Professor Trecia Ann Lyons Wouldes

1988 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Art History), 1991 Master of Arts (Psychology), 2002 PhD (Health Psychology) )


Dr Trecia Wouldes is the Associate Dean (Equity) of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine.   She has a number of national and international research collaborations including:

Director, since 2005 of the NZ Infant Development, Environment and Lifestyle (IDEAL) Study a longitudinal study in collaboration with researchers at Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University and The Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk and researchers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Honolulu, Hawaii, Des Moines, Iowa and Los Angeles, California.

Investigator and Member of the Steering group of The CHYLD, hPOD and PIANO longitudinal studies at the Liggins Institute since 2010.

Co-Director of Prenatal Environment and Neurodevelopment (PEN) Study since 2012.

NZ Lead Investigator since 2014 for the World Universities Network (WUN) Resilience Research Group in collaboration with researchers at Cape Town University, The University of Western Australia, University of New South Wales, Australian Catholic University, University of Pretoria, University of York and The Hong Kong Polytechnic.

Investigator with researchers at Te Tātai Haurora O Hine Centre for Women's Health Research at Victoria University of Wellington and Ngāti Pāhanauwera in Te Wairoa.

Research | Current

  • Maternal drug use and the cognitive, social and neurodevelopment of children exposed prenatally to legal and illegal drugs
  • Development of children born at risk for hypoglycaemia
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Resilience in children, adolescents and young adults training to be health professionals

Teaching | Current

MBCHB 221 A/B; MBChB Part II  Infant and Child Development

MSc AUDIOL 712  Measuring Development

PSYCHIAT 730 A/B Early Childhood Mental Health

ADHB Psychiatry Registrar Training  Early Child Development and Mental Health

Postgraduate supervision

Recent Postgraduates Students

  • Tanya WrightEarly recognition and intervention in mothers with mental illness admitted to a mother-baby unit. PhD Awarded 2019

  • Brett Knock.  Depression and other psychological factors associated with treatment of Hepatitis C (HCV) using pegylated interferon.  PhD Awarded 2019

  • Ryan Jim San Diego. Developmental outcomes of children at 4.5 years who had risk factors at birth associated with neonatal hypoglycaemia. PhD Awarded 2017

  • Amy Rosso. Behavioral disinhibition at 4.5 years of age in children exposed prenatally to methamphetamine “P”.  PhD Awarded 2017

  • Jenny Rogers. Does the neurobehaviour of newborns exposed prenatally to Methamphetamine and
    other drugs predict a greater propensity for neurodevelopmental vulnerability in
    Maori children compared with non-Maori? 
    MHSc Awarded 2017


  • University of Auckland Team Research Excellence Award He Tohu Taumata Tiketike
  • NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) InWomen's Invited Speaker at the NIDA International Meeting in Palm Springs, USA
  • NIH, NIDA International Prize to attend International Forum:  Treating Addiction During Pregnancy:  Exploring Multinational Perspectives to Build a Treatment Approach Consnesus, USA
  • Invitation to join Expert Advisory Group to develop the Child and Maternal Health Action Plan on Alcohol and Other Drugs, Ministry of Health, Inter-Agency Committee on Drugs Working Group
  • Invitation to join Australasian Perinatal Society Expert Committee to write Clinical Guidelines for the treatment of infants exposed in utero to illicit drugs
  • NZ Health Reseach Council Emerging Researchers Award for Travel to the USA
  • Wallath Trust Research Award


As Associate Dean (Equity), I am the Chair of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Equity Committee and a member of the Equity Committee of Interest (ECOI) for the University of Auckland.  In my role I report to the Dean, The FMHS Equity Committee and the ECOI on matters relating to the development and promotion of equity in our faculty and university. As part of the Executive of the FMHS, I also participate in setting goals to ensure our faculty and university continues to provide a fair and equitable environment in which to work and study.

Areas of expertise

  • Maternal use of legal and illegal drugs (methamphetamine, opioids, alcohol) during pregnancy and the longitudinal development of their children.
  • Adversity in early childhood and early childhood mental health.
  • Development of children with perinatal insults, including hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia and gestational diabetes.
  • Resilience in children, adolescents and health professionals.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Chair, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Equity Committee
  • Member Equity Community of Interest Committee
  • Member Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Postgraduate Committee
  • Member Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Education Committee
  • Member Staffing Committee
  • The Centre for Brain Research
  • The Centre for Addiction Research
  • Member HRC Research Funding Committee
  • The Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Society for Research and Child Development (SRCD)
  • International Society for Infant Studies (ISIS)
  • National Association for Pregnant Women (NAPW United States)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Wright, T., Stevens, S., Reed, P. W., & Wouldes, T. A. (2020). Post-discharge outcomes for mothers and the mother-infant relationship following admission to a psychiatric Mother-Baby Unit. Infant Mental Health Journal Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Stevens
  • Oei, J. L., & Wouldes, T. (2020). Will Simplifying the Finnegan Neonatal Abstinence Scoring Tool Improve Outcomes for Infants With Opioid Exposure?. JAMA network open, 3 (4)10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.2271
  • 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: Suzanne Stevens, Nicola Anstice
  • Gatt, J. M., Alexander, R., Emond, A., Foster, K., Hadfield, K., Mason-Jones, A., ... Wouldes, T. A. (2020). Trauma, resilience and mental health in migrant and non-migrant youth: An international cross-sectional study across six countries. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 1010.3389/fpsyt.2019.00997
  • Hadfield, K., Ungar, M., Emond, A., Foster, K., Gatt, J. M., Mason-Jones, A., ... Wu, Q. (2020). Challenges of developing and conducting an international study of resilience in migrant adolescents. INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WORK, 63 (2), 232-237. 10.1177/0020872818796147
  • Wouldes, T. A., & Lester, B. M. (2019). Stimulants: How big is the problem and what are the effects of prenatal exposure?. Seminars in fetal & neonatal medicine, 24 (2), 155-160. 10.1016/j.siny.2019.01.011
  • Anderson, Y. C., Dolan, G. M. S., Wynter, L. E., Treves, K. F., Wouldes, T. A., Grant, C. C., ... Cutfield, W. S. (2019). Caregiver's readiness for change as a predictor of outcome and attendance in an intervention programme for children and adolescents with obesity: a secondary data analysis. BMJ open, 9 (3)10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023195
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: José Derraik, Yvonne Anderson, Cameron Grant, Wayne Cutfield, Paul Hofman
  • 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: Suzanne Stevens, Tanya Wright


Contact details

Primary office location

89 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 534
Level G, Room G04D
New Zealand

Secondary office location

89 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 534
Level G , Room G04D
New Zealand

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