Dr Polly E Atatoa Carr

Qualifications: MBChB, MSc, MPH, FNZCPHM

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Children; Health; Population Studies

Research Interests

Public health physician specialising in improving population health and equity with expertise in:

  • Translational research to ensure that research findings inform the development of policy and programmes to improve population health and equity;
  • Longitudinal epidemiological analysis of the developmental pathways that lead to health and wellbeing and equity across the life course;
  • Vulnerable populations;
  • Ethnicity data collection, analysis and interpretation;
  • Māori and Pacific health and wellbeing;
  • The broader determinants of health;
  • Research ethics and the relationship between community and research practise.

Recent Publications

  • Morton, S. M. B., Napier, C., Morar, M., Waldie, K., Peterson, E., Atatoa Carr, P., . . . Cha, J. (2022). Mind the gap – unequal from the start: evidence from the early years of the 'Growing Up in New Zealand' longitudinal study. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 1-21. doi:10.1080/03036758.2022.2058026

  • Graham, R., Stolte, O., & Atatoa Carr, P. (2022). A cup of yea to keep warm: Food-related practices in Aotearoa New Zealand for survival while homeless. International Journal on Homelessness, 2(1), 1-17.

  • Whitcombe, A. L., Han, F., McAlister, S. M., Kirkham, L. A. S., Young, P. G., Ritchie, S. R., . . . Moreland, N. J. (2022). An eight-plex immunoassay for Group A streptococcus serology and vaccine development. Journal of Immunological Methods, 500. doi:10.1016/j.jim.2021.113194

  • Nathan, K., Robertson, O., Atatoa Carr, P., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2022). Residential mobility and potentially avoidable hospitalisations in a population-based cohort of New Zealand children. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. doi:10.1136/jech-2021-218509

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