Red X iconGreen tick iconYellow tick icon

Contact Details

64 3 335 8943 Hospital extension 58943
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychological Medicine (Dunedin)
<ul> <li>PhD (Psychology), University of Auckland</li> <li>MSc (Epidemiology), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine</li> <li>M Psych Science (Clinical Specialisation), University College Dublin</li> <li>Postgrad. Dip. Business Studies (Human Resources), Massey University</li> <li>BA (Psychology), University of Auckland</li> </ul>
Research summary
Suicide prevention
  • Deputy Chair, Suicide Mortality Review Committee
  • Member, Local Child and Youth Mortality Committee
  • Member, International Association for Suicide Prevention
  • Registered Psychologist, Clinical Scope, New Zealand Registration Board
Sarah has twenty years clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and their whanau in both inpatient and outpatient settings


Sarah Fortune is an academic clinical psychologist with an enduring clinical and research interest in suicide prevention.

Sarah's research experience spans three main areas:

  1. Psychological therapies and clinical interventions for suicide prevention
  2. Service user experiences of self-harm services, and clinical staff attitudes towards people who harm themselves
  3. Public health approaches to suicide prevention including the epidemiology of suicidal behaviours across the lifespan


Fortune, S. A., & Hawton, K. (2018). Culture and mental disorders: Suicidal behaviour. In D. Bhugra & K. Bhui (Eds.), Textbook of cultural psychiatry. (2nd ed.) (pp. 256-274). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316810057 Chapter in Book - Other

Cottrell, D. J., Wright-Hughes, A., Collinson, M., Boston, P., Elsler, I., Fortune, S., … Farrin, A. J. (2018). Effectiveness of systemic family therapy versus treatment as usual for young people after self-harm: A pragmatic, phase 3, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Psychiatry, 5, 203-216. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30058-0 Journal - Research Article

Fortune, S., Cottrell, D., & Fife, S. (2016). Family factors associated with adolescent self-harm: A narrative review. Journal of Family Therapy, 38(2), 226-256. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12119 Journal - Research Article

Carter, G., Page, A., Large, M., Hetrick, S., Milner, A. J., Bendit, N., … Fortune, S., … Christensen, H. (2016). Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists clinical practice guideline for the management of deliberate self-harm. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(10), 939-1000. doi: 10.1177/0004867416661039 Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Wright-Hughes, A., Graham, E., Farrin, A., Collinson, M., Boston, P., Eisler, I., Fortune, S., … Cottrell, D. (2015). Self-Harm Intervention: Family Therapy (SHIFT), a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of family therapy versus treatment as usual for young people seen after a second or subsequent episode of self-harm. Trials, 16(1), 501. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-1007-4 Journal - Research Other

Back to top