Dr Suzanne Stevens

PhD (Developmental Psychology) University of Southampton, 2009. BSc (Psychology), BA (Criminology) Victoria University of Wellington, 2000.

Research | Current

My research interests lay in longitudinal studies of child development following early adversity.  Current research collaborations focus on the effects of early adverse experiences in prenatal, postnatal and childhood environments and the moderating effects of gene-environment (GXE) interplay, epigenetic factors, and home setting on child development and the aetiology and development of childhood disorders.  Together with Dr Trecia Wouldes, we are running the Prenatal Environment and Neurodevelopment (PEN) Study, investigating maternal lifestyle factors in pregnancy, early infant development and bio-behavioural markers of risk.

Teaching | Current

HLTHPSYC 122: Behaviour, Health and Development


Kramer Pollnow Young Investigator’s Award, 2010


Course Coordinator for HLTHPSYC 122

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research Group (Department of Psychological Medicine)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Stevens, S., Anstice, N., Cooper, A., Goodman, L., Rogers, J., & Wouldes, T. A. (2020). Multiple tools are needed for the detection of prenatal alcohol exposure: Findings from a community antenatal setting. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research10.1111/acer.14309
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Anstice, Lucy Goodman, Trecia Wouldes
  • Stevens, S., Rogers, J., Dansereau, L., DellaGrotta, S., Lester, B. M., & Wouldes, T. A. (2019). A Prospective Study of Service Use in the Year After Birth by Women at High Risk for Antenatal Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction10.1007/s11469-019-00207-w
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49981
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jen Rogers, Trecia Wouldes
  • Wright, T., Stevens, S. E., & Wouldes, T. (2018). Mothers and their infants co-admitted to a newly developed mother–baby unit: characteristics and outcomes. Infant Mental Health Journal, 39 (6), 707-717. 10.1002/imhj.21742
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanya Wright, Trecia Wouldes
  • Goodman, L. K., Anstice, N. S., Stevens, S., Thompson, B., & Wouldes, T. A. (2018). Classical Short-Delay Eyeblink Conditioning in One-Year-Old Children. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 139.10.3791/58037
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lucy Goodman, Nicola Anstice, Trecia Wouldes
  • Wright, T., Jowsey, Stanton, J., Elder, H., Stevens, S. E., & Wouldes, T. A. (2018). Patient experience of a psychiatric Mother Baby Unit. PLoS ONE, 13 (5).10.1371/journal.pone.0198241
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanya Wright, Tanisha Jowsey, Trecia Wouldes
  • Cline, J. I., Belsky, J., Li, Z., Melhuish, E., Lysenko, L., McFarquhar, T., ... Jaffee, S. R. (2015). Take your mind off it: Coping style, serotonin transporter linked polymorphic region genotype (5-HTTLPR), and children's internalizing and externalizing problems. Development and Psychopathology, 27 (4 Pt 1), 1129-1143. 10.1017/s0954579415000723
  • Jaffee, S. R., McFarquhar, T., Stevens, S., Ouellet-Morin, I., Melhuish, E., & Belsky, J. (2015). Interactive effects of early and recent exposure to stressful contexts on cortisol reactivity in middle childhood. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, 56 (2), 138-146. 10.1111/jcpp.12287|
  • Kumsta, R., Stevens, S. E., Brookes, K., Schlotz, W., Castle, J., Beckett, C., ... Sonuga-Barke, E. J. S. (2010). 5HTT genotype moderates the influence of early institutional deprivation on emotional problems in adolescence: evidence from the English and Romanian Adoptee (ERA) study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51 (7), 755-762. 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02249.x


Contact details

Office hours

I work part time and my usual office days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For HLTHPSYC 122 queries on other days please contact k.stasiak@auckland.ac.nz or hlthpsyc122admin@auckland.ac.nz

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3048
New Zealand

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