Terryann Clark (Dr)

Position: 
Child & Youth Friendly Cities Co-ordinator

Qualifications
PhD from the University of Minnesota– dissertation looked at risk and protective factors for depression and suicide attempt among Maori youth, MPH (Masters in Public Health) from the University of Auckland, thesis looked at sexual and reproductive health among youth attending alternative education, RN (Registered comprehensive Nurse) from Manukau Technical Institute

Background
My background is in nursing, mostly working in the youth health area – Worked at Auckland sexual health services as a health advisor, nurse and helped establish the Auckland Peer Sexuality Support Programme, worked as an adolescent health nurse specialist working for Counties Manukau at the Centre for Youth Health with youth who have complex and chronic health and psychosocial issues, and then worked in youth mental health at Whirinaki Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. More recently I have been working as a researcher/academic at the University of Auckland with the Youth2000 survey series www.youthresearch.auckland.ac.nz.

I have a passion for working with Māori communities and addressing the disparities of children and young people who are socially, educationally and economically disadvantaged.

Current role
I am employed as the Child and Youth Friendly Cities Coordinator. My role looks to look at the ways that Whangarei City ensures that it honours our children and young people and has policies and practices that reflect this.