Dr Stephanie D'Souza

BSc(Hons) First Class, PhD


Stephanie is a lecturer with the School of Social Science and 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 Honours and 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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Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 628
New Zealand

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