Professor Shanthi Ameratunga



A paediatrician and public health physician by background, Shanthi leads a multi-disciplinary research program focusing on trauma outcomes, injury prevention, disability and rehabilitation. She completed her PhD and postdoctoral training at the University of Auckland and the Johns Hopkins University, respectively. Her research collaborations include projects focusing on child and youth health, road safety and transport environments, and interventions addressing inequities in health care, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Wellcome Trust (UK), the National Health & Medical Research Council (Australia), and the Accident Compensation Corporation (NZ). A key focus of her 25 years in academia has involved coaching and mentoring the next generation of health professionals and researchers in New Zealand and less-resourced settings. She has served on numerous expert advisory groups and co-chairs the governance and leadership working group of the Lancet WHO UNICEF Commission on Child Health in the SDG Era funded by the Gates Foundation. She has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and particularly enjoys working in cross-disciplinary contexts.       

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Applied epidemiology and Health services research
  • Trauma research and outcomes
  • Disability & Rehabilitation
  • Youth health
  • Global health

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ameratunga, S., Jackson, N., Peiris-John, R., Sheridan, J., Moselen, E., & Clark, T. (2019). New Zealand adolescents' concerns about their alcohol use and access to services: Associations with ethnicity and other factors. Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse, 18 (4), 634-653. 10.1080/15332640.2018.1428710
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janie Sheridan, Roshini Peiris-John, Terryann Clark
  • Ameratunga, S., Clark, T., & Banati, P. (2018). Changing school climates to promote adolescent wellbeing: two trials with one goal. Lancet (London, England), 392 (10163), 2416-2418. 10.1016/s0140-6736(18)32280-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Terryann Clark
  • Kool, B., Sharpe, S., Humphrey, G., Dobson, R., Whittaker, R., & Ameratunga, S. (2018). DEVELOPING AN ALCOHOL RISK COMMUNICATION TOOL FOR USE IN PRIMARY CARE. DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rosie Dobson, Bridget Kool
  • Jones, P., Athaullah, W., Harper, A., Wells, S., LeFevre, J., Stewart, J., ... Ameratunga, S. (2018). Time to CT head in adult patients with suspected traumatic brain injury: Association with the 'Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments' health target in Aotearoa New Zealand. Injury, 49 (9), 1680-1686. 10.1016/j.injury.2018.05.011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Peter Jones, Susan Wells, Elana Curtis
  • Chin, M. H., King, P. T., Jones, R. G., Jones, B., Ameratunga, S. N., Muramatsu, N., & Derrett, S. (2018). Lessons for achieving health equity comparing Aotearoa/New Zealand and the United States. Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 122 (8), 837-853. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.05.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rhys Jones
  • Sharpe, S., Kool, B., Whittaker, R., Lee, A. C., Reid, P., Civil, I., ... Ameratunga, S. (2018). Effect of a text message intervention to reduce hazardous drinking among injured patients discharged from a trauma ward: A randomized controlled trial. Digital Medicine10.1038/s41746-018-0019-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Bridget Kool, Arier Lee, Ian Civil
  • Ryan, R., Hosking, J., Wilkinson-Meyers, L., & Ameratunga, S. (2018). Children's perceptions of a 'self-explaining road' intervention to improve neighbourhood safety. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 54 (4), 365-369. 10.1111/jpc.13776
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jamie Hosking, Laura Wilkinson-Meyers
  • Warren, I., Meads, A., Whittaker, R., Dobson, R. R., & Ameratunga, S. (2018). Behavior Change for Youth Drivers: Design and Development of a Smartphone-Based App (BackPocketDriver). JMIR Formative Research, 2 (2)10.2196/formative.9660
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rosie Dobson, Andrew Meads


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1077
New Zealand

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