Research interests

Research in our department crosses a wide range of topics, reflecting the diverse interests of department members—from psychopharmacology to the ethics of end of life care.

Adult and old age psychiatry

We have a diverse range of research areas including neuropsychopharmacology, mood disorders, psychiatry education, psychiatry with regards to population health, psychiatry in old age (e.g. loneliness, assisted dying, etc.), addictions and many more.

e-Health approaches to adolescent mental health

Our researchers work with children, young people, parents, whānau/caregivers and schools to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young New Zealanders. We also develop and evaluate innovative e-Health interventions (digital tools) for children, adolescents and their whānau and for the parents of younger children. We supervise postgraduate and PhD students.

Health psychology

Our staff are highly regarded internationally and have well-established research programs. We are able to supervise students at masters and PhD level. Overall, our research ​​is concerned with understanding human behaviour in the context of health and illness.

Infant, child and adolescent mental health and development

Our research aims to improve mental health outcomes for the younger members of our population via teaching, research and advocacy.

Medical ethics

Our research focuses on central ethical considerations in medical research and clinical practice in a contemporary and evolving world, and the implications of these for medical ethics education.