Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Adolescent Health Research Group members


L-R Ben Dyson, Sue Crengle, Elizabeth Robinson, Roshini Peiris-John, Theresa Fleming, Terryann Clark, Pat Bullen, Sarah Masson (past project manager).

Absent - Simon Denny, Sarah Fortune, Fiona Rossen, Janie Sheridan, Tasileta Teevale, Jennifer Utter.


Dr Terryann Clark

Dr Terryann Clark is from the Ngāpuhi tribe. She is the principal investigator for the Youth’12 national health and wellbeing survey. She is senior lecturer at the School of Nursing, the University of Auckland and a nurse specialist at the Centre for Youth Health, Counties Manukau District Health Board. She has a PhD in Nursing and a Fellowship in Adolescent Health from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Public Health from the University of Auckland and did her nursing training at Manukau Institute of Technology. Her main research interests relate to youth health, population health, Māori and indigenous youth health issues, disability, mental health and sexual health. Terryann was a founding member of the Adolescent Health Research Group and was chair of the Adolescent Health Research Group from 2009-2011.

Professor Simon Denny

Associate Professor Simon Denny is a Youth Health Physician working at the Centre for Youth Health at the University of Auckland. He was the Principal Investigator of the Youth’07 survey which collected, analysed and disseminated accurate and comprehensive information on the health and wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students in 2007. Youth ’07 followed on from the first Youth2000 survey which was conducted in 2000. It was the first nationally representative health survey of students attending secondary schools in New Zealand.

Dr Terry Fleming

Dr Terry (Theresa) Fleming is the chair of the Adolescent Health Research Group. Terry is a senior lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health as well as the Department of Psychological Medicine. She has worked in the development and delivery of innovative youth health and youth mental health services. Her research interests relate to youth health, youth mental health and increasing the responsiveness of services to better meet the needs of young people. 

Dr Jennifer Utter

Dr Jennifer Utter is a senior lecturer in public health nutrition at the University of Auckland's School of Population Health. Her main research interests are in adolescent eating behaviours, weight control, and obesity prevention.

Dr Pat Bullen

Dr Pat Bullen is a lecturer in youth development in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland. Her research and teaching focus on the factors that contribute to thriving during adolescence and emerging adulthood, particularly during times of transition. Central to Pat’s work is how research can be applied to enhance the human condition, by informing policy and practice. In 2014, Pat was the first academic to be awarded the Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to develop leaders in the youth health and development sector, with a particular focus on meaningful engagement in learning. The main objective of Pat’s Fellowship is to enhance the quality and reach of youth mentoring in Aotearoa New Zealand, by linking youth mentoring with tertiary institutions, improving networking and communication within the sector and developing evidence-based practice.

Associate Professor Ben Dyson

Associate Professor Ben Dyson is with the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. His scholarship focuses on two areas: innovative pedagogy and curriculum in school-based settings and educational policy development.

Dr Fiona Rossen

Dr Fiona Rossen is the Co-Director for the Centre for Gambling Studies and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. Her primary fields of interest include gambling, particularly youth gambling: her PhD investigated the gambling experiences of adolescents in New Zealand and in addition to quantifying the role of gambling in adolescent life, her research focused upon the exploration of protective factors for gambling. Dr Rossen has contributed widely to research and youth development projects on gambling in New Zealand. She is experienced in undertaking research with a wide range of population groups, including young people and families, and has been involved in both quantitative and qualitative research projects on social and community health issues.

Dr Roshini Peiris-John

Dr Roshini Peiris-John obtained her medical training and PhD in Sri Lanka and has teaching and research experience in epidemiology and physiology. She is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland's School of Population Health working with the injury prevention group at the Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her main research interests are in migrant health, youth health, disability and injury. She has particular interest in issues relating to young people, and people in less-resourced settings and has been involved in a wide range of research projects both in New Zealand and in Sri Lanka, where she continues to contribute towards injury and disability research and in developing research capacity.

Ms Emma Moselen

Emma is a Research Project Manager at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Emma is a Prince2 Practitioner with a Masters in Community Psychology (Hons). Her major research interests include youth health and wellbeing, youth mental health, risk and resilience and program evaluation. 

Dr Jade Sophia Le Grice

Dr Jade Sophia Le Grice was born in Rawene, Hokianga, and raised in Northland and Auckland. She completed her undergraduate (BA, BAHons) and postgraduate education (PhD) at The University of Auckland.

Dr Kelsey Deane

Dr Kelsey Deane, is a Lecturer in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Her major research interests include positive youth development, youth mentoring and program evaluation. Kelsey is interested in research that both advances the cumulative knowledge base in these dynamic fields of inquiry and directly informs quality youth service provision.

She enjoys working in partnership with organisations to co-design programme evaluations, including the theories of change and outcome evaluations. She is currently leading an observational research project focused on the dynamics of adult-youth mentoring relationships to better understand how specific relationship interactions can either help or hinder young people’s psychosocial development and wellbeing.

Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath

Jemaima Tiatia-Seath is a lecturer in Pacific Health, School of Population Health, the University of Auckland. Her research and teaching interests include: Pacific suicide prevention and postvention; youth development; Pacific health and mental health wellbeing; inequalities in health; and Pacific Studies.

Dr John Fenaughty

John Fenaughty completed his PhD in Community Psychology at the University of Auckland and currently is a lecturer in the school of Counselling, Human Services, and Social Work at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. His research has focussed on youth health and wellbeing, with a particular emphasis on cyberbullying, bullying prevention, digital citizenship, young people's resilience to online problems and challenges, sexual health and sexual violence, the wellbeing of gender and sexually diverse [young] people and communities, and inclusive schools in a era of diversity.

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