BA, BHSc(Hons), PhD
I am an interdisciplinary health researcher interested in improving health services and systems for children, young people and their families. I work alongside clinicians in the intersection between clinical and public health to prioritise participant voices in service improvement and systems change. My training is in health sciences, public health and political studies, with experience in both quantitative and qualitative health research. My research interests increasingly span the social and political determinants of health and health inequities.
I joined the department as a Girdlers’ New Zealand Health Research Council fellow and I currently work on an NIHR-funded study to understand family experiences of Long Covid in order to support self-care and timely access to services.
I completed my PhD with the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland in 2020, which focused on improving outcomes for families involved in a novel child and adolescent obesity intervention programme while addressing health equity. The mixed-methods research investigated the challenges surrounding engagement in health services for childhood obesity and long-term persistence of healthy lifestyle change. Since then I have contributed to a range of studies on multidisciplinary obesity intervention and enabling fair and informed involvement in child health research, and I remain an honorary academic with the University of Auckland.
I am a co-investigator on an ongoing study of healthcare workers’ experiences of PPE access during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand as part of the PPE disinfection for potential reuse project with the University of Auckland. This project focuses on the environmental impact of PPE disposal in addition to increasing PPE supply.
I’m also an associate with Healthier Systems, a global health research consultancy working with organisations such as the World Health Organization and the World Bank, and we have recently worked on non-communicable disease policy implementation in LMICs.
Mixed-Methods Survey of Healthcare Workers’ Experiences of Personal Protective Equipment during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Wild CEK. et al, (2022), International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 2474 - 2474
"It's more personal if you can have that contact with a person": Qualitative study of health information preferences of parents and caregivers of children with obesity in New Zealand
Wild C. et al, (2022), Health and Social Care in the Community
Ultraviolet-C Irradiation, Heat, and Storage as Potential Methods of Inactivating SARS-CoV-2 and Bacterial Pathogens on Filtering Facepiece Respirators
Harfoot R. et al, (2022), Pathogens, 11, 83 - 83
Correspondence: systematic reviews do not always capture context of real-world intervention programmes for childhood obesity (response to Littlewood, et al., 2020 in BMC Public Health)
Wild CEK. et al, (2021), BMC Public Health, 21
Five-year follow-up of a family-based multidisciplinary program for children with obesity.
Wild CEK. et al, (2021), Obesity (Silver Spring)