Our Team

Robyn Munford

Robyn Munford

Professor at the School of Social Work, Massey University, New Zealand

Director of the Practice Research and Professional Development Hub

Robyn has qualifications in social work, disability studies and sociology and is the co-leader of the international, longitudinal studies: Pathways to Resilience and Youth Transitions, funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). [....]

Jackie Sanders

Jackie Sanders

Professor of Children's and Youth Studies at the School of Social Work, Massey University, New Zealand

Jackie has qualifications in Sociology and is the co-leader of the international, longitudinal studies: Pathways to Resilience and Youth Transitions, funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Since coming to Massey she has worked on a number of research programmes and also contributes to teaching and post graduate supervision. Her interests are the study of children and families, evaluation and planning for social service delivery and the development of new models of practice. Jackie works with [....]

Bianca Prujean

Bianca Prujean

Qualitative Data Coder

I joined the Pathways team in 2013. Prior to helping with this project I completed a BA in Theatre Studies at Otago University, so it has been lovely returning to the Otago campus as a qualitative data coder for the Pathways project. I have always been interested in how community, culture, government, and geographical environment impact the lives and behaviour of individuals. The coding of the interviews within this research has been a unique opportunity for me in this respect, and I never cease to be inspired by the voices of the amazing young people who [....]

Niha Jalota

Niha Jalota

Researcher

I am a summer researcher for the Massey Youth Transitions Project. I am based at the University of Otago where I study law and psychology. My current project explores potential gender differences among youth. This research may provide valuable insights enabling service providers to better cater for the needs of young individuals.

Being part of the Transitions team has been an incredibly interesting and [.....]

Franky Maslin

Franky Maslin

Researcher

I joined this project with a team of four during the 2015-2016 summer period to help with the data coding constituent of the Transitions Study' research. I had heard about this project through a fellow peer whom undertook some similar work in the prior summer as an employed student research assistant based at the University of Otago. I am a student at the university undertaking [.....]

William Johnston

William Johnston

Researcher

I'm a law student currently in my fourth year of law studies, and my sixth year of tertiary education overall. I have a BA in philosophy, am currently working towards my LLB, and hope to one day pass the bar to become a practicing lawyer. It's been truly inspirational getting involved with this project, both in terms of the stories and experiences provided by the participants, and the level of dedication and commitment put forward by the other members of the Pathways team. Working with the team has been a wonderful opportunity to get involved with something that [.....]

Brylee Sawyer

Brylee Sawyer

Researcher

I am working on the Youth Transitions Project for 10 weeks over my summer between semesters at the University of Otago. I am studying towards a bachelor of laws and of science majoring in chemistry and am about to begin my final semester. I feel immensely privileged to hear the stories that Youth in New Zealand have to tell and to learn about the challenges they have to overcome. To ultimately be working towards better care and [.....]

Freya Bayne

Freya Bayne

Researcher

I recently joined the Youth Transitions project as a research assistant over the summer months before I commence my final year of studies in law at Otago University, having already completed a Bachelor of Arts. My involvement in the project has been both an enlightening and inspiring experience. It is a privilege to share in the life narratives of the inspiring young people who have taken part and offered both honesty and [.....]

Kimberley Dewhurst

Kimberley Dewhurst

Researcher

In 2012 I was offered a placement with the research team as a part of my studies towards a BSW. Since completing this placement, I have stayed on in the role of researcher, and am now working towards my Masters of Social Work. I particularly enjoy meeting the young people [....]

Sheryl Kirikiri

Sheryl Kirikiri

Administrator – Practice Research and Professional Development Hub

I joined in the hub in 2007 working with Professional Development training programmes and now I am more focussed on the Pathways to Resilience Research projects.  Previously, I have worked for MidCentral Health for 15 years and the Ministry of Health with the [....]

Chrissy

Chrissy Severinsen

Research Assistant

Dr. Chrissy Severinsen is a lecturer and a public health researcher at Massey University. Her research interests include mental health, housing, homelessness and severe housing deprivation, community health and development, health policy and social services. She is currently working on transcribing interviews for the team, and is passionate about improving outcomes for young people and hearing their stories. [....]

