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Senior Lecturer
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health (Wellington)
Research summary
Child health and development


Dr Amanda D’Souza (she/her) is a public health physician with expertise in children’s health and wellbeing.

Amanda is a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health, Wellington, and convenes the undergraduate public health module for medical students. Amanda has a background in child health from policy, practice, and community sector perspectives. She has a special interest in child and youth health promotion; equity in childhood; public policy; children’s rights; early childhood; and child maltreatment prevention. Her PhD explored the consideration of children in policy development through case studies of Sweden, Australia, and Aotearoa.

Amanda is a Fellow of the NZ College of Public Health Medicine and a member of the Paediatric Society and the Children’s Rights Alliance.


Shaw, C. V., D'Souza, A. J., Cunningham, R., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Revolutionized public health teaching to equip medical students for 21st century practice. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59(2), 296-304. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.02.019 Journal - Research Other

Gerritsen, S., D'Souza, A., Goodsell-Matthews, T., Pillai, A., Swinburn, B., & Wall, C. (2020). Food hardship and early childhood nutrition: Findings from Growing Up in New Zealand with a focus on food hardships among tamariki Māori and Pacific children. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development. 55p. Retrieved from Commissioned Report for External Body

D'Souza, A. J., Signal, L., & Edwards, R. (2017). Patchy advances in child health hide a systematic failure to prioritise children in public policy. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1450), 12-15. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

D'Souza, A. J., Russell, M., Wood, B., Signal, L., & Elder, D. (2016). Attitudes to physical punishment of children are changing. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 101(8), 690-693. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-310119 Journal - Research Article

Peiffenberger, A. S., D'Souza, A. J., Huthwaite, M., & Romans, S. E. (2016). The well-being of children of parents with a mental illness: The responsiveness of crisis mental health services in Wellington, New Zealand. Child & Family Social Work, 21(4), 600-607. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12186 Journal - Research Article

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