Dr Stephanie Ann D'Souza

BSc(Hons) First Class, PhD

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Stephanie is a Researcher with COMPASS (Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences) and a PhD student from the School of Psychology working on the Growing Up in New Zealand study. She has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Statistics from the University of Auckland. She achieved First Class Honours in Psychology, where she investigated the environmental and genetic determinants of childhood depression.


Research | Current

Stephanie has a strong interest in the use of quantitative methods to investigate factors that contribute to lifespan development and social functioning. She is currently involved in several research projects.

For her PhD with Growing Up in New Zealand, Stephanie is investigating factors contributing to behavioural difficulties during early childhood. She has also contributed to research focusing on maternal mental health and children's cognitive development using Growing Up in New Zealand data.

Her role in COMPASS involves working with big data using the Intregrated Data Infrastructure. As a part of the Big Data theme with A Better Start: National Science Challenge, she is investigating childhood obesity and mental health. In addition, she is also investigating the Pareto Principle in relation to service utilisation within New Zealand.



Teaching | Current

Graduate teaching assistant for PSYCH 326: Lifespan Development. 

Previous teaching experience includes:

  • Graduate teaching assistant for PSYCH 109: Mind, Brain and Behaviour and  PSYCH 202: Biopsychology
  • Guest lecturer for PSYCH 744: Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods for Psychology


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)