Kealagh Robinson

Kealagh Robinson
Curtin University · Faculty of Health Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am interested in how people experience and regulate their emotions, and how this process impacts their psychological wellbeing. My research focuses on isolating the psychological characteristics that underlie and maintain youth self-injury to inform the development of more effective prevention and intervention strategies.
Additional affiliations
March 2011 - November 2012
Victoria University of Wellington
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
February 2019 - June 2021
Victoria University of Wellington
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (38)
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Background: People who engage in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) consistently report greater global emotion reactivity and dysregulation than their peers. However, evidence that these self-reports reflect an amplified emotional response under controlled conditions is limited. Here we test the effects of both subtle and overt social exclusion, to det...
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Although self-injurious thoughts and behaviors are a global health concern, little is known about suicidal threat/gesture(s) where a person leads others to believe they want to end their lives when they have no intention to do so. This study assessed the lifetime prevalence of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors among both community adolescents (...
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This dataset provides a comprehensive snapshot of 277 New Zealand young adult's (M age = 18.93, SD = 3.28) real-time behaviours and experiences during a seven-week nationwide lockdown. Participants were recruited through a university student participant pool and data were collected online during 20–27th April 2020 (Alert Level 4) and 6–13th May 202...
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Bird of the Year has become a cultural phenomenon. Designed by Forest and Bird to raise awareness of New Zealand's endangered wildlife, the competition attracts engagement from dedicated campaign managers, fans, and baffled international news outlets. Internet memes have become an integral part of the competition. We analyse how Bird of the Year me...
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Although nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI)—deliberate damaging of body tissue without suicidal intent—is a behavior that occurs in interaction with real-world contexts, studying NSSI in the natural environment has historically been impossible. Recent advances in real-time monitoring technologies have revolutionized our ability to do exactly that, prov...
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Objective Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a commonly occurring, yet historically poorly understood, mental health concern among post-secondary students. The present study sought to identify the current knowledge needs of university stakeholders to inform training efforts around effective NSSI response and student support on university campuses....
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Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a serious clinical problem, particularly for adolescents and young adults. NSSI is a complex behavior that emerges through the intersecting effects of social, psychological, and biological mechanisms. Although the social and psychological contributions to risk for developing NSSI are relatively well understood and...
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Although anxiety and worry can motivate engagement with COVID-19 preventative behaviours, people may cognitively reframe these unpleasant emotions, restoring wellbeing at the cost of public health behaviours. New Zealand young adults ( n = 278) experiencing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown reported their worry, anxiety, reappraisal and lockdown complia...
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UNSTRUCTURED Although nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI)—deliberate damaging of body tissue without suicidal intent—is a behavior that occurs in interaction with real-world contexts, studying NSSI in the natural environment has historically been impossible. Recent advances in real-time monitoring technologies have revolutionized our ability to do exact...
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Background Given the widespread nature and clinical consequences of self-harm and suicidal ideation among adolescents, establishing the efficacy of developmentally appropriate treatments that reduce both self-harm and suicidal ideation in the context of broader adolescent psychopathology is critical. Methods We conducted a systematic review and me...
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Although non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) - deliberate damaging body tissue without suicidal intent - is a behavior that occurs in interaction with real-world contexts, studying NSSI in the natural environment has historically been impossible. Recent advances in real-time monitoring technologies have revolutionized our ability to do exactly that, pr...
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Background: We consider whether nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) thoughts – in the absence of any NSSI behaviour – are associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviours among adolescents, before examining whether characteristics of NSSI behaviour are associated with greater suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Methods: Adolescents (n = 2,057, M age =15.5...
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Rapidly emerging research suggests that virus-specific anxiety and worry can motivate compliance with COVID-19 mitigation measures. However, people may choose to cognitively reappraise these unpleasant emotional experiences, decreasing their anxiety and worry at the cost of lower engagement in mitigation behaviours. New Zealand university students...
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Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), which involves deliberate damage to body tissue without suicidal intent, has long been a concern for schools and school staff. Secondary schools are an ideal setting in which to identify, and appropriately refer, students who self-injure as well as implement evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs....
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We conducted a rapid review and quantitative summary of meta-analyses that have examined interventions which can be used by individuals during quarantine and social distancing to manage anxiety, depression, stress, and subjective well-being. A literature search yielded 34 meta-analyses (total number of studies k = 1,390, n = 145,744) that were summ...
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Background: We consider whether nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) thoughts – in the absence of any NSSI behaviour – are associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviours among adolescents, before examining whether characteristics of NSSI behaviour are associated with greater suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Methods: Adolescents (n = 2,057, M age =15.5...
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Schools and school-based mental health professionals play a critical role in responding to adolescent Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI). However, little is known about the experiences in particular of guidance counsellors responding to NSSI in New Zealand secondary schools. We present here a descriptive thematic analysis of a focus-group discussing t...
