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Dr Tatiana Tairi

Lecturer in Professional Psychology

School of Psychology

With respect to professional experience and cultural skills, I have worked in the public sector, namely in the National Health Service (NHS), in Community Mental Health Teams, with adults presenting problems that reflected the full clinical severity. In Greece, I also engaged in private practice. I work mostly from the cognitive behaviour therapy perspective informed with person-centred principles conducting both individual and group therapy. I have also extensive experience working successfully with an ethnically diverse range of colleagues and clients, reflected in my practice both in Greece, the UK and in New Zealand. 

I am a Registered Psychologist (Counselling) with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, as well as a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK. My research interests have focused on Mental Health and Well-Being in youth, particularly on the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and in the associations between dysfunctional cognitive processing and psychopathology in youth, including diverse cultural groups, as well as in characteristics of adolescents who have attempted suicide. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: 04 9793606
    Location: 7C.64, Block 7
    Campus: Wellington

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Dysfunctional cognitive processing and psychopathology in youth; low intensity CBT interventions; adolescent suicide attempts; professional practice and ethics.



Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1

Research Outputs


Tairi, T., & Zilikis, N. (2016). Clinical, Psychosocial and Family Characteristics of Suicide Attempts Among Greek Adolescents. Adolescent Psychiatry. 6(2), 130-139 Retrieved from http://www.eurekaselect.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tairi, T.
Tairi, T., Adams, B., & Zilikis, N. (2016). Cognitive errors in greek adolescents: The linkages between negative cognitive errors and anxious and depressive symptoms. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. 9(3), 261-278
[Journal article]Authored by: Tairi, T.
Zilikis, N., Tairi, T., Abatzoglou, G., & Iacovides, A. (2012). Adolescent parenthood and offspring suicide attempts in adolescence. Adolescent Psychiatry. 2(4), 345-349 Retrieved from http://www.eurekaselect.com/104125/article
[Journal article]Authored by: Tairi, T.
Zilikis, N., Tairi, T., Abatzoglou, G., & St. Kaprinis, G. (2009). Family and psychosocial characteristics of adolescents with suicide attempt: data from a clinical population study. Aristotle University Medical Journal. 36(3), 35-44 Retrieved from http://aumj.med.auth.gr/article.php?MART_Code=2009102013421605229341444364485pX1020Z74xt8N113u41c
[Journal article]Authored by: Tairi, T.


Fitzgerald, CM., Fitzgerald, JM., & Tairi, T. (2017, June). Listening to caregivers: Exploring the experiences of those supporting people with visual impairment.. Presented at Vision 2017 - Low vision rehabilitation: A global right. 12th International Conference of the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ISLRR). The Hague, Netherlands.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Fitzgerald, J., Tairi, T.
Tairi, T., Milojev, P., & Zilikis, N. (2016, September). Clinical profiles among Greek adolescent suicide attempters: A latent class analysis. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tairi, T.
Tairi, T. (2016, June). Cognitive errors in New Zealand adolescents: Associations with symptoms of anxiety depression and self esteem. Presented at 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tairi, T.
Tairi, T., & Zilikis, N. (2015, August). Adolescent suicide attempts in Northern Greece. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tairi, T.
Tairi, T. (2015, July). Cognitive errors and symptoms of anxiety and depression in New Zealand youth. Presented at 14th European Congress of Psychology. Milan, Italy.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tairi, T.
Tairi, T, ., & Philipp, MC. (2014, August). The effect of gender and cognitive errors on depressive symptoms in adolescence. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Nelson, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Philipp, M., Tairi, T.
Tairi, T. (2013, September). Dysfunctional cognitive processing in youth and its association with symptoms of anxiety and depression. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference: Building bridges: Dialogues across Psychology: Whakatina: Ngā kōrero o te Mātai Hinengaro. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tairi, T.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 3 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Kate Pennell - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Is Theory of Mind Enhanced in Postpartum Mothers? A Mixed Methods Study
  • Mary Miller - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An investigation of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Theraphy delivered by text message to youth with depression, as an adjunct to existing therapy
  • Bernice Gabriel - Doctor of Philosophy
    An analysis of the mechanisms of change in an intervention for caregivers in New Zealand: The Fostering Security Training Programme.

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