School of Population Health


Peter J. Adams - PHD supervision

Goal


PhD study provides scholars with an unparalleled learning opportunity to look in depth over several years into a particular topic area. While this experience is unique, it also brings with it a range of challenges. My goal as a PhD supervisor is to maximise the learning and discovery aspects of a PhD but at the same time balancing this with the practicalities of conducting a research process and completing the dissertation.

Supervision interests


  • Social theory applications to alcohol and drug issues.
  • Innovative approaches to alcohol and drug issues.
  • The dynamics of addictions within family contexts.
  • The social and political impacts of the expansion of commercialized gambling.
  • Discourse approaches to violence, abuse and neglect.
  • Language and rhetoric applications to health issues.
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Studying PhDs at the University of Auckland


PhD study follows the Scottish rather than North American structure where the scholar is wholly assessed on a dissertation.

Before enrolling in a PhD, candidates need to find two supervisors for their project and they will need to develop a proposal that outlines in detail the nature of the research and their suitability for undertaking that project. The proposal is submitted to a Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences committee for approval.

Scholars enrol first in a "provisional year" which will require them to complete a set of tasks that usually includes a literature review, a paper for journal submission and a seminar presentation.

PhD Scholars in our school are provided with a workspace, access to a computer and internet, access to phones and photocopiers and are encouraged to join in with the academic and social life of the school.

More information about doctoral study

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Completed and current PhD scholars


Completed:

  • Lana Perese. You Bet Your Life... And Mine: Contemporary Samoan Gambling in New Zealand Enrolled October 2001. Awarded HRC Post-graduate Scholarship. [Principle Supervisor with Timothy McCreanor from Psychology and Melani Anae in Pacific Studies] Currently employed as a senior researcher with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.
  • Justin Pulford. Treatment-Fit: A Novel Response to Unilateral Exit in a Psychosocial-Based Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Context. Enrolled 2002, completed 2007. [Principle supervisor with Janie Sheridan in Pharmacy]. Currently employed as a researcher at AUT University.
  • Fiona Rossen. Adolescent Gambling in New Zealand: An Exploration of Protective and Risk Factors.  Enrolled 2000, completed 2007. [Principle Supervisor with Robyn Dixon in Nursing]. Submitted May 2007. Fiona is currently employed in the Centre for Gambling Studies. Read more
  • Jacquie Kidd. Aroha Mai: Nurses, Nursing and Mental Illness. Contributed to supervision in final year. Completed 2007. [Mary Finlayson Principle Supervisor in Nursing]. Jacquie currently lecturing in School of Nursing. Read more 
  • Vili Nosa. Alcohol Behaviours & Beliefs Amongst Niuean Migrants in Auckland, NZ and Niue. Enrolled June 1997, completed 2004. Awarded HRC Post-graduate Scholarship. [Principle supervisor]. Currently lecturer in Pacific Health in the School of Population Health. Find out more
  • Sara Bennett. A Qualitative Investigation of Young Person’s Suicide Attempts: Resiliency & Paths to Well-being.Enrolled 1998, completed 2001. Awarded ALAC Post-graduate Scholarship. [Co-supervisor with Carolyn Coggan in Community Health].
  • Marewa Glover. Reducing Maori Smoking: Elements of an Effective Intervention. Enrolled July 1996, completed November 2000. Awarded HRC Post-graduate Scholarship. [Principle supervisor]. Winner of Faculty prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation 2002. Currently director of the Auckland Tobacco Control Research Centre in the School of Population Health. Read more
  • Ian Lambie. Resiliency in Prevention of the Victim-Offender Cycle in Male Sexual Abuse. Enrolled April 1994, completed June 1998. Awarded ACC Post-graduate Scholarship. [Co-supervisor with Fred Seymour in Psychology]. Winner of international prize for research on sexual abuse. Currently director for the University of Auckland clinical psychology training programme. Read more | Staff information
  • Loma Hector-Taylor. Loneliness, Somatisation, and Visits to the Doctor: Relationships Amongst these Variables in a 60 plus Age Group. Enrolled May 1994, completed March 1998. [Principle supervisor]. Loma practiced as a clinical psychologist and has since retired. Read more
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