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)

  • 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
  • Fisher, C. A., Skocic, S., Rutherford, K. A., & Hetrick, S. E. (2019). Family therapy approaches for anorexia nervosa. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 510.1002/14651858.cd004780.pub4
  • Finlayson-Short, L., Hetrick, S., Krysinska, K., Harris, M., Salom, C., Bailey, E., & Robinson, J. (2019). A Survey of People with Lived Experience of Suicide-Related Behavior in Queensland, Australia: Their Experiences with Available Resources. Crisis10.1027/0227-5910/a000602
  • Pascoe, M. C., Hetrick, S. E., & Parker, A. G. (2019). The impact of stress on students in secondary school and higher education. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth10.1080/02673843.2019.1596823
  • Zhou, X., Zhang, Y., Furukawa, T. A., Cuijpers, P., Pu, J., Weisz, J. R., ... Cohen, D. (2019). Different Types and Acceptability of Psychotherapies for Acute Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Network Meta-analysis. JAMA psychiatry, 76 (1), 41-50. 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.3070
  • Witt, K., Milner, A., Spittal, M. J., Hetrick, S., Robinson, J., Pirkis, J., & Carter, G. (2019). Population attributable risk of factors associated with the repetition of self-harm behaviour in young people presenting to clinical services: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 28 (1), 5-18. 10.1007/s00787-018-1111-6
  • Thabrew, H., Stasiak, K., Hetrick, S. E., Donkin, L., Huss, J. H., Highlander, A., ... Merry, S. N. (2018). Psychological therapies for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents with long-term physical conditions. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 1210.1002/14651858.cd012488.pub2
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hiran Thabrew, Karolina Stasiak, Sally Merry
  • Hetrick, S. E., O'Connor DA, Stavely, H., Hughes, F., Pennell, K., Killackey, E., & McGorry, P. D. (2018). Development of an implementation guide to facilitate the roll-out of early intervention services for psychosis. Early intervention in psychiatry, 12 (6), 1100-1111. 10.1111/eip.12420

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12003
New Zealand