Associate Professor Simon Denny

M.P.H., Ph.D., FRACP


Simon Denny is an Associate Professor and Paediatrician working at the Centre for Youth Health in South Auckland and University of Auckland. He completed his adolescent training in the USA where he was a 2000-01 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy. He was the Principal Investigator of Youth’07 which was New Zealand’s second National Youth Health and Wellbeing survey. He has published extensively on youth health issues in New Zealand and was the chair of the Adolescent Health Research Group and Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand.

Research | Current

I am interested in adolescent development, epidemiology and effective interventions for young people. I am currently working on evaluating school based health care using observational data.

Teaching | Current

I lead teaching of the post-graduate academic specialisation in youth health, supervise postgraduate research students and teach undergraduate MBChB students in paediatric and adolescent medicine

Postgraduate supervision

Nicki Jackson - The role of the neighbourhood in adolescent alcohol use

Song Chan - Risk factors for suicide and self-harming behaviours in New Zealand adolescents.


2015  Robert H. DuRant Award for Statistical Rigor, Innovation and Excellence in Research

2011  Outstanding Kidzfirst Achievement Award

2007  Finalist - Health Section, Maori Language Week Awards, Maori Language Commission

2000  Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy, Commonwealth Fund, New York

1999  Starship Children’s Hospital Star Award

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

93 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 532
Level 3, Room 300C2
New Zealand