Leon Iusitini

Senior Research Officer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 7933

Email: leon.iusitini@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

South Campus - MB203

Auckland University of Technology

640 Great South Road

Auckland

New Zealand



Postal Address:

South Campus - MB Building

Auckland University of Technology

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142

New Zealand



Qualifications:

Master of Arts (Hons) (AUT), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (University of Auckland)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ).

New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA).

Teaching Areas:

Sociology

Research Areas:

Political participation, electoral behaviour, and psephology in New Zealand

The demographic, socio-economic, political, educational and health status of Pacific peoples in New Zealand

Current Research Projects:

The Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study is an ongoing longitudinal birth cohort study that has been tracking the health and development of 1,398 Pacific children and their parents since the children were born at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland in the year 2000. It is the only prospective study specifically of Pacific peoples in the world. The Study is based within the Centre for Pacific Health & Development Research and the National Institute for Public and Mental Health Research at AUT University. It has primarily been funded by the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology and the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

 

The PIF Study primarily collects self-reported data through structured interviews with mothers, fathers, and children. Its design and methodology is mainly quantitative and observational, however some supplementary qualitative projects have been conducted. The Study adopts a life-course approach to understand developmental trends across the lifespan, with a focus on critical developmental periods.

 

Interviews with parents and assessments with children have been administered at 6 weeks postpartum, and at ages 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 14 years, and currently 17 years.

 

At the Study's inception, participants were recruited where at least one parent identified as a being of a Pacific ethnicity as was a New Zealand permanent resident. At that time, the ethnic make-up of the cohort was mainly Samoan (47%), Tongan (21%), Cook Islands Maori (17%), and Niuean (4%). Since then, many families have moved out of the South Auckland area to other parts of New Zealand or overseas, particularly Australia. We have endeavoured to keep as many families participating in the Study as possible, regardless of location of residence, by employing web-based questionnaires, telephone interviews, or by sending interviewers to Australia and other locations.

Publications:

29. Tautolo, E., Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., & Paterson, J. (2017). Motivations for Smoking Cessation and the Impact of Regulatory Tax Increases Amongst Fathers within the Pacific Islands Families Study. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 12(1), 32-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jsc.2015.10

 

28. Tautolo, E., Wrapson, W., Paterson, J., Wright-St Clair, V., Neville, S., Dewes, O., & Iusitini, L. (2017). Healthy Pacific grandparents: a participatory action research project exploring ageing well among Pacific people in New Zealand. Self & Society, 45(2), 134-148. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03060497.2017.1334973

 

27. Paterson, J., Iusitini, L., Tautolo, E., Taylor, S., & Clougherty, J. (2017). Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study: housing and psychological distress among Pacific mothers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Early View published online 12 September 2017. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1753-6405.12717/abstract

 

26. Oliver, M., Taylor, S., Iusitini, L., Stewart, T., Savila, F., Tautolo, E., Plank, L., Jalili-Moghaddam, S., Paterson, J., & Rush, E. (2017). Accelerometer data treatment for adolescents: Fitting a piece of the puzzle. Preventive Medicine Reports, 5, 228-231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.12.010

 

25. Rush, E., Oliver, M., Plank, L. D., Taylor, S., Iusitini, L., Jalili-Moghaddam, S., Savila, F., Paterson, J., & Tautolo, E. (2016). Cohort profile: Pacific Islands Families (PIF) growth study, Auckland, New Zealand. BMJ Open, 6(11), 1-6. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/11/e013407.abstract

 

24. Paterson, J., Tautolo, E., Iusitini, L., & Taylor, S. (2016). Pacific Islands Families Study: Psychological distress among mothers of Pacific children living in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(2), 110-114. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1753-6405.12491/abstract

 

23. Paterson, J., Tautolo, E., Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., & Farvid, P. (2016). Pacific Islands families study: intimate partner stressors and psychological distress among pacific adults. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 31(3), 301-311. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14681994.2016.1192598

 

22. Paterson, J., Tautolo, E., Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., & Siegert, R. (2016). Pacific Islands Families Study: Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Delinquent Behaviour in Pacific 11-Year-Olds. Psychology, 7(7), 953-964. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/psych.2016.77096

 

21. Paterson, J., Iusitini, L., & Taylor, S. (2014). Pacific Islands Families Study: depressive symptoms in 9-year-old Pacific children living in New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1390). https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2014/vol-127-no.-1390/original-articles-paterson

 

20. Tautolo, E., Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., & Paterson, J. (2014). Will New Zealand be smokefree by 2025? Smoking prevalence among a cohort of Pacific adults. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1393). https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2014/vol-126-no-1393/article-tautolo

 

