Dr El-Shadan (Dan) Tautolo

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Senior Research Fellow. Director - Centre for Pacific Health & Development Research and Pacific Islands Families Study

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 7527

Email: dtautolo@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University  (Room MB203)
AUT South Campus
640 Great South Road
Manukau, Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:
AUT University  (Room MB203)
AUT South Campus
640 Great South Road
Manukau, Auckland
New Zealand


BSc., PGDip Forensics, MHSc., PhD

Memberships and Affiliations:

2011-present        Member of ASPIRE 2025 Tobacco Research Collective
2011-present        Member of Public Health Association (PHA) of New Zealand
2011-present        Member of Public Health Association (PHA) (Pacific Branch)
2010-present        Member of Cook Islands Research Association (CIRA)
2008-present        Member of Cook Islands Health Network (CIHNA)
2008-present        Member of Pacific Health & Welfare Network (PHW)
2007-present        Member of Pasefika Medical Association (PMA)

Advisory groups:
2014    Member of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH NZ) Pacific Reference Group
2014    Member of Modelling Early Lifecourse (MEL-C) Enduser Advisory Group
2014    Member of HRC International Pacific Health Conference Organising committee
2012    Member of Interim steering group for Pacific Fathers Water Safety Initiative (involving ACC and HPA)
2012    Member of Cook Islands Health Network (CIHNA) Turama Health Conference Organising committee
2012    Member of Community reference group for Cook Islands Development Agency of NZ (CIDANZ) National Community Development Strategy
2010    Member of Tala Pasefika: National Pacific Tobacco Control Service – Community Advisory Group


Dr Tautolo completed his doctoral studies in 2011 as the recipient of a health research Council (HRC) Pacific PhD Scholarship. His research examined the health and wellbeing of a cohort of over 800 Pacific fathers, and investigated their fathering practices and how they influence and shape the health and well-being of their children. 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, with the hope of providing strategic advice regarding the health and wellbeing of Pacific men and their families.
He has been a named investigator on research grants awarded by the HRC, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the lead investigator on other grants awarded by the Families Commission, Heart Foundation of NZ, and Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. He has been the recipient of several scholarships from the HRC throughout his tertiary studies, and has been awarded several internal and external research awards in recognition of his work.  
Dr Tautolo is of both Cook Islands Maori and Samoan heritage, and is deeply passionate about being involved in research and activities to improve and enhance the health and wellbeing of his Pacific communities here in NZ. Part of his commitment to achieving this is through involvement over the last several years with mentoring programmes for young Pacific students at tertiary institutions. As a mentor, Dr Tautolo hopes to contribute to growing the Pacific research capacity within the health sector and support the development of Pacific-led solutions and interventions to address the needs of Pacific communities.

Research Areas:

Pacific fatherhood, Tobacco Control, Acculturation and cultural identity, Mental health & addictions,  Pacific Youth health & development. 

Research Summary:

Development and validation of the Pacific Islands Father Involvement Questionnaire (PIFIQ)
Previous research highlights the lack of measurement scales for gathering robust epidemiological research data from fathers, and the absence of appropriate measures for Pacific participants. This research project aims to develop and validate a Pacific-specific measurement tool which can be used in research surveys such as the PIF Study, to accurately collect this sort of information. This study is funded by an HRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (HRC 11/377)

Pacific Islands Families: Child Youth Participation (PIF:CYP) Study
The aims of the PIF:CYP study are to gain an understanding of how Pacific youth participate positively in society, in particular: Aspirations – whether Pacific youth plan for their future and if so, how is this done; Youth employment – what constitutes meaningful work; what motivates Pacific youth people to seek work; Services for Pacific youth – what essential ‘transition services’ for Pacific youth are needed? What services already exist and how are they working? and Digital media – the impact social and digital media has on the lives of Pacific youth, in particular how this has affected social networks and feelings of connectedness and cultural affiliations, what risks (e.g., bullying, ostracism) and benefits social and digital media present. This project utilises a 2-stage mixed methods approach with quantitative data collected from the PIF Study informing and complementing a series of qualitative interivews with Pacific young people. This rearch is funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation – Health & Society Grant.

Pacific Islands Families: Building Succesful Families (PIF:BSF) Study
The aim of the PIF:BSF Study is to gain an understanding of what are the key drivers for success within Pacific families and to ensure effective translation of research findings into policy and practice that supports Pacific families to achieve success. The four key themes for this research are: 1) Educational achievement; planning for the future and achieving goals. 2) Economic standard of living; what barriers exist to achieving successful employment, living standards, housing. 3) Social and cultural connectedness; exploring the relationship between social networks, feelings of connectedness, cultural affiliations, and how these factors affect the ability of Pacific families to be successful. 4) Support services; What services exist for Pacific families and how are they working? What does best practice look like? This project will leverage the rich dataset from the PIF Study and involve both quantitative and qualitative data collection with Pacific mothers and fathers to investigate the key themes highlighted above. This study is funded through an Ministry of Business Science and Innovation – Health & Society Grant.

