Professor John Oetzel

John Oetzel

Professor of Leadership Communication

Qualifications: PhD, Iowa; Masters of Public Health, New Mexico

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About John

Originally from the United States, Professor John Oetzel previously taught at the University of New Mexico. He teaches courses in communication consulting, health communication, and research methods. He has consulted with a number of for-profit and governmental organisations including Intel, Los Alamos National Laboratory (U.S.), the New Mexico Department of Infectious Disease, and the New Mexico Human Services Department. The topics include applied research, workplace and team relations, conflict, and health services.

His research investigates partnerships between communities and academics to address health outcomes and health inequities. “I am particularly interested in engaging with community organisations to co-design, co-deliver, and co-evaluate health interventions that have been developed through participatory methods."

He is co-author of two books: with Stephen Littlejohn & Karen Foss, 'Theories of Human Communication', 2021, Waveland; and with Stella Ting-Toomey 'Managing Intercultural Communication Effectively' (2001, Sage). He is co-editor (with Stella Ting-Toomey) of 'The Sage Handbook of Conflict Communication' (2013, Sage) and (with Nina Wallerstein, Bonnie Duran, and Meredith Minkler) "Community-based participatory research for health' (2018, Jossey-Bass). His is author of 'Intercultural Communication: A Layered Approach' (2009, Pearson). He is also the author of more than 120 articles and book chapters.

He is currently working on two national sciences challenge projects: 1) Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Pōī--creating a network of 11 Kaumātua service providers to co-develop and co-deliver two health interventions (Ageing Well National Science Challenge, 2019-2023); and 2) He Kāinga Pai Rawa--working with two Māori community organisations to develop a housing village for Kaumātua and whānau (Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, 2020-2024). He recently completed a project funded by the US National Institute for Nursing Research examining a tool kit for enhancing the quality of community-based participatory research processes (2016-20).

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Partnerships between academic and community researchers, health equity, co-design methodologies

Recent Publications

  • Hokowhitu, B., Oetzel, J., Jackson, A. M., Simpson, M., Ruru, S., Cameron, M., . . . Warbrick, I. (2022). Mana motuhake, indigenous biopolitics and health. AlterNative, 18(1), 104-113. doi:10.1177/11771801221088448

  • Oetzel, J., Ruru, S., Zhang, Y., Simpson, M., Nock, S., Meha, P., . . . Hokowhitu, B. (2021). Enhancing well-being and social connectedness for Māori Elders through a peer education (Tuakana-Teina) programme: A cross-sectional baseline study. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 9 pages. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2021.775545

  • Mandlik, M., Oetzel, J. G., & Kadirov, D. (2021). Obesity and health care interventions: Substantiating a multi-modal challenge through the lens of grounded theory. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 32(2), 274-284. doi:10.1002/hpja.347

  • Boursaw, B., Oetzel, J. G., Dickson, E., Thein, T. S., Sanchez-Youngman, S., Peña, J., . . . Wallerstein, N. (2021). Scales of practices and outcomes for Community-Engaged Research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 67(3-4), 256-270. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12503

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Communication; Health; Social Science Research

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.4.34
Phone: +64 7 838 4431