Dr Stephanie D'Souza
BSc(Hons) First Class, PhD
Stephanie is a Researcher with COMPASS (Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences). She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Auckland, using data from the Growing Up in New Zealand study to investigate behavioural difficulties in early childhood. Her current research interests include investigating social factors that impact health outcomes in the population, child development and life course research as well as maternal wellbeing. She has extensive experience working with large longitudinal and administrative data sets.
Research | Current
Stephanie has a strong interest in the use of quantitative methods to investigate factors that contribute to health and social inequalities and lifespan development. She is currently involved in several research projects. Her role at COMPASS involves working with large administrative and survey data to investigate service use inequality as well as social and health outcomes within the population. She is an experienced user of the Integrated Data Infrastructure and a part of the Big Data theme within A Better Start National Science Challenge.
Stephanie is also interested in using longitudinal data to investigate factors contributing to childhood behavioural difficulties and maternal wellbeing. She has contributed to research involving several longitudinal studies, including Growing Up in New Zealand, the Auckland Birthweight Collaborative, and the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Study.
Teaching | Current
POLICY 742 (formerly POLICY 769) Advanced Research Skills
Previous teaching experience includes:
- Guest lecturer for PSYCH 744: Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods for Psychology
- Graduate teaching assistant for PSYCH 109: Mind, Brain and Behaviour, PSYCH 202: Biopsychology and PSYCH 326: Lifespan Development
International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Early Career Scholar Travel Grant (2018)
The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2015)
The University of Auckland Masters/Honours/PGDip Scholarship (2014)
The University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarship (2013/2014)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- D'Souza S, Crawford, C. N., Buckley, J., Underwood, L., Peterson, E. R., Bird, A., ... Waldie, K. E. (2019). Antenatal determinants of early childhood talking delay and behavioural difficulties. Infant behavior & development, 5710.1016/j.infbeh.2019.101388
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Underwood, Jude Buckley, Elizabeth Peterson, Susan Morton, Karen Waldie
- Shackleton, N., Chang, K., Lay-Yee, R., D'Souza S, Davis, P., & Milne, B. (2019). Microsimulation model of child and adolescent overweight: making use of what we already know. International journal of obesity (2005), 43 (11), 2322-2332. 10.1038/s41366-019-0426-9
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nichola Shackleton, Peter Davis, Barry Milne, Roy Lay-Yee
- D'Souza S, Underwood, L., Peterson, E. R., Morton, S. M. B., & Waldie, K. E. (2019). Persistence and change in behavioural problems during early childhood. BMC pediatrics, 19 (1)10.1186/s12887-019-1631-3
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Waldie, Lisa Underwood, Elizabeth Peterson, Susan Morton
- Wallander, J. L., Berry, S., Atatoa Carr, P., Peterson, E. R., Waldie, K. E., Marks, E., ... Morton, S. M. B. (2019). Patterns of exposure to Cumulative Risk Through Age 2 and associations with problem behaviors at age 4.5: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology10.1007/s10802-019-00521-w
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Waldie, Elizabeth Peterson, Emma Marks, Susan Morton
- D'Souza S, Waldie, K. E., Peterson, E. R., Underwood, L., & Morton, S. M. B. (2019). Antenatal and Postnatal Determinants of Behavioural Difficulties in Early Childhood: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Child psychiatry and human development, 50 (1), 45-60. 10.1007/s10578-018-0816-6
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Karen Waldie, Lisa Underwood, Susan Morton
- Schoeps, A., Peterson, E. R., Mia, Y., Waldie, K. E., Underwood, L., D'Souza S, & Morton, S. M. B. (2018). Prenatal alcohol consumption and infant and child behavior: Evidence from the Growing Up in New Zealand Cohort. Early human development, 123, 22-29. 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.06.011
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Morton, Elizabeth Peterson, Karen Waldie, Lisa Underwood
- Peterson, E. R., Dando, E., D’Souza S, Waldie, K. E., Carr, A. E., Mohal, J., & Morton, S. M. B. (2018). Can Infant Temperament Be Used to Predict Which Toddlers Are Likely to Have Increased Emotional and Behavioral Problems?. Early Education and Development, 29 (4), 435-449. 10.1080/10409289.2018.1457391
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Karen Waldie, Susan Morton
- D'Souza SA (2018). Behavioural Difficulties in Early Childhood: Findings from a Longitudinal Birth Cohort The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.