Debbie Sturmfels

Debbie Sturmfels

Researcher

Debbie Sturmfels holds a MA in Social Work from the University of Canterbury and has practiced social work for more than 30 years. She has recently joined the team on a 3 day per week secondment from Child Youth and Family where she is a principal advisor in the Office of the Chief Social Worker. Her primary focus is to utilise the research findings and create practical resources that expand and challenge thinking about how young person centred approaches and multi-agency working can be [....]

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Katie Stevens

Principal Research Analyst at the Families Commission, based in Wellington

Katie is trained and worked as a Social Worker in Auckland and overseas before moving into research in 2001. Katie’s research interests are in child welfare, youth resilience and programme/policy evaluation. Katie is working on the Pathways to Resilience and Transitions research projects carrying out [....]

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Jak Aberdein

Researcher

I have a background in Human Resources and Management until having children and then studied to gain Masters of Applied Social Work in 2012. I have been working on the project in a part time capacity since 2010 when I was offered a social work placement as part of my studies. After the placement ended I stayed on in the role of researcher and have continued to enjoy meeting the young people involved in this project and seeing how they have transitioned into the next phase of their lives. [....]

Yvonne Urry

Yvonne Urry

Student Research Assistant - Youth Transitions Study

I joined this project during my first year of the Applied Masters in Social Work as a young person locater and interviewer. The young people that I meet never cease to inspire and amaze me. I am impressed with the level of commitment many of them have to this project and the reflections and observations that they make. I feel honoured that they continue to engage with the project year after year. I am currently involved [....]

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Nickee Kelly

Researcher

Nickee has recently joined the team after many years of working as a Social Worker and Forensic Interviewer at Child, Youth and Family. Nickee has a particular interest in children and adolescents affected by abuse, and has worked as a child therapist in private practice for the past five years. Nickee is currently working two days per week at Massey and will be primarily researching the issues facing young woman who have come to the attention of the Youth Justice System. This is a targeted piece of research which is being completed in collaboration with the Chief Youth Court Judge, focusing on identifying the particular characteristics and needs of female “offenders”.[....]

Mark Henaghan

Mark Henaghan

Professor, Dean of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand

I have been involved with research on children's rights for 30 years. The Pathways and Transitions Research Project is a very significant opportunity to hear from youth how they cope with the services society provides for them. The numbers of the youth involved and the thoroughness of the questions means that this work will have a major impact on how youth are worked with in the future.[....]

 

Joe Boden

Joe Boden

Biostatistician, Research Associate Professor, Christchurch Health & Development Study, University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Joe is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch, where he has worked on the Christchurch Health and Development Study since 2005. He received his PhD in experimental social psychology from Case Western Reserve University (USA) in 1995. His research interests are in psychiatric epidemiology, and in particular the epidemiology of substance use and mental health. Joe serves as the biostatistician [....]

Katie Krueger

Katie Krueger

Leads Resilience Research Site at Auckland Youthline

I have been involved with the Massey University Resilience Research Project as the team leader for the Auckland site for 3 years. I have a Master's degree in Psychology from Massey University. My previous roles have been in family support agencies and working with very young children with Autism. I feel very privileged to meet up with this group of young people and their families each year and hear their stories.[....]

Antonia Hunt

Antonia Hunt

Youth Development Worker, Auckland Youthline

I am currently working as a youth development worker at Youthline where I have been for the past 3+ years. I have completed a BA in psychology and sociology. I have always enjoyed working with young people, one of my first experiences of that being a part time speech and drama teacher whilst working towards my teaching speech and drama diploma. I have a huge passion for the Massey Youth Transitions project and feel privileged to have worked with the amazing young people in the project in the past 3 years. I also love my roles in facilitating youth leadership and in personal development programmes in schools.[....]

Smita Ramji

Smita Ramji

Specialty Assessment Services, Youthline Auckland

I am employed full time in the Specialty Assessment Services Team at Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust. I have been involved with the Massey University Resilience Research Project as a researcher alongside my role at Youthline since the project began in 2008. Meeting the young people involved in this project, and having the privilege of hearing their stories as they transition into adulthood has been a significant part of my own journey, both personally and professionally.[....]

Erin Sandbrook

Erin Sandbrook

Research Assistant

I joined the team in 2013 to assist with setting up a website, so we could make sure everyone could easily see the research findings. I previously worked in social services and health before studying programming and it has been a pleasure to return to work with a real heart. I have a 2 year old daughter who is a complete joy for me, and I have found people's stories inspiring and thought provoking.[....]

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