Dr Daniel Shepherd

Daniel Shepherd 2018

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 921 9999 ext. 7238

Email: daniel.shepherd@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University
North Shore Campus, Rm AR151
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:
AUT University
AUT North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


BA, MSc (1st class), PhD (Auck)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Auckland
Member of Autism New Zealand’s research consultancy panel


Dr Shepherd received a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2005.  Since this time he has attained the position of Senior Lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology, where he lectures in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Studies. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, where he has researched and taught in the Departments of Psychology, Chemistry, Population Health and Audiology. At AUT’s School of Public Health Daniel has served three-year terms as Head of Postgraduate Studies and Head of Research. As an expert in environmental pollutants, Dr Shepherd has represented numerous groups in New Zealand and across the world. 

Teaching Areas:

Psychometrics, Sensory Psychology, Psychophysiology, Research Methods

Research Areas:

Sensory correlates of psychopathology
Noise and health
Human response to sensory stimulation

Research Summary:

Daniel’s research interests are broad, but mostly grounded in psychometric assessment and the application of sensory psychology to the assessment and explanation of  psychopathology.  Current projects include the relationship between psychosocial stressors and personality, olfactory assessment of psychopathology, autonomic imbalance in mental illness and caregiver experiences in mental health.

Current Research Projects:

Parent-experiences of raising a child with autism
Using smell to predict psychopathology
Adaptive tests measuring brain impairment
Autonomic correlates of personality
Noise sensitivity in clinical populations


Selected Publications:

Shepherd, D., Csako, R., Landon, J., Goedeke, S., and Ty, K. (2017). Documenting and Understanding Parent’s Intervention Choices for their Child with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 10.1007/s10803-017-3395-7

Stocks, M., Shepherd, D., Lee, H., van Hout, D., and Hautus, M.J. (2017). Cognitive decision strategies adopted by consumers in reminder difference tests: Influence of the Authenticity test. Food Research International, 97, 265–271.

Shepherd, D., Landon, J., and Goedeke, S. (2017). Symptom severity, caregiver stress, and intervention helpfulness assessed using ratings from parents caring for a child with autism. Autism. DOI:10.1177/1362361316688869

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M.J., and Uraleb, P.W.B. (2017) Personality and response to everyday odors. Chemosensory Perception, DOI: 10.1007/s12078-016-9220-4.

Shepherd, D., McBride, D., and Lovelock, K. (2017). First responder well-being following the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. Emergency Management Review, 26(3), 286-297.

Landon, J., Shepherd, D., and Goedeke, S.  (2017). Predictors of satisfaction with life in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3423-7

Shepherd, D., Dirks, K.N., Welch, D., McBride, D., and Landon, J. T. (2016). The covariance between air quality annoyance and noise annoyance, and its relationship with health-related quality of life. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 792, DOI:10.3390/ijerph13080792

Landon, J., Shepherd, D., and Lodhia, V. (2016). A qualitative study of noise sensitivity in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 32 43-52

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M.J., Sin Ying Lee, and Mulgrew, J. (In Press). Electrophysiological Approaches to Noise Sensitivity. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Shepherd, D., Mulgrew, J., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). Exploring the Autonomic Correlates of Personality. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, 193, 127-132.

Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). The Feasibility of Gelatin-based Retronasal Stimuli to Assess Olfactory Perception. SageOpen, October-December 2015: 1–7.

Landon, J., Shepherd, D., McGarry, M., and Miller, R. (2015). When it’s quiet, it’s nice: Noise sensitivity in Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Shepherd, D., Heinonen-Guzejevb, M., Hautus, M. J., and Heikkiläb, K. (2015). Elucidating the Relationship between Noise Sensitivity and Personality. Noise and Health, 17, 54-59.

Shepherd, D., and Sigg, N. (2015). Music Preference, Social Identity, and Self-Esteem. Music Perception, 32(5), 507-514. 

