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Shaystah Dean imageResearch Fellow


Shaystah Dean is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch. She recieved her qualification as a clinical psychologist from the University of Canterbury in 2011, and later completed her PhD at the University of Otago, Wellington.

With a background in general and adolescent mental health, in both the public and private sectors, her research interests include adolescent mental health, integrated psychological intervention, and disaster response.

Following the March 15 mosque attacks, Shaystah held roles supporting both the Canterbury District Health Board psychosocial response, and the Ministry of Justice as part of planning and delivery of court proceedings. She is an investigator for The March 15 Project: Impacts and Recovery, at the University of Otago, Christchurch.


Every-Palmer, S., Flewett, T., Dean, S., Hansby, O., Freeland, A., Weatherall, M., & Bell, E. (2024). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy compared to usual treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults with psychosis in forensic settings: Randomized controlled trial. Psychological Trauma. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/tra0001643 Journal - Research Article

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

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

Bell, E., Levack, W., Flewett, T., Steers, D., Dean, S., & Hansby, O. (2023). Factors influencing recruitment to real-world psychological therapies research. Proceedings of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) National Conference. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Sulaiman-Hill, R. C., Porter, R., Tanveer, S., Boden, J., Beaglehole, B., Schluter, P. J., Dean, S., & Bell, C. (2021). Psychosocial impacts on the Christchurch Muslim community following the 15 March terrorist attacks: A mixed-methods study protocol. BMJ Open, 11(10), e055413. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055413 Journal - Research Other

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