Dr Hiran Thabrew


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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I'm a Child Psychiatrist and Paediatrician at Starship Children's Hospital, Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Coordinator within the Department of Psychological Medicine, and Deputy Director of the Werry Centre for Infant,Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  My research interests include psychological problems experienced by children and young people with long-term physical conditions (chronic illness), eating disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and using technology and eHealth interventions to improve the mental health of all children and young people.

Research | Current

Psychological problems in children and young people with long-term physical conditions (chronic illness)

eHealth interventions

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Eating Disorders


Teaching | Current

Undergraduate teaching of medical students

Postgraduate teaching of infant, child and adolescent mental health professionals

Online training for primary and specialist level health professionals

Postgraduate supervision



RANZCP Young Investigator Award 2008


Deputy Director of the Werry Centre for Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Areas of expertise

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Coordinator of Teaching in Child Psychiatry, University of Auckland

Coordinator of Postgraduate Certificate in Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Department of Psychological Medicine

Member of the Formal Learning Committee, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Thabrew, H., Fleming, T., Hetrick, S., & Merry, S. (2018). Co-design of eHealth Interventions With Children and Young People. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY, 910.3389/fpsyt.2018.00481
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Merry, Theresa Fleming, Sarah Hetrick
  • Thabrew, H., Sawyer, A., & Eischenberg, C. (2018). Patient-Targeted Googling by New Zealand Mental Health Professionals: A New Field of Ethical Consideration in the Internet Age. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, 24 (10), 818-824. 10.1089/tmj.2017.0247
  • Thabrew, H. (2018). Family Systems Training for Medical Students. Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 26 (5), 541-544. 10.1177/1039856218771506
  • Thabrew, H., Ruppeldt, P., & Sollers, J. J. (2018). Systematic Review of Biofeedback Interventions for Addressing Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents with Long-Term Physical Conditions. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, 43 (3), 179-192. 10.1007/s10484-018-9399-z
  • Thabrew, H., Stasiak, K., Bavin, L.-M., Frampton, C., & Merry, S. (2018). Validation of the Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) and Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ) in New Zealand help-seeking adolescents. International journal of methods in psychiatric research, 27 (3)10.1002/mpr.1610
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Sally Merry, Lynda-Maree Bavin
  • Thabrew, H., Stasiak, K., Hetrick, S. E., Wong, S., Huss, J. H., & Merry, S. N. (2018). E-Health interventions for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents with long-term physical conditions. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 810.1002/14651858.cd012489.pub2
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43902
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Sarah Hetrick, Sally Merry
  • Thabrew, H., & Eggleston, M. (2018). Spectrum of care: Current management of childhood autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in New Zealand. Australasian Psychiatry, 26 (3), 294-298. 10.1177/1039856217716290
  • Thabrew, H., Gandeza, E., Bahr, G., Bettany, D., Bampton, C., Cooney, E., ... Tiatia-Seath, J. (2018). The management of young people who self-harm by New Zealand Infant, child and adolescent mental health services: cutting-edge or cutting corners?. Australasian Psychiatry10.1177/1039856217748248
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40620
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jemaima Tiatia-Seath


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Office hours

Mon -Fri 0830-1700

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12007
New Zealand

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