Shepherd, D., Heinonen-Guzejevb, M., Heikkiläb, K., Dirks, K., Hautus, M. J., Welch, D., and McBride, D. (2015).  The Negative Affect Hypothesis of Noise Sensitivity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 5284-5303.

Medvedev, O., Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M.J. (2015). The restorative potential of soundscapes: a physiological investigation. Applied Acoustics. 96, 20-26. 

Shepherd, D., McBride, D., Dirks, K. N., and Welch, D. (2014). Annoyance and Health-Related Quality of Life: A cross-sectional study involving two noise sources. Journal of Environmental Protection, 5, 400-407.

Robertson, R., Shepherd, D., and Goedeke, S. (2014). Fighting Like Brother and Sister: Sibling Relationships and Future Adult Romantic Relationship Quality. Australian Psychologist, 49(1), 37-43

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M.J., and Jesteadt, W. (2013).  Masking functions and fixed-signal functions for low level 1000-Hz tones. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(6), 4168–4176

Welch, D, Shepherd, D., Dirks, K. N., McBride, D., & Marsh, S. (2013). Road Traffic Noise and Health-Related Quality of Life: a cross sectional study. Noise and Health, 15(65), 224-230.

Shepherd, D., Welch, D., Dirks, K., and McBride, D. (2013) Do quiet areas afford greater health-related quality of life than noisy areas? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(4), 1284-1303.

Landon, J., Shepherd, D., Stuart, S., Theadom, A., & Freundlich, S. (2012). Hearing Every Footstep: Noise Sensitivity in Individuals Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22(3):391-407.

Shepherd, D., McBride, D., Welch, D., Dirks, K. N., & Hill, E. M.  (2011). Evaluating the impact of wind turbine noise on health-related quality of life. Noise and Health, 13(54), 333 – 339

Hautus, M. J., Shepherd, D., and M. Peng, M. (2011). Decision Strategies for the A Not-A, 2AFC, and 2AFC-Reminder Tasks: Empirical Tests. Food Quality and Preference. 22(5), 433-442

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M. J., Stocks, M.A., and Quek, S. Y. (2011). The Single Interval Adjustment Matrix (SIAM) yes-no task: an empirical assessment using auditory and gustatory stimuli. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. 73(6), 1934-1947

Hautus, M. J., Shepherd, D., and Peng, M. (2011). Decision strategies for the two-alternative forced-choice procedure with a reminder stimulus. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73(3), 729-737

Keogh, J., Shepherd, D., Krägeloh, C. U., Ryan, C., Masters, J., Shepherd, G., & MacLeod, R. (2010). Predictors of physical activity and quality of life in a sample of New Zealand prostate cancer survivors undergoing androgen deprivation therapy. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1325), 20–29

Shepherd, D., Welch, D., Dirks, K.N., and Mathews, R. (2010). Exploring the Relationship between Noise Sensitivity, Annoyance and Health-Related Quality of Life in a Sample of Adults Exposed to Environmental Noise. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 7(10): 3579-3594

Shepherd, D., & Hautus, M. J. (2009). Evidence of stochastic resonance in an auditory discrimination task may reflect response bias. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 71 (8), 1931-1940

Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M. J. (2009).  Negative Masking and the Units Problem in Audition.  Hearing Research, 247, 60-70

Shepherd, D., Quek, S.Y., and Pathirana, S. (2008). Sucrose detection and the stability of the 2-AFC procedure in the presence of a confounding variable. Journal of Sensory Studies, 23, 600-613

Shepherd, D., Hautus, M. J., and Hutt, H. (2008). Psychometric functions for hybrid difference discrimination / increment detection tasks.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124(5), 302-307

Shepherd, D., and Hautus, M. J. (2007). The Measurement Problem in Audition. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 121, 2158-2167

Clapp, W. C., Kirk, I. J., Hamm, J. P., Shepherd, D., and Teyler, T. J. (2005). Induction of LTP in the Human Auditory Cortex by Sensory Stimulation. European Journal of Neuroscience, 22, 1135-1140


2013 Excellence in Publication, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology

2010 Senior Researcher of the Year, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology

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