Dr Karolina Stasiak

MA (Hons), PhD

Biography

I have graduated from the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland with a BA and MA. My first job out of University was with the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences as a Research Coordinator and I liked it so much that I stayed to do my PhD with the Department of Psychological Medicine. I have been with the Department ever since, working as a Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and a Senior Lecturer. I teach at under- and post-graduate level, supervise students and carry out research in the broad field of eHealth and wellbeing.

Research | Current

eTherapy, mHealth, Health, digital interventions, apps for health, chatbots (conversational agents), virtual reality, augmented reality, serious games and gamification of health interventions. Child, adolescent and young adult mental health. Wellbeing, health and behaviour modification. Migrant health and wellbeing. Tertiary students' health and wellbeing. Depression, stress, anxiety. Self-help. Implementation and evaluation of mental health services. 

Teaching | Current

  • eTherapy and mHealth
  • Child and adolescent mental health treatment and prevention strategies
  • Gamification in e-health (+ serious games)
  • Foundation psychology (social, developmental, cognitive, learning and behaviour)
  • Qualitative research methods

Postgraduate supervision

  • E-therapy and e-health - design and evaluation
  • Engagement in e-therapies - how do we make them more 'sticky'?
  • Gamification and serious gaming in e-health - can you 'play away' depression, stress or anxiety?
  • Chatbots (conversational agents) for health/mental health
  • Virtual reality/augmented reality - disrupting for better health
  • Digital health - how do we innovate for better health?
  • Self-help vs. supported help - what do people prefer online and why?
  • Health apps - what role do they play in supporting our wellbeing?
  • Stress, depression, anxiety 
  • Wellbeing and resilience
  • School-based wellbeing and health innovation
  • Migrant health and wellbeing

Responsibilities

Introduction to the relationship between behaviour and the major biological, cognitive and social-emotional processes, applying them to health and development across the life span. Focuses on aspects of behaviour and development particularly relevant for the healthcare professional.

Areas of expertise

  • Design of digital health interventions including co-design/participatory design methodology
  • Design of clinical trials
  • Evaluation methods
  • Qualitative methods (conducting interviews, focus groups, thematic analysis)
  • Systematic reviews (including Cochrane methodology)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bevan Jones, R., Stallard, P., Agha, S. S., Rice, S., Werner-Seidler, A., Stasiak, K., ... Rice, F. (2020). Practitioner review: Co-design of digital mental health technologies with children and young people. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, 61 (8), 928-940. 10.1111/jcpp.13258
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Merry
  • Holt-Quick, C., Warren, J., Stasiak, K., Williams, R., Christie, G., Hetrick, S., ... Merry, S. (2020). A chatbot architecture for promoting youth resilience. Arxiv Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Hetrick, Chester Holt-Quick, Jim Warren, Sarah Hopkins, Sally Merry
  • Yokomitsu, K., Irie, T., Sekiguchi, M., Shimizu, A., Matsuoka, H., Merry, S. N., & Stasiak, K. (2020). Gamified Mobile Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Japanese University Students With Depressive Symptoms: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR RESEARCH PROTOCOLS, 9 (4)10.2196/15164
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Merry
  • Fleming, T. M., Gillham, B., Bavin, L. M., Stasiak, K., Lewycka, S., Moore, J., ... Merry, S. N. (2019). SPARX-R computerized therapy among adolescents in youth offenders' program: Step-wise cohort study. Internet interventions, 1810.1016/j.invent.2019.100287
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lynda-Maree Bavin, Sally Merry
  • Moor, S., Williman, J., Drummond, S., Fulton, C., Mayes, W., Ward, N., ... Stasiak, K. (2019). 'E' therapy in the community: Examination of the uptake and effectiveness of BRAVE (a self-help computer programme for anxiety in children and adolescents) in primary care. INTERNET INTERVENTIONS-THE APPLICATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN MENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL HEALTH, 1810.1016/j.invent.2019.100249
  • Chu, J. T. W., Wadham, A., Jiang, Y., Whittaker, R., Stasiak, K., Shepherd, M., & Bullen, C. (2019). Development of MyTeen Text Messaging Program to Support Parents of Adolescents: Qualitative Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7 (11)10.2196/15664
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yannan Jiang, Joanna Chu, Chris Bullen
  • Christie, G. I., Shepherd, M., Merry, S., Hopkins, S., Knightley, S., & Stasiak, K. (2019). Gamifying CBT to deliver emotional health treatment to young people on smartphones. Internet Interventions, 18, 1-9. 10.1016/j.invent.2019.100286
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Grant Christie, Sally Merry, Sarah Hopkins
  • Chu, J. T. W., Wadham, A., Jiang, Y., Whittaker, R., Stasiak, K., Shepherd, M., & Bullen, C. (2019). Effect of MyTeen SMS-Based Mobile Intervention for Parents of Adolescents: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA network open, 2 (9)10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.11120
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joanna Chu, Yannan Jiang, Chris Bullen

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3018
28 PARK AVE
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand