Cure Kids Chair in Youth and Adolescent Mental Health

Following an international search, Cure Kids and the University of Auckland are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Terryann Clark to the Cure Kids Chair in Youth and Adolescent Mental Health.  Terryann (TC) has a background as an adolescent nurse specialist and researcher with a passionate interest in equity for tamariki and taitamariki Māori.  She has researched extensively in the area of youth health with a particular focus on mental health and holds national and international advisory roles.


Terryann obtained a PhD and a Fellowship in Adolescent Health from the University of Minnesota, exploring risk and protective factors for suicide and depression among rangatahi Māori. She also held a prestigious 3-year summer fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, studying Indigenous Social Determinants of Health.  Terryann was appointed to the School of Nursing in 2000 and since then has amassed impressive credentials in the field of youth health.


Until recently, she worked as a health promotion coordinator for tamariki/taitamariki, at Mahitahi Hauora PHO, where Terryann advocated for equitable and quality programmes and primary care services for children and young people in Northland. Part of this role was helping to write an innovative youth primary mental health service delivery model, called ‘He Kakano Ahau’ to reduce barriers for taitamariki and their whānau to primary mental health support. The is now being rolled out across Taitokerau.


Dr Clark is a founding member of the Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG) and was the principal investigator of the Youth12 national youth health and wellbeing survey in secondary schools and co-lead of the Youth19 rangatahi smart survey. She is Co-chair of Te Tatau Kitenga, a national youth health expert advisory group to the Ministry of Health, and member of Te Rōpū Mātanga o Rangatahi, the Māori expert advisory group for Te Tatau Kitenga.


Please join us in congratulating Terryann on her deserved appointment to the Cure Kids Chair in Youth and Adolescent Mental Health.