Dr Shemana Cassim
Qualifications: BSc (Melbourne, Aus); MAppPsyc(Comm); PhD (Waikato)
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.
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.
Culture; Health; Migration; Psychology; Social Science Research
Rolleston, A., Cassim, G. 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
Lawrenson, R., Lao, C., Brown, L., Chepulis, L., Cassim, S., Rolleston, A., . . . Kidd, J. (2019). A review of the Midland Lung Cancer Register. Poster session presented at the meeting of Cancer at a Crossroad Conference. Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand.
Lawrenson, R., Lao, C., Brown, L., Chepulis, L., Cassim, G., Rolleston, A., . . . Kidd, J. (2019). Improving early access to lung cancer diagnosis for rural Māori communities. Poster session presented at the meeting of Cancer Care at a Crossroads Conference. Conference held at Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand.
Cassim, S., Stolte, O., & Hodgetts, D. (2019). Migrants straddling the “here” and “there”: Explorations of habitus and hybrid identities among Sri Lankan migrants in New Zealand. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. doi:10.1002/casp.2436
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