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Dr Mathijs Lucassen

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer Mental Health
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care
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Professional biography

I joined the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at The Open University in August 2015.  I originally trained as an occupational therapist, and have worked clinically in mental health services in both England and New Zealand. Immediately prior to starting work at The Open University I worked as a lecturer and research fellow at the Department of Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Auckland.

Qualifications

2012 - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry (University of Auckland).  Thesis title: “Evaluation of a computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) program for depressive symptoms in sexual minority youth”. Supervisors - Professor Sally Merry, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland & Professor Simon Hatcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa.

2007 - Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (Auckland University of Technology).                 

2005 - Master of Health Science with First Class Honours (University of Auckland).  Thesis title:  “Training in child and adolescent mental health for nursing, occupational therapy and social work students: Does it influence career intentions?”  Supervisor – Professor Sally Merry, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland. 

2004 - Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Child & Adolescent Mental Health (University of Auckland).

1997 - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Distinction (Otago Polytechnic).          

1996 - Diploma in Occupational Therapy with Distinction (Otago Polytechnic).    

Research interests

  • Mental health workforce development
  • Child and youth mental health
  • The mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
  • Computerised therapies 

Teaching interests

  • Mental health and community (K240) [co-chair in presentation with Dr Rod Earle]
  • Exploring mental health (K314) [co-chair in production with Dr Rod Earle]

External collaborations

  • Co-investigator on the TrACY Study (funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand). The TrACY study is an exciting collaboration between the University of Auckland and Harvard University (Professor John Weisz and colleagues) and consists of a rigorous real world clinical trial to test whether training in MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct problems) results in the delivery of more evidence-based therapy and better mental health outcomes for children and adolescents than usual care. The co-principal investigators for the TrACY study are Professor Sally Merry and Dr Sue Crengle.
  • Various research projects with the University of Auckland's Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG), which include co-authoring government commissioned reports and producing peer-reviewed journal articles.  The AHRG have conducted the Youth'2000 survey series, which are nationally representative surveys including over 27,000 New Zealand secondary school students, conducted in 2001, 2007, and 2012 https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/en/faculty/adolescent-health-research-group.html.   
  • Member of the University of Auckland's youth e-therapy research group (led by Professor Sally Merry), and part of the team that developed SPARX (a computerised cognitive behavioural therapy program for young people with depressive symptoms) https://www.youtube.com/watch?  SPARX-related projects are underway (or have been completed) in New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, the United States and Japan, with the first randomised controlled trial of the intervention published in the British Medical Journal http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e2598.    
  • Educating for Diversity - an evaluation of a sexuality diversity workshop and a gender diversity workshop to address secondary school bullying (funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Education) with RainbowYOUTH (New Zealand) and James Burford (Lecturer), Thammasat University, Thailand.
  • Honorary Research Fellow in Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland.

Publications

Evaluating a gender diversity workshop to promote positive learning environments (2017-02-02)
Burford, James; Lucassen, Mathijs F.G. and Hamilton, Thomas
Journal of LGBT Youth, 14(2) (pp. 211-227)
Home Gardening and the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents (2017-01-19)
van Lier, Laila E.; Utter, Jennifer; Denny, Simon; Lucassen, Mathijs; Dyson, Ben and Clark, Terryann
Health Promotion Practice, 18(1) (pp. 34-43)
Tips for research recruitment: The views of sexual minority youth (2017-01-13)
Lucassen, Mathijs F.G.; Fleming, Theresa M. and Merry, Sally N.
Journal of LGBT Youth, 14(1) (pp. 16-30)
Tips and Traps: Lessons From Codesigning a Clinician E-Monitoring Tool for Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2017-01-11)
Sundram, Frederick; Hawken, Susan J; Stasiak, Karolina; Lucassen, Mathijs FG; Fleming, Theresa; Shepherd, Matthew; Greenwood, Andrea; Osborne, Raechel and Merry, Sally N
JMIR Mental Health, 4(1) (e3)
Serious Games and Gamification for Mental Health: Current Status and Promising Directions (2017-01-10)
Fleming, Theresa M.; Bavin, Lynda; Stasiak, Karolina; Hermansson-Webb, Eve; Merry, Sally N.; Cheek, Colleen; Lucassen, Mathijs; Lau, Ho Ming; Pollmuller, Britta and Hetrick, Sarah
Frontiers in Psychiatry, 7, Article 215
Factors related to medical students’ and doctors’ attitudes towards older patients: A systematic review (2017)
Samra, Rajvinder; Cox, Tom; Gordon, Adam L; Conroy, Simon; Lucassen, Mathijs and Griffiths, Amanda
Age and Ageing ((In Press))
Sexual minority youth and depressive symptoms or depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based studies (2017)
Lucassen, Mathijs F.G.; Stasiak, Karolina; Samra, Rajvinder; Frampton, Christopher M.A. and Merry, Sally N.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry ((Early Access))
Adolescent gambling behaviour, a single latent construct and indicators of risk: findings from a national survey of New Zealand high school students (2016-08-03)
Rossen, Fiona V.; Lucassen, Mathijs F.G.; Fleming, Theresa M.; Sheridan, Janie and Denny, Simon J.
Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 6, Article 7
The impact and utility of computerised therapy for educationally alienated teenagers: the views of adolescents who participated in an Alternative Education based trial. (2016-07-01)
Fleming, Theresa; Lucassen, Mathijs; Stasiak, Karolina; Shepherd, Matthew and Merry, Sally
Clinical Psychologist, 20(2) (pp. 94-102)
The association between supportive high school environments and depressive symptoms and suicidality among sexual minority students. (2016-05)
Denny, Simon; Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Stuart, Jaimee; Fleming, Theresa; Bullen, Pat; Peiris-John, Roshini; Rossen, Fiona V. and Utter, Jennifer
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(3) (pp. 248-261)
A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing two Cognitive-Behavioral Programs for Adolescent Girls with Subclinical Depression: A School-Based Program (Op Volle Kracht) and a Computerized Program (SPARX) (2016-05)
Poppelaars, Marlou; Tak, Yuli R.; Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Anna; Engels, Rutger C.M.E.; Lobel, Adam; Merry, Sally N.; Lucassen, Mathijs F.G. and Granic, Isabela
Behaviour Research and Therapy, 80 (pp. 33-42)
Computer-Based and Online Therapy for Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents (2016-04-20)
Stasiak, Karolina; Fleming, Theresa; Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Shepherd, Matthew J.; Whittaker, Robyn and Merry, Sally N.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 26(3) (pp. 235-245)
Adolescent cooking abilities and behaviors: Associations with nutrition and emotional well-being (2016-01)
Utter, Jennifer; Denny, Simon; Lucassen, Mathijs and Dyson, Ben
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48(1) (pp. 35-41)
Changes in the sexual health behaviours of New Zealand secondary school students, 2001–2012: findings from a national survey series (2016)
Clark, Terryann C.; Lucassen, Mathijs F.G.; Fleming, Theresa; Peiris-John, Roshini; Ikihele, Amio; Teevale, Tasileta; Robinson, Elizabeth and Crengle, Sue
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health ((Early Access))
Who is teaching the kids to cook? Results from a nationally representative survey of secondary school students in New Zealand (2016)
Utter, Jennifer; Denny, Simon; Lucassen, Mathijs and Dyson, Ben
International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health ((Early access))
Mental Health Status of Double Minority Adolescents: Findings from National Cross-Sectional Health Surveys (2016)
Chiang, Szu-Ying; Fleming, Theresa; Lucassen, Mathijs; Fenaughty, John; Clark, Terryann and Denny, Simon
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (pp. 1-12)
Modular Approach to Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems in outpatient child and adolescent mental health services in New Zealand: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial (2015-10-12)
Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Stasiak, Karolina; Crengle, Sue; Weisz, John R.; Frampton, Christopher M. A.; Bearman, Sarah Kate; Ugueto, Ana M.; Herren, Jennifer; Cribb-Su'a, Ainsleigh; Faleafa, Monique; Kingi-'Ulu'ave, Denise; Loy, Jik; Scott, Rebecca M.; Hartdegen, Morgyn and Merry, Sally N.
Trials, 16, Article 457
Educating for diversity: an evaluation of a sexuality diversity workshop to address secondary school bullying. (2015-10)
Lucassen, Mathijs F. G. and Burford, James
Australasian Psychiatry, 23(5) (pp. 544-549)
Rainbow SPARX: a novel approach to addressing depression in sexual minority youth. (2015-05)
Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Merry, Sally N.; Hatcher, Simon and Frampton, Christopher M. A.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22(2) (pp. 203-216)
Integrating health behavior theory and design elements in serious games. (2015-04-21)
Cheek, Colleen; Fleming, Theresa; Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Bridgman, Heather; Stasiak, Karolina; Shepherd, Matthew and Orpin, Peter
JMIR Mental Health, 2, Article e11(2)
What has changed from 2001 to 2012 for sexual minority youth in New Zealand? (2015-04)
Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Clark, Terryann C.; Denny, Simon J.; Fleming, Theresa M.; Rossen, Fiona V.; Sheridan, Janie; Bullen, Pat and Robinson, Elizabeth M.
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(4) (pp. 410-418)
The design and relevance of a computerised therapy program for indigenous Māori adolescents. (2015-03-03)
Shepherd, Matthew; Fleming, Theresa; Lucassen, Mathijs; Stasiak, Karolina; Lambie, Ian and Merry, Sally N.
JMIR Serious Games, 3, Article e1(1)
A qualitative study of sexual minority young peoples’ experiences of computerised therapy for depression. (2015)
Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Hatcher, Simon; Fleming, Theresa M.; Stasiak, Karolina; Shepherd, Matthew J. and Merry, Sally N.
Australasian Psychiatry, 23(3) (pp. 268-273)
Unhealthy gambling amongst New Zealand secondary school students: an exploration of risk and protective factors. (2015)
Rossen, Fiona V.; Clark, Terryann; Denny, Simon |J.; Fleming, Theresa M.; Peiris-John, Roshini; Robinson, Elizabeth and Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction ((Early view))
The health and well-being of transgender high school students: results from the New Zealand adolescent health survey (Youth’12). (2014-07)
Clark, Terryann C.; Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Bullen, Pat; Denny, Simon J.; Fleming, Theresa M.; Robinson, Elizabeth M. and Rossen, Fiona V.
Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(1) (pp. 93-99)
Stability and change in the mental health of New Zealand secondary school students 2007–2012: Results from the national adolescent health surveys (2014-05)
Fleming, Theresa M.; Clark, Terryann; Denny, Simon; Bullen, Pat; Crengle, Sue; Peiris-John, Roshini; Robinson, Elizabeth; Rossen, Fiona V.; Sheridan, Janie and Lucassen, Mathjis
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48(5) (pp. 472-480)
Views of young people in rural Australia on SPARX, a fantasy world developed for New Zealand youth with depression. (2014-02-18)
Cheek, Colleen; Bridgman, Heather; Fleming, Theresa; Cummings, Elizabeth; Ellis, Leonie; Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Shepherd, Matthew and Skinner, Timothy
JMIR Serious Games, 2, Article e3(1)
The views of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth regarding computerised self-help for depression: An exploratory study (2013)
Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Hatcher, Simon; Stasiak, Karolina; Fleming, Theresa; Shepherd, Matthew and Merry, Sally N.
Advances in Mental Health: Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention, 12(1) (pp. 22-34)
A randomised controlled non-inferiority trial of the effectiveness of SPARX, a computerised self-help intervention for adolescents seeking help for depression. (2012-05-19)
Merry, Sally N.; Stasiak, Karolina; Shepherd, Matthew; Frampton, Chris; Fleming, Theresa and Lucassen, Mathijs
BMJ, 344, Article e2598(7857)
Sexual attraction, depression, self-harm, suicidality and help-seeking behaviour in New Zealand secondary school students. (2011-05)
Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Merry, Sally N.; Robinson, Elizabeth M.; Denny, Simon; Clark, Terryann; Ameratunga, Shanthi; Crengle, Sue and Rossen, Fiona V.
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(5) (pp. 376-383)
Increasing child and adolescent mental health content in undergraduate occupational therapy, social work and nursing programs: Lessons learnt. (2008)
Lucassen, Mathijs; Doherty, Iain and Merry, Sally
Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 7(3) (pp. 157-165)
The impact of a workshop on motivation to pursue a career in child and adolescent mental health (2007-07)
Lucassen, Mathijs F. G.; Robinson, Elizabeth and Merry, Sally N.
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(7) (pp. 618-624)
Child and adolescent mental health in Aotearoa/New Zealand: an overview (2005)
Lucassen, Mathijs; Doherty, Iain and Merry, Sally
ISBN : 9781877371196 | Publisher : Pearson Education New Zealand | Published : Auckland
Implementing and Testing Youth Psychotherapies through a National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in New Zealand (2017-06)
Merry, Sally N.; Stasiak, Karolina; Dunnachie, Bronwyn; Anstiss, Tania; Lucassen, Mathijs and Cargo, Tania
In: Weisz, John R. and Kazdin, Alan E. eds. Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents (Third Edition) (pp. 396-414)
ISBN : 9781462522699 | Publisher : The Guilford Press | Published : New York
Pilot testing a computerized CBT program in a remote Arctic region: Nunavut youth and youth workers reflect on SPARX (2016-10-27)
Khourochvili, Mariami; Bohr, Yvonne; Litwin, Leah; Lucassen, Mathijs and Merry, Sally
In : Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 50th Annual Convention (27-30 October, New York City)
Youth’12 The Health and Wellbeing of Secondary School Students in New Zealand: Results for Young People Attracted to the Same Sex or Both Sexes (2014)
Lucassen, M. F. G.; Clark, T. C.; Moselen, E.; Robinson, E. M. and Adolescent Health Research Group,
The University of Auckland, Auckland.
Youth Gambling: The health and wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students in 2012 (2013)
Rossen, F. V.; Fleming, T.; Lucassen, M. ; Denny, S.; Peiris-John, R.; Teevale, T.; Crengle, S.; Robinson, E.; Bullen, P.; Dyson, B.; Fortune, S.; Utter, J.; Sheridan, J.; Clark, T. and Adolescent Health Research Group,
The University of Auckland, Auckland.