Dr Yvonne Anderson

BSc(Psych), MBChB, Dip Paeds, FRACP, PhD

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Senior Research Fellow


Dr Anderson is a Taranaki-based Paediatrician, and undertakes clinical research with the Liggins Institute and a vibrant team in Taranaki. She has subspecialty interests in paediatric obesity, endocrinology, and diabetes, and is actively involved in clinical practice, teaching and supervision. Dr Anderson is principal investigator for Whānau Pakari: a multi-disciplinary intervention programme for children and adolescents with weight issues, and further work understanding barriers and facilitators to engagement, as well as optimal preschool models for obesity intervention. This research is increasingly focussed on working collaboratively to improve prevailing healthcare service provision for Māori, and working towards health equity. The vision of the research team in Taranaki is to develop collaborations that assist in translating research findings into high quality service provision for all tamariki and rangatahi in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

Research | Current

Whānau Pakari, a multi-disciplinary intervention programme for children and adolescents with weight issues: assessing 5-year outcomes. 

Individualising an assessment and management platform for children and adolescents with obesity: a patient-centred approach.

Barriers and facilitators to engagement and participation in multi-disciplinary intervention programmes for weight.

Optimising preschool intervention for children with weight issues: the Whānau Pakari preschool project.

Teaching | Current

Clinical lead Paediatric life support Taranaki District Health Board, APLS instructor, undergraduate and postgraduate clinical teaching and supervision.


Postgraduate supervision

The impact of rurality and family structure on outcomes in Whānau Pakari. Hons, Cervantée Wild (completed).

Whānau Pakari: understanding barriers and facilitators to engagement, participation and retention in obesity intervention for children and adolescents. PhD co-supervision, Cervantée Wild.

Optimising preschool intervention for children with weight issues: the Whānau Pakari preschool project. Masters co-supervision, Tami Cave.


Health Research Council of NZ Clinical Training Research Fellowship 2013.

RACP Cotterell Research Establishment Fellowship 2018.

Vice Chancellor's Award Best Doctoral Thesis 2018.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level D, Room D02
New Zealand

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