Dr Sarah Anne Phelps Hopkins


Dr Sarah Hopkins is a research fellow in the Department of Psychological Medicine, joining the Department in May 2015 as a postdoctoral Study Manager.  Sarah’s previous clinical research background is in exercise physiology. She completed her PhD at the Liggins Institute with Professor Paul Hofman, investigating the effects of moderate exercise during pregnancy on healthy, first-time mothers and their babies. Sarah then spent three years in the United States in a postdoctoral role at Saint Louis University. During this time, Sarah developed and evaluated lifestyle approaches (nutrition and physical activity) to promote healthy and appropriate weight gain during pregnancy for women who are overweight or obese. She is passionate about exploring the potential of lifestyle change to improve both short- and long-term health outcomes for mothers and their offspring as well as adolescent and young people.

Research | Current

Treatment Approaches for Children and Young people (TrACY) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Study (Study Manager).

  • The TrACY study is an international research collaboration involving researchers from the Werry Centre, Harvard University, Le Va, and clinicians from five DHBs. The TrACY study was designed to test the efficacy of MATCH (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children) in a New Zealand context. MATCH is an evidence-based modular therapy that provides a flexible set of treatment modules with which to address the most comment childhood mental health problems.

HABITs - Health Advances through Behavioural Intervention Technologies (BITs) (Study Manager)

  • HABITs is part of the National Science Challenge A Better Start - E Tipu e Rea. The aim of HABITs is to increase detection and access to evidence-based interventions for common mental health challenges in New Zealand adolescents. We plan to achieve this by partnering with Māori and Pacific to facilitate a co-design approach to develop and test a digital platform of e-health mental health interventions.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12005
New Zealand

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