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., & Goodyear-Smith, F. (2020). Youth version, Case-finding and Help Assessment Tool (YouthCHAT): An electronic, psychosocial screener for young people with long-term physical conditions. Journal of paediatrics and child health, 56 (1), 102-106. 10.1111/jpc.14503
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith
  • Thabrew, H., Mairs, R., & Taylor-Davies, G. (2020). Young people's experiences of brief inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa. Journal of paediatrics and child health, 56 (1), 30-33. 10.1111/jpc.14483
  • Thabrew, H., D'Silva S, Darragh, M., Goldfinch, M., Meads, J., & Goodyear-Smith, F. (2019). Comparison of YouthCHAT, an Electronic Composite Psychosocial Screener, With a Clinician Interview Assessment for Young People: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of medical Internet research, 21 (12)10.2196/13911
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Margot Darragh
  • Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Thabrew, H., Audas, R., Camp, J., Taylor, B., & Hetrick, S. (2019). IDI trends in antidepressant dispensing to New Zealand children and young people between 2007/08 and 2015/16. The New Zealand medical journal, 132 (1505), 48-61.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49431
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Hetrick
  • Eggleston, M. J. F., Thabrew, H., Frampton, C. M. A., Eggleston, K. H. F., & Hennig, S. C. (2019). Obtaining an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and supports: New Zealand parents’ experiences. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 62, 18-25. 10.1016/j.rasd.2019.02.004
  • Thabrew, H., Stasiak, K., Hetrick, S. E., Donkin, L., Huss, J. H., Highlander, A., ... Merry, S. N. (2018). Psychological therapies for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents with long-term physical conditions. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 1210.1002/14651858.CD012488.pub2
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45650
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Hetrick, Karolina Stasiak, Sally Merry, Liesje Donkin
  • 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


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Office hours

Mon -Fri 0830-1700

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12007
New Zealand

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