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Caroline Bell

Head of Mental Health Clinical Research Unit
Associate Professor

Bm BCh (Oxon, UK), MA (Cantab, UK), MRCPsych (London, UK), MD (Bristol, UK)


Caroline Bell is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago.

After the earthquakes she acted as the CDHB clinical advisor on psychosocial responses and input to the community and led a specialist service treating people with severe post traumatic earthquake related distress.

Since the March 15 mosque attacks Caroline has again acted as the CDHB clinical adviser on psychosocial responses and leads a large HRC funded study of the people most directly impacted by these attacks.

She is also studying the psychological and neurobiological effects of the earthquakes in both people presenting with significant earthquake related distress and those identifying as resilient.


Sulaiman-Hill, R., Porter, R., Schluter, P., Beaglehole, B., Dean, S., Tanveer, S., Boden, J., & Bell, C. (2024). Research following trauma in minority ethnic and faith communities: Lessons from a study of the psychosocial sequelae of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks. BJPsych Open, 10(1), 1-4. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2023.641 Journal - Research Other

Douglas, K., Bell, C., Tanveer, S., Eggleston, K., Porter, R., & Boden, J. (2023). UNITE Project: uUnderstanding neurocognitive impairment after trauma exposure: Study protocol of an observational study in Christchurch, New Zealand. BMJ Open, 13, e072195. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-072195 Journal - Research Other

Tanveer, S., Schluter, P. J., Beaglehole, B., Porter, R. J., Boden, J., Sulaiman-Hill, R., Scarf, D., Dean, S., … Bell, C. (2023). The COVID Psychosocial Impacts Scale: A reliable and valid tool to examine the psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 20, 5990. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20115990 Journal - Research Article

Blampied, M., Tylianakis, J. M., Bell, C., Gilbert, C., & Rucklidge, J. J. (2023). Efficacy and safety of a vitamin-mineral intervention for symptoms of anxiety and depression in adults: A randomised placebo-controlled trial "NoMAD". Journal of Affective Disorders, 339, 954-964. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2023.05.077 Journal - Research Article

Beaglehole, B., Jordan, J., Frampton, C., Alexander, A., Spencer, A., Lacey, C., Porter, R. J., & Bell, C. J. (2023). Feasibility study of brief Group Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioural Treatment delivered via Zoom for anxiety and depression in primary care. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1570), 12-19. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

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