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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.

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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

Every-Palmer, S., Flewett, T., Dean, S., Hansby, O., Colman, A., Weatherall, M., & Bell, E. (2019). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults with serious mental illness within forensic and rehabilitation services: A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 20, 642. doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-3760-2

Dean, S. (2018). Motivational interviewing for adolescent engagement in group trans-diagnostic cognitive behavioural therapy: A randomised clinical trial (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from

Dean, S., Britt, E., Bell, E., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2017). Engaging adolescents in mental health treatment. Proceedings of the International Conference on Motivational Interviewing. (pp. 45). Retrieved from

Dean, S., Britt, E., Bell, E., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2016). Motivational interviewing to enhance adolescent mental health treatment engagement: A randomized clinical trial. Psychological Medicine, 46(9), 1961-1969. doi: 10.1017/s0033291716000568