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About the PIF Study

The Research Team

The PIF Study is being undertaken by a team of researchers under the leadership of Professor Janis Paterson and Dr El-Shadan Tautolo.

Janis Paterson PIF Study Professor Janis Paterson is the Director of the   Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study. She earned her PhD from the University of Auckland in 1994 and has twelve years of 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.



Dan TautoloDr El-Shadan Tautolo is the Associate Director of the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study. He is currently completing an HRC Postdoctoral Fellowship investigating the development of a Pacific father involvement research tool for collecting research evidence about fatherhood amongst Pacific fathers, to provide strategic advice regarding the health and wellbeing of Pacific men and their families. Dr Tautolo was born in NZ and is of Samoan and Cook Islands heritage.



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:

Leon Iusitini: Project Manager
Steve Taylor
: Biostatistician
Faasisila Savila: Research field coordinator
Upasana Jhagroo: Research Assistant
Amor Hirao: Administrator

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.

They include:
Professor Elaine Rush: nutrition and body composition
Professor Max Abbott
: post natal depression, gambling, housing, demographic and social issues
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

Pacific Peoples' Advisory Board

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.

Last updated: 09 Apr 2014 10:01am

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