Dr Margaret Roberts

Margaret Roberts photo 2015

Associate Head of Research, School of Clinical Sciences & Senior Lecturer - Nursing

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 7711

Email: margaret.roberts@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room AA218

Postal Address:
School of Clinical Sciences
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142


Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Psychology)
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Psychology)
Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)

Memberships and Affiliations:

New Zealand Registered Psychologist 90-04283 Clinical Psychologist Scope of Practice

New Zealand Registered Nurse 149223 Comprehensive Scope of Practice

Teaching Areas:

•    Psychopathology and neuroscience of mental illness
•    Mental health assessment
•    Brief psychological therapeutic interventions in nursing e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
•    Research methods and evidence based practice 

Research Areas:

•    Anxiety in Older Adults
•    Psychometric assessment
•    Mental health assessment
•    Quantitative research methods
•    Maternal mental health

Research Summary:

Dr Roberts’ primary research area is improving the accuracy of psychological assessment methods in mental health.
Dr Roberts’ doctoral research developed and evaluated a measure of anxiety for older adult New Zealanders using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. This project first surveyed older adults on their experiences with anxiety.  Thematic analysis was then used to understand the experiences of older adults experiencing  anxiety.  Core themes from participants’ experiences were then used to develop the Anxiety Experiences Scale- Elderly Version (AES-E), a measure of anxiety specifically for older adults.
Dr Roberts then used quantitative approaches including confirmatory factor analysis to evaluate the validity of the AES-E and other measures used in mental health.


Stewart, M, Bushnell, J., Hauraki, J., & Roberts, M. (2014). Evidence and wisdom: The role and value of psychologists in Healthcare. Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. July.
Roberts, M. H, Fletcher, R, B. & Merrick, P. L. (2014). The validity and clinical utility of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) in Australasia. International Psychogeriatrics. 26 (2), 325-33
Fletcher, R. B, & Roberts, M. H (2013). The longitudinal stability of the leadership scale for sport. Measurement in Physical and Exercise Science, 17 (2), 89-104.
Roberts, M.H. (2007). Professional Liability Issues of Interns and their Supervisors within the New Zealand Clinical Psychology Internship. New Zealand Clinical Psychologist. April.

Last updated: 25-May-2016 3.00pm

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