Associate 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 a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.  She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  The focus of her teaching and research is the health, mental health and development of children exposed to biological and/or psychological insults that occur prenatally or during early childhood.  She is currently the Director of the Auckland, New Zealand site of the 5-site Infant Development, Environment And Lifestyle (IDEAL) study investigating the developmental outcomes of children born to mothers who used methamphetamine (street name ‘P’) during their pregnancy, and a Co-Investigator on the CHYLD, hPOD and PIANO studies investigating hypo- and hyperglycaemia (low or high blood sugar).  Through her research, Dr Wouldes has developed a special interest in the provision of early, evidence-based interventions for infants, toddlers and pre-school children.

Teaching | Current

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

HLTHPSYC 122  Behaviour, Health and Development

MSc AUDIOL 712  Measuring Development

PSYCHIAT 771  Infant Mental Health: Early Environments and Nurturing Relationships

PSYCHIAT 772  Infant Mental Health:  Classificaton of Psychopathology and Effective Treatment

ADHB Psychiatry Registrar Training  Early Child Development and Mental Health


Coordinator, Year 2 of MBChB

Coordinator, Human Early Life Development Study (MBChB Programme)

Departmental Graduate Advisor

Coordinator, PSYCHIAT 771 and 772

HRC Emerging Researchers Funding Committee

HRC Biomedical Research Funding Committee

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Medical Programme Directorate (MBChB)

Board of Studies MBChB

Board of Examiners MBChB II

MBChB Admissions Committee

MBChB Staff/Student Liaison Committee

Departmental Graduate Advisor

The Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Society for Research in Child Development

International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

International Society for Infant Studies

National Association for Pregnant Women (NAPW United States)

The Centre for Brain Research

The Centre for Addiction Research

HRC Emerging Researchers Funding Committee

HRC Biomedical Research Funding Committee


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wouldes, T. A. (2016). Neurobehavior of Neonates Born to Mothers Receiving Opioid Maintenance Treatment: Methadone and Buprenorphine. Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse (pp. 577-588). 10.1016/B978-0-12-800634-4.00058-5
  • van Kessel, K., Wouldes, T., & Moss-Morris, R. (2016). A New Zealand pilot randomized controlled trial of a web-based interactive self-management programme (MSInvigor8) with and without email support for the treatment of multiple sclerosis fatigue. Clinical rehabilitation, 30 (5), 454-462. 10.1177/0269215515584800
  • Harris, D. L., Alsweiler, J. M., Ansell, J. M., Gamble, G. D., Thompson, B., Wouldes, T. A., ... Harding, J. E. (2016). Outcome at 2 Years after Dextrose Gel Treatment for Neonatal Hypoglycemia: Follow-Up of a Randomized Trial. Journal of Pediatrics, 170, 54-59.e2. 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.10.066
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benjamin Thompson, Jane Alsweiler, Jane Harding, Greg Gamble, Deborah Harris, Yannan Jiang, Janine Paynter
  • Smith, L. M., Diaz, S., LaGasse, L. L., Wouldes, T., Derauf, C., Newman, E., ... Strauss, A. (2015). Developmental and behavioral consequences of prenatal methamphetamine exposure: A review of the Infant Development, Environment, and Lifestyle (IDEAL) study. Neurotoxicology and teratology, 51, 35-44. 10.1016/
  • Wang, G. Y., Kydd, R., Wouldes, T. A., Jensen, M., & Russell, B. R. (2015). Changes in resting EEG following methadone treatment in opiate addicts. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126 (5), 943-950. 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.08.021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maree-Ann Jensen, Grace Wang
  • Rush, E. C., Obolonkin, V., Battin, M., Wouldes, T., & Rowan, J. (2015). Body composition in offspring of New Zealand women: ethnic and gender differences at age 1-3 years in 2005-2009. Annals of human biology, 42 (5), 498-503. 10.3109/03014460.2014.959999
  • Abar, B., LaGasse, L. L., Wouldes, T., Derauf, C., Newman, E., Shah, R., ... DellaGrotta, S. (2014). Cross-national comparison of prenatal methamphetamine exposure on infant and early child physical growth: a natural experiment. Prev Sci, 15 (5), 767-776. 10.1007/s11121-013-0431-5
  • Wouldes, T. A., Lagasse, L. L., Huestis, M. A., Dellagrotta, S., Dansereau, L. M., & Lester, B. M. (2014). Prenatal methamphetamine exposure and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children from 1 to 3 years. Neurotoxicol Teratol, 42, 77-84. 10.1016/


Contact details

Primary location

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

Secondary location

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

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