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Jane Koziol-McLain, Ph.D, RN - Principal Investigator

Professor Jane Koziol-McLain has over 20 years experience in her chosen field of nursing as well as a passion and talent for research into the health system response to violence against women and children. She is Director of the Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Centre, based in the School of Health Care Practice at Auckland University of Technology, where she balances research, teaching and service. Her work has won numerous awards including 'Excellence in Research' from the Nurses Network on Violence Against Women International. She has been leader of numerous important projects including evaluation of the Ministry of Health's Violence Intervention Programme and a randomised controlled study testing the effectiveness of a health care delivered brief intimate partner violence screening intervention.

Denise Wilson, Ph.D - Co-Investigator

Associate Professor Denise Wilson (Ngāti Tahinga) is Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research and is based in Māori Health at the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, and is a co-investigator for isafe. Her areas of expertise are in Māori health, family violence, cultural issues and health workforce development. She is a member of the Te Mata o te Tau (Academy of Māori Research & Scholarship), the Ministry of Health's Violence Intervention Programme Advisory Group and Korowai Atawhai, the Health Quality & Safety Commission's Family Violence Death Review Committee, and of the Nursing Network for Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) Board.

Shyamala Nada-Raja , Ph.D - Co-Investigator

Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja is a Senior Research Fellow and is based in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. As a co-investigator, she contributes to the study with respect to its initiation, organisation and direction, including study design, data collection, analyses, preparation of scientific papers and reports, and dissemination of findings. Shyamala's expertise and scientific publications are in the areas of youth mental health, self-harm, and violence via longitudinal and web-based intervention studies (e.g., RID Trial, http://www.otago.ac.nz/rid) that she leads in these areas of research. She is also developing her research expertise in positive psychology via these studies.

Alain Vandal, Ph.D - Co-Investigator

Alain Vandal is Senior Biostatistician at the Ko Awatea Centre for Research, Knowledge and Information Management, Counties Manukau District Health Board, and Associate Professor of Biostatistics at AUT University. He is senior statistician for several publicly funded randomised controlled trials and population-based studies in clinical as well as public health fields, including gambling, injection drug use, rehabilitation and the isafe trial. He has worked in the past on the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and of Multiple Sclerosis.

Karen Eden, Ph.D - Co-Investigator

Dr Karen Eden is an Associate Professor in the Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology Department at Oregon Health and Science University. She directs the decision aid development team at the Oregon Health and Science University and works with the International Patient Decision Aid Standards steering committee, which is developing minimal quality standards for decision aids. She has a diverse research and teaching background that includes evidence-based medicine, decision modelling, and informed patient decision making.

Nancy Glass, Ph.D - Co-Investigator

Dr Nancy Glass is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US, and is a co-investigator for isafe. She approaches her work in an interdisciplinary manner, and her expertise is in the areas of health disparities, structural interventions (housing, employment), and IPV prevention interventions. Nancy conducts community-academic collaborative research addressing the negative health and social consequence associated with sexual and gender-based violence and health disparities.

Rangi Davis - isafe's Kaumatua

Rangi founded the Mana Wahine Taumatatanga Trust that delivers Wananga and counseling from a wairua perspective for Māori women living on the North Shore in Auckland. She recently completed a Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. As well a supporting cultural safety. Rangi has been a champion in recruiting Māori women to isafe.

Terry Dobbs, M.A. (Dist) - Research Officer

Terry Dobbs belongs to Ngapuhi Te Mahurihuri Ngati Pakau. She holds both social work qualifications and a Masters Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies and has many years of experience working in the field of whanau violence interventions and prevention and the use of strategies for Maori using cultural frameworks and practices, as well as many years working in the fields of child protection, child advocacy and children's rights. She has been engaged in training on engagement with children in a number of settings, ensuring safe ethical (tika) practice when working with children and young people. Terry has worked in academic, statutory, community and iwi settings. She has significant experience in kaupapa Maori research and work with family violence initiatives (particularly with children and young people), and has strong active networks with iwi and Maori social service organisations.

Christine McLean - Research Project Manager

Christine McLean is a Research Project Manager and is based in the ITRC in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University. She has a strong background in project and change management within the New Zealand health system. Her research expertise and publications are in the area of gerontology and older people's health.

James Case, MBI - IT Consultant / Sofware Developer

James Case is the web developer and IT consultant for the project. He holds a Masters Degree in Biomedical Informatics and has contributed to the development of many consumer health oriented web applications, particulary serving vulnerable populations. His primary area of specialization is in clinical research informatics where he has contributed to the development and implementation of systems enabling researchers to become more efficient and compliant with data collection methods.