Dr Ann Hood
Dr Ann Hood is CEO of Refugees as Survivors New Zealand which is New Zealand’s leading mental health service for people from refugee backgrounds. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Auckland where her research focused on adolescent suicide.
She has worked in both public and private mental health settings as well as running her own private practice and consultancy. Ann worked at RASNZ as a Clinical Psychologist before moving to Whirinaki Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service as Team Leader for seven years. She then took up the position of Team Leader at ProCare, a Primary Healthcare psychological service. Ann was appointed as the CEO of RASNZ in July 2015. She has served as a board member of Odyssey, New Zealand’s leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation service, since 2012.
Ann’s work is motivated by her desire for all people to enjoy the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Her hope for people seeking refuge in New Zealand is that they can live in an inclusive community where all individuals are valued and respected. Her vision is that by supporting the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of people from refugee backgrounds they will develop a sense of belonging and become actively engaged as contributing members of our society.