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School of Health Sciences
+64 3 3690175
My research and clinical interests converge on the area of child and family wellbeing. Through my research I aim to contribute to our understanding of how systems (e.g. family and school) contribute to child wellbeing and mental health. I am particularly interested in anxiety during childhood and adolescence. From a positive psychology perspective, I am interested in the implementation and effectiveness of mindfulness-based approaches for children and families.I am interested in community partnership and inclusion in research. In 2021, I have been leading a project that aims to determine what the Autistic and autism communities priorities are for future autism research. This project uses a partcipatory research design. Across my other projects, I am seeking to include community partners to inform the design, conduct and interpretation of the research. Projects include co-design of digital mental health supports for Autistic young people, and parent co-facilitation of mindfulness-based parenting support for caregivers of Autistic young people.My current Masters and PhD supervision includes projects on mindful parenting for childhood anxiety, childhood psoriasis, and children on the autism spectrum.