19. Paterson, J. E., Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., & Mann, L. (2014). The Pacific Islands Families Study: Oral Health Of Pacific Children Living In New Zealand. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, 8(4), 1-14. http://ijigst.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.269/prod.31

 

18. Iusitini, L., & Crothers, C. (2013). Turnout and voting choices at general elections of Pacific peoples in New Zealand. Political Science, 65(2), 157-177. http://pnz.sagepub.com/content/65/2/157.abstract

 

17. Iusitini, L. (2013). Review Essay: Jon Johansson and Stephen Levine. (eds.). (2012). Kicking the Tyres: The New Zealand General Election and Electoral Referendum of 2011. New Zealand Sociology, 28(2), 195-204. http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE18760102&dps_custom_att_1=ilsdb

 

16. Iusitini, L. (2013). The Political Engagement of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand [Master's thesis]. Auckland University of Technology.  http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/handle/10292/5242

 

15. Iusitini, L., Gao, W., Sundborn, G., & Paterson, J. (2011). Parenting Practices Among Fathers of a Cohort of Pacific Infants in New Zealand. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42(1), 39-55. http://jcc.sagepub.com/content/42/1/39.short

 

14. Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., Cowley-Malcolm, E., Kerslake, M., & Paterson, J. (2011). A Comparison of Parenting Practices between Samoan Parents Living in New Zealand and Samoa. Pacific Health Dialog: Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific, 17(2), 120-134. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22675809

 

13. Paterson, J., Taylor, S., Schluter, P., & Iusitini, L. (2012). Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study: Behavioural Problems During Childhood. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-13. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10826-012-9572-6#

 

12. Gao, W., Paterson, J., Abbott, M. W., Carter, S., & Iusitini, L. (2010). Pacific Islands Families Study: Intimate Partner Violence and Postnatal Depression. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 12, 242-248. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10903-008-9190-y#

 

11. Gao, W., Paterson, J., Abbott, M., Carter, S., Iusitini, L., & McDonald-Sundborn, G. (2010). Impact of current and past intimate partner violence on maternal mental health and behaviour at 2 years after childbirth: evidence from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(2), 174-182. http://anp.sagepub.com/content/44/2/174.short

 

10. Carter, S., Williams, M., Paterson, J., & Iusitini, L. (2009). Do perceptions of neighbourhood problems contribute to maternal health?: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families study. Health & Place, 15(2), 622-630. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1353829208001329

 

9. Paterson, J., Carter, S., Gao, W., Cowley-Malcolm, E., & Iusitini, L. (2008). Maternal intimate partner violence and behavioural problems among Pacific children living in New Zealand. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(4), 395-404. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01841.x/full

 

8. Gao, W., Paterson, J., Carter, S., & Iusitini, L. (2008). Intimate partner violence and unplanned pregnancy in the Pacific Islands Families Study. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 100(2), 109-115. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020729207005036

 

7. Carter, S., Paterson, J., Gao, W., & Iusitini, L. (2008). Maternal smoking during pregnancy and behaviour problems in a birth cohort of 2-year-old Pacific children in New Zealand. Early Human Development, 84(1), 59-66. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378378207000709

 

6. Gao, W., Paterson, J., Abbott, M., Carter, S., & Iusitini, L. (2007). Maternal mental health and child behaviour problems at 2 years: findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(11), 885-895. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00048670701634929?journalCode=anp

 

5. Sundborn, G., Paterson, J., Jhagroo, U., Taylor, S., Iusitini, L., Tautolo, E.-S., ... Oliver, M. (2011). Cohort profile: A decade on and strong - The Pacific Islands Families Study. Pacific Health Dialog: Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific, 17(2), 9-21. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22675801

 

4. Sundborn, G., Paterson, J., Iusitini, L., Tautolo, E.-S., Taylor, S., Oliver, M., ... Savila, F. (2011). The Future of the Pacific Islands Families Study: a future with unlimited potential. Pacific Health Dialog: Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific, 17(2), 198-202. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22675815

 

3. Paterson, J., Iusitini, L., & Gao, W. (2011). Child developmental assessment at two-years of age: data from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Pacific Health Dialog: Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific, 17(2), 51-63. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22675804

 

2. Oliver, M., Rush, E. C., Schluter, P., Sundborn, G., Iusitini, L., Tautolo, E.-S., ... Heimuli, J. (2011). An exploration of physical activity, nutrition, and body size in Pacific children. Pacific Health Dialog: Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific, 17(2), 176-187. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22675813

 

1. Gao, W., Paterson, J., Carter, S., Iusitini, L., & Sundborn, G. (2011). Agreement and discordance of parents’ and teachers’ reports of behavioural problems among Pacific children living in New Zealand. Pacific Health Dialog: Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific, 17(2), 65-77. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22675805



 

 

 

 

 

 


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