Dr Mathijs Franciscus Gertrudus Lucassen

Areas of expertise

Mathijs Lucassen, PhD, MHSc(Hons), PGDipHSc (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), BOccThy (Distinction), DipOT (Distinction) is a researcher and an educator. In 2005 he published a book (Child and adolescent mental health in Aotearoa/New Zealand:  An overview) with Associate Professor Sally Merry and Associate Professor Iain Doherty.  In that year he published findings on his investigation into whether a workshop on child and adolescent mental health positively influenced nursing, occupational therapy and social work students’ career intentions.

Mathijs has co-authored reports and several studies with the Adolescent Health Research Group (e.g. a paper entitled “The Health and Well-Being of Transgender High School Students: Results From the New Zealand Adolescent Health Survey (Youth'12)” in 2014).  For his PhD he evaluated a form of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy with same/both-sex attracted young people and those questioning their sexuality with depressive symptoms.  He is currently a research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine.  He is also the study manager for a RCT of MATCH (Modular Approach to Therapy Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma-related symptoms and Conduct issues) in outpatient child and adolescent mental health services.  

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chiang, S.-Y., Fleming, T., Lucassen, M. F. G., Fouche, C., & Fenaughty, J. (2018). From secrecy to discretion: The views of psychological therapists on supporting Chinese sexual and gender minority young people. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 93, 307-314. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.08.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Theresa Fleming, Christa Fouche
  • Samra, R., Cox, T., Gordon, A. L., Conroy, S. P., Lucassen, M. F. G., & Griffiths, A. (2017). Factors related to medical students' and doctors' attitudes towards older patients: a systematic review. Age and ageing, 46 (6), 911-919. 10.1093/ageing/afx058
  • Fleming, T., Bavin, L., Lucassen, M., & Hopkins, S. A. (2017). Real-world uptake and adherence of online self-help programs for depression or anxiety: A systematic review. Paper presented at ISRII 9th Scientific Meeting, Berlin, Germany. 12 October - 14 October 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Hopkins, Theresa Fleming, Lynda-Maree Bavin
  • Lucassen, M. F., Stasiak, K., Samra, R., Frampton, C. M., & Merry, S. N. (2017). Sexual minority youth and depressive symptoms or depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based studies. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 51 (8), 774-787. 10.1177/0004867417713664
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Sally Merry
  • Chiang, S.-Y., Fleming, T., Lucassen, M., Fenaughty, J., Clark, T., & Denny, S. (2017). Mental health status of double minority adolescents: Findings from National cross-sectional health surveys. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19 (3), 499-510. 10.1007/s10903-016-0530-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Terryann Clark, Simon Denny, Theresa Fleming, Szu Ying Chiang, John Fenaughty
  • Burford, J., Lucassen, M. F. G., & Hamilton, T. (2017). Evaluating a gender diversity workshop to promote positive learning environments. Journal of LGBT Youth, 14 (2), 211-227. 10.1080/19361653.2016.1264910
  • Fleming, T., Bavin, L., Stasiak, K., Hermansson-Webb, E., Merry, S., Cheek, C., ... Hetrick, S. (2017). Serious games and gamification for mental health: Current status and promising directions. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 7.10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00215
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33993
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Theresa Fleming, Sally Merry, Sarah Hetrick, Lynda-Maree Bavin
  • Merry, S. N., Stasiak, K., Dunnachie, B., Anstiss, T., Lucassen, M., & Cargo, T. (2017). Implementing and testing youth psychotherapies through a national centre for evidence-based practice in New Zealand. In J. R. Weisz, A. E. Kazdin (Eds.) Evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents (pp. 396-414). New York: Guilford Press.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Sally Merry, Tania Cargo

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