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)

  • 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
  • Krysinska, K., Finlayson-Short, L., Hetrick, S., Harris, M., Salom, C., Bailey, E., & Robinson, J. (2019). Support for people bereaved or affected by suicide and for their careers in Queensland: quality of resources and a classification framework. Advances in Mental Health, 17 (2), 178-195. 10.1080/18387357.2018.1502614
  • Neelakantan, L., Hetrick, S., & Michelson, D. (2019). Users' experiences of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy for children and adolescents: a systematic review and metasynthesis of qualitative research. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 28 (7), 877-897. 10.1007/s00787-018-1150-z
  • 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
  • Perera, S., Hetrick, S., Cotton, S., Parker, A., Rickwood, D., Davenport, T., ... McGorry, P. (2019). Awareness of headspace youth mental health service centres across Australian communities between 2008 and 2015. Journal of Mental Health10.1080/09638237.2019.1630718
  • 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

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12003
New Zealand