Monday, March 24, 2008

Research Presentations & Publications

Teaching and Research Experience

1. January 2002 to present date- Senior Clinical Lecturer, Christchurch School of Clinical Medicine, University of Otago.

2. Regular teaching at psychiatry registrar training programme. Specific areas of interest include: Cross-cultural psychiatry, phenomenology, forensic psychiatry, psycho-pharmacology, personality characteristics of risk-taking populations (mountaineers, BASE jumpers and criminals).

3. Supervision of registrars in psychiatry and senior medical students.

4. Research interests include: Metabolic complications associated with antipsychotic medications. Personality characteristics, morbidity and mortality in climbing and BASE jumping populations. Off-label use of antipsychotic medications. Epidemiological psychiatric research in developing countries.

Presentation at Conferences

1. Sept. 1999- “Diagnostic and demographic characteristics of an inpatient psychiatric population in the city of La Paz-Bolivia”. World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health, Santiago de Chile.

2. Nov. 2001- “Risk of Risk Assessment”. FIRST Forensic Conference, Christchurch, NZ.

3. Aug. 2003- Expert Panel on Prison Psychiatry. International Psychiatry Review, Christchurch, NZ.

4. April 2004- Organizer, convener and presenter of plenary session at FIRST Forensic Conference. Greymouth, NZ.

5. Nov. 2004- “Development of a Metabolic Monitoring Programme”. Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Conference, RANZCP. Perth, Australia.

6. Feb. 2006- Poster Presentation “Metabolic complications associated with antipsychotic treatment” in Forensic Faculty Conference of British College of Psychiatrists, Newcastle England.

7. March 2006- Member of NZ specialist panel for development of assessment and treatment guidelines in the management of metabolic complications in psychiatric care.

8. Nov. 2006 to March 2008- Multiple presentations on the relationship between Antipsychotic treatment, serious psychiatric disturbance and the development of metabolic complications.

9.April 2007- Presentation of research findings into Personality characteristics, morbidity and mortality findings in a population of mountaineers. Australian Climbing festival, Katoomba.

10. May 2009- “Thinking Outside The Square”, Plenary Lecture for NZ Medical Students Assoc. Annual Conference, Christchurch, NZ.

11. May 2010- Keynote Lecture. NZ Medical Students Association Annual Conference, Queenstown, NZ.

12. June 2010- “Morbidity, Mortality Findings and Personality Characteristics in a population of Mountaineers and BASE Jumpers”. Plenary Lecture; Wingate Congress of Exercise and Sports Science- The Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel.

13. Sept. 2011- “Off-label Use of Antipsychotic Medications” and “Personality Characteristics of Mountaineers, BASE Jumpers and Criminal Populations”. Plenary Lectures- RANZCP New Zealand Conference, Queenstown, NZ.

14. Dec. 2011- “Personality Characteristics and Accidents in a Population of Alpine Climbers and BASE Jumpers”. Keynote address- International Rock Climbing Research Congress, University of Canterbury. Christchurch NZ.

15. July 2012- Keynote address- “the long road to forensic psychiatry; confessions of a serial climber”, in the inaugural AUMSA medical students conference, Auckland NZ.


1. E. Monasterio, Roger T. Mulder, Thomas D. Marshall. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Post Streptococcal Infection.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 1998; 32: 579-581. doi: 10.1080/j.1440-1665.2004.02137.x

2. E. Monasterio. An Experience of Psychiatry in Ladakh, India.  Australasian Psychiatry. September 2000: 216-219.

3. H. Austin and E. Monasterio: Acute psychosis following ingestion of 'Rapture' Australasian Psychiatry. Vol. 12, 4; December 2004: 406-408.

4. E. Monasterio. Accident and fatality characteristics in a population of mountain climbers in New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal. Vol 118 No 1208; Jan 2005.

5. E. Monasterio. Development of a metabolic monitoring programme and prevalence of metabolic complications in forensic care. Poster Presentation. Newcastle, England, Feb 2006.

6. E. Monasterio. Adventure sports in New Zealand: dangerous and costly recklessness   or valuable health-promoting activity? Be careful to judge. The New Zealand Medical Journal. Feb 2006;vol.119:1247

7. E. Monasterio, O. Mei-Dan. Risk and severity of injury in a population of BASE jumpers. The New Zealand Medical Journal. July 2008;vol.121:1277

8. E. Monasterio, A.McKean. Off-label use of atypical antipsychotics in Canterbury, New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal. June 2010;124(1336):24-29.

9. E. Monasterio, C Prince. Self-cannibalism in the absence of psychosis and substance misuse. Australasian Psychiatry. April 2011;19(2):170-172

10. E. Monasterio, A.McKean. Comment- Off-label use of atypical antipsychotics in Canterbury, New Zealand.  The New Zealand Medical Journal. August 2010;124(1341):80-82.

11. E. Monasterio, R. Bhalla, A.McKean. Case report: olanzapine-induced acute pancreatitis and new diabetes mellitus. Open Journal of Psychiatry. 2012(2):110-112. doi: 10.4236/ojpsych.2012.22015

12. The Epidemiology of Severe and Catastrophic Injuries in BASE Jumping Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. May 2012;22(3):262-267.
doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e31824bd53a

13. E. Monasterio, A. McKean. Off-label use of atypical antipsychotics- A cause for concern? CNS Drugs. May 2012:26(5);383-390(8)
doi: 10.2165/11632030-000000000-00000

14. E. Monasterio, R. Mulder, C. Frampton, O. Mei-Dan. Personality variables in a population of BASE jumpers. Journal of Applied Sports Psychology. Posted online 28 Feb. 2012. doi: 10.1080/10413200.2012.666710

15. E. Monasterio, Y. Alamri, O. Mei-Dan. Personality variables in a population of mountain climbers. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences (in submission).

16. E. Monasterio, A. McKean. Quetiapine use: Science or Clever Marketing? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry July 16, 2012. July 16, 2012, doi: 10.1177/0004867412455234

Books and book chapters

1. The Andes of Bolivia: adventures and a climbing guide. (2004). A. Mesili, E. Monasterio. ProduccionCima, Bolivia.

2. Omer Mei-Dan, Erik Monasterio and Mike Carmont. Book chapter: Adventure sports injuries in Sports Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation. Ed. MahmutNedim Doral. Springer Verlag 2012.

3. Erik Monasterio. Chapter 6: “Deadly truths- Why?” in “Bold Beyond Belief- Bill Denz” by Paul Maxim. Maxim Books 2011.

4. Erik Monasterio. Book Chapter: “Personality Characteristics in Extreme sports athletes. Morbidity and mortality in Mountaineering and BASE Jumping” in Adventure and Extreme Sports Injuries, by Omer Mei-Dan, Michael R Carmont. Springer London Ltd 2012.