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Dr Shemana Cassim

Research Fellow

Qualifications: BSc (Melbourne, Aus); MAppPsyc(Comm); PhD (Waikato)

Research Interests

Shemana has an interest in the cultural, social and community factors involved in health and illness, and how cultural, historical and social contexts, inter-group relations and societal structures influence the health of migrant and/or indigenous groups. In 2017, Shemana completed her PhD exploring how Sri Lankan migrants in New Zealand negotiate processes of settlement and adaptation in their new home in ways that can enhance their sense of belonging and thus their overall well-being. Key issues considered include, collective identity maintenance, places of belonging, and the importance of food-related practices in maintaining cultural links and facilitating social networks in migrants’ everyday lives.

Currently, Shemana is part of a HRC funded project exploring barriers to early diagnosis and treatment of Lung Cancer among Māori and rural communities.

About Me

Shemana has a background in Social Psychology. While her intellectual roots are located in general social, health and indigenous psychologies, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to health research.

Shemana is a co-convenor of the Aotearoa Migration Research Network. She is also an executive council member of CEAD.

Expertise

Culture; Health; Migration; Psychology; Social Science Research

Recent Publications

  • Blackmore, T., Norman, K., Kidd, J., Cassim, S., Chepulis, L., Keenan, R., . . . Lawrenson, R. (2020). Barriers and facilitators to colorectal cancer diagnosis in New Zealand: A qualitative study. BMC Family Practice, 21(1). doi:10.1186/s12875-020-01276-w

  • Egan, R., Lawrenson, R., Kidd, J., Cassim, S., Black, S., Blundell, R., . . . Broughton, J. R. (2020). Inequalities between Māori and non-Māori men with prostate cancer in Aotearoa New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1521), 69-76.

  • Rolleston, A., Cassim, S., Kidd, J., Lawrenson, R., Keenan, R., & Hokowhitu, B. (2020). Seeing the unseen: Evidence of Kaupapa Māori health interventions. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. doi:10.1177/1177180120919166

  • Cassim, S., Hodgetts, D., & Stolte, O. (2020). Exploring distancing among Sri Lankan migrants in New Zealand. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 79, 165-176. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2020.09.003

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