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.

Recent Publications

  • Cassim, S., Chepulis, L., Keenan, R., Kidd, J., Firth, M., & Lawrenson, R. (2019). Patient and carer perceived barriers to early presentation and diagnosis of lung cancer: A systematic review 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis. BMC Cancer, 19(1). doi:10.1186/s12885-018-5169-9 Open Access version:

  • Kidd, J., Raphael, D., Cassim, G. S., Black, S., Blundell, R., & Egan, R. (2018). Health service provider responses to indigenous peoples with cancer: An integrative review. European Journal of Cancer Care. doi:10.1111/ecc.12975

  • Cassim, G. S. (2018). Migrants straddling the here and there: Explorations of habitus and hybrid identities among Sri Lankan migrants in New Zealand. In Global Migrations Conference. Conference held at University of Otago, Dunedin.

  • Cassim, G. S. (2018). Intercultural psychology: A case from Sri Lanka. In W. W. Li, D. Hodgetts, & K. H. Foo (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology (pp. 18 pages). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Cassim, Dr Shemana 4989 cassim K.3.22 Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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