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Dr Denise Blake

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Denise works as a Senior lecturer for the Joint Centre for Disaster Research and the School of Psychology. She currently teaches health psychology and emergency management courses. 

Denise  has  engaged  in  the  social  justice  sector  as  health  professional  and  researcher  for  over 25  years. Her primary research interests concern issues of identity, welfare, health and disaster management. Denise values using collaborative research approaches to complex social issues and argues that we must address the knowledge-practice gap between researchers, providers and end users. This informs her commitment to the wellbeing of marginalised people, within a range of contexts, including emergency management. 

Denise works as a Senior lecturer for the Joint Centre for Disaster Research and the School of Psychology. She currently teaches health psychology and emergency management courses. 

Denise  has  engaged  in  the  social  justice  sector  as  health  professional  and  researcher  for  over 25  years. Her primary research interests concern issues of identity, welfare, health and disaster management. Denise values using collaborative research approaches to complex social issues and argues that we must address the knowledge-practice gap between researchers, providers and end users. This informs her commitment to the wellbeing of marginalised people, within a range of contexts, including emergency management. 

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Professional

Prizes and Awards

  • Early Career Poster prize at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs conference 2016. - Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (2016)
  • Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand Best Abstract Award - Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Health and wellbeing, homelessness, sex industry, alchohol and other drugs, earthquakes, community resilience, energency management.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 1

Research Outputs

Journal

Blake, D., Pooley, S., & Lyons, A. (2020). Stigma and disaster risk reduction among vulnerable groups: Considering people receiving opioid substitution treatment. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 48
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D., Healy, C., & Thomas, A. (2019). Telling Stories: Sex Workers’ Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. Counterfutures.
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D., Niland, P., & Johnston, DM. (2019). Health emergency management in Aotearoa New Zealand: Making sense of professional development. Journal of emergency management (Weston, Mass.). 17(5), 359-369
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D., Johnston, D.
Blake, D. (2018). Opioid substitution treatment and disasters: Perspectives from Aotearoa New Zealand. Diversity in Disaster. Australian Journal of Disaster Resilience Monograph. 3
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D. (2018). Access to healthcare: Opioid substitution treatment following a disaster in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Australian Community Psychologist. 29(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D. (2012). Wade in the Water…: Awash in the Sense of Adoption. Refereed Proceedings of Doing Psychology: Manawatu Doctoral Research Symposium.
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D. (2011). Wade in the Water …’: Rethinking Adoptees’ Stories of Reunion. Refereed Proceedings of Doing Psychology: Manawatu Doctoral Research Symposium.
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D.
Ahangama, N., Prasanna, R., & Blake, D. (2018). ‘Living with the floods’: the influence of relational and cognitive capital on disaster risk management capacities in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. Resilience. 7(1), 41-58 Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21693293.2018.1485622
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D., Rahubadde Kankanamge, R.
Blake, D., Johnston, D., Leonard, G., McLaren, L., & Becker, J. (2018). A citizen science initiative to understand community response to the Kaikōura earthquake and Tsunami warning in petone and Eastbourne, Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 108(3B), 1807-1817
[Journal article]Authored by: Becker, J., Blake, D., Johnston, D.
Blake, D., Marlowe, J., & Johnston, D. (2017). Get prepared: Discourse for the privileged?. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 25, 283-288
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D., Johnston, D.
Blake, DD. (2017). Book review: The road to hell: State violence against children in postwar New Zealand. Counterfutures: Left thought and practice Aotearoa. , 223-228
[Book Review]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D., Miller, A., & Rampton, A. (2017). Get prepared for an emergency: An infographic. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 21(1), 43-53
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D., & Lyons, A. (2016). Opioid substitution treatment planning in a disaster context: Perspectives from emergency management and health professionals in Aotearoa/New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D., & Coombes, L. (2016). No-man's Land: Adoption Storied Through the Aotearoa/New Zealand Adoption Act 1955. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 26(1), 47-60
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D., Coombes, L.
Tuffin, K., Hamid, J., & Blake, D. (2014). Balancing act: The relentless tyranny of monitoring and evaluating body image concerns. Women's Studies Journal. 28(1), 36-46 Retrieved from http://www.wsanz.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Blake, D., Tuffin, K.

