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+64 3 479 4377
Senior Research Fellow
BSc PGDipSci(Credit) MSc(Dist) PhD(Otago)
Research summary
Wellbeing; mental health; violence prevention
Undergraduate and postgraduate guest lectures on the epidemiology of self-harm and suicide and the application of web-based interventions to address mental health and self-harm.
Application of web-based interventions for mental health in primary care and small community clinical settings.


  • Determinants of mental health and wellbeing in youth, including college students
  • Epidemiology of self-harm/suicide/violence
  • Web-based interventions for mental health and wellbeing

Additional details

Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja has been employed as an academic staff member with the University since 1987. Most of her research positions and that of her team have been funded through externally competitive grants that she has secured from institutions such as the Health Research Council, Accident Compensation Corporation, and Lottery Health. Her research background is in areas of mental health epidemiology, Violence and suicide prevention, eHealth interventions and youth and wellbeing.

Currently Dr Nada-Raja is working on a Pacific Students’ mental health and wellbeing research programme.

Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja is of Sri Lankan descent.


Stewart, C., Bennett-Fakahau, I., Nada-Raja, S., & Stewart, K. (2024). Exploring the relationship between trout fishing and wellbeing: Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand trout anglers. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2024.2347409 Journal - Research Article

Sopoaga, F., Nada-Raja, S., Leckie, T., Samaranayaka, A., & Covello, S. (2023). Mental health and well-being of first year Pacific students at a New Zealand university. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 11, 365-381. doi: 10.4236/jss.2023.117026 Journal - Research Article

Crichton, B., Ross, J., & Nada-Raja, S. (2022). Evaluating adaptations to the new Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addiction Services (IPMHA) in smaller practices. Proceedings of the New Zealand Primary Care Research Colloquium. (pp. 4-5). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Symon, V., Nada-Raja, S., Sopoaga, F., Sopoaga, L., Norris, P., Ruhe, T., Kokaua, J., Richards, R., … Isno, L., George, M., Iosua, E., & Keown, S. (2022, November). The show must go on: Research in a time of COVID. Verbal presentation at the COVID-19’s Impact on Teaching and Learning at the University of Otago: Lessons Learned Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

McAnally, H. M., Wiki Te Oi, A., Nada-Raja, S., & Hancox, R. J. (2022). The longitudinal association of childhood and adolescent television viewing with substance use disorders and disordered gambling in adulthood up to age 45. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11469-022-00918-7 Journal - Research Article

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