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Jennifer Montgomery

Faculty of Health Research Associate, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

I am a registered Occupational Therapist, Clinical Team Leader and Research Associate. I have worked in youth mental health in Ireland and Aotearoa for 8 years.

I am a Research Associate at the Faculty of Health, Te Herenga Waka. I received a Career Development Award from the Health Research Council to complete a research project titled; "To what extent is trauma-informed care implemented in practice, policies and models of care in Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection residences?"

My research focuses on how the mental health needs of young people in Oranga Tamariki care and protection system are understood and supported from a trauma-informed systemic perspective. My clinical, leadership and research work is driven by my passion for supporting youth and communities who have experienced psychological trauma and advocating for a shift towards culturally safe, trauma-informed care in healthcare and State Care systems.


  • 2021–present
    Team Lead Mental health Outreach and Coordination, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2022–present
    Research associate, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington


  • 2013 
    Trinity College Dublin, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (Honors)


  • 2019
    The impact of a primary care stress management and wellbeing programme (RENEW) on occupational participation: A pilot study, British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Career Development Award
    Research Associate
    Funding Source:
    Health Research Council of New Zealand

Professional Memberships

  • Occupational Therapy New Zealand Association
  • EMDR Association of New Zealand (EMDRNZ)