Jess Berentson-Shaw

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a science researcher at the Morgan Foundation public policy think tank. She agitates for evidence-based policy and believes in the power of good and honest storytelling.

Suicide, poverty and the UBI

The NZ Herald's recent special feature on teen suicide in Northland was a reminder, should anyone need it, of the tragic cost of suicide in New Zealand. It's time we all started treating suicide as the national emergency it is, writes Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw.

How to talk about vaccination without losing your shit

Of all of the parenting topics that turn into all-out war online – breast vs bottle, dummy-gate, circumcision or uncut grapes – the worst of all is surely vaccination. Here the Spinoff Parents' science writer Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw discusses the importance of talking calmly about vaccination.

Yes, we’re going there – should you vaccinate your child?

It's always a good time to talk about vaccination, but with the topic back in the news thanks to Dr Lance O'Sullivan's protest at a screening of an anti-vaxx movie, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to share again Dr Jess Bernentson-Shaw's deep dive into the issue from March this year. We'll be publishing part two and three of Dr Jess's series on vaccination over the coming days.