The Dunedin Study - DMHDRU

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Principal Investigator, Next Generation Studies

Professor Bob Hancox - BSc, MB CHb, MRCP, MD, FRACP
Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, University of Otago
Phone:+64 3 479 8512

Bob is the Principal Investigator of the Next Generation Studies (Parenting and Next Generation Studies), sub-studies of the Dunedin Study. He served as Deputy Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Unit from 2002 to 2009.  Bob’s research interests include respiratory health with a particular focus on the development of respiratory health in the Dunedin Study; clinical aspects of respiratory medicine; and the effects of television viewing, obesity, and public health.

Manager, Parenting Study
Co-Investigator, Next Generation Studies

Dr Jude Sligo - BA, DipTchg, PGDip, MA, PhD
Phone: +64 3 479 7223

Jude is the Manager of the Parenting Study. She has a twenty-year plus history with the Dunedin Study having managed the Parenting Study since the late 1990's; overseen the Next Generation Study since its inception and now contributing in a research only role; and also interviewed for the Family Health Study and two previous data collection phases for the main Dunedin Study.

Along with her Dunedin Study commitments, Jude is currently lecturing for the new Bachelor of Health Sciences course at the University of Otago and is working on a research project with young political activists. Over her career, she has also worked on a range of other research projects with children, young people and their families.


Manager, Next Generation Study

Dr Helena McAnally – BSc, MSc, PhD
Phone: +64 3 479 5553

Helena is Manager of the Next Generation Study and, in addition to this, works in a research capacity on the Next Generation Studies.

Over the last 20 years, Helena has worked on many research projects with young people, interviewing them about their lives and well-being. Helena was also an interviewer for the Dunedin Study age 32 assessment phase, and still does some interviewing for the Next Generation Study.


Research Nurse/Interviewers, Next Generation Studies

Aroha Bolton – BNurs (Research Nurse)
Phone: +64 3 479 8514

Aroha is a Registered Nurse, having graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 1997. She has worked in various roles and organisations in her specialty practice area of Mental Health Nursing. Aroha has been working in her current role as a Research Nurse/Interviewer for the Next Generation Study since 2010. In addition to this, towards the end of 2012, Aroha trained and began working as a coder for the Parenting Study. As well as this position, Aroha works as a Research Nurse at the Gastroenterology Research Unit based at Dunedin Hospital.

Aroha has a particular interest in research related to families and postivie mental well being.


Amy Stevenson – BNurs (Research Nurse)

Phone: +64 3 479 5553


Amy graduated from Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2005. Since graduating Amy has worked predominantly in mental health. Prior to joining the Next Generation team she has worked for the SDHB and within a therapeutic community in Dunedin. Amy has a particular interest in youth and maternal mental health and has worked with many different client groups.



Janeen Pringle (Research Assistant)
Phone: +64 3 479 7852

Janeen started work in her current role in March 2017, having previously worked in a similar role for the POIS (Positive Outcomes of Injury) Study in the University of Otago’s Injury Prevention Research Unit between November 2007 and December 2010. Her role includes co-ordinating arrangements for Next Generation Study participants and their Dunedin Study Member parents to come to the Unit, and to conduct interviews and complete subsequent data entry. She is thoroughly enjoying being part of the Next Generation team.


Judith McHugh (Research Assistant)

Phone: +64 3 479 5553

Judy has a health and social science background. She has worked in a variety of settings including nursing, counselling, public health and health research. Judy is currently working towards completing her Master's in Public Health.