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 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


Eating disorders

School-based mental health and well-being

COVID-related mental health and well-being

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

Athlae Lyon research award 2018


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)

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  • Bowden, N., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., Audas, R., Milne, B., Smiler, K., ... Gibb, S. (2020). Autism spectrum disorder/Takiwātanga: An Integrated Data Infrastructure-based approach to autism spectrum disorder research in New Zealand. Autism : the international journal of research and practice, 24 (8), 2213-2227. 10.1177/1362361320939329
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Barry Milne
  • Serlachius, A., Badawy, S. M., & Thabrew, H. (2020). Psychosocial Challenges and Opportunities for Youth With Chronic Health Conditions During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JMIR pediatrics and parenting, 3 (2)10.2196/23057
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Serlachius
  • Serlachius, A., Schache, K., Boggiss, A., Lim, D., Wallace-Boyd, K., Brenton-Peters, J., ... Cao, N. (2020). Coping Skills Mobile App to Support the Emotional Well-Being of Young People During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study. JMIR research protocols, 9 (10)10.2196/23716
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Serlachius, Alana Cavadino
  • Bowden, N., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., & Braund, R. (2020). National prescribing rates and polypharmacy for children and young people in New Zealand with and without autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 78.10.1016/j.rasd.2020.101642
  • Thabrew, H., Moor, S., & Eggleston, M. (2020). Same proof, different pudding: comparative views of New Zealand child psychiatrists, child psychologists and child psychotherapists regarding a proposednational child and adolescent research network. Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 28 (5), 573-577. 10.1177/1039856220908178
  • Thabrew, H., Viswanathan, A., Eggleston, M., Moor, S., & Chinn, D. (2020). Consensus or chaos: Survey of prescribing practices of New Zealand child and adolescent psychiatrists for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, 7410.1016/j.rasd.2020.101553
  • Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Thabrew, H., Kokaua, J., Audas, R., Merry, S., ... Hetrick, S. E. (2020). Case identification of mental health and related problems in children and young people using the New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure. BMC medical informatics and decision making, 20 (1)10.1186/s12911-020-1057-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Merry, Sarah Hetrick
  • Thabrew, H., D'Silva S, Darragh, M., Goldfinch, M., Meads, J., & Goodyear-Smith, F. (2020). Correction: Comparison of YouthCHAT, an Electronic Composite Psychosocial Screener, With a Clinician Interview Assessment for Young People: Randomized Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 22 (2)10.2196/17339
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Margot Darragh


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Office hours

Mon -Fri 0830-1700

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3040
New Zealand

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