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Gareth Treharne

Dr Gareth Treharne

Gareth Treharne
Dr Gareth Treharne is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago, where he has worked since 2007. His research interests are in health psychology, rheumatology, sexuality and gender, and the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods. These interests all intersect with people’s abilities and freedoms as critical issues for well-being.

Dr Treharne has been involved in a number of collaborative projects internationally and with colleagues in medicine, sociology, and physiotherapy at the University of Otago. He has supervised a number of undergraduate, master’s, and PhD students who have completed projects applying a range of methodologies to diverse topics in psychology and health research. Dr Treharne also teaches undergraduate and honours courses on health psychology and research methods. Dr Treharne is the Department of Psychology’s academic liaison with the University of Otago’s Disability Information & Support Service ( and was awarded for providing exemplary support for students in 2015.

Dr Treharne is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, having been a graduate member since completing his undergraduate degree in mathematics and psychology at the University of Birmingham, where he also completed his PhD in psychology. Dr Treharne is the Vice Chair of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (, and international organisation of researchers that meets every two years and fosters critical health research.

Recent publications

Smith, C. M., Treharne, G. J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. A. (2016). Using qualitative evidence to develop an intervention for enabling people with chronic disabling conditions to be more physically active. In K. Olson, R. A. Young & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice (pp. 453-472). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2920-7_27

Treharne, G. J., & Riggs, D. W. (2015). Ensuring quality in qualitative research. In P. Rohleder & A. C. Lyons (Eds.), Qualitative research in clinical and health psychology (pp. 57-73). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Aldaz, B. E., Treharne, G. J., Knight, R. G., Conner, T. S., & Perez, D. (2016). Oncology healthcare professionals’ perspectives on the psychosocial support needs of cancer patients during oncology treatment. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105315626999

Riggs, D. W., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Decompensation: A novel approach to accounting for stress arising from the effects of ideology and social norms. Journal of Homosexuality. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2016.1194116

Baxter, S. V., Hale, L. A., Stebbings, S., Gray, A. R., Smith, C. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Walking is a feasible physical activity for people with rheumatoid arthritis: A feasibility randomized controlled trial. Musculoskeletal Care, 14(1), 47-56. doi: 10.1002/msc.1112

Clay, L., Hay-Smith, J., Treharne, G., & Milosavljevic, S. (2016). “There are risks to be taken and some just push it too far”: How farmers perceive quad-bike incident risk. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(1), 55-61. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12454

Sangelaji, B., Smith, C. M., Paul, L., Kovanur Sampath, K., Treharne, G. J., & Hale, L. A. (2016). The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(6), 559-576. doi: 10.1177/0269215515595274

Paterson, H., Hay-Smith, E. J., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Women’s experiences of changes in eating during pregnancy: A qualitative study in Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 52, 5-11. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl52.2016.1.5-11

Campbell, K., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., Cameron, C., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). How does dog-walking influence perceptions of health and wellbeing in healthy adults? A qualitative dog-walk-along study. Anthrozoös, 29(2), 181-192. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2015.1082770

Aimer, P., Stamp, L. K., Stebbings, S., Cameron, V., Kirby, S., Croft, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Developing a tailored smoking cessation intervention for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Musculoskeletal Care, 14(1), 2-14. doi: 10.1002/msc.1106

Hegarty, R. S. M., Treharne, G. J., Stebbings, S., & Conner, T. S. (2016). Fatigue and mood among people with arthritis: Carry-over across the day. Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/hea0000321

Baxter, S., Smith, C., Treharne, G., Stebbings, S., & Hale, L. (2016). What are the perceived barriers, facilitators and attitudes to exercise for women with rheumatoid arthritis? A qualitative study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(8), 773-780. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1061602

Hale, L. A., Mirfin-Veitch, B. F., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Prevention of falls for adults with intellectual disability (PROFAID): A feasibility study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(1), 36-44. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1017613

Aimer, P., Treharne, G. J., Stebbings, S., Frampton, C., Cameron, V., Kirby, S., & Stamp, L. K. (2016). Efficacy of a rheumatoid arthritis-specific smoking cessation programme: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Arthritis Care & Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/acr.22960

Johnston, M. E., Treharne, G. J., Chapman, P. T., & Stamp, L. K. (2015). Patient information about gout: An international review of existing educational resources. Journal of Rheumatology, 42(6), 975-978. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.141442

Riggs, D. W., Ansara, G. Y., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). An evidence-based model for understanding the mental health experiences of transgender Australians. Australian Psychologist, 50(1), 32-39. doi: 10.1111/ap.12088

Hegarty, R. S. M., Conner, T. S., Stebbings, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). Feel the fatigue and be active anyway: Physical activity on high-fatigue days protects adults with arthritis from decrements in same-day positive mood. Arthritis Care & Research, 67(9), 1230-1236. doi: 10.1002/acr.22582

Aimer, P., Stamp, L., Stebbings, S., Valentino, N., Cameron, V., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). Identifying barriers to smoking cessation in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 67(5), 607-615. doi: 10.1002/acr.22503

Clay, L., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Treharne, G. J., & Milosavljevic, S. (2015). Unrealistic optimism, fatalism, and risk-taking in New Zealand farmers’ descriptions of quad-bike incidents: A directed qualitative content analysis. Journal of Agromedicine, 20(1), 11-20. doi: 10.1080/1059924x.2014.976727

Hall-McMaster, S. M., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2015). ‘The positive feel’: Unpacking the role of positive thinking in people with multiple sclerosis’s thinking aloud about staying physically active. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105315592047

Mayland, E. C., Hay-Smith, E. J., & Treharne, G. J. (2015). Recovery-related anxiety and disability following upper limb injury: The importance of context. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(19), 1753-1759. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.976719

Graham, K., Treharne, G. J., Ruzibiza, C., & Nicolson, M. (2015). The importance of health(ism): A focus group study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer and transgender individuals’ understandings of health. Journal of Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105315600236