Associate Professor Sarah 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)

  • Rice, S., Gleeson, J., Davey, C., Hetrick, S., Parker, A., Lederman, R., ... Chambers, R. (2018). Moderated online social therapy for depression relapse prevention in young people: pilot study of a ‘next generation’ online intervention. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 12 (4), 613-625. 10.1111/eip.12354
  • Goodall, J., Fisher, C., Hetrick, S., Phillips, L., Parrish, E. M., & Allott, K. (2018). Neurocognitive Functioning in Depressed Young People: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Neuropsychology Review, 28 (2), 216-231. 10.1007/s11065-018-9373-9
  • De Silva, S., Bailey, A. P., Parker, A. G., Montague, A. E., & Hetrick, S. E. (2018). Open-access evidence database of controlled trials and systematic reviews in youth mental health. Early intervention in psychiatry, 12 (3), 474-477. 10.1111/eip.12423
  • Neelakantan, L., Hetrick, S., & Michelson, D. (2018). Users' experiences of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy for children and adolescents: a systematic review and metasynthesis of qualitative research. European child & adolescent psychiatry10.1007/s00787-018-1150-z
  • Curtis, S., Thorn, P., McRoberts, A., Hetrick, S., Rice, S., & Robinson, J. (2018). Caring for Young People Who Self-Harm: A Review of Perspectives from Families and Young People. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (5), 950-950. 10.3390/ijerph15050950
  • Bailey, A. P., Hetrick, S. E., Rosenbaum, S., Purcell, R., & Parker, A. G. (2018). Treating depression with physical activity in adolescents and young adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Psychological medicine, 48 (7), 1068-1083. 10.1017/s0033291717002653
  • Zhou, X., Liu, L., Lan, X., Cohen, D., Zhang, Y., Ravindran, A. V., ... Yang, L. (2018). Polyunsaturated fatty acids metabolism, purine metabolism and inosine as potential independent diagnostic biomarkers for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents. Molecular psychiatry10.1038/s41380-018-0047-z
  • Zhang, Y., Zhou, X., Yang, L., Hetrick, S. E., Weisz, J. R., Cuijpers, P., ... Cohen, D. (2018). Comparative efficacy and acceptability of psychotherapies for post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: study protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ open, 8 (3)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020198

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12003
New Zealand