Jess Berentson-Shaw

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a researcher and public communicator. She consults on effective evidence-based policy, and helps people and organisations engage the power of good storytelling to change minds.

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.