Pacific Islands Youth: Growth & Development Study
Aligned with the existing PIF data collection the aim of this study is to measure at age 14 years critical information relating to physical activity, food patterns and diabetes risk factors and the physical, built, social, and family environment to identify cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships to objectively assess the observed variability in body size, composition and growth rate for Pacific youth. The key question to be asked of 1000 Pacific children at age 14 years is what current and previous lifecourse factors are associated with body size and growth rate? A substudy (n=200) will examine the question of what are the important determinants for identifying risk for T2DM and metabolic syndrome in adolescents. This study is funded through an HRC Project Grant.


Journal Articles:
Tautolo E, Edwards, R, Gifford, H. (2014). A gift and a burden: the purchase and distribution of duty-free tobacco and its potential impact upon Pacific people in New Zealand. Tobacco Control. (online-first 17th march 2014).

Tautolo E, Iusitini, L, Taylor, S, Paterson, J. (2014). Will we be smokefree by 2025? Smoking prevalence amongst a cohort of Pacific. NZ Medical Journal. 127 (1393). pp 1-10

Tautolo E, Edwards, R, Gifford, H. (2013). Cheaper by the carton: Examining Pacific peoples usage and supply of duty-free tobacco. Respiratory Medicine. 107(1) Supplemental. 56.

Schluter, P, Tautolo E, Taylor, S, Paterson, J. (2013). Alcohol consumption by parents of Pacific children residing in New Zealand: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Alcohol. 47(3). pp 241-248.

Oliver, M, Schluter, P, Healy, G, Tautolo E, Schofield, G, Rush, E, Paterson, J. (2013). Breaks in sedentary time – associations with body size in Pacific mothers and their children: Findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 10(8). pp. 1166-1174.

Tautolo E, Schluter, P, Paterson, J. (2011). Acculturation and Smoking amongst a cohort of Pacific Island fathers. Aust. & NZ Journal of Public Health. 39(6). 509-516.

Tautolo, E, Schluter, P, Taylor, S. (2011). Prevalence and smoking concordance amongst Mothers and Fathers within the Pacific Island Families Study. Pacific Health Dialog. 17(2). 136-148.
Schluter, P, Tautolo E, Paterson, J. (2011). Experience of physical abuse in childhood and perpetration of physical punishment and violence in adulthood amongst fathers: findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Pacific Health Dialog. 17(2). 148-164.

Schluter, P, Tautolo E, Paterson, J. (2011). Acculturation of Pacific mothers in New Zealand over time: findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. BMC Public Health 11 pp.307-340

Sundborn, G, Taylor, S, Tautolo E, Iusitini, L, Finau, S. (2011). Utilisation of Pacific healers by mothers and children of the Pacific Islands Families Study. Pacific Health Dialog. 17(2). 105-120.

Sundborn, G, Paterson, J, Iusitini, L, Tautolo, E, Taylor, S, Oliver, M, Jhagroo, U, Hirao, A, Savila, F. (2011). The Future of the Pacific Islands Families Study: A future with unlimited potential. Pacific Health Dialog. 17(2). 198-204.

Sundborn, G, Paterson, J, Jhagroo, U, Taylor, S, Iusitini, L, Tautolo, E, Savila, F, Hirao, A, Oliver, M. (2011). Cohort Profile: A decade on and strong - The Pacific Islands Families Study. Pacific Health Dialog. 17(2). 9-23.

Oliver, M, Rush, E, Schluter, P, Sundborn, G, Iusitini, L, Tautolo E, Paterson, J, Heimuli, J. (2011). An exploration of physical activity, nutrition, and body size in Pacific children. Pacific Health Dialog. 17(2). 176-188

Tautolo, E, Schluter, P, Sundborn, G. (2009). Mental health well-being amongst fathers within the Pacific Island Families Study. Pacific Health Dialog 15(9) pp.69-79

Other forms of dissemination (book chapters, reports, theses):

Tautolo E. Pacific fatherhood in Fairbairn-Dunlop, P, Coxon, E. Talanoa: Building a Pasifika Research Culture. (2014). Institute of Public Policy, AUT University. Dunmore Press.

Tautolo, E. (2012). Pacific Fathers Cultivating the Future: The health of Pacific fathers and their influence upon and involvement with their children. PhD Thesis.  AUT University. 334pp.

Tautolo, E. (2009). Evaluation of the effectiveness of ethnic specific radio programmes for health promotion within Pacific communities in New Zealand. Pacific Health & Welfare Network. Report for Ministry of Health. Wellington, NZ.
Tautolo, E. (2005). Ethnic comparisons of alcohol consumption amongst secondary school students. MHSc. Thesis. University of Auckland. 134p.



2012-2014    HRC Pacific Postdoctoral Fellowship
2008-2011    HRC Pacific PhD Placement Scholarship
2010            HRC Pacific Conference Travel Grant
2009            Families Commission Pasefika Research Award
2009            HRC Pacific Conference Travel Grant
2009            AUT University Vice-Chancellors Award Outstanding Research Team
2008            AUT University Lenovo Thinkpad Award
2004            Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Scholarship
2003            HRC Pacific Summer Studentship