Emma was a Deputy Director at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 2016 to 2018 and now leads a research project. She is also the Director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora Māori o Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit) and a Lecturer in Māori Health, both in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.
Emma has a range of research interests within the field of hauora Māori. She currently holds a Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Emerging Researcher First Grant (2014–2017) entitled Maori Disability Outcomes: Pathways and Experiences After Injury. She is a former HRC Eru Pōmare Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a Co-Investigator (Māori Health) in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, a longitudinal study of 1,037 babies born in Dunedin during 1972–1973.
What are the knowledge gaps pertaining to the impact of incarceration on whānau health and wellbeing, what is the nature and scope of current initiatives for whānau who have a family member incarcerated, and what are the barriers and challenges for whānau utilising current initiatives for these whānau members?