Sarah Hetrick

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Dr Sarah Hetrick is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Youth Mental Health in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, and an honorary Principal Fellow in the Centre of Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne with strong collaborative working partnerships with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia. She has an international reputation in evidence synthesis, including as a senior editor for the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group. Building on her primary research and her reviews in the area of youth depression and suicide risk, she held an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Training Fellowship focused on knowledge transfer and led a range of practice improvement initiatives for young people being treated for depression. She is now the co-theme lead of the Resilient Teens theme of ‘A Better Start, E Tipu E Rea’ National Science Challenge funded by the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ( This programme of work is utilising digital technology to facilitate greater access to intervention and for young people with a range of issues that are important to them. Within this, Sarah is leading work on digital interventions to assist young people to manage intense emotions, including suicidal ideation and to prevent self-harm.


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Digital technology and youth mental health: recommendations from the Royal College of Psychiatrists


Sarah Hetrick summarises a recent report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists which explores the impact of technology use on the mental health of young people.

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Social media: good and bad experiences and the impact on depression


Sarah Hetrick publishes her debut blog on a recent US cross-sectional study that looks at the association between positive and negative social media experiences and symptoms of depression.

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