Dr Polly E Atatoa Carr

Associate Professor

Qualifications: MBChB, MSc, MPH, FNZCPHM

([email protected])


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

  • Atatoa Carr, P., Sadani, S., Whitehead, J., McManus-Emery, D., Parsonson, T., & Roe, J. (2020). Supporting child wellbeing: a health assessment tool for the Hamilton Children’s Team. Policy Quarterly, 16(1), 10-17. doi:10.26686/pq.v16i1.6350

  • Masters-Awatere, B., Graham, R., Scott, N., & Carr, P. A. (2020). Meal Provision Needed for Caregivers Who Stay With a Child in Hospital. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. doi:10.1037/ipp0000131

  • Scott, N., Bennett, H., Masters-Awatere, B., Sarfati, D., Atatoa-Carr, P., & Harris, R. (2020). Indigenous Cancer Research: Reflections on Roles and Responsibilities. JCO Global Oncology, (6), 143-147. doi:10.1200/jgo.19.00124 Open Access version:

  • Whitehead, J., Pearson, A. L., Lawrenson, R., & Atatoa-Carr, P. (2020). Defining general practitioner and population catchments for spatial equity studies using patient enrolment data in Waikato, New Zealand. Applied Geography, 115. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2019.102137

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Papers Taught

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Atatoa Carr, AProf Polly 5040 patatoac K.3.02 National Institute Demographic Economic