scholarship


Pacific Research Hub - University of Auckland

Areas of expertise

  • Pacific youth mental health
  • Pacific male mental health 
  • Pacific health and wellbeing 
  • Positive youth development
  • Sports in the Pacific

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2020-current: Appointment to the Health Research Council Public Health Assessing Committe

2018-Present Member, International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Reviewer for:

  • The International Journal of Sport and Society 
  • MAI Journal
  • Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Marsters, C. P. (2017). Young Pacific Male Athletes and Positive Mental Wellbeing The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 102K
New Zealand

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