The PIF Study is being undertaken by a team of researchers under the leadership of Professor Janis Paterson.
Professor Janis Paterson earned her PhD from the University of Auckland in 1994 and has twelve years experience as a professional academic Psychologist with research interests in both children's and adolescent health and development. She is currently Co-Director of the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research and Head of the School of Public Health and Psychosocial studies.
Pacific and non-Pacific researchers share various responsibilities across the different layers of the study. This structure is optimal as it draws on research expertise and skills across disciplines and brings ethnically and culturally diverse perspectives to the Study.
Key AUT staff that assume day-to-day management of various aspects of the study include:
Steve Taylor: Biostatistician
Leon Iusitini: Data Manager
Faasisila Savila: Research field coordinator
Upasana Jhagroo: Research Assistant
Amor Hirao: Administrator
Shamshad Karatela: PhD candidate
Dr El-Shadan Tautolo: researcher
Their roles include management of the study and academic participation in measurement issues, data collection, data handling, analysis, write-up, publication and dissemination.
Other personnel are also involved in specialist areas of interest and in a wider consulting and management group.
Professor Max Abbott: post natal depression, gambling, housing, demographic and social issues
Professor Elaine Rush: nutrition and body composition
Associate Professor Suzanne Purdy: hearing
Professor Grant Schofield: physical activity
Dr Gehard Sundborn: nutrition
Dr Theresa Madden: oral health
Nick Garrett: biostatistics
Dr Jane Clougherty: environmental studies
The Pacific Peoples' Advisory Board monitors the general direction of the study. The board is primarily set up to protect and enhance the study in order to maximise benefits to the Pacific communities.