PHONE: 09 923 4360
FAX: 09 923 4501

Teaching Staff

Dr. Trecia Wouldes

Director of Werry Centre Teaching and Senior Lecturer

Dr Trecia Wouldes is a Developmental Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer, based in the Department of Psychological Medicine in the University of Auckland. Her main research is the development of children born to mothers who have used drugs during their pregnancy. Trecia lectures undergraduate students in Behaviour, Health and Development, and lectures postgraduate students, offering the “Special Topic in Infant Mental Health, Early Environments and Nurturing Relationships”. She also co-ordinates the year2 MBCHD degree course, including the Child Development and Family Study component. Phone: (09) 923 6221


Dr. Sally Merry

Senior Lecturer

Dr Sally Merry is an Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Sally has worked in clinical psychiatry for over 15 years in both community and inpatient settings. She has a longstanding interest in teaching and was involved in establishing post graduate certificate and diploma courses for community mental health workers available in the University of Auckland. Sally has a special interest in anxiety disorders, teenage depression and early intervention.
She is currently principal investigator for studies of E-Therapy and Mobile Phone technology as interventions for young people with depression, and studies of effective interventions for infants with mental health problems.

E-mail: Phone: (09) 9236981


Tania Cargo


Kia ora,
Tania Cargo
(Ngati Maru me Ngati Manu).

I am a Clinical Psychologist, working at The Werry Centre and I am teaching on the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Programmes run by the Psychiatry Department. Being Maori, I am also involved in working with my colleague Rawiri Wharemate on issues that affect Maori working in the area of child and adolescent mental health. My clinical work has been with both adults and children in hospital, community and educational settings.



Vas Ajello

Professional Teaching Fellow, CAMH Certificate Coordinator

Mr Vas Ajello is a clinical psychologist with particular experience in working with children and adolescents, and their families. He has been involved in teaching the Postgraduate Certificate in Child & Adolescent Mental Health for several years and is now the Certificate coordinator.

E-mail: Phone: (09) 3737599 ext 83767; 021 991 828


Dr. Mathijs Lucassen

Research Fellow

Mathijs is an occupational therapist, researcher and an educator. In 2005 as part of a Werry Centre project he published Child and adolescent mental health in Aotearoa/New Zealand: An overview with Associate Professors Sally Merry and Iain Doherty. In the same year he published findings on his investigation into whether a workshop on child and adolescent mental health positively influenced student health professionals’ career intentions towards the sector. Mathijs has co-authored reports and a study with the Adolescent Health Research Group. For his PhD he evaluated a form of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy with sexual minority youth with depressive symptoms.

Email: Phone: (09) 3737599 ext 82015


Terry Fleming


Theresa (Terry) Fleming is a youth mental health social worker and a researcher. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health and the Department of Psychological Medicine, the chair of the Adolescent Health Research Group at the University of Auckland and a researcher with the SPARX youth -e-therapy team. Terry is currently teaching Paeds720: Youth Health Leadership, and she teaches on several other courses.

Contact: 021 2249373



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