Dr Helen Paris Hamer

•PhD (Nursing), University of Auckland


Helen is a registered psychiatric and general nurse and is a recipient of the Senior Health Research Scholarship from The University of Auckland to complete her doctorate full time. Helen returns to her post as Senior Lecturer/Nurse Consultant for ADHB in March 2010. Helen has an extensive background in working in mental health settings with individuals, groups and families.  Helen's specialty practice is cognitive and behaviour therapy and liaison psychiatry nursing. Currently her clinical practice area is the consumer-clinician alliance to deliver psychological interventions in group and individual therapy with people with psychosis (distressing voices), and teaching and developing of other practitioner's skills in this area.

Helen has supervised Master's students in the areas of Pacific Island mental health, primary mental health and clinical supervision.

  • Master of Nursing (Mental Health) (First Class Hons), Massey University
  • Certificate in Training and Human Resource Development, University of Auckland
  • Doctoral candidate

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Citizenship, social justice and human rights issues for mental health service users
  • Mental health legislation
  • Social inclusion 
  • Panic disorder and non-cardiac chest pain
  • Professional nursing practice issues
  • The use of psychological strategies in primary health care settings

Teaching | Current

I teach in the Nurse Entry to Specialty Practice (NESP) New Graduate programmme, specifically on psychological strategies and CBT informed nursing practice, and other post graduate topics on leadership and change.



Postgraduate supervision

Helen has supervised a number of Master's students on a range of topics such as:

  • Evaluating a smoking cessation programme in a general practice setting
  • Planned parenthood in lesbian-led families
  • The attitudes and beliefs of mental health nurses in the screening for metabolic syndrome with people who take anti-psychotic medication
  • Mental health nurses' experiences of the impact that clinical supervision has on their therapeutic relationships with service users


  • Fundamentals of psychiatric/mental health nursing in the BNurs
  • Working with people who have learning and physical disabilities
  • Cognitive and behaviour therapy
  • Teaching a variety of topics on the Learning and Development programme within ADHB mental health services
  • Involvement in postgraduate education in mental health specialty practice papers

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Fellow Te Ao Maramatanga, the NZ College of Mental Health Nurses

Board member NZ Vietnamese Health Trust, Christchurch and volunteer teacher at the psychiatric hospital in Binh Dinh province Viet Nam

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hamer, H. P. (2011). Inside the city walls: Mental health service users’ journeys towards full citizenship The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11915
  • Hamer, H. P. (2011). What can past, present and future notions of citizenship teach us about mental health nursing, participation and political power [Keynote Address]. Paper presented at Te Ao Maramatanga: New Zealand College of Mental health Nurses Bi-Annual National Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand. 6 July - 8 July 2011.
  • Schneebeli, C., O'Brien AJ, Lampshire, D. J., & Hamer, H. P. (2010). Service user involvement in undergraduate mental health nursing in New Zealand. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 19 (1), 30-35. 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00642.x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16092
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anthony O'Brien, Debra Lampshire
  • Hamer, H. P., McCallin, A. M., & Garrett, N. (2009). Searching for self: the layers and labels of panic disorder: a New Zealand study. Nurs Health Sci, 11 (1), 51-57. 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2009.00430.x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16094
  • Hamer, H. P., Lampshire, D. J., & Randal, P. (2009). A Multi-Modal (CBT and DBT) Approach to Re-Covery: Collaborative Crisis Planning and Advance Directives. Paper presented at Specific Workshop for Nottingham Health Trust, Nottingham, UK. 23 June - 23 June 2009.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Debra Lampshire
  • Hamer, H. P., Thom, K., Finlayson, M., Hughes, F., & Tomkins, S. (2006). Mental health nursing and its future: A discussion document (commissioned by MOH). Wellington, New Zealand.