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Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychological Medicine (Wellington)
Research summary
Cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy dissemination, effective interventions for violence to oneself or others.


I am a clinical psychologist with expertise in dialectical and cognitive behaviour therapies, and the treatment of PTSD for people with high-risk behaviour. My research has focused on intervention outcomes for people struggling with addiction, suicidal behaviour, anger and emotion dysregulation.

I also work as an advisor to Oranga Tamariki on the management of tamariki and rangatahi at risk of suicide, and am an adjunct professor at the Yale school of medicine where I collaborate on research and training projects related to dissemination and treatment evaluation.

I provide adherence coding for the Linehan DBT certification board. I have been PI on two small trials of DBT in New Zealand. One was evaluating the feasibility of DBT with men with problems related to anger, and the other was evaluating the feasibility of trialling DBT with suicidal adolescents and their families funded by Te Pou on behalf of the Ministry of Health.


Hoskin, A., McKenzie, S. K., Cooney, E. B., & Jenkin, G. (2024). Should menstrual cycle data be collected during suspected suicide autopsies? [Research letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1592), 113-115. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

McKenzie, S. K., Kelly, M. T., Cooney, E., & Oliffe, J. L. (2023). Men's accounts of anxiety: A photovoice study. SSM Qualitative Research in Health, 4, 100356. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmqr.2023.100356 Journal - Research Article

Walton, C. J., Gonzalez, S., Cooney, E. B., Leigh, L., & Szwec, S. (2023). Engagement over telehealth: Comparing attendance between dialectical behaviour therapy delivered face-to-face and via telehealth for programs in Australia and New Zealand during the Covid-19 pandemic. Borderline Personality Disorder & Emotion Dysregulation, 10, 16. doi: 10.1186/s40479-023-00221-4 Journal - Research Article

Cooney, E., Roguski, M., Bennett, S., & Gilmour, F. (2023). What does it take to stop hitting home? Voices of family violence. Proceedings of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) National Conference. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Cooney, E. B., Walton, C. J., & Gonzalez, S. (2022). Getting DBT online down under: The experience of Australian and New Zealand Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic. PLoS ONE, 17(10), e0275636. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0275636 Journal - Research Article

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