Associate Professor Sarah Elisabeth Hetrick

DPsych (Clinical), PGCert HSc (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), MA, BA


I am a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Youth Mental Health in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, and an honorary Principal Fellow in the Centre of Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne with strong collaborative working partnerships with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Research | Current

I have expertise and experience in evidence synthesis, including as an editor for the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group. I have undertaken a suite of reviews on the treatment of depression and suicide risk in young people, the results of which underpin recommendations in a number of international Clinical Practice guidelines. My Doctoral research focused on understanding risk factors for suicide related behaviors in young people with depressive disorders. Building on this study and my reviews, I held an NHMRC Training Fellowship focused practice improvement initiatives to ensure the best quality of care for young people with depression and/or at risk of suicide. More recently I have conducted a study on online depression and suicidal ideation monitoring in young people being treated for depression and now lead work on digital interventions to assist young people to manage intense emotions, including suicidal ideation and to prevent self-harm. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bowden, N., Gibb, S., Thabrew, H., Audas, R., Camp, J., Taylor, B., & Hetrick, S. (2019). IDI trends in antidepressant dispensing to New Zealand children and young people between 2007/08 and 2015/16. The New Zealand medical journal, 132 (1505), 48-61.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hiran Thabrew
  • Parker, A. G., Markulev, C., Rickwood, D. J., Mackinnon, A., Purcell, R., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., ... Jorm, A. (2019). Improving Mood with Physical ACTivity (IMPACT) trial: a cluster randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a brief physical activity behaviour change intervention on depressive symptoms in young people, compared with psychoeducation, in addition to routine clinical care within youth mental health services-a protocol study. BMJ open, 9 (10)10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034002
  • Stefanac, N., Hetrick, S., Hulbert, C., Spittal, M. J., Witt, K., & Robinson, J. (2019). Are young female suicides increasing? A comparison of sex-specific rates and characteristics of youth suicides in Australia over 2004-2014. BMC public health, 19 (1)10.1186/s12889-019-7742-9
  • Han, J., Torok, M., Gale, N., Wong, Q. J., Werner-Seidler, A., Hetrick, S. E., & Christensen, H. (2019). Use of Web Conferencing Technology for Conducting Online Focus Groups Among Young People With Lived Experience of Suicidal Thoughts: Mixed Methods Research. JMIR mental health, 6 (10)10.2196/14191
  • Zhou, X., Liu, L., Lan, X., Cohen, D., Zhang, Y., Ravindran, A. V., ... Yang, L. (2019). Polyunsaturated fatty acids metabolism, purine metabolism and inosine as potential independent diagnostic biomarkers for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents. Molecular psychiatry, 24 (10), 1478-1488. 10.1038/s41380-018-0047-z
  • Davey, C. G., Chanen, A. M., Hetrick, S. E., Cotton, S. M., Ratheesh, A., Amminger, G. P., ... Harrison, B. J. (2019). The addition of fluoxetine to cognitive behavioural therapy for youth depression (YoDA-C): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre clinical trial. The lancet. Psychiatry, 6 (9), 735-744. 10.1016/s2215-0366(19)30215-9
  • Morey-Nase, C., Phillips, L. J., Bryce, S., Hetrick, S., Wright, A. L., Caruana, E., & Allott, K. (2019). Subjective experiences of neurocognitive functioning in young people with major depression. BMC psychiatry, 19 (1)10.1186/s12888-019-2197-1
  • Finlayson-Short, L., Hetrick, S., Krysinska, K., Harris, M., Salom, C., Stefanac, N., ... Robinson, J. (2019). Community Based Support for People at Risk for Suicide and Those Who Care for them - Areas for Improvement. Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research, 1-33. 10.1080/13811118.2019.1619113

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