Book

Blake, D., McManus, R., & Johnston, D. (2019). The Penguin and the Wahine: Confounding resilience. In A. Teodorescu, & MH. Jacobsen (Eds.) The Penguin and the Wahine: Shipwrecks, resilience and popular culture.
[Chapter]Authored by: Blake, D., Johnston, D.

Thesis

Blake, DD. (2015). Wade in the water: Storying adoptees' experiences through the Adoption Act 1955. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Blake, D.Edited by: Coombes, L.

Report

Coombes, L., Morgan, M., Blake, D., & McGray, S.(2009). Enhancing safety: Survivors' experiences of Viviana's advocacy at the Waitakere family violence court. New Zealand: Te Kura Hinengaro Tangata/School of Psychology, Massey University, Palmerston North
[Technical Report]Authored by: Blake, D., Coombes, L., Morgan, C.

Conference

Blake, D.(2019). Space and displacement: Sex work and the Canterbury Earthquakes 2011. .
[Conference]Authored by: Blake, D.Contributed to by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD.(2017, September). OST and disaster management. .
[Conference]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD. (2017, April). No-man's land: A call for adoption law reform in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Presented at 13th Trans-Tasman Community Psychology Conference: Critical conversations. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD. (2017, April). Access to opioid substitution treatment in a disaster context: Perspectives from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Presented at 13th Trans-Tasman Community Psychology Conference: Critical conversations. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD.(2016, September). Residing in no-man's land: Transforming adoption landscapes. .
[Conference]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD., & Lyons, A.(2016, November). Harm reduction: Responding to opioid substituion needs following a disaster. .
[Conference]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD.(2016, January). Speaking the embodied effects: Living adoption. . (pp. 80 - 80).
[Conference]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD. (2016). Opioid treatment planning in a disaster context: Stories from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Professional Society on Alcohol & Other Drugs. Sydney, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD., McManus, R., & Johnston, D. (2016). Memorialising disasters: The many roads to remembrance. Poster session presented at the meeting of People in Disasters Conference. Christchurch
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Blake, D., Johnston, D.
Blake, DD.(2015, September). Adoption: Negotiating an Identity in No-Man's Land. .
[Conference]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD. (2015). What about the junkies? Aotearoa/New Zealand opioid treatment planning in a disaster context. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Natural Hazard Management Conference. University Club of Western Australia, Perth
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD.(2013, November). Wade in the Water: Sotries from Living the Effects of Adoption. .
[Conference]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD. (2012). Birth plot: Storying adoptees' experiences through the 1955 Adopton Act. , School of Pscyhology, Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, DD. (2013, September). Wade in the Water: Body matters in adoption. Presented at The 5th Women in Psychology Trans-tasman Conference (and 22nd APS Women in Psychology Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Blake, D.
Blake, D., Morgan, M., & Coombes, L. (2013). Wade in the water: Awash in the sense of adoption.. In A. Rogerson, & S. Denne (Eds.) Published Proceedings Doing Psychology: Manawatū Doctoral Research Symposium. Vol. 2 (pp. 11 - 18). Palmerston North: Doing Psychology: Manawatū Doctoral Research Symposium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Blake, D., Coombes, L.
Blake, D., Morgan, M., & Coombes, L. (2011). ‘Wade in the water …’: Re-thinking adoptees’ stories of reunion. In R. Busch, & A. Rogerson (Eds.) Refereed Proceedings of Doing Psychology: Manawatu Doctoral Research Symposium 2011. (pp. 5 - 10). New Zealand: Manawatu Doctoral Research Symposium 2011: Doing Psychology
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Blake, D., Coombes, L., Morgan, C.
Blake, DD. (2010, December). ‘Wade in the Water …’ Birth Plot: Storying Adoptees Experiences through the 1955 Adoption Act. Presented at Women in Psychology Trans-tasman Conference nelson. Nelson.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Blake, D.

Other

Blake, DD. (2015). Does adoption law need changing? A psychological perspective.
[Other]Authored by: Blake, D.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 130.706 Emergency Management in Practice

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Yasir Syed - Doctor of Philosophy
    Development of a Framework to Model Interdependencies between Critical Lifeline Utilities and their effect on Outage Time of different regions

Media and Links

Media

  • 22 May 2015 - Magazine
    Does adoption law need changing?
    Interview with law society
  • 13 Jun 2014 - Radio
    Adoption Law Unjust
  • 01 Jan 2018 - Newspaper
    Is disaster prep only for the privileged?
    New Zealand Herald

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