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MHERC's workshops are delivered by specialists in their fields

Gayle Lauder

RN, BSc, PgDip HSc(Nursing)

Gayle has worked in variety of roles with youth in the community and CDHB. Currently she is working in the Hauora team at Haeata Community Campus, an independent health assessor for Youth Justice, and a clinical supervisor.

Jackie Moore

RegSW, BSW, Post Grad Dip Mgmt, MBA

Jacqueline (Jackie) Moore has been an active member of the mental health and addiction sector since 2001 and held the co-chair role at Navigate Waitaha (Canterbury Mental Health and Addiction NGO Leadership Group) for four years. Her experience across a range of roles and organisations provides insight into mental health service delivery, strategic health direction and organisational development.


Janet Spittlehouse, Dr

BSc(Psych), PhD

Janet has 17 years of research experience in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Her PhD included a study of hoarding prevalence in 50 year old Cantabrians. To date this is the only hoarding prevalence study in New Zealand. Janet’s research interests include hoarding, depression, mental health, the health and wellbeing of young people, personality and sexuality. Janet is a Research Fellow with the Christchurch Health and Development Study at the University of Otago, in Christchurch and is the research and evaluation manager at the Collaborative Trust, an NGO committed to assisting the healthy development of young people.

Julia Rucklidge

BSc, MSc, PhD

Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury and the Director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she completed her PhD at the University of Calgary in clinical psychology followed by a two year post-doctoral Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2000, she immigrated to New Zealand. Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of research showing poor outcomes for individuals with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. In the last decade, she and her lab have been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the treatment of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and stress. Julia has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including the Lancet Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, PLoS One, and Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. She has given invited talks all over the world on her work on nutrition and mental health and is frequently featured in the media on her work. She is currently on the Executive Committee for the International Society of Nutritional Psychiatry Research. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Ballin Award from the NZ Psychologist Society, an award that recognises notably significant contributions to the development or enhancement of clinical psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand, a Braveheart award for her contribution to making Christchurch a better place to live, and was named in the top 100 Most Influential Women in New Zealand in 2018. Her 2014 TEDx talk has almost been viewed 1.5 million times. Having witnessed current conventional treatments failing so many people, Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments for their psychiatric symptoms and being a voice for those who have been let down by the current public healthcare system.

Julie Grenfell

BSW (UC), Certificate in Clinical Teaching UC, Registered Social Worker

Julie has been in the area of Health and Welfare in the NGO sector for 20 years as a practicing social worker. Julie was Clinical Manager at Relationships Aotearoa and provided support and clinical guidance to social workers, counsellors and psychologists who were providing much needed earthquake support following February 2011. Julie has had opportunities to provide part time lecturing in Social Work at the University of Canterbury and Ara Institute of Canterbury over the last decade. Continuing her role in Social Work, Julie is now working at Nurse Maude Hospice and Palliative Services.

Juliet Macleod


Juliet is a senior Occupational Therapist who has worked as a cognitive behavioural therapist for most of her 33 years of clinical practice within the Specialist Mental Health Services (SMHS) in Canterbury. For the past 28 years she has been a member of the Anxiety Disorders Service, SMHS, working in providing psychiatric assessment and treatment for adults with a severe Anxiety Disorder. She has developed a special interest in assessing and treating adults with Compulsive Hoarding and can provide psychoeducation, consultation and training for Compulsive Hoarding both within the Mental Health Services and community over recent years. Juliet and Janet Spittlehouse are currently working on developing Canterbury guidelines for personnel across services who are asked to intervene in cases of Compulsive Hoarding leading to severe domestic squalor, based on work by psychiatrist Professor John Snowdon.

Karey Meisner, Dr

PhD, MEd(Dist), BA(Crim & Psyc)

Karey has a professional background in justice (corrections and family courts), health (disability, mental health, and health rights) and education. Currently, he is in private practice as well as the Clinical Educator for the University of Canterbury's Counselling Programme. His training is in post-modernist counselling psychologies (Solution Focussed/Narrative modalities), Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems. Karey has completed a PhD related to men’s help-seeking for mental wellbeing and is a member of both the Canadian and New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Kathryn Eilken


Kathryn is a highly experienced Mental Health Nurse with vast experience working with high risk adolescents. She has experience and expertise working in various specialised mental health and general health inpatient settings across the lifespan. She has worked in youth residential services, various NGO settings, as a family/youth worker for marginalised youth and has provided clinical supervision for NGO youth mental health staff.

Katie Hoek

MA (Psychology), PgDip (Child and Family Psychology)

Katie is a Child and Family Psychologist with over 8 years experience in working with children, young people, and their families in the areas of mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders, learning needs, and childhood trauma. Katie's particular area of passion and interest focuses around providing trauma informed care for children and young people who have experienced chronic relational and developmental trauma.

Lee Tuki (Tutuki Te Wharau)


Lee descends from Tainui waka, Ngāti Maru, Raukawa and Maniapoto iwi. She has worked as a Māori health promoter, Staff Wellbeing Coordinator and Team Leader for CPH/CDHB and He Oranga Poutama Kaiwhakahaere for Ngāi Tahu. Lee has taught the Health Promotion 500 and 600 papers at Ara Institute of Canterbury incorporating Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori Models of Health, has worked in an advisory role on how to engage with Māori and contributed to strategic directions both nationally and regionally. More recently, Lee was the Kaimātai Mahi Māori, Workforce Development Partner – Mana Taurite (Equity) at the Canterbury District Health Board. Lee is currently working as the Kaiwhakahaere of the West Coast Integrated COVID Community Centre known as the HUB for the West Coast DHB, now known as Te Whatu Ora, Te Waipounamu / Te Tai o Poutini West Coast.

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