Carly Hanna

BSc (Human Nutrition and Psychology)

Carly is currently an Intern Psychologist in the Whitiora Diabetes Service at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau. She has completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Nutrition and Psychology and is currently attaining her Masters in Health Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology.

Carly also has previous experience as a certified Youthline Helpline Counsellor and a youth worker for young people with disabilities.

Carly applies a holistic approach to health and is particularly interested in the mind-body connection, various comorbid mental health and physical health conditions, trauma’s effect on health, plant-based diets, and the relationship between food and mood.

Through her internship, Carly aims to support people with the psychological challenges of having a health condition and to empower people living with diabetes.


  • 2021 EdX Mental Health and Nutrition Course, The University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • 2018–2021 Bachelor of Science (BSc; Human Nutrition and Psychology), The University of Otago, New Zealand

Currently working towards qualifications:

  • 2023–2025 Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology (PGDipHealthPsyc), The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2022–2024 Master of Health Psychology (MHealthPsyc), The University of Auckland, New Zealand


Masters thesis on Māori Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy [submitted Feb 2024, yet to be published]

Professional Interests and Specialist Areas

  • Holistic wellbeing
  • Nutrition
  • Mental health


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Articles written by Carly Hanna
  • 13 Healthy tips to help control Binge Eating
    Balanced and healthy eating is an important pillar in maintaining our health. However, due to many reasons that can occur in our life, we sometimes might have a difficult time controlling when and what we eat. When that happens, we must be aware of it, and by following tips in…
  • Alcohol and Performance: Physical and Physiological effects
    Have you ever wondered if having a drink after your game or a gym session affects your recovery? Or if you could get away with having a cheeky drink before, or even during, physical activity? It’s time to find out.
  • Binge Eating disorder: Is it a mental illness or an excuse to overeat?
    Nearly 50% of people struggling with an eating disorder are binge eating, which makes binge eating quite common, yet not well understood. A binge eating disorder has received official classification as a mental illness in 2013, which tells us it’s the least researched of all eating disorders in terms of…
  • Calcium (for healthy bones, teeth and heart)
    Calcium is an essential mineral, important for bone, teeth, nerve and muscle health. It is especially important in adolescence in order to support bone structure, function and growth. As there are particular groups of people that have a higher calcium requirement, we need to know if we are getting enough…
  • Coeliac Disease — Testing, Treatment and Diet
    Coeliac disease is not something that is easy to diagnose since it can mimic other gut conditions and diseases. Also, testing is often quite invasive which is why many remain undiagnosed and are treated and have lifestyle changes for incorrect disorders.
  • Coeliac Disease: Symptoms and Effects on our health and body
    Our food and the way we process it is changing, and that has an effect on our bodies and digestion. It seems that gluten, a part of staple foods only a couple of generations ago, is now causing an increase in food allergies and sensitivities. If you think that gluten…
  • Health Risks of Long-term Vegan and Vegetarian Diet (Part 1)
    Vegan and vegetarian diets have proved to be a life-saver for many who decided to move away from the typical Western diet that is full of processed foods, sugars and refined carbohydrates. This change works great in the short-term, but do the benefits continue if the diet is followed long-term?
  • Health Risks of Long-term Vegan and Vegetarian Diet (Part 2)
    Following on from part 1, in this article we will look into the risks of mental health and eating disorders, reduced protein absorption and thyroid issues while on a long-term vegan and vegetarian diet.
  • How Binge Eating affects our mental and physical health (Part 1)
    For a bystander, binge eating might not seem like a disorder. Instead, they see it as a lack of willpower to control hunger urges. However, research and studies show that if left undiagnosed and untreated, binge eating can cause long term serious physical and mental health issues and other life-changing…
  • How Binge Eating affects our mental and physical health (Part 2)
    In the first part in the series, we talked about the connection between a binge eating disorder and insulin resistance, poor sleep, infertility and several other health issues. Today, we’ll discuss in more detail about kidney and liver health, malnutrition, anxiety, depression and even a higher risk of suicide in…
  • Introduction to: Depression
    Depression affects millions of people worldwide and can interfere with mood, sleep, motivation, dietary and eating habits, energy levels and other biological functions, depending on the severity and the individual. It’s important to know that anyone at any time can feel “low”, however, that does not necessarily mean that we…
  • Magnesium (for a great night of sleep)
    Magnesium is a mineral involved in more than 300 enzyme processes that help build proteins, regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, repair DNA, and provide support for muscle and nerve functions. We usually obtain magnesium from food sources, but sometimes a magnesium deficiency can occur. Let’s see why it happens and…
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
    N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) has an important role in the production of glutathione. It can be taken as a supplement (NAC) or it can be obtained from foods (amino acid L-cysteine). The importance of glutathione as an antioxidant is due to the effects it has on metabolic pathways for mental and…
  • Recipe: Bliss Balls
    A healthy and delicious chocolate treat made from a combination of your favorite fruit, nuts and seeds to add some iron and calcium into your snack.
  • Recipe: Tofu Scramble
    Switch up your breakfast by opting for a simple and healthy vegan dish of Tofu Scramble and vegetables of your choice. Enjoy this dish on top of some toast or eat it simply on its own.
  • Recipe: Vegan Burritos
    A delicious versatile vegan burrito that you can make to your own taste and eat on the go or make for meal prep where you can freeze and take out for lunch the next day.
  • Recipe: Vegan Cheese Sauce
    Use cashews to create a deliciously creamy vegan cheese sauce to drizzle on top of your dishes for some extra flavor or pair it alongside your favorite vegan dishes.
  • Recipe: Vegan falafel pita
    Instead of eating a sandwich, try a vegan alternative of falafel pita together with your favorite vegetables of your choice and top it off with some dairy free cheese.
  • The Vegan Diet and Lifestyle: Benefits, Risks and Meal Plans
    Vegan diet is more than a diet - it’s a lifestyle. The main focus behind a vegan diet is to improve animal welfare and to reduce our environmental footprint. Also, research shows that it has protective effects against cancers, diabetes and heart diseases. But, are there any downsides to being…
  • What is a plant-based diet: Vegan or Vegetarian?
    With diet-related diseases on the rise and the need for sustainable food sources amidst a climate crisis, a plant-based diet might be a solution for both. However, we don’t necessarily have to be exclusively vegetarian or vegan, though the focus is to mainly eat plants. So, how can we do…