Dr Katey Ann Thom

BA(Hons), MA(Distinction), PhD

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Senior Research Fellow

Biography

Katey is a senior research fellow in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Before moving to Auckland to work in the Centre for Mental Health Research, Katey studied sociology at the University of Canterbury where her masters research focused on the use of ecstasy within the electronic dance music scene. After working as a research assistant for two years, Katey embarked on her PhD journey in health sciences, which was confirmed in 2010. Her PhD thesis explored the role of forensic psychiatrists when acting as expert witness in criminal trials, with a specific focus on trials involving the defence of insanity. With her background in sociology and health sciences, Katey has a keen interest in socio-legal studies of health based expert evidence, mental health law and therapeutic practices in criminal law. Through the work of the Centre for Mental Health Research she has also been involved in research related to taser use in mental health emergencies, media reporting of suicide in New Zealand, mental health workforce development and various projects on issues related to mental health law. Katey is now located in Waikato at the Peter Rothwell Academic Centre where she continues to work on research at the intersection of the law, mental health and addictions. 

Research | Current

Katey's current research has a strong focus on social justice issues in mental health and addictions, covering various aspects of mental health law, human rights and more recently therapeutic initiatives within the criminal justice system.

She is currently leading a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden funded project on the application of therapeutic approaches in New Zealand's specialist problem-solving courts. This research has led to three in-depth case studies of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court pilots (Auckland and Waitakere district courts), Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou (Homeless court at Auckland district court), and Te Kooti Rangatahi o Hoani Waititi (youth court held on West Auckland marae). Stemming from this project, is a University of Auckland Strategic Initiative Research Fund project that explores Nga Kooti Rangatahi (the collective of 14 rangatahi courts) and an evaluation project of Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou which Katey is co-leading. 

Her recent research has also considered the role of advance care planning in mental health and the implications of the United Nation Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disability in New Zealand.  She has also completed two projects focused on the role of district inspectors (funded by the Law Foundation) and the decision making of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in New Zealand (funded by The University of Auckland Faculty Research Development Fund).

Postgraduate supervision

Katey is available for masters and PhD supervision covering various topics that expand across disciplines, including sociology, law and health sciences. 

Distinctions/Honours

  • 2006 University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Doctoral Scholarship Recipient
  • 2008 Universitas 21 Doctoral Mobility Scholarship Recipient
  • 2010 Awarded Seelye Charitable Trust Fellowship Award 2010-11 for nominee Professor Perlin
  • 2011 Awarded the PJ Smith Travel Award
  • 2014 Early Career Research Excellence Award

Responsibilities

Katey is senior research fellow in the Faculty of Medical Health Sciences. She leads a number of research projects, sits on various research-based commitees, teaches into programmes and supervises postgraduate research students.    

Areas of expertise

  • Mental health and addictions
  • Mental health law and policy
  • Specialist criminal courts
  • Therapeutic jurisprudence
  • Policing and mental health
  • Socio-legal studies
  • Qualitative research

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member, International Advisory Board on Mainstreaming Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Member, University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee
  • Member, Centre for Addictions Research
  • Member, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Mental Health and Addictions Board of Governance 
  • Member, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Research Commitee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Thom, K., & Black, S. (2017). Ngā whenu raranga/Weaving strands: #1. The therapeutic framework of Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua/The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34191
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stella Black
  • Thom, K. A., & Black, S. (2017). Ngā whenu raranga/Weaving strands: #2. The processes of Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua/The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court. Auckland: University of Auckland. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stella Black
  • Thom, K. A., & Black, S. (2017). Ngā Whenu Raranga/Weaving strands: #4. The challenges faced by Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua/The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court. Auckland: University of Auckland. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stella Black
  • Thom, K. A., & Black, S. (2017). Ngā Whenu Raranga/Weaving strands: #3. The roles of Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua/The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court team. Auckland: University of Auckland. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stella Black
  • Thom, K., O'Brien AJ, & Tellez, J. J. (2015). Service user and clinical perspectives of psychiatric advance directives in New Zealand. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24 (6), 554-560. 10.1111/inm.12157
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31591
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anthony O'Brien
  • Thom, K., & O'Brien A (2015). Environmental Factors in the Development of Schizophrenia: Implications of a Recent New Zealand Legal Case. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 22 (6), 795-799. 10.1080/13218719.2015.1112338
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31590
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anthony O'Brien
  • Thom, K., Black, S., & Panther, G. (2015). The decision-making of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in New Zealand. Journal of Law and Medicine, 22 (3), 667-678.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31600
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stella Black
  • Thom, K. (2014). New Zealand Mental Health Review Tribunal characteristics and outcomes 1993-2011. Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 22 (4), 341-344. 10.1177/1039856214541300

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Primary location

PETER ROTHWELL ACADEMIC CENTRE - Bldg 695
Level 0, Room 000
WAIKATO HOSPITAL, SELWYN ST
HAMILTON 3204
New Zealand

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