Dr Matthew John Shepherd

DClinPsy, PGCertHSc, BSW, BA (Hons)


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Ko Ngāti Tama toku hapu

Matt has worked with children, young people and their whānau in a number of settings. This has included a residential setting (Glenburn Centre) where Matt was responsible for the therapeutic treatment of children with behavioural difficulties. Matt has worked as a Family Therapist both at the Leslie Centre (Presbyterian Support) and Youth Horizons Trust on the Functional Family Therapy Team. Matt has worked as a Paediatric Social Worker at Starship Children’s Hospital where he provided counselling and social work to families of children that were diagnosed with Cancer. He then worked for the Consult Liaison Team (child psychiatry team) at Starship Children’s Hosptial, where he provided assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and whānau. Matt specialised in oncology, respiratory, and endocrine conditions and developed specialty skills in the area of biofeedback. Most recently Matt was working at the Kari centre a child and adolescent mental health service with the ADHB.  While completing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Matt worked as a Research Fellow for the Department of Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine at The University of Auckland.

Matt currently works clinicaly with the team at Rainbow House where he specialises in working with young people and their famililies who experience difficulties with Aspergers.  He also sees private clients, to make an appointment please email him directly.

Matt has contributed a relaxation audio file for use on a Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences website called CALM (Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind), www.calm.auckland.ac.nz and for use on the NZ Ministry of Health website www.depression.org.nz.

Research | Current

Matt’s thesis was an investigation into the design, applicability and effectiveness of a computerised CBT programme for Māori adolescents experiencing moderate depression. He was a part of a team, led by Associate Professor Sally Merry that developed a computerised CBT programme for the treatment of mild to moderate depression experienced by adolescents. Publication of results is expected in 2012.

Find out more about SPARX www.sparx.org.nz

You can view Matt's Google Scholar profile here.

Teaching | Current

  • Mental health
  • Psychology and Social work practice skills
  • Current guest lecturer for the Goodfellow Unit, School of Population Health - lectures on CBT, working with Māori whānau and relaxation techniques for children and adolescents.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Clinical Psychologist (Registered) New Zealand Psychologist Board

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lambie, I., Best, C., Tran, H., Ioane, J., & Shepherd, M. (2015). Risk factors for fire injury in school leavers: A review of the literature. Fire Safety Journal, 77, 59-66. 10.1016/j.firesaf.2015.07.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Lambie
  • Lucassen, M. F., Hatcher, S., Fleming, T. M., Stasiak, K., Shepherd, M. J., & Merry, S. N. (2015). A qualitative study of sexual minority young people's experiences of computerised therapy for depression. Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 23 (3), 268-273. 10.1177/1039856215579542
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Sally Merry, Theresa Fleming
  • Cheek, C., Fleming, T., Lucassen, M. F., Bridgman, H., Stasiak, K., Shepherd, M., & Orpin, P. (2015). Integrating Health Behavior Theory and Design Elements in Serious Games. JMIR mental health, 2 (2)10.2196/mental.4133
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Theresa Fleming
  • Fleming, T., Lucassen, M., Stasiak, K., Shepherd, M., & Merry, S. (2015). The impact and utility of computerised therapy for educationally alienated teenagers: The views of adolescents who participatedin an alternative education-based trial. Clinical Psychologist, n/a-n/a. 10.1111/cp.12052
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Sally Merry, Theresa Fleming
  • Sharpe, S., Shepherd, M., Kool, B., Whittaker, R., Nosa, V., Dorey, E., ... Ameratunga, S. (2015). Development of a text message intervention aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm in patients admitted to hospital as a result of injury. BMC public health, 1510.1186/s12889-015-2130-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vili Nosa, Shanthi Ameratunga, Bridget Kool, Papaarangi Reid
  • Dobson, R., Carter, K., Cutfield, R., Hulme, A., Hulme, R., McNamara, C., ... Strydom, J. (2015). Diabetes Text-Message Self-Management Support Program (SMS4BG): A Pilot Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 3 (1)10.2196/mhealth.3988
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rosie Dobson, Rinki Murphy
  • Shepherd, M., Fleming, T., Lucassen, M., Stasiak, K., Lambie, I., & Merry, S. N. (2015). The design and relevance of a computerized gamified depression therapy program for indigenous maori adolescents. JMIR serious games, 3 (1)10.2196/games.3804
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karolina Stasiak, Sally Merry, Ian Lambie, Theresa Fleming
  • Fleming, T., Cheek, C., Merry, S., Thabrew, H., Bridgman, H., Stasiak, K., ... Hetrick, S. (2014). Serious games for the treatment or prevention of depression: A systematic review. Spanish Journal of Clinical Psychology, 19 (3), 227-242.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 4 , Room 405
New Zealand