Karolina Stasiak, PhD, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Karolina Stasiak is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is interested in development and evaluation of e-therapy and e-health interventions, in particular, to support adolescent wellbeing and mental health. Her PhD research led to the development of SPARX, an award winning e-therapy for adolescent depression. In 2014, SPARX was successfully implemented in New Zealand with the funding of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Strategy. It is one of the world’s first online therapies to be rolled out as a public health intervention. There are also several international SPARX collaboration projects underway.
Karolina is currently developing apps to help secondary students build their emotional health and prevent substance use problems. This work is part of a National Science Challenge in New Zealand funded by the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation. She is also involved in the development and evaluation of apps to support parents of young children, including indigenous and Pacific families. Her research is funded by the generous support of the Cure Kids and the Duke Family.
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