Dr Asmita Patel

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Research Fellow

Phone: 921-9999 extn7661

Email: asmita.patel@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT Room: AR346
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand
Postal Address:
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


  • PhD (Auckland University of Technology)
  • PGDipHSc (University of Auckland)
  • MA (Massey University)
  • BA (University of Auckland)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Executive Member of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity


Asmita completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Auckland, her Master of Arts degree at Massey University, majoring in psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences, majoring in mental promotion from University of Auckland.  Asmita earned her PhD in Public Health from Auckland University of Technology in 2010. Asmita is currently employed in The National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research within the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies.

Teaching Areas:

  • Research methodology

Research Areas:

  • Loneliness and social isolation in adults with complex medical conditions
  • Prostate cancer
  • Physical activity in older adults
  • Chinese medicine

Research Summary:

Asmita undertakes both qualitative and quantitative research.  However, her current research has had a strong qualitative, health-related focus.  Asmita has undertaken qualitative, exploratory research with prostate cancer patients and survivors, users of complementary and alternative medicine, adults with complex medical issues, and a range of healthcare practitioners (i.e., general practitioners, cancer specialists and Chinese medicine practitioners).

Current Research Projects:

  • What are the experiences of loneliness and social isolation in individuals with complex medical issues in New Zealand? A mixed methods study
  • Physical activity, diet and quality of life in prostate cancer survivors: Patient and practitioner perspectives
  • Chinese medicine interview series


  • Patel, A., Schofield, G.S., & Keogh, J.W.L. (2018).  Influences on healthcare practitioners’ promotion of physical activity to their patients with prostate cancer. A qualitative study. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(1) 31-38.
  • Patel, A., & Chen, Y. (2017). Student acupuncturists: Career choice and views on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 14, 1-6.
  • Patel, A., & Toossi, V. (2016). Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in New Zealand: Differences associated with being a practitioner in New Zealand compared to China. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1444), 35-42.
  • Patel, A., Williden, M., Zinn, C., Harris, N., Holdsworth-Perks, D., & Schofield, G. (2015). Pacific women’s experiences and views of participating in a novel dietary intervention for weight loss. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1409), 72-74.
  • Patel, A., MacLeod, R., Masters, J., & Keogh, J. (2014). Falling through the cracks: New Zealand prostate cancer survivors’ experiences and views regarding PSA testing. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1400), 106-109.
  • Patel, A., & Standen C. (2014). An Auckland-based student acupuncture clinic patient profile and utilisation study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1398), 134-137.
  • Patel, A., Kolt, G.S., Schofield, G.M., & Keogh, J.W.L. (2014). General practitioners’ views on the role of pedometers in health promotion. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(2), 152-156.
  • Keogh, J.W.L., Patel, A., MacLeod, R.D., & Masters, J. (2014). Perceived barriers and facilitators to physical activity in men with prostate cancer: Influence of androgen deprivation therapy. European Journal of Cancer Care, 23, 263-273.
  • Keogh, J.W.L., Patel, A., MacLeod, R.D., & Masters, J. (2013). Perceptions of men with prostate cancer on the role of physical activity in maintaining quality of life: Influence of androgen-deprivation therapy. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 2869-2875.
  • Patel, A., Keogh, J.W.L., Kolt, G.S., & Schofield, G.M. (2013). The long term effects of a primary care physical activity intervention on mental health in low-active, community-dwelling older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 17(6), 766-772.
  • Patel, A., Schofield, G.M., Kolt, G.S., & Keogh, J.W.L. (2013).  Perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity: Two primary care physical activity prescription programs. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 21, 85-99.
  • Patel, A., Kolt, G.S., Keogh, J.W.L., & Schofield, G.M. (2012). The Green Prescription and older adults: What do general practitioners see as barriers? Journal of Primary Health Care, 4(4), 320-327.
  • Leung, W., Ashton, T., Kolt, G., Schofield, G., Garrett, N., Kerse, N., & Patel, A. (2012).  Cost effectiveness of pedometer-based versus time-based Green Prescriptions: The Healthy Steps Study. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 18(3), 204-211.
  • Kolt, G.S., Schofield, G.M., Kerse, N., Garrett, N., Ashton, T., & Patel, A. (2012).  Healthy Steps Trial: Pedometer-based advice and physical activity for low-active older adults.  Annals of Family Medicine, 10(3), 206-212.
  • Patel, A., Schofield, G.M., Kolt, G.S., & Keogh, J.W.L. (2011). General Practitioners' views and experiences of counselling for physical activity through the New Zealand Green Prescription program. BMC Family Practice, 12, 119.
  • Kolt, G.S., Schofield, G.M., Kerse, N., Garrett, N., Schultzer, P., Ashton, T., & Patel, A. (2009).  The Healthy Steps study: A randomized controlled trial of a pedometer-based Green Prescription for older adults: Trial Protocol. BMC Public Health, 9, 404.