Associate Head of Research, School of Clinical Sciences & Senior Lecturer - Nursing
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 7711
School of Clinical Sciences
Private Bag 92006
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
• 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
- Palliative care
- Health outcome measurement
Margaret’s research draws strongly from her dual backgrounds in Nursing and Clinical Psychology. Margaret’s doctorate developed a measure of anxiety in older adults using a mixed-methods approach. This measure is presently in use within Waitemata DHB and is undergoing further psychometric evaluation within this population.
Margaret’s knowledge of psychometrics and patient reported outcome measures has led to several further research collaborations within palliative care and mental health, including measure development and evaluation. Evaluation includes ensuring that the measure is accurate, and that the score on the measure is not disadvantaging groups due to factors unrelated to the domain reportedly measured. For example, determining whether the score on a pain measure is based on pain or another unrelated factor (e.g. cultural aspects) that may unfairly disadvantage the patient.
Margaret is currently supervising masters and doctoral students in psychology and nursing, in the areas of evaluating health related outcome measures, nurse wellbeing, and psychological treatment for cancer patients.
Margaret uses a mixed-methods approach to research, with particular strengths in confirmatory factor analysis and Rasch analysis.
Roberts, M. H., Fletcher, R. B., & Merrick, P. L. (2016). Evaluation of the Factor Structure of the Adult Manifest Anxiety Scale - Elderly Version (AMAS-E) in Community Dwelling Older Adult New Zealanders. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 45(3), 41-47.
Santangelo, P., & Roberts, M. (2016). Maintaining Mental Health through the aging experience. In M. Bernoth, & M. Winkler (Eds.), Healthy Ageing and Aged Care. Sydney: Oxford University Press, USA.
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.