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Although the relationship between pet ownership and health and wellbeing has received considerable attention in popular media, research on the topic shows inconsistent findings. We addressed the methodological weaknesses of previous studies by using data from a national probability survey (the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study; n = 13,347). We...
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Background Self-harm is a clinically relevant and prevalent behaviour which peaks in adolescence. Given the high prevalence of self-harm, the high levels of psychiatric comorbidity, and its role as a risk factor for suicide, delivering evidence-based care is critical. Methods We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature on...
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Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is typically assessed using either single-item questionnaires or checklists of common behaviours, but preliminary research suggests that checklists produce higher lifetime prevalence rates. In two pre-registered studies (combined n = 1364), we tested whether memory cueing afforded by behavioural checklists accounts f...
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We conducted a rapid review and quantitative summary of meta-analyses that have examined interventions which can be used by individuals during quarantine and social distancing to manage anxiety, depression, stress and subjective well-being. A literature search yielded 34 meta-analyses (total number of studies k = 1,390, n = 145,744) that were summa...
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Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is typically assessed using either single item questionnaires or checklists of common behaviours, but preliminary research suggests that checklists produce higher prevalence rates. In two pre-registered studies (combined n = 1364), we tested whether memory cueing afforded by behavioural checklists accounts for this d...
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Student Reflections on the Open Science in New Zealand/Aotearoa. Published by the NZPsS in Psychology Aotearoa vol 11 no 1 May 2019
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Nonsuicidal Self-Injury moves beyond the basics to tackle the clinical and conceptual complexity of NSSI, with an emphasis on recent advances in both science and practice. Directed towards clinicians, researchers, and others wishing to advance their understanding of NSSI, this volume reviews and synthesizes recent empirical findings that clarify NS...
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Although poor emotion regulation has been argued to be a risk factor for the development and maintenance of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), longitudinal research investigating the trajectory of the relationship in adolescence is limited. In addition, the conceptual argument that NSSI may in turn be a risk factor for poor emotion regulation, remain...
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Research on nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) has grown significantly over the last 15 years, with much of this work focused on factors that initiate and maintain NSSI among school-aged youth. Although this work is important, it does raise several ethical concerns. In this article we outline key ethical issues underlying NSSI research in schools and o...
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In April 2017, Victoria University of Wellington launched ICE101X—Antarctica: From Geology to Human History—on the global edX platform. This Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, attracted 5735 learners from around the world, who engaged with content about Antarctic science, history, geology, and culture, primarily through video lectures filmed in A...
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Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a significant international mental health concern, with consequences for not only youth who self-injure, but for their entire family system. Helping caregivers respond productively to their child’s self-injury is a vital part of effectively addressing NSSI. This paper will assist school-based mental health practit...
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Describing unfamiliar faces during or immediately after their presentation in a study phase can produce better recognition memory performance compared with a view-only control condition. We treated descriptions as elaborative information that is part of the study context and investigated how context retrieval influences recognition memory. Followin...
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Socioeconomic deprivation has been associated with self-injury, however little is known about the psychological mechanisms underlying this relationship. We assessed how young adolescents’ (N = 797) experiences of deprivation were associated with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), and tested whether depression and anxiety independently mediated this r...
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Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) is the direct deliberate destruction of bodily tissue, which is not socially sanctioned, and occurs without suicidal intent. NSSI is a common behaviour among young people within Aotearoa New Zealand, and internationally. About one-third to half of secondary school students have engaged in NSSI (Wilson et al., 2016; G...
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Objectives Despite increasing interest in the prevalence and correlates of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) in adolescent populations, relatively few studies have examined NSSI among lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents. The current study explored sexuality concerns and elevated emotion dysregulation as potential mechanisms underlying the rel...

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The Science in Society Minor at Victoria University of Wellington consists of a series of courses designed to expose students to the wider context of science (i.e., incorporating social, political, and cultural elements). The courses explore the relationships between science and technology, scientists and society, history and philosophy of science and the communication of scientific ideas and issues to different issues and through a range of media. Many of the courses are delivered wholly online, and all of the courses have a significant focus on helping students to develop their critical thinking and communication skills. Positive student feedback, high adaptivity to student needs, significant support and resourcing from IT Services and senior management, alignment with a new University strategic vision, and input from concurrent communities of practice and research programmes have all helped to support the development of this programme. The aim of this research is to look at the development of the SCIE programme through time, and evaluate how it has grown and adapted to student needs and instructor values. Specifically, we will explore student feedback, student writing, student and instructor perceptions, and learning analytics to build a model for development of similar-scope science in society programmes. We will highlight examples of ‘what worked’, ‘what didn’t work’, and ‘what makes it special’. Additionally, we will explore a case study of Antarctica Online (a recent addition to the SCIE programme) which discusses the move towards open education and MOOCs.