As a Senior Lecturer in youth development and youth mentoring in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland, I am passionate about promoting the health and well-being of young people. I am also a Co-Director of Campus Connections Aotearoa a therapeutic youth mentoring programme for young people in alternative education. I am a board member of the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network, a member of the Adolescent Health Research Group, and a named investigator for the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study. My research and teaching focus on the factors that contribute to thriving during adolescence, particularly during times of transition. Central to my work is how research can be applied to enhance the human condition, by informing policy, practice and supporting communities.