Dr Stephanie D'Souza

BSc(Hons) First Class, PhD


Stephanie is a social science researcher with COMPASS (Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences). She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Auckland, using data from the Growing Up in New Zealand study to investigate behavioural difficulties in early childhood. She has extensive experience working with large longitudinal and administrative data sets, including the Integrated Data Infrastructure. She has contributed to research involving several longitudinal studies, including Growing Up in New Zealand, the Auckland Birthweight Collaborative, and the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Study.

Research | Current

Stephanie’s research interests involve the use of quantitative methods to investigate health and social outcomes and inequalities in the population. She is particularly interested in investigating social determinants and outcomes of health conditions in the population. She also has a focus on life course research, particularly child development and maternal wellbeing. Much of her research involves the use of the Integrated Data Infrastructure and she is an investigator within the Big Data Theme of A Better Start – National Science Challenge. Her current projects include:

  • Using administrative, population-level data to investigate factors contributing to optimal development in childhood and adolescence. She has a particular focus on mental health outcomes in childhood, namely ADHD. 
  • The impact of maternal wellbeing on child development 
  • Determinants of inequality in public service use (e.g. public hospitalisations, social welfare benefits)
  • The link between psychiatric disorders and later chronic physical health conditions
  • The health impacts of playing rugby 
  • Health outcomes in Asian New Zealanders

Teaching | Current

Course coordinator and lecturer for POLICY 742 Statistics and Data Analysis for Policy (on campus and Auckland Online).

Lecturer for Introduction to Health Research in the IDI (for the New Zealand Social Statistics Network and the Virtual Health Information Network).

Previous teaching experience includes:

  • Guest lecturer for POPLPRAC 754: Infant, Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health
  • Guest lecturer for PSYCH 744: Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods for Psychology
  • Teaching assistant POLICY 769 Advanced Research Skills 
  • Graduate teaching assistant for PSYCH 109: Mind, Brain and Behaviour, PSYCH 202: Biopsychology and PSYCH 326: Lifespan Development

Postgraduate supervision

Available to supervise Masters students and co-supervise PhD students.


International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Early Career Scholar Travel Grant (2018)

The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2015)

The University of Auckland Masters/Honours/PGDip Scholarship (2014)

The University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarship (2013/2014)


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • D'Souza S, Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Shackleton, N., Audas, R., Hetrick, S., ... Milne, B. (2020). Medication dispensing for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to New Zealand youth. The New Zealand medical journal, 133 (1522), 84-95.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Hetrick, Barry Milne
  • Duncan, S., Gerritsen, S., D'Souza S, Stewart, T., & Gibbons, A. (2020). Is participation in Early Childhood Education related to child health and development?. Auckland, New Zealand: AUT. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Gerritsen
  • Greaves, L. M., Rasheed, A., D Souza, S., Shackleton, N., Oldfield, L. D., Sibley, C. G., ... Bulbulia, J. (2020). Comparative study of attitudes to religious groups in New Zealand reveals Muslim-specific prejudice. Kotuitui, 15 (2), 260-279. 10.1080/1177083X.2020.1733032
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nichola Shackleton, Lara Greaves, Luke Oldfield, Chris Sibley, Barry Milne, Joseph Bulbulia
  • D'Souza S, Underwood, L., Peterson, E. R., Morton, S. M. B., & Waldie, K. E. (2020). The Association Between Persistence and Change in Early Childhood Behavioural Problems and Preschool Cognitive Outcomes. Child psychiatry and human development, 51 (3), 416-426. 10.1007/s10578-019-00953-x
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50627
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Susan Morton, Karen Waldie
  • Buckley, J., Peterson, E. R., Underwood, L., D'Souza S, Morton, S. M. B., & Waldie, K. E. (2020). Socio-demographic and maternal health indicators of inhibitory control in preschool age children: evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. LONGITUDINAL AND LIFE COURSE STUDIES, 11 (2), 181-201. 10.1332/175795919X15746664055477
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51842
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Jude Buckley, Susan Morton, Karen Waldie
  • Richmond-Rakerd, L. S., D'Souza S, Andersen, S. H., Hogan, S., Houts, R. M., Poulton, R., ... Moffitt, T. E. (2020). Clustering of health, crime and social-welfare inequality in 4 million citizens from two nations. Nature human behaviour, 4 (3), 255-264. 10.1038/s41562-019-0810-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Barry Milne
  • D'Souza S, Crawford, C. N., Buckley, J., Underwood, L., Peterson, E. R., Bird, A., ... Waldie, K. E. (2019). Antenatal determinants of early childhood talking delay and behavioural difficulties. Infant behavior & development, 5710.1016/j.infbeh.2019.101388
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jude Buckley, Elizabeth Peterson, Susan Morton, Karen Waldie
  • Shackleton, N., Chang, K., Lay-Yee, R., D'Souza S, Davis, P., & Milne, B. (2019). Microsimulation model of child and adolescent overweight: making use of what we already know. International journal of obesity (2005), 43 (11), 2322-2332. 10.1038/s41366-019-0426-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nichola Shackleton, Peter Davis, Barry Milne, Roy Lay-Yee


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 628
New Zealand

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