Dr Katey Ann Thom
BA(Hons), MA(Distinction), PhD
Katey holds an honorary position with Social and Community Health in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. She is currently a senior lecturer at AUT Law within the Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice. Before moving to Auckland to work in the Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of Auckland, 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 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 police responses in the community to citizens in mental distress as well as a Borrin Foundation funded study aiming to re-envisage a criminal justice system that supports people experiencing mental distress and/or addiction. Previously, Katey lead a Marsden Fast-Start 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 also considers 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).
Katey is available for masters and PhD supervision covering various topics that expand across disciplines, including sociology, law and health sciences.
- 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
Katey is an honorary academic in the Faculty of Medical Health Sciences and member of the Centre for Addictions Research.
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
- Co-Director, Oceania Chapter, International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence
- Member, International Advisory Board on Mainstreaming Therapeutic Jurisprudence
- Faculty advisor and member, Auckland University of Technology Ethics Commitee
- Member, Centre for Addictions Research
- Member, AUT Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice
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.
- 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, NZ: University of Auckland. Related URL.
- 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, NZ: University of Auckland. Related URL.
- 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, NZ: University of Auckland. Related URL.
- 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
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
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.
- Thom, K. (2014). New Zealand Mental Health Review Tribunal characteristics and outcomes 1993-2011. Australasian Psychiatry, 22 (4), 341-344. 10.1177/1039856214541300