Dr Matt Shepherd
Matt Shepherd

Dr Matt Shepherd
Lecturer
School of Counselling, Human Services & Social Work

phone +64 9 623 8899 ext. 46368
fax N/A
office N503
email m.shepherd@auckland.ac.nz
website www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/matt-shepherd

He pepeha

Ki te taha o toku matua
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Mokau te awa
Ko Pukearuhe te Marae
Ko Ngāti Tama toku hapu
 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Massey University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Arts Hons (Psychology), The University of Auckland
     

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Psychologist (Registered) New Zealand Psychologist Board
     

Teaching areas

Mental health, Psychology and Social work practice skills. Matt is a current guest lecturer for the Goodfellow Unit, School of Population Health, he lectures on CBT, working with Māori whānau and relaxation techniques for children and adolescents.
 

Research interests

Matt’s thesis was an investigation into the design, applicability and effectiveness of a computerised CBT programme for Māori adolescents experiencing moderate depression. He was a part of a team, led by Associate Professor Sally Merry that developed a computerised CBT programme for the treatment of mild to moderate depression experienced by adolescents. Publication of results is expected in 2012.

Find out more about SPARX www.sparx.org.nz

Matt is currently a co-investigator for a cell phone depression prevention programme for adolescents called Memo. This is run in conjunction with the Clinical Trials Research Unit where a RCT has been conducted to evaluate Memo and was funded by The Health Research Council. Publication of results is expected in 2012.
 

Professional links and experience

Matt is currently working part-time as a clinician at Rainbow House - an agency that supports young people and their whanau with aspergers. Matt has worked with young people and their whanau in a number of settings. This has included a residential setting (Glenburn Centre) where Matt was responsible for the therapeutic treatment of children with behavioural difficulties. He has worked as a family therapist at the Leslie Centre (Presbyterian Support) and Youth Horizons Trust on the Functional Family Therapy Team. Matt has worked as a Paediatric Social Worker at Starship Children's Hospital where he provided counselling and social work to families of children that were diagnosed with cancer. He then worked for the Consult Liaison Team (child psychiatry team) at Starship Children¹s Hosptial, where he provided assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and whanau. Matt specialised in oncology, respiratory, and endocrine conditions and developed specialty skills in the area of biofeedback. Matt has previously worked as a clinician at the Kari Centre (child and adolescent mental health centre). While completing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Matt worked as a Research Fellow for the Department of Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine at The University of Auckland.

He has contributed a relaxation audio file for use on a Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences website called CALM (Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind), www.calm.auckland.ac.nz and for use on the NZ Ministry of Health website www.depression.org.nz.
 

Journal articles

  • Cheek, C., Bridgman, H., Fleming, T., Cummings, E., Ellis, L., Lucassen, M. F. G., Shepherd, M., & Skinner, T. (2014). Views of young people in rural Australia on SPARX, a computer program developed for New Zealand youth with depression. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Serious Games. doi:10.2196/games.3183
  • Lucassen, M. F. G., Hatcher, S., Stasiak, K., Fleming, T., Shepherd, M., & Merry, S. N. (2013). The views of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth regarding computerised self-help for depression: An exploratory study. Advances in Mental Health, 4023-4054. doi:10.5172/jamh.2013.4023
  • Merry S, Stasiak K, Shepherd M, Frampton C, Fleming T, Lucassen M. (2012). A randomised controlled non-inferiority trial of the effectiveness of SPARX, a computerised self-help intervention for adolescents seeking help for depression. British Medical Journal: 344.
  • Whittaker R, Merry S, Stasiak K, McDowell H, Doherty I, Shepherd M, Dorey E, Parag V, Ameratunga S, Rodgers A. (2012). MEMO—A Mobile Phone Depression Prevention Intervention for Adolescents: Development Process and Postprogram Findings on Acceptability From a Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research; 14 (1):e13.


Research report

  • Merry, S. N., Stasiak, K., Mariu, K., Frampton, C., Shepherd, M., Fleming, T., et al. (2011). The Development and Evaluation of SPARX: A Computerised Cognitive Behavioural (CCBT) Programme for Adolescents with Mild to Moderate Depression. Auckland: The University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical Health Sciences.
     

Recent conference papers

  • Dobson, R., Whittaker, R., Carter, K., Shepherd, M., Hulme, R., McNamara, C. & Pomfret, J. A pilot of a text message based diabetes self-management programme (SMS4BG). Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine, 11th Scientific Conference, February 12­14, 2014. Auckland, New Zealand (Oral presentation).
  • Shepherd, M. J. (2012). How effective is a computerised self-help programme (SPARX) for Maori adolescents seeking help for depression? Presented at 2012 Indigenous Psychologies: Auckland. 16 November - 17 November 2012, Our Past, Present, and Future Conference.
  • Shepherd, M. J. (2012). How effective is a computerised self-help programme (SPARX) for Maori adolescents seeking help for depression? Presented at Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress Conference, Alice Springs. 3 October 2012, Connectedness.
  • Shepherd, M. (2011). An investigation into the design, applicability and effectiveness of a computerised CBT programme for Maori adolescents experiencing moderate depression. New Zealand Psychological Society Conference Peoples, Places, Paradigms - Growing and Changing,
Hāpori, Wāhi, Anga Tauira: Rere ā Tipunga. Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Shepherd, M. (2010). An investigation into the design, applicability and effectiveness of a computerised CBT programme for Maori adolescents experiencing moderate depression. Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress, Conference, Whistler, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Shepherd, M., Merry, S & Lambie, I. (2010) An investigation into the design, applicability and effectiveness of a computerised CBT programme for Maori adolescents experiencing moderate depression. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2010 Congress – A shared endeavour taatau taatau e, 2-6 May, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Stasiak, K & Shepherd, M. (2008) Youth e-Therapy. Primary Mental Health in MidCentral: Forum and Workshop. Palmerston North, 2nd May 2008.
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